The first month of the New Year is coming to an end. January saw huge returns for veteran MCs (Juelz Santana, Master P), as well as big releases from artists like Pusha T. As for the other rap releases, how do you go about sifting through and separating the good from the bad?

Our goal is to round up the best mixtapes of every month. We will cover the tapes that you should be listening to and throw in a few gems that are worth talking about. In the end, we are here to help guide rap fans to music that you may have skipped over.

So read on to find out the month’s most important or entertaining hip-hop releases that you need now.