Benny Diction

"I graft like a man possessed, creative juice and gallons of sweat, my labour's fruits produced from passion, not just for stacking the wedge"

The home of Benny Diction: London-based emcee/musician, member of The Punning Clan and the Boom Bap Professionals roster and host of monthly hip-hop event Holdin' Court.


Now we're a week into 2015, I thought I'd share my favourite 25 releases of last year with those of you who are arsed.

There seemed to be an endless stream of quality projects throughout 2014 and, in my opinion, it was another year which showed hip-hop music to be in the most exciting and diverse phase it's been in for a long time. Beyond the genre there were many great releases too.

There are others releases that I rate highly and there's also bound to be tons of shit I've not heard so this is by no means a definitive list but, at the time of going to print, these were the 25 releases (EPs/albums/mixtapes) that especially grabbed me:

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - Blasphemy

Beit Nun – Death By This Adventure EP

Brother Beatbox – Vol. III

Burgundy Blood – Suede Comet

Cheech & Morriarchi – Kush Garden EP

Clipping – Clppng

Curren$y – The Drive In Theater

D’Angelo And The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Fatima – Yellow Memories

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata

Gee Bag – Show & Tell

Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary

Hawk House – Handshake To The Brain

Hiatus Kaiyote – By Fire EP

Jam Baxter – …So We Ate Them Whole

Lee Scott - Tin Foil Fronts

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

Melanie De Biasio – No Deal

Moose Funk Squad – The Moose Tape Vol. 1

Pierce Artists – Raking Dead Leaves in Autumn

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

Souls of Mischief & Adrian Younge – There Is Only Now

Spider Jaroo x Bambu Hands – Live From The Archive Vol. 1

Strange U – #2040 EP

If I had to narrow it down to one release it'd probably have to be 'Bestiary'.

Feel free to let me know what you were feeling the most!