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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Snootie Wild, 'Go Mode EP'
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35. Snootie Wild, 'Go Mode EP'

On this crisp, compact six-song EP, this Memphis protégé of local star Yo Gotti is game to please, doing his Future Jr. thing in an Auto-Tune-y flow over butterfly hi-hat clicks, sharp snare shots and smeary synths swirls. "Made Me" sounds like purped out Steve Reich, while the hit single "Yayo" rides a hero's march stomp and spins a dumb-but-infectious series of cocaine-as-food metaphors. J.D. 

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