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Only The Best 2013: Hip-hop

Best Hip Hop tracks of 2013.
1Run the Jewels
Sea Legs

From the intros quivering synths to Killer Mikes crushing verse, this song is the epitome of everything that is good in Hip-Hop right now. El-P produced a banger on this, and neither disappoint with verse's taking shots at Kanye/Jay-Z and properly crossing into the mainstream light without losing what made them great.
2Flatbush ZOMBIES
AmeriKKKan Pie

BetterOffDEAD was the best mixtape released this year, and Amerikkkan Pie is all the best parts of the album put into a track. MC's Meech and Zombie Juice's maturity from D.R.U.G.S is impressive, especially seen on this track dealing with America's many stereotypes. And Ark Elliot's production is outstanding, from the angelic "Ohhh ahhhh's" that create a very haunting tone to the tracks insertion of a very American sounding guitar riff to conclude the song.
3Danny Brown
Clean Up

Old was an album that both Danny Brown and his audiences wanted; which is a very telling statement. Clean Up is one of the most introspective Hip-Hop songs I've heard in awhile. The tracks see's Danny Brown opening up and and exposing vulnerability a way that is so strange to hear. Danny Brown's self-reflection on this song is... sad to hear. And its all the better for it. "Daughter sending me messages saying "Daddy, I miss you"/ But in this condition I don't think she need to see me/ Ain't slept in four days, and I'm smelling like seaweed."
4Kanye West
New Slaves

Kanye West's "Yeezus" wasn't nearly as genre re-defining as it pretended to be, it also wasn't nearly as bad as its naysayers thought it to be. In all actuality, looking at it now in hindsight, it was a good mainstream introduction to "industrial- hop" that felt rushed. New Slaves, however, puts together what I feel Kanye most wanted this album to say. Afterall, the second verse of New Slaves is the best verse of all-time. Yeezus said so himself.
5Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates has an arsenal of different attributes that make his music great. His technical ability is superb, his ability to craft a hook is admirable, but perhaps his greatest ability lies with his ability to tell a story. IDGAF, aside from its title, is a perfectly crafted gangster lifestyle story that tells of the hard times before the fame and how it taught him that there isn't a reason to "Give a fuck" about the problems that fame brings him.
Too Much

Too Much is vintage "Take Care" Drake. Perhaps the most introspective Drake that we've ever seen(And that's saying something), Drake takes a look at his life and whether he is actually reaching his objective of being the greatest and the second verse dealing with family issues. The second verse that deals with his family is so bluntly personal that the fact Drake is talking about his mom and Uncle in such an open way gives the listener an a very good understanding at what is going on in Drake's brain.
Snow White

Flowers For My Father is already a depressing, emo-hop take on hard hitting subjects, but Snow White shows Sadistik's excellent wordplay in the hook and lyrics showing the difficulties of being in love with a coke addict all behind this very somber production done by Raised By Wolves.
8Ghostface Killah
The Rise of Ghostface Killah

12 Reasons to Die was a release that capitulated listeners ears with a story of a man out for power, greed and respect, and when listeners made it to The Rise of Ghostface Killah, it was basically the turning point in the story, as it saw the protagonist turn into the anti-hero. Without a doubt the most gripping part of the album for me, it stands as GFK's shining moment on album that see's him achieving greatness for the first time in awhile.
9Chance the Rapper

The spacey second-half of "Pusha Man" dubbed 'Paranoia' is definitely Chance the Rappers crowning achievement on Acid Rap. Settling for atmospheric soundscapes and very subtle high hats during the verse, Paranoia is, well, a paranoia derived story of Chicago from the eyes of Chance. It basically throws away his annoying catch phrases throughout and shows him not dependent on his flow, instead meshing together that same flow with outstanding lyrics.
10The Underachievers
My Prism

The Underachievers January-released mixtape showed lots of immaturity in their lyrics, to go along with syllable-twisting deliveries, but where other tracks never went in depth with the conspiracies they believed in, My Prism was all there thoughts put together cohesively. Showing signs that they could put together verses that didn't just say, "We believe this because we are right and that's that!" My Prism showcased both Issa Dash and AK absolutely obliterating the mic with verses filled with interesting takes on the idea of religion, connected by a distorted hook that fits perfectly with the song.
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