Five Great Rap Tracks from 2014 You May Have Missed

Categories: year in review

Rob Sonic
Rob Sonic Invites You to Thunderdome.
Well, it's now January 2015. A brand new year with a fresh start. While the promise of a new year brings along the anticipation of new releases from longtime favorites and the excitement of emerging new artists hitting their stride, we tend to forget that first we have to get through January. Usually an absolute drought in terms of new music, while fans often spend December scrambling to make sure they've heard all the year end "Best of 2014" essentials to discuss at New Years, it leaves listeners with nothing to really groove too for the first 21 days of the year. Luckily, we at the Weekly have got you covered and would like to present to you Five Great Rap Tracks from 2014 you may have missed to hold you over until 2015 gets into full swing.

And yes, we know Kanye released his collaboration with Paul McCartney on New Years' Eve, and yes, it's great, but on the off-chance you wanted to put something else new in rotation, these tracks are for you.

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Top 10 Tweeters of 2014

Comedy Hype
Another year has passed and as it seems with every year that goes by, Twitter just keeps picking up momentum. More comedy inclined folks are oozing out of the woodworks to entertain the masses but with so many accounts to choose from, which ones do you follow? We still stand by last year's list because those 10 didn't disappoint this year either, but, it's a new year so we felt inclined to push forward a whole new group for you to feast on. Putting these tweeters in an order is honestly not fair because they all really slay. But since it is the assignment and since we know you all love a good list (even though you all constantly bitch about them), here is our roundup of the "Top 10 Tweeters of 2014."

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The Best Comedy Shows of 2014

There was no shortage of great standup in 2014. Whether it was a solo act or a jam packed stage filled with talent, there were indeed some standout shows. We were lucky enough to attend some of these notable demonstrations of pure comedic genius this year and thought we'd do you a solid by highlighting a few so when they come around in 2015, you'll be on your a-game. Here's our list of the "10 Best Comedy Shows of 2014."

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The Five Best Stand-Up Comics of 2013

Steven Meckler
Finally Doug has a podcast!
We've covered a lot of fantastic comics over the years but when it comes to this year, there were definitely some comedic favorites that had people buzzing around the world. Whether they made it into beautiful Orange County or not in 2013, we were all watching, laughing along, and becoming even bigger fans of their work. It's undeniable that a list like this could go on and on and depending on your taste in comedy and the location you live, chances are that you might not agree with our picks. And that's fine by us. As long as you watch and support live comedy we can always agree to disagree but when it comes to our choices, well, here are our top picks for the "Five Stand-Up Comics That Had a Stand-Out Year in 2013."

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The 10 Worst Music Videos of 2011

We're on the fence about Katy Perry in "E.T."

2011 was host to a legion of ambitiously unconventional music videos -- often so rapt in their quest for originality that quality (and logic) fell by the wayside. Surprisingly, the songs themselves often aren't stinkers -- but the visual adaptations are. Applauded for their audacity and mocked for their absurdity, here's a top 10 of front runners.

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Top 10 Video Game Posts of 2011

Flickr user Rad Jose
If you're a regular OC Weekly reader and a gamer, our video game writer Peter Mai is probably your hero. Our video game columnist consistently gets hundreds of thousands of page views every week with his insightful and well-written blogs. Which ones were the most popular this year? Find out after the jump.

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Heard Mentality's Top Posts of 2011

Categories: year in review
Laila Derakhshanian
Wow, 2011 sure went by fast. And while our most popular posts had all the elements that make up the Interwebz (cats, Kreayshawn and Lil Wayne all made the list) we found that our biggest hits are made up of solid news coverage. Read on to see our most popular posts of 2011!

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The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #5 - #1

Categories: year in review
Stop grinning. Your album sucks.
See also: The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #10 - #6

5. Jane's Addiction
The Great Escape Artist
There was no way Perry Farrell and company were going to shock the world with another Ritual lo Habitual. That much we knew -- if for no other reason than Farrell spends more time these days promoting Lollapalooza Chile than crafting music. But with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek lending a bass-thwacking hand in the studio for their new album, we hoped that something at least seemingly reminiscent of the punk-slathered art-rock these flamboyant rockers concocted in their heyday would result. Instead, we got what we perhaps should have been expected: a gothic, gloomy attempt at mood-rock that's as appealing as a Dave Navarro STD.

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The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #10 - #6

Categories: year in review

Yes, Jessi J, you made the list. Stop pouting.
See also: The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #5 - #1

Tis' an exciting time of year for music critics. From January through November, carpel-tunnel prone wordsmiths like us often are faced with editorial pressure to "go easy" on certain releases. Or perhaps we are encouraged to throw praise upon hyped albums that probably never deserved it. 

But now is that beautiful month when all such sins of withheld-expression can be forgiven. Because as end-of-the-year-lists are pieced together, it's finally acceptable for writers at last to divulge our feelings about the music that we consumed over the past year.

That "comeback" Limp Bizkit record that we really used as aural punishment for our misbehaving dog? Our apologies. Travis Barker's "innovative" solo release for its choice of guests that in reality was as groundbreaking as Sporty Thievz' "No Pigeons"? Again, please forgive us. It's these sort of misdeeds we want to get off our chest. So, in the rant-like spirit of this shit-talking season, we're unloading on the albums of 2011 that were just flat-out disappointing. We wouldn't lie to you.

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Year in Review: Best of Albums and Tracks Lists Reveals Much Love for Animal Collective

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Approximately 800 zillion records were released in the past 12 months, and that's just the ones issued on old-fashion CD. Like never before, definitive tallies of the year's greatest are absurd. But us music geeks still like to see what others were obsessed with--even if it's just to get a head shake and chuckle out of seeing which 30-year-old band's album Rolling Stone picked for their No. 1 slot.