2013 Music Hip-Hop albums, mix-tapes & downloadsWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The gift of music or informing others about good music is priceless. The music industry’s control has forced listeners to venture beyond radio and television to find out for themselves what’s hot and what’s not. I offer you a few artists and their projects to bring to your attention whether you “love it” or “judge it,” this is just a handful of stand out albums of 2013 and a few on this list you can download for free.
Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip- The Abstract and The Dragon
This album just dropped and I could not wait to hear it! A free download from two Hip-Hop legends who have their share of songs together, but never a full length album until now. Busta Rhymes and Q-tip deliver the album you’ve been waiting for with classics revised, beats and samples that take you back to the days of A Tribe Called Quest and Busta’s old group Leaders of the New School. These vets show the new generation that consistently great beats, lyrics and flow is how you do Hip-Hop!
Oddisee- Beauty in All
Any producer would appreciate this album and not because it’s filled with instrumentals, but because they can appreciate what went in to creating it. Oddisee took me back to college when I hung out with beat makers and cyphered all day. You will find the beauty in each track and love where it changes taking the listener on a musical journey.
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Chance has many nasally sounding flow changes and even sings (not bad) through his entire album. The music production samples are soulful hip-hop and upbeat with tracks that at times make you think you are really on an acid trip. His wild flow bounces around from Lil Wayne to Eminem and then back to him again. Although, Chance will be compared to the aforementioned rappers, Acid Rap is actually a breath of fresh air due to its creative innocence. Untouched by the opinions of music executives, leaves the creativity to Chance making the album consistent (if nothing else) and worth the free download.
Tinashe – Black Water
The only R&B artist and female to make the list, she hasn’t blown up yet, but with a buzz as big as her talent she is doing all the right things to get noticed. Infectious and sexy, Tinashe does for new millennium R&B what Sade did in the 80’s and Aaliyah did in the 90’s with dreamy music, hard beats and light beautiful vocals. Black Water is one of this year’s best mixtapes. I love the way this album makes me feel and I think you will too.
Pusha T- My Name is My Name
It would seem the most talented member of Clipse should have made a solo CD long ago, but don’t worry your patience has paid off. My Name Is My Name brings you Pusha T’s signature high energy yet laid back flow with vivid, rewind worthy lyrics. There are plenty of guest appearances boasting his respectable connections in the industry.
Danny Brown – Old
Representing Detroit, the young and talented Danny Brown brings you energy galore! He IS Midwest, showcasing his music range from the influence of J Dilla to Detroit House and I bounced and grooved through the entire CD. A flow that can at times be whimsical, wild and at other times under control he can flow through it all as a true Emcee should.
Kevin Gates- Stranger Than Fiction
I heard about Kevin Gates several years ago and now that the rest of the country is getting hip, he is poised to be next. His club ready hits and laid back flow is what the streets are buzzing about.
Prodigy & Alchemist – Albert Einstein
I would consider Alchemist the unofficial third member of Mobb Deep, having produced some of their hottest tracks. Together, Alchemists production and Prodigy’s lyrics remain sensationally street gritty and timeless.
There is music for different types of Hip-Hop enthusiast on this list so start downloading, Happy Holidays and happy listening!
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