A Top 15 2013
Welcome to HipHopsMission.com! We start our mission to the top with the top 15 projects of 2013. Nowadays since mixtapes are made with just as much effort as albums they should be categorize together. It was such a great year in hip hop, now let’s celebrate the best of the best.
“Walk like it, talk like it/ I don’t give a fuck nigga, New York like, or not/ Im Troy Ave get use to me/ ODB dead but this the new shimmy/new Biggie, R.I.P/ BSB, drug deals and R.I.P’s”
When critics alike saying that New York hip hop has lost it’s sound and identity we have the epitome of a New York rapper coming in at number 15. New comer from Brooklyn, New York, Troy Ave with his independence debut album, “New York City The Album”. New York hasn’t had a new artist represent their city quite like this in a while. Troy Ave has been shaking things up as of late and calling his fellow NY rappers out on their inauthentic representation of the city. He put together a great debut that speaks volume. He showed he has an ear for beats and displayed storytelling and song writing ability. He even showed a great work ethic releasing the “BSB” series with his artists and also dropping “White Christmas 2” before the year end. The challenge for Troy Ave will be breaking into other markets outside of New York City in 2014.
Standout songs: “Cigar Smoke” (Feat. King Seven), “My Grind” (Feat. Rubirosa), “Everything” (Feat. Pusha T)
“Every cents huffy, pockets on husky/ Shawty don’t trust me, I break hearts often/ If you look at my pockets you a weight watcher/From a dishwasher to a kingpin/Remember how the scene end and how this thing is/ Drugs backed in ’em mean them things in/ Now it’s duffle bags full of green men/ I swear I ain’t lying if my daddy hadn’t died/ He’d tell ya I had em’ hooked like Kareem did”
The number 14 pick is, Mr. Chains himself, 2 Chainz with, “B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time”. Tity Boi has been overlooked when it comes to albums of the year list. The reason it belongs on the list is because of his growth, his debut album was lackluster and disappointing. This is the album he was suppose to make his first go round. “B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time” has a great blend of music for the club, the strippers and the trap. He stepped up in all aspects and showed why he keeps gets called for features frequently.
Standout songs: “Outroduction”, “Fork”, “36”
“Gave a lot of music out for free instead of bein’ sold/ But deep down in my little heart man that shit is gold/ Shot my videos with my cousin, man that shit was cold/ Niggas couldn’t tell me back then I wasn’t Big or Hov/ Now they make songs with no soul just to bathe in gold/ Fuck it I know how the shit go – I played a ‘roll”
With Kendrick Lamar (Had to be mention him on the list for the sake of hip hop, ha.) making conceptional albums are the new fad in hip hop. We have Dom Kennedy’s, “Get Home Safely” coming in at number 13 of 2013. Dom did such a subtle concept, although the title gives it away, fans still had to put it together. He put together his best work yet and accomplished getting the album sold in Best Buy and did it all independently. The album catches that classic Los Angeles feel with it’s G funk inspired production. The baseball analogy was ingenious because Dom gives us the new player guide on how to round the bases to “Get Home Safely”.
Standout songs: “Black Bentley’s”, “Dominic”, “Pleeze” (Feat. Nipsey Hussle)
“But Tyler, you’re my hero, I used to get bullied/ Until I heard “Radicals,” the last part got to me/ See, I used to give a fuck until my cock would bleed/Now I’m the happiest I think I’ll ever ever be/My life is just like yours, no father/My momma must have forgot to stop with a popped condom/In school I was the one thinking outside boxes/So everybody in them would say that I got problems/So when I heard you say it, I said it back like fuck ‘em/You’re an inspiration to niggas like me”
The kid that was ahead of the curve when putting a concept on their album. He’s been plotting since day one with the release of his debut solo, “Bastard”. In at number 12 is Tyler, The Creator with, “Wolf”. Tyler has a very innovational way of thinking and “Wolf” is a creative display of his thought process. He has matured with age and it transcends within the album, his production skills has improved also. Tyler has welcomed his fans into his tangled mind with his three albums. He started a storyline to no ones knowledge and “Wolf” is the beginning of that story. His fourth installment is something to look forward.
Standouts: “48”, “IFHY”, “Rusty” (Feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)
“Forever life been never nice, we expedite the process/ And every night I get advice, cause life is way too complex/ Heaven’s lights are hella bright, ironic how that came to be/ But can’t you see? This angel speaks/ She’s saying the place is safe for me/ I told “wait for me,” the make believer normally disguise/ Transform before your eyes and glorifies euphoric highs”
The progress for this next artist was duly noted amongst his peers. His project was out shined because he released his sophomore album on the same day with the likes of, Kanye West and J Cole. Yup, Mac Miller’s, “Watching Movies With The Sound Off”. Even though “Blue Slide Park” was a success, sales wise it lacked a lot of what made people become his fans in the first place. Arguably his worse project to date. That’s why “WMWTSO” was such a treat. It sounded like Mac found himself and let his creativity flourish. He stepped his lyrics up and even started making beats under the alias, Larry Fisherman. He closed out the year releasing “Live In Space” a live album recorded on tour with, The Internet. At the tender age of 21 his ceiling is limitless.
Standouts songs: “Youforia”, “Objects in the mirror”, “Aquarium”
“I’m anti-Santa Maria/ Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace/ I don’t even like Washingtons in my pocket/ Black card go hard when I’m shopping Boat dock in front of Hermes picking cotton/ Silk and fleeces, lay on my Jesus/ Oh my God, I hope y’all don’t get seasick/ See me in shit you never saw/ If it wasn’t for these pictures they wouldn’t see me at all”
Every great player in any league loses a step with age. Michael Jordan on Wizards, Emmitt Smith on the Cardinals or Shaq on well, every team after the Heat. What each of these players have in common with this artist is that even though you know they was older you still gave them that cushion because you knew what they were capable of. Cracking into the top 10 is Jay Z’s, “Manga Carter Holy Grail”. Hov changed the game and pushed the culture forward when Samsung paid for the first million copies of the album. Even with giving the album away free, he still managed to go gold the first week with physical sales of the album. He put out one of the best albums production wise. Sure, when you compare Hov to previous Hov the lyrics aren’t as potent but, he still will dunk on you when given the lane.
Standouts: “Oceans” (Feat. Frank Ocean), “Picasso Baby”, “Heaven”
“Back when I was living on Flanders/ Seen another dope fiend beat another with a hammer/ Remember at the park, seen a nigga at the payphone/ Got rocked in his dome, momma picked me up and ran home/ Was like fucking seven years old When I first seen a fiend try to light a rock off the stove/ Damn near burned his top lip off, so my mind ticked off/ Desensitized to a lot of things, mind would drift off/ Wish it was what I seen on TV, I snapped outta that/ Unc beating on my auntie/ Gunshots outside was sorta like fireworks/ We know they ain’t fireworks; it’s December 21st/ Cold winter with a kerosene heater/ On the couch so cold can’t take off your sneakers”
Not a lot artist are making noise coming out of Detroit. Big Sean is poplar now but, “Hall Of Fame” was a disappointment to some after a such loved mixtape with, “Detroit”. But this artist has warming up for quite a while and he finally got a chance to detonate in 2013, from receiving felicio on stage to finally releasing his much anticipated debut, “Old”. Danny Brown embodies the city of Detroit and it’s poverty. The unique pitch of his voice and different flows make the album that much more enjoyable. He even incorporates a side A and a side B like a cassette tape staying true to the title. More importantly it shows his diversity.
Standout songs: “Torture”, “Red 2 Go”, “Dubstep”
“The good book said pray/ But you so stuck in your ways/ You got my image appraiseddddd/ Why you sinning out waiting/ Fornicating with women I sat right there on your table/ Don’t bow your head for grace/ Though I’m keeping you graceful/ Brothers was born to cheat/Though I question who’s faithful/ Fast for me nope/ Blasphemy though, Rap to it so racks up/ To match up with me froze/ How can a diamond supersede my wisdom/ I seen a reverend with five of me as he read his scripture/ This is bible readings to people with malice intentions/ You silly get wits seen ahki with crucifix pendent/ With a Cuban attached On a secular scene/ I died for you all/ Now niggas die over me”
After a snub and not making the top 50 albums of 2013 on Complex’s list brings us one of the most passionate artist of this new era of musicians in any genre. At the number 8, Wale’s “The Gifted”. Wale brought us Christmas in June with, “The Gifted”. Wale made soulful music somewhat compelling again in the mainstream market. A lot of day one Wale fans say that his music has changed for the worse contrary to the fact that he has gotten better with every album. Anyone that gets mad at Wale for his rants for not receiving awards and accolades for his work just think, we love Kanye for the same reason we hate Wale for.
Standouts: “LoveHateThing” (Feat. Sam Dew) “Golden Salvation” (Jesus Piece) “88”
“A bunch of hypocrites and Christians, the land of no religion/ My Santa Claus was missing, catch you slippin’ then it’s Christmas/ Motherfuck a wishlist, my ghetto was ambition/ For my benjis and my Bentley, and them bitches now I gets gets/ On the road to riches, a diamond ring, designer jeans/ Choking on that biscuit till I’m no longer existing/ I wonder if they miss me, as long as I make history/ Now my soul is feeling empty, tell the reaper come and get me”
In a time when New York was quiet in the beginning of 2013, there was one rapper making plenty of noise. He had the biggest year in his career in music as well as making a name for himself in the fashion world. That’s right Pretty Flacko comes in at number 7 with, “Long.Live.A$AP”. A$AP Rocky put together a very cohesive project, with a great balance of records. He is now a fixture on radio and has taken his team with him. A$AP Freg also released his debut in 2013, 2014 looks promising as they gear up for the release of the groups effort, “A$AP World”.
Standouts: “Long Live A$AP” “PMW” (All I Really Need) (Feat. Schoolboy Q) “1 Train” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big KRIT)
“I’m the big homie, they still tryna lil bro me dog/ Like I should fall in line, like I should alert niggas/ When I’m ‘bout to drop somethin’ crazy and I say I’m the greatest of my generation/ Like I should be dressin’ different/ Like I should be less aggressive and pessimistic/ Like I should be way more nervous and less dismissive/ Like I should be on my best behavior/ And not talk my shit and do it major like the niggas who paved the way for us/ Like I didn’t study the game to the letter/ And understand that I’m not doin’ it the same, man, I’m doin’ it better/ Like I didn’t make that clearer this year/ Like I should feel, I don’t know, guilty for saying that”
Arguably the biggest artist in hip hop at this moment, if you’re arguing with a fool. The biggest name in hip hop comes in at number 6, Drizzy Drake’s, “Nothing Was The Same”. The reason it didn’t crack the top 5 is because the lyrical drop off from “Take Care”. Still some of the best songs to come out this year and you can’t go anywhere without hearing him. Sick of him or not you have to respect him. He creates great records for everyone. He showed he didn’t need his hand held from Young Money to be successful. I highly doubt Drake loses that top stop in 2014.
Standouts: “Tuscan Leather”, “Worst Behavior”, “Too Much”
“My momma was raised in the era when/ Clean water was only served to the fairer skin/ Doing clothes you would have thought I had help/ But they wasn’t satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself/ You see it’s broke nigga racism, That’s that “Don’t touch anything in the store”/ And it’s rich nigga racism, That’s that “Come in, please buy more””
When a person is mad you usually expect some sort of backlash but, no one expected this. Entering the top 5 of 2013 you have no other than Kanye West’s “Yeezus”. “Yeezus” is an album that you either really love or really hate, no real middle ground. Kanye being pioneer that he is tried something so different and unexpected… it worked. It got everyone talking, everyone had an opinion, good or bad. In doing this he pushed the culture in a different direction. Not only did the album catch your attention, Kanye’s interviews in 2013 was nothing short of greatness. The more you listen to him the more you understood the album, the angry and the frustration. From “Yeezus”, to his extravagant tour and even getting in engaged to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West has had one of the most memorable years. Looking ahead, 2014 will be amazing. Hopefully a real release date for red octobers and his new shoe with Adidas.
Standout songs: “New Slaves” (Feat. Frank Ocean), “Black Skinhead”, “Guilt Trip” (Feat. Kid Cudi)
“I sold more dope than I sold records/ You niggas sold records, never sold dope/ So I ain’t hearing none of that street shit/ Cause in my mind you motherfuckers sold soap/ Got rich selling hope to hopeless/ But I’m a thinker, methodic in my motives/ Uh, I motivate to put my niggas into motors”
One of the most waited for albums not just for 2013 but for some time now. Every self-proclaimed “hip hop head” was satisfied when the number 4 album, Pusha T’s debut, “My Name Is My Name” finally hit the streets. Push showed that 12 years after “Lord Willin’ ” his lines about drugs and street life are still as potent as they were than. The best produced album of the year. The only thing that takes away from this album is that it’s apparent that his brother was missed with a features on 10 out of 12 songs. Still some of the best work to hit the block in recent years.
Standout songs: “Numbers On The Boards”, “Hold On” (Feat. Rick Ross), “40 Acres” (Feat. The-Dream)
“How mama gonna teach you how to save your money/ When she barely on the boat got stay afloat money/ Blacks always broke cause we don’t know money/ Spend it before we get it and could never hold money/ No wallets, nah, nigga we’d rather fold money/ Money control niggas, white man control money/ Laughing like: “yeah yeah my nigga, get your money” “
Grammy snub? Yup, that happen. Its baffling. If you live this hip hop shit it’s sad to see such great work get unnoticed. I guess it truly is a Cole world. J. Cole’s, “Born Sinner” places number 3 on HHM’s list. The best flowing album released last year, it doesn’t skip a beat. This album solidified Cole’s spot in the game, going toe to toe in sales with hip hop heavyweight Kanye West and holding his own. The one mishap is him producing his whole album. It gives it one sound. But still one of the better produced albums and lyrically…. a different league. J. Cole let Nas down and the Grammys let hip hop down.
Standout songs: “Villuminati”, “Rich Niggaz”, “Let Nas Down”
“Email denied, talk to me baby/ Before I go crazy, might do it maybe/ We were so Jay Z and Beyonce, my aunt say “keep the sex game picante”/ The Aunt May and Mary Jane that I was hitting on/ To make me try and forget that there was something wrong/ Love is Russian roulette, I had the safety on/ We popped pills at the Coachella/ Hold my head in the weeds, man I can’t tell her
The fear that I feel man it might kill her/ Man, it might kill her, it’s the prep school mic killa’/ With the drums and the groove so it feel Dilla/ I don’t care what he say/ I’ma get my platinum back like I’m a half ton gorilla”
The biggest surprise on the list comes in at number 2. The album will blown you away once you experience it. The biggest thing in all of our lives in this day and age is the internet. It’s not even debatable. At number 2 the multifaceted, Childish Gambino with his sophomore album, “Because The Internet”. The music alone is superb but once you read the screen play with the album it captures you. Just visit Becausetheinter.net (how clever?) and truly get lost in Gambino’s world. Childish Gambino had the best concept and packaged album of 2013.
Standout songs: “WORLDSTAR”, “The Worst Guys” (Feat. Chance The Rapper), “3005”
“My big homie died young; just turned older than him/ I seen it happen, I seen it happen, I see it always/ He still be screaming, I see his demons in empty hallways/I trip to make the fall shorter/ Fall quarter was just a tall order/ And I’m hungry, I’m just not that thirsty/ As of late, my verses seem not so verse-y/And all my words just mean controversy/ Took the team up off my back like “that’s not your jersey?”/Stressin’, pullin’ my hair out, hoping I don’t get picked/All this medicine in me hoping I don’t get sick/ Making all this money hoping I don’t get rich/ Cause niggas still getting bodied for foams”
Finally. Number 1. This project still sounds as fresh as it did when it first came out back in April. The most original piece of work this year. It’s really undeniable how good it is. At a time when Chicago was boiling with violent artists like Chief Keef and Lil Durk the number 1 project of 2013 exploded on the scene. Yup, Chance The Rapper’s, “Acid Rap”. From his flows, ad-libs and song writing it was the best last year. He even turned down a chance to sign to TDE, this young mans potential infinite.
Standout songs: “Pusha Man” (Feat Nate Fox & Lili K.), “Juice”, “Lost” (Feat. Noname Gypsy)
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