Top 200 Hip-Hop Songs of 2013

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Article by Alloyius Mcilwaine

Welcome to Cultures Clothing’s “Best of Hip-Hop in 2013” wrap-up article – featuring the Top 200 Hip-Hop Songs of 2013!  I received a lot of positive feedback when I published my 2012 wrap-up piece, so I decided to do this article annually!  I tried to sift through as much music as humanly possible to present you with the best that this year had to offer.  However, before we get to the list, I have a couple of disclaimers:

I LOVE Hip-Hop, but I’m also very critical of it.  If I’m going to be honest, I tend to dislike the majority of the commercial rap currently on the market (for legitimate reasons that I’ll expound on later).  So, outside of a few exceptions, you’re not going to find a lot of that kind of music on this list.  Having said that, I’m not one of those underground Hip-Hop fans that just hates all commercial artists regardless of the quality of their music.  I believe that line of thinking is extremely closed-minded and asinine.  The only way to truly have an informed opinion about the music is to judge everything on a song by song basis.  For example, I’m not a fan of Rick Ross AT ALL.  I think he’s a fraud with a good taste in production and limited talent.  In spite of that, “Poor Decisions” by Rick Ross ft. Lupe Fiasco & Wale made this list.  It’s a solid Hip-Hop song, and Rick Ross actually had (somewhat of) a positive message.  Furthermore, I think that the “Started From The Bottom” song by Drake is terrible.  However, “From Time” by Drake ft Jhene Aiko ALMOST made the list because it’s a relatable song that has a lot of honesty in it (despite some of Drake’s false bravado).  At the end of the day, I just thought that there were better songs that deserved more recognition.

In general, the reason why I dislike a lot of the commercial music is because of the dumbed down content.  I have this crazy conspiracy theory where I believe that the record companies decided to gradually dumb down mass-marketed music over time.  By doing this, they wouldn’t have to work as hard to create a hit record.  It makes sense from a business perspective.  If the consumer is willing to accept anything that you give them, then your business will have an easier time pushing off products with lower standards of quality.  Whether on not my theory is true, it is a fact that we’ve now gotten to the point where we (as a culture) celebrate mediocrity.  The Grammy committee nominated 2Chainz (formerly known as “Tity Boi”) for one of the highest accolades given in music last year.  And recently, record companies were fighting over the right to sign Trinidad James after he created one of the most ignorant songs in the history of mankind (“All Gold Everything“).  Yes, the song has a catchy beat…but it’s borderline minstrel show (especially if you watch the video).  The song is so bad that my sister and I thought that it was a funny parody track.  I was laughing hysterically until someone told us that it was a real song *CRINGE*.  Seeing these things frustrates me to no end, because I see all of this high-quality music being ignored to champion sub-par nursery rhyme music.

But fear not Hip-Hop fans.  I’ve pain-stakingly comprised one of the most legitimate Hip-Hop lists that you’ll find anywhere on the internet.  I refuse to celebrate mediocrity in my publication.  I take pride in that fact that I’m providing a platform for fans to be able to discover high quality music (with incredible lyricism and amazing production).  I realize that there are some of you out there that flip through lists like this and completely dismiss them if you don’t see your favorite artist on there.  However, if you do that, then there’s a chance that you’ll miss out on something that you might actually like.  So here’s the Hip-Hop Litmus Test.  Listen to the three songs posted below:

“Own Appeal” – Oddisee

“Unbreakable Me” – Reks

“A Christmas F**king Miracle” – Run the Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)

These are but a few of the dope Hip-Hop songs released in 2013.  I would definitely recommend checking out this list if you liked at least one of the tracks posted above.  If you didn’t like any of those songs, then we probably have vastly different opinions about what Hip-Hop is.  Either way, I hope that the majority of you enjoy this article.  Apologies in advance if I omitted any songs that legitimately deserve to be on this list.  It’s next to impossible to hear everything that came out this year, so there are bound to be some tracks that I over-looked.  Please leave me a comment if you can think of any songs that I left out.  I’m looking forward to checking out your suggestions.  So, with that said, enjoy the list below.  Hopefully this article will introduce readers to some dope artists that aren’t getting nearly enough recognition:

Top 200 Hip-Hop SONGS of 2013 (In No Particular Order)

1) “One Life” – Epidemic

2) “If I Could Sing” – Qwel & Maker – BEST HIP-HOP LOVE SONG OF 2013

3) “The Quest(ion)” – ScienZe – BEST HIP-HOP MUSIC VIDEO OF 2013

4) “HOPE” – Phora

5) “A Christmas Fucking Miracle” – Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)

6) “Own Appeal” – Oddisee

7) “Unbreakable Me (Live Acoustic)” – REKS – Best Acoustic Hip-Hop Track of 2013

8) “BURGUNDY WHIP” – MED, BLU & MADLIB ft. Jimetta Rose

9) “Nite & Day” – Marco Polo ft. Big Daddy Kane

10) “Black Diamonds” – Natti (of CunninLynguists) ft. Jason Coffey

11) “Titanic” – Jazz Addixx

12) “The Process” – Oxygen ft. Dr. Becket & Emskee

13) “Don’t Run From Me” – Jarell Perry & Locksmith – BEST HIP-HOP & R&B COLLAB OF 2013

14) “Eulogy” – Tanya Morgan

15) “Sunday’s Best/Monday’s Worst” – Black Milk

16) “Hip-Hop Head Count” – Biologic

18) “So High” – Paranom & Purpose

19) “Could It Be”  – Co$$ ft. Blu, Denmark Vessey and Sene – BEST POSSE CUT OF 2013

20) “Best Worst Day” – Supastition – BEST STORY-TELLING HIP-HOP TRACK OF 2013

21) “We Will Make It” P.R. ft. Cise Star (CYNE) & Blu

22) “Quicksand” – Yancey Boys (Illa J + Frank Nitty) & J. Dilla feat. Common & Dezi Paige

23) “Thumper aka Caped Crusader aka The King James Diversion” – Binary Star

24) “3 O-Clock” Marco Polo feat. Organized Konfusion (Pharoahe Monch & Prince Po)

25) “Time To Ponder” – 7 G.E.M.S. (Tragic Allies + Tragedy Khadafi)

26) “Sun Shine” – Doppelgangaz

27) “What You Need” – Moe Pope & Rain

28) “Tears For Uriah” – CYNE

29) “A Rainy Day” – Raekwon

30) “Tender Greens” – Durag Dynasty

31) “Push Thru (Marco Polo Remix)” – Talib Kweli ft. Curren$y & Kendrick Lamar

32) “Lake Effect” – Qwel & Maker

33) “They Don’t Know”  – Blame One & J57 ft Akie Bermiss

34) “LIFE” – Thomas Prime & Tiff The Gift ft Akin Yai (CYNE), Awon & Dicap17

35) “Love Is Blind” – Co$$

36) “Built Pyramids” – NORE aka PAPI feat. Large Professor

37) “Unorthodox” – Joey Bada$$

38) “Deep” – FATNICE

39) “Old School Love” – Lupe Fiasco ft Ed Sheeran – BEST FEEL GOOD HIP-HOP SONG of 2013

40) “The Ocean” – Epidemic

41) “Savagely Attack” – Czarface ft. Ghostface

42) “Charlie Brown” – ScienZe ft. Blu

43) “The Banana Clip Theory” – Big K.R.I.T.

44) “Jason Statham” – Has-Lo

45) “Barbituates” – Doppelgangaz

46) “Excursions” – Lewis Parker ft. John Robinson

47) “You Were The Shit (In High School)” – Cage

48) “Good Things Die” – Ugly Heroes

49) “Acid Rain” – Chance The Rapper

50) “SLRIII (Round of Applause)” – Lupe Fiasco

51) “The Mahdi” – The Underachievers

52) ”Watercolors” – Fatnice ft. Charlie K

53) “Another Galaxy” – Natti (Prod. by Kno of CunninLynguists) – Best Hip-Hop Beat of 2013

54) “The Last Stop” Fate feat. Blu

55) “Divine People” – Shing Shing Regime

56) “Chai Latte” – Shirosky ft. Awon, Thomas Prime, White Rain and Mini Lee

57) ”Monochrome” – L’Orange & Stik Figa

58) “Jedi Code” [Prod. by 9th Wonder] – Rapsody f. Phonte & Jay Electronica

59) “Microphone Phenomenal” – Paranom & Purpose

60) “Learn Truth” – R.A. the Rugged Man ft. Talib Kweli

61) “Masterful” – John Robinson & Kyo Itachi

62) “Michael” – Sadistik – BEST HIP-HOP DEDICATION TRACK OF 2013

63) “Catch The Beat” – Man of BOOOM

64) “Yeezus Was A Mortal Man” – Oddisee

65) “Alone” – L’Orange ft. Blu – 2013 Hip-Hop Producer of the Year (L’Orange)

66)  “Love Again” – Co$$

67) “Broken Pendulum” – Qwel & Maker

68) “Life Is A Gamble” – Big K.R.I.T.

69) “The Apple & The Asp” – Has-Lo

70) “Congratulations” – Common ft Cocaine 80’s

71) “Critical Thinking” – Meyhem Lauren

72) “Stone Like Me” – L’Orange & Stik Figa feat. Has-Lo – 2013’s Rising Star of the Year 2013 (Stik Figa)

73) “Human Mic” – Talib Kweli

74) “Dyslexic” – LMNO (produced by Evidence)

75) “Holy Visions” – Zion I ft. Fashawn

76) “Rolling Thunder” – Action Bronson

77) “The Healing” – Thomas Prime ft. Landon Wordswell

78) “No Waves” – The WHOevers ft. The Netherfriends

79) “Pressure” – Elzhi

80) “Dayz Go By” – Paranom & Purpose

81) “Come Here” – Talib Kweli ft. Miguel

82) “Authentic” – Kid Tsunami Feat. Bahamadia

83) “Men Of Honor” – 7 G.E.M.S. (Tragic Allies + Tragedy Khadafi) feat. Relentless

84) “Power of Thought” – Denmark Vessey

85) “The Fear” – Mantra

86) “Not For Nothing” – Koncept

87) “Dwindlen Books” – Raw Poetic – Best Experimental Hip-Hop Song of 2013

88) “He Say She Say” – Clear Soul Forces

89) “On & On” – SoulChef ft. Landon Wordswell

90) “What’s Love” – Torae ft. Pharoahe Monch

91) “Nina” – ANTHM

92) “Be Yourself” – Shuko ft. Blu

93) “Gauteng” – Asheru ft. Raheem Devaughn

94) “Midget Cough” – Action Bronson x Party Supplies

95) “Monday To Sunday” – Epidemic

96) “Different Kind Of High” – Benny Freestyles

97) “Summer Breeze” – Slum Village

98) “Day In The Life” – Joey Bada$$

99) ”Prey” – Epidemic & Dreamtek

100) ”Whole Life” – A-Alikes ft. M-1 (of Dead Prez)

 

101) “Lesson Iz Done” – uMang

102) “Spraying My Pen” – K-Os ft. Saukrates & Shad

103) “Get It” – Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)

104) “Woodwalker” – RA Scion ft. Mark Shirtz

105) “Long Walkers” – Qwel & Maker

106) “We Movin” – AZ

107) “Dancin In The Rain” – A.G.

108) “Bird’s Eye View” – Statik Selectah ft. Raekwon, Joey Badass & Black Thought

109) “Super Ninjas” – The Almighty (Canibus, Planet Asia, Cappadonna, & Nino Graye)

110) “Day In My Decade” – Has-Lo

111) “They Die by Dawn” – The Bullitts Ft. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu

112) “Nuff Said” – Raw Poetic (of Panacea)

113) “Rise of the Black Suits” – Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge

114) “Love Me” – Koncept f. Lollybone

115) “Make Up Sex” – Substantial ft. Deacon the Villain

116) “Abracadabra” – Qwel & Maker

117) “Men Are Mortal” – Homeboy Sandman

118) “Champion Of The Block” – MidaZ the Beast

119) “Summer Madness” – Phora

120) “When It Rains” – Dag Savage ft. Aloe Blacc

121) “Animal Pharm” – Lupe Fiasco

122) “What’s Wrong” – Rakim

123) “Rhyme of the Year” – Nino Bless

124) “Visionz” – Killah Priest

125) “All For Sale” – Masta Ace

126) “Long Drive Home” – Ugly Heroes

127) “Death Sentence” – Prodigy ft. Roc Marciano

128) “B. Dawk” – Reef the Lost Cause

129) “Loud Enough” – Moe Pope & John Robinson

130) “Give Em Eff” – Julian Malone

131) “On One” – Qwel & Maker

132) “Nosetalgia” – Pusha T & Kendrick Lamar

133) “Ladies & Gentlemen” – Pete Rock & Camp Lo ft. Talib Kweli

134) “Gettysburg” – Willie the Kid & Alchemist

135) “Art Imitates Life” – Talib Kweli ft. Black Thought & Rah Digga

136) “Dag, Philly Too” – Homeboy Sandman w/ El RTNC (formerly Rthentic RTNC)

137) “Stay Focused” – uMang

138) “The Maven” – K-Rino

139) “Before The Sunset” Blame One & J57 Ft Exile

140) “Smoke Rings” – L’Orange and Stik Figa

141) “Don’t Front” – Eminem

142) “Illest In Charge” – Klaus Layer ft. Blu

143) “Iwantweback” – Jean Grae

144) “90’s Baby” – Phora ft. InDJnous

145) “How You Livin” – Kenji The Wise

146) “Babies” – Fatnice ft. Charlie K

147) “City in Amber” – Sadistik Feat. Lotte Kestner

148) “EL ESTUDIANTE” – Spit Gemz

149) “F.A.M.E.” – Freddie Gibbs ft. Daz Dillinger & Spice 1

150) “Job Well Done” –  Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike)

151) “Take It There” – The WHOevers

152) “For The People” – Spectac & Shakim

153) “The Beginning” – Fashawn

154) “Kill the King”  Sadistik Ft. Deacon the Villain (of CunninLynguists)

155) “G.U.R.U.” – Marco Polo ft. Talib Kweli, DJ Premier

156) “City Rising from the Ashes” – Deltron 3030 ft. Mike Patton

157) “Jambalaya” – Rapper Big Pooh (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

158) “Is Happiness Just A Word?” Vinnie Paz (of Jedi Mind Tricks) feat. Yes Alexander

159) “Truth” – Ill Bill (Prod. By Pete Rock)

160) “Open Letter Remix” – Jay-Z ft. Common

161) “Thought Process” – Black Thought (of The Roots)

162) “Give It Up” – Koncept ft. Reks

163) “Catchin’ The Vibe” – Quasimoto

164) “My First White Girl” – The White Mandingos – Funniest Hip-Hop Song of 2013

165) “30 Pieces of Silver” – Ka

166) “Crisis Music” – Canibus

167) “Invincible” – Ghettosocks ft El Da Sensei

168) “Rap God” – Eminem

169) “Control” – Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica

170) “Thank You” – Busta Rhymes ft. Q-Tip, Kanye West, Lil Wayne

171) “Poor Decisions” – Wale ft. Lupe Fiasco & Rick Ross

172) “Favela Love” – Talib Kweli Featuring Seu Jorge

173) “Continue” – Clear Soul Forces

174) Sadistik (Feat. Cage & Yes Alexander) – Russian Roulette

175) “Space Mountain” – Koncept ft. Tanya Morgan

176) ”Cage Ish” – Epidemic & Dreamtek

177) “Run” – Dice Raw

178) ”Money Matters” – J-Live

179) “Reflections From The Porch” – Qwazaar

180) “The Dangerous Three” – R.A. The Rugged Man ft. Brother Ali & Masta Ace

181) “The System Gotcha” – KRS ONE

182) “Where’s the Exit?” – Illogic & Blockhead

183) “Human In Disguise” – Mr. Green & Benefit

184) “What Is This Loneliness” – Deltron 3030

185) “Savages” – Marco Polo ft. Slaine, Celph Titled, and Ill Bill

186) “Chiseled Masterpiece” – Illogic & Blockhead ft Lionesque

187) Peroxide” – MED (aka Medaphoar) & Blu w/ Madlib feat. Dam-Funk

188) “Bad Guy” – Eminem

189) K-Def ft. Insight, Has Lo & Kaimbr – Riot Material

190) ”Global” – Bahamadia ft. Neb Luv & Spontaneous

191) Before Midnight (RMX)” –  L’Orange & Stik Figa ft. Rapsody & Castle

192) “Lyrical Fitness” – Fatnice

193) “I Stand Alone” – Robert Glasper Experiment ft Common

194) “How We Do” – Epidemic (HexOne + Tek-Nition) & Dreamtek

195) “Ring The Alarm” – Divine ScienZe ft. Blu

196) “Expectations (Croup Remix)” – Supastition ft. Shylow

197) “Life We Chose (Mobb Deep Remix)” – Havoc (of Mobb Deep) feat. Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)

198) “Piece of Peace” – Illogic & Blockhead

199) “Seven Series Triplets” – Action Bronson & Harry Fraud feat. Prodigy (of Mobb Deep); Raekwon (of Wu-Tang Clan)

200) “Mass Hysteria” – Rapsody

 

And just in case you’re wondering, here are my “Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2013” (in No Particular Order):

  • Qwel & Maker – Beautiful Raw
  • Epidemic – “Somethin’ For Tha Listeners”
  • Paranom & Purpose – Life Outside The Frame
  • L’Orange & Stik Figa – The City Under The City
  • Blame One & J57 – Walk In The Sun
  • The Doppelgangaz – HARK!
  • Oddisee – The Beauty in All / Tangible Dream
  • 7 G.E.M.S. – “Golden Era Music Sciences”
  • “Run The Jewels” – Killer Mike & EL-P
  • Sadistik – Flowers For My Father

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