Saturday, January 4, 2014

Top 25 Hip-Hop Beats of 2013

If you've read my blog before, you know I'm a huge hip-hop fan. Earlier this year, I figured it would be cool to compile a list of my 25 favorite beats of the year. While this year wasn't the finest for hip-hop on the whole in my opinion, there was a lot of great beats this year and this list was really hard to narrow down to 25. Before I move on with the actual list, here is the list of all the hip-hop releases I listened to in 2013:
Danny Brown-Old
Mac Miller-Watching Movies with the Sound Off
Ghostface Killah-Twelve Reasons to Die
Kanye West-Yeezus
Chance the Rapper-Acid Rap
Action Bronson-Blue Chips 2
Action Bronson-Saaab Stories
Run the Jewels-Run the Jewels
Earl Sweatshirt-Doris
Tyler, the Creator-Wolf
Vince Staples & Larry Fisherman-Stolen Youth LP
Kitty-D.A.I.S.Y. Rage
Big K.R.I.T.-King Remember in Time
A$AP Rocky-Long.Live.A$AP
A$AP Ferg-Trap Lord
mr muthafuckin' eXquire-Kismet
Pusha T-My Name Is My Name
J. Cole-Born Sinner
R.A the Rugged Man-Legends Never Die
2 Chainz-B.O.A.T.S II #METIME
Eminem-The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Kid Cudi-Indicud
Juicy J-Stay Trippy

(Note: I orignally had Collard Green by ScHoolboy Q on the list, but removed it because the album it appears on, Oxymoron, comes out in February 2014)
Drum roll please........ Here are my picks for the 25 best hip-hop beats of 2013:
25.Action Bronson-Action Silverado (Producer: Party Supplies) muthafuckin' eXquire-I Was Drunk When I Wrote This (Producer: Star King)
23.Pusha T-Pain (Producers: Kanye West and No I.D.)
22.Danny Brown-ODB (Producer: Paul White)
21.Mac Miller-Gees (Producer: Chuck Inglish)
20.Chance the Rapper-Favorite Song (Producer: Nate Fox)
19.Run the Jewels-Sea Legs (Producer: El-P)
18.A$AP Ferg-Murda Something (Producers: Jim Jonsin, Finatik N Zac and Rico Love)
17.Run the Jewels-36" Chain (Producer: El-P)
16.Chance the Rapper-Smoke Again (Producer: Blended Babies)
15.Earl Sweatshirt-Burgundy (Producers: The Neptunes)
14.Danny Brown-The Return (Producer: Paul White)
13.Kanye West-Blood on the Leaves (Producers: Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice)
12.Action Bronson-The Rockers (Producer: Harry Fraud)
11.Vince Staples-Stuck in My Ways (Producer: Larry Fisherman)
10.Mac Miller-Bird Call (Producer: Clams Casino)
9.Pusha T-Suicide (Producer: Pharrell Williams)
8.Danny Brown-Break It (Go) (Producer: Rustie)
7.Mac Miller-Watching Movies (Producers: SAP and Larry Fisherman)
6.Kanye West-Black Skinhead (Producers: Daft Punk and Kanye West)
5.Run the Jewels-Run the Jewels (Producer: El-P)
4.Danny Brown-Smokin' & Drinkin' (Producers: A-Trak and Jmike)
3.Run the Jewels-Get It (Producer: El-P)
2.Kanye West-On Sight (Producers: Daft Punk and Kanye West)
1.Danny Brown-25 Bucks (Producer: Corin Roddick)

Honorable Mentions:
Run the Jewels-Job Well Done (Producer: El-P)
Kanye West-New Slaves (Producer: Kanye West)
Action Bronson-Strictly 4 My Jeeps (Producer: Harry Fraud)
Danny Brown-Clean Up (Producer: Paul White)
Danny Brown-Side B (Dope Song) (Producer: Rustie)
Danny Brown-Dip (Producer: SKYWLKR)
Pusha T-S.N.I.T.C.H (Producer: Pharrell Wiliams)
A$AP Ferg-Let It Go (Producer: Highdefrazjah)
Big K.R.I.T.-King Without A Crown (Producer: Big K.R.I.T.)
Big K.R.I.T.-REM (Producer: Big K.R.I.T.)

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