50 Best Albums of 2014

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Young Thug and Bloody Jay, 'Black Portland'
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31. Young Thug and Bloody Jay, 'Black Portland'

Young Thug was 2014's most exciting new weirdo, an ATL star-child who stretches his Lil Wayne yelp like Silly Putty until you're hanging on every mangled syllable. This mixtape (with buddy Bloody Jay) is his finest hour: catchy, woozy, idea-stuffed songs about sex, gangs and not giving a damn whether what he says bothers you.

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