14 Best Mixtapes of 2014

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The best things in life are free.

Or so the saying goes. It's also the core concept behind the mixtape, best known as a cornerstone of the hip hop genre. It launches titans – think Kendrick, think Drake, think Wayne – and in the internet age, the tradition has blossomed into a breeding ground for talent across many genre lines. We listen to these all the time, all year long, and here are our 14 favorites of the last twelve months:

01 Suki Girlz: Suki Girlz [DL]

02 Jon Connor: The Late Registration of a College Dropout Who Had a Dark Twisted Fantasy of 808s and Heartbreak

03 Dean Blunt: Skin Fade [DL]

04 Vince Staples: Shyne Coldchain II

05 Lotic: Damsel In Distress [DL]

06 Mick Jenkins: The Water[s]

07 Jeremih: N.O.M.A.

08 Mac Miller: Faces

09 De La Soul: Smell the Da.I.S.Y. [DL]

10 Migos: No Label II

11 Rome Fortune: Small VVorld

12 King Louie: Tony

13 Childish Gambno: STN MTN

14 Lil B: Hoop Life