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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2013

Another good year for Hip Hop. While 2012 remained the best of the decade up till that point, 2013 also had a lot of quality Hip Hop to offer. Killer Mike had 2012’s best album with R.A.P. Music, and his continued collaboration with El-P – now as Run The Jewels – resulted in 2013’s best album. The usual mainstream darlings (Eminem, Jay-Z, Drake, Kanye West, J. Cole) had the best-selling albums of the year, but as always best-selling does not necessarily mean best. For this list, we have ranked OUR 40 favorite albums released in 2013 (not included are EP’s, mixtapes, or instrumental albums). What do YOU think?

Also read: Greatest Hip Hop Albums 1986 – 2019

1. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

Rating: 9.5/10

2. Oddisee - Tangible Dream

Rating: 9/10

3. Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die

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Rating: 9/10

4. Awon & Phoniks - Return To The Golden Era

Rating 9/10

5. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

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Rating: 8.5/10

6. R.A. The Rugged Man – Legends Never Die

Rating: 8.5/10

7. Qwel & Maker - Beautiful Raw

Rating: 8.5/10

8. Demigodz – KILLmatic

Rating: 8.5/10

9. Armand Hammer - Race Music

Rating 8.5/10

10. Danny Brown - Old

Rating: 8.5/10

11. Ugly Heroes – Ugly Heroes

Rating 8/10

12. Clear Soul Forces - Gold PP7s

Rating: 8/10

13. A$AP Rocky - LONG.LIVE.A$AP

Rating: 8/10

14. Boog Brown – The Late Bloom

Rating: 8.5/10

15. Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise

Rating: 8/10

16. Cubbiebear - Force Back To Sleep

Rating 8/10

17. billy woods - Dour Candy

Rating: 8/10

18. Natti – Still Motion

Rating: 8/10

19. Czarface - Czarface

Rating 8/10

20. Deltron 3030 – Event 2

Rating: 7.5/10

21. Prodigy & The Alchemist - Albert Einstein

Rating 7.5/10

22. Roc Marciano - Marci Beaucoup

Rating: 7.5/10

23. Pusha T - My Name Is My Name

Rating: 7.5/10

24. DJ Format & Phill Most Chill – The Foremost

Rating: 8/10

25. Hieroglyphics – The Kitchen

Rating: 8/10

26. Ill Bill – The Grimy Awards

Rating: 7.5/10

27. L’Orange & Stik Figa – The City Under The City

Rating: 7.5/10

28. Blame One & J57 – Walk In The Sun

Rating: 7.5/10

29. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP 2

Rating: 7.5/10

30. Marco Polo – PA2: The Director’s Cut

Rating: 7.5/10

31. Uptown XO – Colour De Grey

Rating: 7.5/10

32. Ka – The Night’s Gambit

Rating: 7.5/10

33. Papoose – The Nacirema Dream

Rating: 7/10

34. Greenhouse – Bend But Don’t Break

Rating: 7/10

35. Statik Selektah – Extended Play

Rating: 7/10

36. J Cole – Born Sinner

Rating: 6.5/10

37. Freddie Gibbs – ESGN

Rating: 6.5/10

38. Illogic & Blockhead – Capture The Sun

Rating: 6.5/10

39. Talib Kweli - Gravitas

Rating: 6.5/10

40. J-Zone – Peter Pan Syndrome

Rating: 6.5/10

Honorable Mentions

  • Epidemic – Something For The Listeners
  • Esoteric & Stu Bangas – Machete Mode
  • Ces Cru – Constant Energy Struggles
  • Bun B – Trill OG: The Epilogue
  • Daz & WC – West Coast Gangsta Sh*t
  • Kool Keith & Big Sche Eastwood – Magnetic Pimp Force Field
  • Latyrx – The Second Album
  • Oh No – Disrupted Ads
  • No Bird Sing – Definition Sickness
  • Prolyphic & Buddy Peace – Working Man
  • Goondox – Welcome To The Goondox
  • Havoc – 13
  • Dpplgngz – Hark
  • Tanya Morgan – Rubber Souls
  • Slaine – The Boston Project
  • Nametag & Nameless – For Namesake
  • Ras Kass – Barmageddon
  • Blu – York
  • Sadistik – Flowers For My Father
  • Jonwayne – Rap Album One
  • Fredro Starr – Made In The Streets
  • Talib Kweli – Prisoner Of Conscious
  • Trek Life – Hometown Foreigner
  • Gensu Dean & Planet – Asia Abrasions
  • Live Percenters – The Corners Involved
  • Tech N9ne – Something Else
  • ¡Mayday! – Believers
  • Tash & Black Silver – Blood, Sweat & Beers
  • Crooked I – Apex Predator
  • Durag Dynasty – 360 Waves
  • LMNO – After The Fact
  • Slum Village – Evolution
  • First Light – Fallacy Fantasy
  • Curly Castro – Fidel
  • Kid Tsu – The Chase
  • Castle – Gasface
  • Edo. G – Intelligence & Ignorance
  • Junclassic – BLVD Backdrop
  • Boldy James – My 1st Chemistry Set
  • Wrekonize – The War Within
  • The Godfathers – Once Upon A Crime
  • Ransom & Statik Selektah – The Proposal
  • Tony Touch – Piece Maker 3 (Return Of The 50 MC’s)
  • Killah Priest – The Psychic World Of Walter Reed
  • Moe Pope & Rain – Let The Right Ones In
  • Brotha Lynch Hung – Mannibalector
  • Hopsin – Knock Madness
  • Prozak – We All Fall Down
  • Cage – Kill The Architect
  • Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever
  • Krizz Kaliko – Son Of Sam
  • Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off
  • Childish Gambino – Because The Internet
  • Wolf – Tyler, The Creator
  • Kid Cudi – Indicud
  • Kanye West – Yeezus
  • Jay Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail

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