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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Schoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron'
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Courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records.34/45

Schoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron'

With tough-as-nails beats (via Pharrell, Tyler the Creator and more) and boundless energy, Q's major-label debut positions him as the hardened triggerman in Kendrick Lamar's Black Hippy crew. "Fuck rap," he says, "my shit real." Truman Capote-level realness is what made Lamar a critical sensation, and Q is just as deft with detail, whether he's describing ice-cream-truck stickups or selling drugs from a Nissan.

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