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The Illixer’s Songs Of The Year (2014)

 2015 Top 5 New Artists

 Top 5 Rap and R&B Albums of 2014 (Mainstream)

**Editors Note: So in the spirit of dropping a bunch of lists to round out the year, Pooh Bailey decided to do a couple more for the site. She gave us her top album picks from the mainstream world (see above). Then she also decided to trifle through the archives and select some of her favorite mixtapes of 2014. Mostly local picks but a few outsiders won her over too. Take a peek and see who all made the cut after the break. 

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“Luciano” (previous review)

“365” (previous review)

“Road 2 Riches” (previous review)

Cezar has gone above and beyond to build up the anticipation for his latest project Heavy Hu$tle. It was officially released a week ago today. It is hosted by DJ Trill Will and it contains production from some of the dopest beat makers in the game such as: Jay Thomas Beats, Bizness Boi, and Marxmill just to name a few. There are also some standout guest appearances from familiar names like Rich P. and Kia Rap Princess. The 16 track collective is rumored to be some of Cezar’s most thorough and valid work to date. Find out if that holds true after the break.

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It’s that time of the year where you are bombarded with year end lists. And we here at The Illixer are no different. The year 2014 has had its ups and downs when it comes to Hip-Hop as well as R&B albums. So boys and girls, here is the Illuminati Roundtable’s list of the best Rap albums and R&B albums of 2014. And by the way if you have an opinion about the list: “I got a black box where suggestions go, but I don’t really give a f–k. It’s probably best you know;” (Well said Mr. Graham).

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Balling on milk crates isn’t the same as balling on rims. This means that you can be M.J. all you want while hooping on milk crates but it doesn’t count until you hoop on a regulation rim. This metaphor leads us to Preseason by Fresno rapper, $Young Roy$. Preseason is a four song offering by $Young Roy$, that serves as a little sampler as to what’s to come with his next project, Enjoy The Ride. These four, rather three, songs gives the listener a great interpretation of what’s to come. However, like the metaphor stated you can’t be great on milk crates. These three songs are actually dope but the mic feed is terrible. It’s hard to embrace these songs when you have grade A production but you used a less quality microphone. Well it’s either that or $Young Roy$ needs to turn his vocals up. But if you can get past that, here’s a snapshot of the four song review …

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Going to the movies is a major holiday tradition for a lot of people. There are some films released during the season that play up to the theme (Annie) and others that are a little more unconventional. One such of the latter being Unbroken. Unbroken is Angelina Jolie‘s directorial take on the life of Louis Zamperini. He was an Olympic athlete who was involved in the second world war where unfortunately he was captured. The film is based on the 2010 non-fiction novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. Always one to do the unexpected, The Movie Council’s own Kal’L decided to drop a surprise solo review on the movie as a holiday gift to the group’s supporters. Critics seem to have mixed feelings about the work, find out where he lands on it after the break.