1. Acid Rap – Chance The Rapper
This album is flawlessly produced and ridiculously unique. It’s one of the top 5 most important mixtapes of all time and the replay value is untouchable.
Key track: Cocoa Butter Kisses
2. Yeezus – Kanye West
I still can’t decide if this or 808s is my least favorite Ye album. That being said, this is still one of the most cohesive and ground breaking records from 2013.
Key track: Blood on the Leaves
3. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon – King Krule
Archy Marshall is an immediate love hate for people. You’re either down or instantly turned off. Side note: I saw him live at the Fonda in Hollywood on the 18th and it was the best show I’ve been to in 2 years.
Key track: Baby Blue
4. Old – Danny Brown
Listen to this in the car. This album BUMPS. Danny Brown shouldn’t be boxed into a genre, this album is all over the place but the track listing brilliantly organizes this album.
Key track: Lonely
5. Avalanche – Quadron
This album is beautifully produced and composed and contains one of my top five tracks from the year “Sea Salt”
Key track: Sea Salt
6. PARTYNEXTDOOR – PARTYNEXTDOOR
EASILY my guiltiest pleasure from 2013. I bumped this in my car all summer. It’s short and sweet but there’s not a single low point on the project.
Key track: TBH
7. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
When I first put this album in my car I was terribly disappointed. 3 weeks later with a set of headphones, I felt like an idiot. Beautiful.
Key track: Touch
8. Majid Jordan – afterhours
You’ll recognize the name from Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” but this little project stays in heavy rotation for me. He’s going to have a huge 2014.
Key track: Chill Pad Deluxe
9. Summer Knights – Joey Bada$$
I’m a huge Joey fan and this album was perfect for summer cruising or kicking it outside with my friends. Sentimental pick for sure, but it’s up there.
Key track: Death of Yolo
10. Paracosm – Washed Out
This is a real slow burner and it’s best enjoyed front to back. It was my go to study album and my go to go to sleep album. Great vibes all around.
Key track: It All Feels Right
Wolf – Tyler, The Creator
Again, another rap album that breaks the norm and managed to stand out in this years sea of big names and big labels.
Key track: Awkward
My Name is My Name – Pusha
EVERYTHING IS PUSHA T! One of the most cohesive and carefully curated rap albums from the year. A lot of features but this project is all Pusha and helps him plant his feet firmly as a solo artist.
Key track: Hold On
Ideas + Drafts + Loops – Flying Lotus
These are just a bunch of leftovers from FlyLo. But it’s still FlyLo and it’s still a great collection to have.
Key track: Flotus
Get Home Safely – Dom Kennedy
I’m a huge fan of west coast hip hop and even though this project is hit or miss it’s caught a lot of rotation in the car. Definitely worth a listen.
Key track: Black Bentleys
Life Changes – Casey Veggies
Casey’s most focused project has a ton of plays in my iTunes library. It was all I was listening to this spring and I still will bump some tracks from this one.
Key track: Whip It