Top 20 Hip Hop Albums of 2013

Jan 08, 2014
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It almost feels strange to list Yeezus as the "best hip-hop album of the year," as Kanye has become the rare artist that transcends both the genre and pop culture to which he belongs. Like no artist since Michael Jackson, he's a household name, a punch-line, and a musical visionary-and nearly every album he makes is now an instant classic. Yeezus is a curious album from an artist that has reached that status, though, as West strips back the creative excess that usually accompanies his ambitions and ends up with a minimalist setting that actually provides more space for his outsized ego. He might not be the greatest rapper ever, the greatest lyricist ever, or the greatest producer ever, but he keeps turning out album after album that reimagines and redefines what hip-hop can be, all the while establishing him as one his generation's most compellingly conflicted personalities. Still, it's a shame that no matter how great he is, he'll still fall short of how great he thinks he is.

 

The rest of the year belonged to eccentric upstarts, from Chance the Rapper's instant leftfield classic to Danny Brown and Earl Sweatshirt's genius-confirming turns as post-fame success stories. Storytellers (Kevin Gates, Le1f, Ka) had a good run in 2013, too, but even the year's most serious artistic statements (Run the Jewels, Migos) had a thick undercurrent of fun running through them. Overall, this is a top heavy list but a deep one, with five classic or near-classic albums and over a dozen more that suggest that hip-hop has rarely had so many distinctive personalities pulling in so many different directions at one time. By Matt Fink

1

Kanye West

Yeezus

Def Jam

2

Chance the Rapper

Acid Rap

Self-Released

3

Danny Brown

Old

Fool's Gold

4

Kevin Gates

The Luca Brasi Story

Atlantic

5

Earl Sweatshirt

Doris

Columbia

6

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels

Fool's Gold

7

Migos

Y.R.N.

Self-Released

8

Le1f

Fly Zone

Camp & Street/Greedhead Music

9

Ka

The Night's Gambit

Iron Works

10

A$AP Ferg

Trap Lord

Polo Grounds/RCA

11

Black Milk

No Poison No Paradise

Computer Ugly/Fat Beats

12

Pusha T

My Name is My Name

GOOD Music/Def Jam

13

Drake

Nothing Was the Same

Republic/Cash Money/Young Money Entertainment

14

A$AP Rocky

Long.Live.A$AP

Polo Grounds/RCA

15

Young Fathers

Tape Two

Anticon

16

Blu

York

Nature Sounds

17

Prodigy & Alchemist

Albert Einstein

Infamous

18

J. Cole

Born Sinner

Roc Nation/Columbia

19

Quasimoto

Yessir Whatever

Stone's Throw

20

Tyler, the Creator

Wolf

Sony

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Icariin Canada
September 29th 2017
3:58am

Defo agree on the Tyler and Kanye picks, not so sure on the others, I will have to give them a re-listen.

freidoras sin aceite
November 10th 2017
11:18am

Para mi los mejores de la historia.