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Exclaim!’s 2014 in Lists: – Top 10 Trends We Could Live Without in 2015

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The year 2014 was full of some obvious trends, some good (like anything and everything Young Thug did) and, well, many bad. At the risk of whining enough that you whine about my whining in the comments section, here’s a list of recent music trends we could live without in 2015. Don’t forget to head to our Best of 2014 section for more coverage of 2014’s top releases. Top 10 Trends We Could Live Without in 2015: 10. VHS music videos: A real music video favourite in 2014 was mimicking the ’90s VHS aesthetic….

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Exclaim!s 2014 in Lists: – Four Signs That ’94 Hip-Hop is Back

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Exclaim!s 2014 in Lists: - Four Signs That

The young guys are paying homage to (copying?) it. The critics are reminiscing about it. And the artists are reuniting to tour it. It’s that golden age hip-hop sound from 1994, when the art form was at a creative peak. The beats from 20 years ago still hold up, and that spirit was tapped into big-time in 2014. “A lot of other people are trying to pull from that era,” says Royce da 5’9″, who joined ’94 sound-shaper DJ Premier to form this year’s PRhyme. “Preem is one of the architects from that era, that sound. We’re not taking it back anywhere; we’re just doing what we do — on…Read More

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