Playlist: The 50 Best Rap Songs of 2013

Kendrick Lamar lands multiple Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below or even a sound reason why they were selected… um…well now… Basically, provided is a statement of a thought, a reaction, or possibly a reason why I though each song was special.  


51xNTn2L83L._SL500_AA280_Blood On The Leaves

Kanye West

Album:  Yeezus

 By far, the best track from Yeezus and arguably the best rap song of 2013.



Rap God


Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 

Eminem confirms whom the real “Rap God” is as he wipes his butt with the competition – I’m talking to you Waka Flocka Flame.


“Power Trip

J. Cole featuring Miguel

Album: Born Sinner

All about love or a play on double meanings – you decide on the year’s smoothest rap track that’s got Cole “up all night, all I’m singing is love songs…”


51-mkLBVPoL._SL500_AA280_“Same Love”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert

Album: The Heist 

This brilliant song about tolerance and equality for same-sex couples is a bold movement for both hip-hop and society itself.


Black Skinhead

Kanye West

Album: Yeezus

Controversial though brilliantly so, “Black Skinhead” finds Kanye West alluding to the checkered past and current racism of blacks mixed with his ‘god status’.


“F**kin’ Problems

A$AP Rocky featuring 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar

Album: Long. Live. A$AP

“F**kin’ Problems” was one of the early, superstar bangers of 2013 highlighted by, you guessed it, ample f-bombs.


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Juicy J featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Album: Stay Trippy

The year wouldn’t be complete without a stripper anthem, right?


Wu-Tang Forever


Album: Nothing Was The Same

Basically, Drake offers himself (use your imagination) to her – “…it’s yours, it yours, that’s for sure.” That’s one interpretation at least.



A$AP Ferg featuring A$AP Rocky

AlbumTrap Lord

Ferg and Rocky are on that “Sha-Sha-Shabba Ranks”… rings, change, gold teeth, women…


Started From the Bottom


Album: Nothing Was The Same

The hook sums it up best: “Started from the bottom now we’re here / started from the bottom now my whole team f*ckin’ here…”



Pusha T featuring Kendrick Lamar

Album: My Name Is My Name

Kendrick Lamar sums up this exceptional track best himself: “Every verse is a brick.” 


61sWlux1WKL._SL500_AA280_“Bad” / “Bad (Remix)”

Wale featuring either Tiara Thomas or Rihanna

Album: The Gifted

Commitment issues, commitment issues, commitment issues…from the woman’s perspective – thoughtful by all means.


“Love Me”

Lil Wayne featuring Future & Drake

Album: I Am Not A Human Being II

There was little to triumph about  on I Am Not A Human Being II, but the devilish “Love Me” was a worthy hit by all means.



A$AP Rocky

Album: Long. Live. A$AP

“I said it must be cause a n***a got dough / extraordinary swag and a mouth full of gold…”



Mac Miller

Album: Watching Movies With The Sound Off 

Filled with signature Mac-isms (“Shut your pie-hole, I’m dope and I know / my voice sound like it was a sample off a vinyl…”) , “S.D.S.” certainly built anticipation for Miller’s sophomore album.



Tyler, The Creator

Album: WOLF

Unapologetic Tyler, The Creator at his best… what more is there to say?



Ace Hood featuring Future & Rick Ross

Album: Trials & Tribulations

Future’s best hook of the year and perhaps ever… “I woke up in a new Bugatti!” 



Wale featuring Juicy J & Nicki Minaj

Album: The Gifted 

Everyone loves a good booty album – “Clappers to the front!”



Danny Brown

Album: Old

It really is ‘torture’, well at least thematically: “And it’s torture / look in my mind and see the horrors / all the sh*t I’ve seen / N***a, it’s torture.”



Tyler, The Creator featuring Pharrell Williams

Album: Wolf

 If it isn’t obvious, the hook clarifies: “I f**king hate you / but I love you / I’m bad at keeping my emotions bubble / you’re good at being perfect / we’re good ate being troubled…”


2 Chainz-ZNV-000958“Netflix

2 Chainz featuring Fergie

Album: B.O.A.T.S. II: #METIME 

Catchy as albeit, “Netflix” makes one of today’s dumber MC’s sound like a genius. 


“Murda Something

A$AP Rocky featuring Waka Flocka Flame

AlbumTrap Lord

I don’t advocate violence or Waka Flocka Flame for that matter, but “Murda Something” was one of many shining moments from A$AP Ferg’s debut album Trap Lord.


“Who I Am

Pusha T featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean

Album: My Name Is My Name

Because Pusha T and his crew stay true to themselves, they shine on “Who I Am”.


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Drake featuring Detail

Album: Nothing Was The Same 

Drake: “Your hustle don’t ever go unnoticed baby, I’m with you I’m with it / I get it, I get it, I get it, I get it.”



Tyler, The Creator

Album: Wolf

TTC is the “cowboy on [his] own trip”; he holds his own destiny.


MCHG_coverTom Ford


Album: Magna Carta…Holy Grail

Jay-Z pays the ultimate ode to the fashion king Tom Ford, and does so without popping mollies.


Bound 2

Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson

Album:  Yeezus

“Bound 2” is one of few tracks from Yeezus that sounds more like classic Kanye, which is a good thing.  



Kid Cudi

Album: Indicud

You know you can’t mess with the Kid.


71eGk5WvO4L._SL1500_“Let Nas Down

J. Cole

Album: Born Sinner

After being too commercial, Nas was unimpressed with J. Cole and J. Cole decided to write a song about it.


“Pop That

French Montana featuring Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne

Album: Excuse My French 

The signature song – a banger – from French Montana’s underwhelming Excuse My French.


Work (Remix)”

A$AP Ferg featuring A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James & Schoolboy Q

Album: Trap Lord 

Ferg and friends are just putting in  “work”.


First Chain

Big Sean featuring Nas & Kid Cudi

Album: Hall of Fame 

Everyone’s all about bling bling in the form of a chain, specifically Jesus pieces, so Big Sean was excited when he got his first chain.



Mac Miller

Album: Watching Movies With the Sound Off

Mac Miller: “When I die be she f**k my hologram…”



Danny Brown

Album: Old 

Danny Brown’s oddly-titled, disturbingly brilliant song really has little to do with a loaf of bread.


Holy Grail

Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake

Album: Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z is king… he brings in JT to celebrate.



Juicy J

Album: Stay Trippy 

To summarize, basically Juicy J puts everything on wax… a hit song, his “homie high as sh*t”, and when “it’s goin’ down”.


I Am A God

Kanye West

Album: Yeezus 

West is a ‘god’ not God himself, so technically he isn’t being blasphemous… but then the Ten Commandments suggest to “have no other gods before me…” 


Bun B-PRK-033872“Cake

Bun B featuring Big K.R.I.T., Pimp C & Lil Boosie

Album: Trill O.G. “The Epilogue”

Everyone loves cake… the kind you eat and – yeah I’ll just stop right there.  “Them thighs come with that shake…”



J. Cole

Album: Born Sinner

It’s obvious J. Cole has sinned, a lot…



Stalley featuring Scarface & Joi Tiffany

Album: Honest Cowboy

“I’m a show you how to twerk the wheel… Swang, cock the wheel, hop my drink don’t spill…” – double entendre much?



Big Sean

Album: Hall of Fame

Shallow, but irresistible and funny.


81eBx+PAZAL._SL1406_“The Worst Guys

Childish Gambino featuring Chance, The Rapper

Album: Because the Internet 

These are some bad dudes… like the worst.



Earl Sweatshirt featuring Vince Staples

Album: Doris

Earl Sweatshirt’s unapologetic nature makes this cut: “I don’t f**k with too much of y’all’s sh*t…”


Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece)


Album: The Gifted

We expect nothing less than Wale’s clever wordplay between “piece” and “peace”, particularly on an album titled The Gifted.



Tech N9ne featuring T-Pain

Album: Something Else

“B.*.*.C.H.” is an acronym FYI: “Breakin’ InTo Colored Houses…”


The Woods

Juicy J featuring Justin Timberlake

Album: Stay Trippy

Who would’ve thought that “the woods” would make a killer sexual reference…



Tyler, The Creator

Album: Wolf

It’s hard to believe, but Tyler, the Creator gets personal referencing his father (whom he hates), his late grandmother, and a girl.


Wild for the Night

A$AP Rocky featuring Skrillex

Album: Long. Live. A$AP

A$AP is partying hard, and he’s bringing an unlikely buddy in Skrillex with him.


51ken+V48+L._SL500_AA280_Pray For Me”

Ace Hood

Album: Trials & Tribulations

At least Ace Hood acknowledges he needs help; he seeks help from the most high.



Mac Miller featuring Tyler, The Creator

Album: Watching Movies With The Sound Off

It’s nothing but trouble (and explicitness) when these two get together…“Oh shhh!” 

7 Comments Add yours

  1. James says:

    I definately think kingpin – curren$y should of been on here along with either 4 the money – young roddy or the plot – young roddy

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