While 2013 was an extremely terrible year for the mainstream, there were a few gems bubbling below the surface. Let’s shed some light on those. Download links are included(click title), if available.
This group is accurately named: They’re obviously from Flatbush and they really rap like they’re the undead. BetterOffDead is a 19 track collection of eerie beats and trippy rhymes.
If you follow me on twitter then you know how long I’ve been singing Gilbere Forte’s praises. I have no clue why he hasn’t blown yet. Anyway, Pray is another solid effort.
Run the Jewels-Self Titled
This unusual couple first teamed up for Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music but El-P only handled production. This time around, they’re a duo. The best way to describe this album is comparing it to a grind house film: comical, violent, but extremely enjoyable.
If you didn’t know any better, you would think Chance the Rapper was the first to put the Save Money crew on the map. Nope, that would be Vic Mensa. This album shows how much he’s matured as a MC.
Action Bronson & Party Supplies-Blue Chips 2
Hip hop’s favorite gourmet chef teams back up with Party Supplies. It’s even better the second time around.
Mr. Mfn Exquire-Kismet
After being lost in label influence, Mr. Exquire returns to his roots with Kismet.
Combine NY boom-bap raps with Southern trap beats and you have Indigoism.
Audio Push-Come As You Are
I must admit, it took me a long time to check this album out. These guys made a jerking song. Recommendations came from “new niggas”. No way this album could be good, right? Wrong. It turns out this is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year.
Starlito & Don Trip-Stepbrothers 2
This is the South’s tag team champions. Why are they even on this list? Oh yea, people are STILL sleeping on them.
Boldy James-My 1st Chemistry Set
Boldy James would alone would be enough to check this album out. BUT THIS ENTIRE ALBUM IS PRODUCED BY THE ALCHEMIST!!!! EXPECT LOTS OF DRUG RAPS OVER BEATS THAT SOUND LIKE POLICE SIRENS!!!
Jay Dot Rain-Memoirs of a Young Dreamer
Title Town, Alabama’s representative has one message with this album: Get on, by any means necessary. This project is a step in the right direction. Keep an eye out for moves being made in the future.