Almost everyone on the Internet thought 2014 was a terrible year for rap music, ostensibly because it lacked releases from the genre's biggest stars. A-Trak, owner of Fool's Gold Records and former DMC DJ World Champion, would disagree with that sentiment. In an article posted on Medium titled "Why 2014 Was One Of The Best Years For Rap," the Canadian DJ and producer argues that the lack of major releases, combined with the rise of Soundcloud, actually benefited artists. 

The independent hustle of Makonnen, Dej Loaf, and Migos, the curation of Travi$ Scott, and the power couple of Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan are all singled out for recognition by A-Trak. For A-Trak, the wonders of 2014 were encapsulated by one moment. "When Drizzy posted his 'Tuesday' verse, I remember Travi$ Scott put a screenshot of the remix on IG... it was the most meta moment of the year: Travi$ (album of the year), screen-grabs a SoundCloud post (rap adopts tech) of Drake (superstar rapper) fanning out to iLoveMakonnen...yes, this is rap in 2014."