45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

The best rock, hip-hop, EDM and country of this year's first half

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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, 'Pinata'
Courtesy of Madlib Invazion.14/45

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, 'Pinata'

Gibbs is a brusque street-rap purist with "an icemaker for a heart," Madlib a crate-digging cult hero with a taste for deep psychedelia and free jazz. The MC and the producer click in surprisingly satisfying ways on their first full-length album together, Madlib's beats add a druggy, unpredictable edge to Gibbs' hard-boiled grudges and regrets.

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