Last year, G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer, Rick Ross' God Forgives, I Don't and The Throne's Watch The Throne follow-up were among the many hip-hop albums anticipated by critics and fans alike. Now that the new year's in full bloom, there's a new batch of long-awaited and highly anticipated releases set to drop and we couldn't be anymore excited. With artists like Pusha T, Drake, J. Cole, among others, all expected to arrive with their next solo LPs this year, 2013 looks to be another strong year for hip-hop.

To properly kick things off, XXL Presents... The 35 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013. Place your bets.—XXL (@XXL)