40 Best Rap Albums of 2014

From Young Thugs to Old Droogs, Rich Gangs to broke MCs with expensive taste — the year's best in rhymes

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Ana Tijoux, 'Vengo'
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34. Ana Tijoux, 'Vengo'

French-Chilean singer-MC Ana Tijoux exchanged samples for in-studio production on her luscious, impeccably paced fourth album. Tijoux aligns herself with Chile's indigenous people through Andean panpipes and charango guitars, deplores urban overdevelopment and, in "Todo Lo Sólido Se Desvanece En El Aire" (All That Is Solid Melts Into Air), imagines a world without capital. An album informed equally by KRS-One and murdered nueva canción singer Victor Jara. R.G.

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