It’s rare to see a mixtape drop at the beginning of the year and have the staying power to secure the top spot all the way at the end. Yet that’s what MaG accomplished though with his outstanding tape Freedom hosted by Mick Boogie. MaG’s tape was album-quality with its rich sound and poignant rhymes. I was familiar with K.L.U.B. Monsta before they released CANVAS, but the DJ Wally Sparks-assisted tape was an stunning revelation late in the year. It made a strong push to steal that top spot late in the year and is a must-listen for those who may have missed it. Nostalgia alone had me excited for the original Three 6 Mafia’s reunion as Da Mafia 6ix and their comeback tape delivered in a big way, making me feel like I had been transported back to the late 90’s. The south dominated much of my selections as emcees like Sy Ari Da Kid, Tito Lopez, Dee-1 & Kevin Gates kept adding to their already strong discographies in 2013. And just a reminder since this seems to happen a lot — before you voice any displeasure with a project not making this particular list, please check and see if was featured in the free albums category (if you haven’t already).
- MaG – Freedom
- K.L.U.B. Monsta – CANVAS
- Da Mafia 6ix – Da 6ix Commandments
- Sy Ari Da Kid – Definition Of Definition 2
- Willie The Kid – Aquamarine
- Tito Lopez – Y.O.U.
- Trouble – The Return Of December 17th
- Robb Bank$ – Tha City
- Dee-1 – Psalms Of David II
- Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Story
- Fiend – Lil’ Ghetto Boy
- Scotty – F.A.I.T.H.
- Roc Marciano – The Pimpire Strikes Back
- Gangsta Boo – It’s Game Involved
- Vandalyzm – Bitch I’m ‘Mis Talented