20 Best Rap Albums of 2013

2013 has been an exceptional year for rap album releases.  Some were hot, while others were far from it – cold as Antarctica.  Still overall, there were plenty of releases to be proud of, no questions asked.  Below, you’ll find my ‘MIA’ list as well as my top 20 rap albums of 2013.  This excludes mixtapes and previously released material FYI.

Missing in Action:

91vjT-yzGFL._SL1500_Jay-Z, Magna Carta…Holy Grail

Roc Nation

Had its moments, but didn’t feel nor sound like elite Jay-Z.

Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being II


Tunechi wasn’t at his best.

Tyga, Hotel California


Felt completely uninspired compared to 2012 effort Carless World: Rise of the Last King

61UFD4qjpDL._SL500_AA280_French Montana, Excuse My French


Lacked a strong musical personality; didn’t feel elite… 

Rich Gang, Rich Gang


Sounds like all they think about is money and not quality.

Maybach Music Group, Self Made 3


A notch less satisfying than Self Made 2 was…

DJ Khaled, Suffering from Success


Plays like any number of DJ Khaled albums – that’s both a blessing and a curse…

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Review: Bun B, ‘Trill O.G.: The Epilogue’

Bun B closes his Trill series superbly  Bun B ⎪Trill O.G.: The Epilogue ⎪Rap-A-Lot ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 11, 2013 “It’s over, it’s over!” Why you ask? “‘Cause the best is back… b**ch!” That’s right, veteran MC Bun B has released the fourth effort of his Trill series, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue, which follows Trill (2005),  II Trill (2008) and  Trill O.G. (2010).  The … Continue reading Review: Bun B, ‘Trill O.G.: The Epilogue’

Playlist: Bangers That Get It Poppin’ At The Club… (Part 2)

Who says that a twenty seven year old trained musician with a masters degree in music theory/composition can’t throw down to a banger? Nobody, so don’t judge me!  I have compiled a list of  twenty club bangers (not BANGERZ) and have divided it into two parts.  See you at the club snitches! 11 August Alsina featuring Trinidad James “I Luv This Sh*t” (Downtown: Life Under … Continue reading Playlist: Bangers That Get It Poppin’ At The Club… (Part 2)

Review: DJ Khaled, ‘Suffering from Success’

Khaled’s Not ‘Suffering from Success’, perhaps suffers from a lack of innovation…  DJ Khaled⎪ Suffering From Success⎪ Cash Money ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 22, 2013 If there is one reservation I (and likely others) have with DJ Khaled’s albums, it is that generally they all seem ‘one-dimensional’.  Maybe that is a harsh critique, or maybe it’s just actual reality.  Of the Khaled albums that … Continue reading Review: DJ Khaled, ‘Suffering from Success’

Review: Pusha T, ‘My Name Is My Name’

Pusha T captures a darker portrait of life exceptionally on his ‘official’ solo debut Pusha T⎪ My Name Is My Name ⎪Def Jam ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 8, 2013 To call ‘street life’ captivating would probably be an incredibly irresponsible statement to make.  What isn’t an irresponsible description is that Pusha T delivers and captures a darker portrait of life exceptionally on his official … Continue reading Review: Pusha T, ‘My Name Is My Name’