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The 25 Best Mixtapes Of 2013

Big K.R.I.T., King Remembered In Time

King Remembered In Time marked the tenth mixtape released by Big K.R.I.T. Consisting of guest appearances from Bun B, Future, Smoke DZA, Trinidad Jame$, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sant; the project again helped anchor K.R.I.T’s place in the rap game. To date, the mixtape has been downloaded over 200,000 times.—MJ

Juelz Santana, God Will’n

Santana pulls no punches, gives no fucks, cares not at all about his standing in the rap game compared to a decade ago. Instead, he focused on pure rapping over monstrous beats, grabbing everyone from Lil Wayne and Rick Ross to Lil Durk and Yo Gotti to ride alongside him. Tracks like “Sho ‘Nuff,” “Nobody’s Safe” and “Nobody Knows” go harder than Santana has in years. It was an addictive project, and one that didn’t get old fast.—DR


Vic Mensa proves that he can standout with INNANETAPE. After the huge year from Chicago elevating a number of young MCs such as Chance The Rapper, Lil Durk and Fredo Santana, Vic shouldn’t be forgotten within the crowd. The once frontman for popular band Kids These Days, he turns solo and puts out an impressive tape reflecting his experiences and observations of the turmoil in the Windy City. He displays great voice control, lyrical prowess and song-making ability throughout the record.—ECM

Pusha T, Wrath Of Caine

Pusha T’s Wrath of Caine serves as a prelude to his debut solo album, My Name Is My Name , quite beautifully. The dope rap master displays his vernacular and lyrical ability by constructing addictive street records. It’s a short tape but very easily a great listen that serves as a fix to Pusha’s fans.—ECM

Kevin Gates, The Luca Brasi Story

In February, Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates captured our attention with his sprawling mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Gates had some difficulty popping off on a national level, but it was The Luca Brasi Story that offered new fans a proper entry point. Throughout the tape, we get to see why Gates is growing into a go-to favorite: he rides beats with little effort, sings as a means of an emotional escape and his stream-of-conscious raps are introspective. If you need further proof, check street anthems “Weight” and “IDGAF,” as well as dark and mellow offerings “Neon Lights” and “Arms Of A Stranger.”—ED

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