The Top Albums of 2014: J.D. Swerzenski's take on the finest efforts of the year

10. Vince Staples | Hell Can Wait | Def Jam

Around the 1:35 mark of "Hands Up," an incendiary indictment of police brutality, Vince Staples works himself into a frenzy, his voice rising to a near shout. Just as his anger is about to boil over, he composes himself, regaining his snarl for another cutthroat eight bars until the brutal knockout: "I refuse the right to be silent." Hell Can Wait's other seven tracks don't lack for similarly heart-stopping moments, but this more than any captures the fire-eyed focus, salient delivery and careful attack of the 21-year old phenom.

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