Just as there were plenty of albums to choose from, there were a lot of mixtapes that dominated our playlists in 2013. For one reason or another, this year marked an influx of new and hungry MCs who all wanted to make a statement with their projects. Some of them—like Chance The Rapper—created entire movements and became full-blown rap stars over twelve months. Others got listeners checking into their regional buzzes, while a number of hip-hop heavyweights fed their loyal fanbases with classics.
In continuing our review of 2013, we’ve sifted through hundreds of mixtapes and narrowed it down to our favorites. These tapes aren’t in any order—we just wanted to share what we’ve been listening to. Looking back this year, MCs like Action Bronson, Nipsey Hu$$le and Vic Mensa reminded us that a great tape is vital to winning over fans. And unlike an album’s pressure to perform at a certain caliber, mixtapes are often unrefined and experimental, which make them perfection additions in an artist’s catalog. So, from Acid Rap to Signed To The Streets, here are The 25 Best Mixtapes Of 2013.—Written By Eric Diep, Andrew Asare, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. & Dan Rys
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