Why Hip Hop in 2013 was fucking awesome

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  1. Borf™

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    This year was the first in a long time I was genuinely excited about new Hip Hop coming out. The first year for ages I was constantly following what was happening in the Hip Hop world. Plenty of amazing releases. Don't get it twisted though, it's different. The sound is not the same as what we're used to. It took me a while to get into some stuff, but I come to terms that Hip Hop won't ever sound the same. Once I did, my ears let me enjoy plenty of current stuff that's being released.

    I'll kick it off with my top 5 albums/mixtapes

    Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
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    A free mixtape: http://www.audiomack.com/album/chance-the-rapper/acid-rap

    Chance is unique. I've never heard someone as diverse as this in Hip Hop I don't think. This mixtape has everything. He sings, he spits sick verses, he has good hooks and the beats are top notch. There's all sort of tracks on here, from soulful to deep to full on bangers. For a 20 year old, the maturity and quality of his music is mind blowing. This is his second free mixtape, but it sounds like he's been doing it way longer. His voice grates on some people, but the overall sound of his songs are so good I've completely got over it. Ultimately, it's fun. It's easy listening and catchy, but there are deeper and more serious moments to it.


    Stand out track for me. the beat is so chilled. The lyrics are some of his deepest and most meaningful


    The beat, the hook. Brought Twista back from fuck knows where. Vic Mensa's (one of Chance's school friends) verse is awesome. The flow on it gets me every time.


    This beat BANGS on a good system. Chance sings more than spits. Ab-soul features,


    Quite a simple beat, but it allows chance to flow well over it. He has no set tempo or rhythm, it keeps on changing. He has this sort of freedom of just flowing how he wants when he wants on it.


    Same sample as a Cannibus tune (Nigganometry I think off top of my head...) and a Dre beat off The Chronic. I think Nate Fox does a lot more with this beat though. It's just so chilled.

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    Big K.R.I.T - King Remembered In Time
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    Another free mixtape: http://www.datpiff.com/Big-KRIT-King-Remembered-In-Time-mixtape.473106.html

    Entirely self produced. The beats are the stand out on this. Some of them are so well crafted. Some of the best beats this year are on this. His sampling is second to none around at the moment. Such a wide knowledge of music in general. I love that. He's one of the best lyricist around at the moment too. There's a few "swag" sort of tunes with some weak features, but that's easily overlooked for some of the awesome tunes on here.


    Probably my favourite beat off the album


    Love what he's done with that James Blake sample


    This beat is beautiful. No other word for it.


    So chilled. He goes basically accapella over most of it, but carries it well.



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    Joey Bada$$ - Summer Knights
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    Yet another free mixtape: http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/joey-bada-summer-knights

    If you want that "90s sound" then this is the closest from the new school you'll get. This was among the most highly anticipated releases this year. It did not disappoint. So many bangers and Joey is easily among the nicest on the mic at the moment - by far. And he's 18. Fucking 18.


    Banger of a beat with a lovely sample. Joey goes IN on this. That opening bar sets the tone.


    Lover this beat. The piano get's stuck in my head for ages after hearing it.


    Premo on the boards. Definitely has that 90s vibe.


    Somewhat of a Pro Era posse but. Probably my favourite beat on the album along side 95 Til Infinity


    Another Pro Era posse cut. Aweomse beat from Oddisee.
     
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    Mac Miller - Watching Movies With The Sound Off
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    I've never been a fan of Mac. But I gave this a chance and was blown away. My favourite retail album of the year. The production is near flawless. There's like 2 tunes which I don't like the beats, the rest I pretty much love. Mac has some awesome verses and his flow has picked up a lot from past stuff I've heard. He just sounds so good on these beats. He's stepped his lyrics up too. Has some awesome features; Jay Electronica, Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, Ab-soul, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler The Creator and beats from Alchemist, flyinglotus, Pharell and Clams Casino. Mac himself produces some of the stand out beats under his alias Larry Fishmen.


    Awesome beat from Alchemist. Great feature from Bronson too.


    So chilled. Love the floating voices in the background.


    Pharell beat. Another chilled vibe. He sings rather than spits, but carries it well.


    Mac beat. Another chilled one.


    Probably my favourite beat on the album.


    Another Mac beat. Jay Electronica feature.
     
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    CJ Fly - Thee Way Eye See It
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    Yet another free mixtape: http://www.datpiff.com/CJ-Fly-Thee-Way-Eye-See-It-mixtape.534368.html

    Another member of Pro Era, Joey Bada$$'s crew. Quite a similar vibe to Joey's. The beat selection is probably better to be honest, and although he's not as nice as Joey on the mic, he still hold his own.


    Joey feature. Lazy and chilled beat.


    Love the sample. Probably the best beat on the album.




    Basically two tunes in one. The first is awesome. The second is decent too to be fair. But the fist is why I picked it.


    Another quality beat. Some nice storytelling on this.
     
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    Lewis Parker - The Puzzle Episode 2: The Glass Ceiling
    Omniscence - Sharp Objects
    MC Melodee & Cookin Soul - My Tape Deck

    three hip hop albums from 2013 I honestly thought were great. (coming from an old git who thought all hip hop went shite around 97/98)
     
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    Some honourable mentions;

    J.Cole - Born Sinner
    Vic Mensa - Innanetape (free mixtape)
    L'orange & Stik Figa - The City under the city
    Talib Kweli - Prinsoner Of Conscious
    Yancey Boys - Sunset BLVD


    One of my favourite samples of the year. Such a raw and powerful beat. Has an old dusty Jazz sort of sound.


    Love the beat. Kendrick goes in on this.


    Awesome energy in this RZA beat. Features Busta Rhymes. Talib shines on it though.


    Love this beat. J.Cole get's a lot of stick, but this album was solid.


    Quite a different beat but I love it. Kendrick on the hook

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    Illa J (Dilla's brother) and Frank (of Frank and Dank) over unused Dilla beats. This and the next are the standouts.


    So chilled.


    Another free mixtape. Chance The Rapper's school friend. Best tune on the mixtape I think. Lovely beat, deep lyrics and Vic flows great. Catchy hook too.


    Chilled. Ab-soul feature and BJ The Chicago Kid on the Hook



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    Some other big tunes from this year;


    Fucking LOVE this beat. The album was a huge let down, but this tune is HUGE.


    Awesome vibe to this. Full of energy. The beat's very different but I love it. Hard to keep still when I stick it on. Cannot wait for this album next year. Kendrick feature.


    The mixtape was a huge letdown. Basically old Tribe tunes with a random Busta verse on it. This was the standout. Love the beat, especially on the hook


    Modern day classic posse cut. Features all the up and comers who have blown up recently. Kendrick, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T, Danny Brown amd Yelawolf (of who I'm not a fan)


    This album was decent overall. Some very weak tracks though. 3 or 4 are pretty sick though.


    Method Man still killing it.

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    Chance The Rapper was my favourite artist of the year. Along with his mitape which was my favourite release of the year, he had some awesome features too. He's just so different to anything I've heard.


    This was a decent mixtape by Rapsody to be fair. Soulful joint.


    Even Lil Wayne has a good verse on this. Never though I'd say that. Again Chance's flows is just so dynamic


    Not strictly hip Hop, but this remix is well up there for my tunes of the year. They sound so good together.



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    This is probably THE talked about thing in Hip Hop this year. Kendrick's verse isn't great, but the buzz he created with it was HUGE. Spawned an infinite amount of responses from people like Joe Budden and Lupe Fiacso. It pissed a lot of rappers off. Unfortunately, they got the wrong end of the stick. It wasn't meant as a diss. He meant he wants everyone in the game to step up and make good music. But people just gave shit disses. His verse kicks in at about 3:24. Hip Hop has lacked that competition to be the best for a LONG time. He flows is well and has such aggression and passion in it.

    Tell Flex to drop a bomb on this shit
    So many bombs, ring the alarm like Vietnam in this shit
    So many bombs, make Farrakhan think that Saddam in this bitch
    One at a time, I line 'em up and bomb on they mom while she watchin' the kids
    I'm in a destruction mode if the gold exists
    I'm important like the pope, I'm a muslim on pork
    I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York
    King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both

    The juggernaut's all in your jugular, you take me for jokes
    Live in the basement, church pews and funeral faces
    Cardio bracelets for my women free as I'm in Vegas
    Who the fuck y'all thought it's supposed to be?
    If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin' me
    I'm uncoachable, I'm unsociable
    Fuck y'all clubs, fuck y'all pictures
    Your Instagram can gobble these nuts
    Gobble dick up 'til you hiccup
    My big homie Kurupt
    This the same flow that put the rap game on a crutch
    I've seen niggas Transform like villain Decepticons
    Mollies'll prolly turn these bitches to fuckin' Lindsey Lohans
    A bunch of rich ass white girls lookin' for parties
    Playin with Barbies wreck the Porsche before you give 'em the car key
    Judge me 'til the monarchy, blessin's to Paul McCartney
    You called me a black Beatle, I'm either that or a Marley
    (I don't smoke crack, motherfucker I sell it!)
    I'm dressed in all black, this is not for the fan of Elvis
    I'm aimin' straight for your pelvis, you can't stomach me
    You plan on stumpin' me? I've been jumped before you put a gun on me
    I put one on yours I'm Sean Connery
    James Bond, wasn't none of you niggas climbing 100 mil in front of me
    And I'm gonna get it even if you're in the way
    And if you're in it, better run for pete's sake
    I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
    Who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
    Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of ya'll
    New niggas just new niggas, don't get involved

    And I ain't rockin no more designer shit
    White T's and Nike Cortez, this is red corvettes annonymous
    I'm usually homeboys with the same niggas I'm rhymin with
    But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
    And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
    Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake
    Big Sean, Jay electron', Tyler, Mac Miller
    I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you niggas

    Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
    They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from u niggas
    What is competition? I'm tryna raise the bar high
    Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive
    Out the exit window of 5 G5's with 5 grams
    With your grandad as the pilot he drunk as fuck tryna land
    With the hand full of arthritis and popping prosthetic leg
    Bumpin Pac in the cockpit so the shit that pops in his head
    Is an option of violence, someone heard the stewardess said
    That your parachute is a latex condom hooked to a dread

    Then after that, you get a Jay Electronica verse.



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    Been meaning to check out Lewis Parker's. UK scene hasn't interested me in a while, simply on a US flex. But even US heads are bigging up this album. Which they NEVER do with UK Hip Hop. Will give it and the other two a listen.

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    2014 will be another huge year I think.

    Some of the most anticipated releases of next year. Hope of them get released.

    Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
    Jay Electronica - Act II: Patents Of Nobility
    Nas - Untitled LP (Final album for Def Jam)
    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
    Blu & Bombay - Good To B Home
    Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
    The Roots - … And Then You Shoot Your Cousin …
    Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica
    Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$
    eLZhi - Untitled LP (Due April 2014)
    AZ - Doe Or Die 2
    J Dilla - The Diary
    Mos Def (AKA Yasiin Bey) & Mannie Fresh - OMFGOD
    Q-Tip - The Last Zulu
    Fashawn - The Ecology
    Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele 2: Blue and Cream
    Raekwon - FILA
    Pro Era - The Secc$ Tape 2
    Dag Savage - E & J
    Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole - Up In The Sky
    Step Brothers (Evidence & The Alchemist) - Lord Steppington
    MF DOOM & Bishop Nehru - Untitled LP
    Capital STEEZ - King Capital
    Skyzoo & Torae - Barrel Brothers
     
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    yeah there's quite a few US rappers on there, maybe that's why. Doesn't sound much like an album from the UK

    here's links to those albums:
    http://kingunderground.bandcamp.com/album/the-puzzle-episode-2-the-glass-ceiling

    http://omniscence.bandcamp.com/album/sharp-objects

    http://cookinsoul.bandcamp.com/album/my-tape-deck


    good call on the Illa J, need to check that. enjoyed the first one for the Dilla beats
     
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    Pusha T - Numbers On The Boards bodied EVERYTHING in hip hop last year

    Don't try and tell me otherwise cos you'll be wrong


    And I don't think hip hop was 'awesome' last year.... it just didn't suck as much as it has done the last 5 or so years

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    And you missed out Earl Sweatshirt... the best new rapper in a long time
     
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    ^^^

    What she said, pretty much...
     
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    Yeh, fuck knows how I forgot Earl. Doris was a solid release too. There's probably a few more things I've left out.



    Huge tune
     
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    gonna check some of the stuff Borf, probably not all my bag, guess that just shows how diverse it still is

    my personal favorite is the Rugged Man album, that EL-P album was also good
     
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    He's been living out in the US for a good few years now and it comes across in his accent for sure. And as mentioned, a lot of US features. Sick album though.
     
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    Didn't read the whole thing because I'm on a tablet and this shit dosen't load youtube videos and pictures too quick...

    But for me it was something like this (no order)

    All the Pro Era stuff (this is probably what I've been most into. Beast Coast scene is absolutely murdering it)
    The Underachievers - Indigoism
    Ugly Heroes - Ugly Heroes (Kinda underrated, you should check their mixtape out)
    Earl - Doris.
    Denzel Curry - Nostalgic 64
    Blu - York (Far from being as good as Below The Heavens, but still a good album)
    Cj Fly - Way Eye See It
    Flatbush Zombies - BetterOffDEAD
    Clear Soul Forces - Gold PP7's
    Yancey Boys - The Throwaway
     
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    oh I liked a few tracks off Epidemic's album too



    reminds me of mid 90s era stuff, but not in your standard lazy "throwback" kinda way
     
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    rated this tune..

    just noticed it was put out in 2012 tho so ill crawl back under my rock
     
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    ^^ that track is amazing. They did put out an album last year called Gold PP7 but nothing on it was anywhere near as good...
     
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    yet this stuff will be forgotten in 3 years time, all fillers, no killers
     
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    ScottyEightSix HUGE EARS > COMEDY CHIN

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    He bigged Earl up in another thread, I have been smashing that Hive track since Borf pointed it out to me

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    Never mind
     
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