Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of 2013 (At The Halfway Point) – by Alloyius Mcilwaine

Every December, I do a “Hip-Hop Year in Review” article showcasing the Top 100 Hip-Hop songs of the year.
Every December, I do a “Hip-Hop Year in Review” article showcasing the Top 100 songs of the year.  June 15th (my birthday 8) ) has come and gone, marking the halfway point in the year…so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to look at what Hip-Hop had to offer so far.  I decided to create a “Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs Of The Year” list to showcase the best singles created in the first half of the 2013.  Truth be told, this has not been a great year for Hip-Hop up to this point.  Things may pick up as the year progresses, but as of June 2013, there are only a few albums that have stood out to me (including “Beautiful Raw” by Qwel & Maker…my current front-runner for “Hip-Hop Album of the Year”).   However, after doing some digging, I have come up with enough songs to create a legitimately solid Top 50 list…featuring artists ranging from Big Daddy Kane & Rakim to Joey BadA$$.

 

Before I present this list to you, I have to do a bit of a disclaimer.  Some of you might come across a list like this and get upset because you don’t see songs from some of your favorite commercial rap artists like A$AP Rocky, Drake, and Kanye West.  I have friends that legitimately hate all artists that get radio airplay and won’t even give their music a chance (because the majority of commercial rap is terrible).   I’m not that kind of person.  I DO think that the majority of commercial rap is terrible, but I try to judge everything on a song by song basis so that I can develop a more informed opinion.  Case in point, a song featuring Rick Ross made it onto this list, and I usually cannot stand Rick Ross.  However, after listening to the “Poor Decisions” track (that he did with Lupe Fiasco & Wale), I thought that he actually had something relevant to say.  I try to create these lists without any bias.  My only real requirement for making my “Best Of” lists is that you impress me.  I love creative, soulful, thoughtful Hip-Hop with solid production & great lyricism.  The songs that made the list are the songs that exemplified this and impressed me the most up to this point in the year. So, without further adieu:

At The Halfway Point – Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of 2013 (In No Particular Order)

1) “Long Walkers” – Qwel & Maker:

2) “Nite & Day” – Marco Polo ft. Big Daddy Kane: http://youtu.be/EJ-N4Xj9_2I
3) “What You Need” – Moe Pope & Rain: http://youtu.be/0r3MO-nzGjg
4) “Love Is Blind” – Co$$: http://youtu.be/GB0mPcxUEoY
5) “Push Thru (Marco Polo Remix)” – Talib Kweli ft. Curren$y & Kendrick Lamar: http://youtu.be/1NYoCiEwq-8
6) “Charlie Brown” – ScienZe ft. Blu:  http://youtu.be/naw5VjcUQeo
7) “Sun Shine” – Doppelgangaz: http://youtu.be/GRa5Zsd6Sos
8 ) “Built Pyramids” – NORE aka PAPI feat. Large Professor: http://youtu.be/2527Zr_1kxM
9 ) “Savagely Attack” – Czarface (7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck) ft. Ghostface: http://youtu.be/eTqPP2rSU7g 
10) “Life Is A Gamble” – Big K.R.I.T. ft. B.J. the Chicago Kid:   http://youtu.be/YFQutM2w5h8
11) “Congratulations” – Common ft Cocaine 80’s: http://youtu.be/eWIH_oPUZWM
12) “Acid Rain” – Chance The Rapper: http://youtu.be/jN1aj_godWE
13) “LIFE” – Thomas Prime & Tiff The Gift ft Akin Yai (CYNE), Awon & Dicap: http://youtu.be/hyRUnNnE4Mc
14) “Good Things Die” – Ugly Heroes (Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, Red Pill): http://youtu.be/rh9uYtHdltg
15) “Summer Breeze” – Slum Village: 

16) “Dag, Philly Too” – Homeboy Sandman w/ El RTNC (formerly Rthentic RTNC): http://youtu.be/Jddq6jHgJ1k
17) “Without You” – 7 G.E.M.S. (Tragic Allies & Tragedy Khadafi): http://youtu.be/Q05PqL9Ybu0
18) “Learn Truth” – R.A. the Rugged Man ft. Talib Kweli: http://youtu.be/HWzYIpUZCk8
19) “Unorthodox” – Joey Bada$$: http://youtu.be/fVE6WF0wFa0
20) “Rise of the Black Suits” – Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge: http://youtu.be/q2ZJBzAHidQ
21) “Divine People” – Shing Shing Regime: http://youtu.be/WRDGT4CfFNA
22) “Masterful” – John Robinson & Kyo Itachi: http://youtu.be/jdGwckssm_E
23) “Holy Visions” – Zion I ft. Fashawn: http://youtu.be/oE9jIrHLjNo
24) “Nina” – ANTHM: http://youtu.be/CYpg0DlaCzE
25) “Be Yourself” – Shuko ft. Blu: 

26) “Spraying My Pen” – K-Os ft. Saukrates & Shad: http://youtu.be/htpFsfzMXyQ
27) “Poor Decisions” – Wale ft. Lupe Fiasco & Rick Ross: http://youtu.be/dOvLZ4PTu0I
28) “Mandingo Rally” – The White Mandingos: http://youtu.be/Orsymh-jqj8
29) “Open Letter Pt II” – Jay-Z ft. Common:  http://youtu.be/9rSIl2VOixs
30) “Lake Effect” – Qwel & Maker: http://youtu.be/_pfOqrglNDQ
31) “Barbituates” – Doppelgangaz: http://youtu.be/wvsfjcnuE2c
32) “Love Again” – Co$$: http://youtu.be/cog0KfvbpUQ
33) “Long Drive Home” – Ugly Heroes (Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, Red Pill):  http://youtu.be/wuxysQ-qCAI
34) “Loud Enough” – Moe Pope & Rain ft. John Robinson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRZ4-A0t2f0
35) “Bird’s Eye View” – Statik Selektah ft. Raekwon, Joey Badass & Black Thought: http://youtu.be/zl9NC_vQiIc
36) “Banana Clip Theory” – Big K.R.I.T.: http://youtu.be/zb6TyDRCJRI
37) “If I Could Sing” – Qwel & Maker: http://youtu.be/_X23fuQd-i0
38) “Come Here” – Talib Kweli ft. Miguel: http://youtu.be/o6Ne66HC1a0
39) “What’s Wrong” – Rakim: http://youtu.be/-XZ_hQ0sCXc
40) “Space Mountain” – Koncept ft. Tanya Morgan: http://youtu.be/6Uqnu3GOtRw
41) “Visionz” – Killah Priest: http://youtu.be/IbRaLBLe9dY
42) “Expectations” – Supastition ft. Shylow: http://youtu.be/l6J2lHteEXo
43) “Ring The Alarm” – Divine ScinZe ft. Blu: http://ughh.com/audio/detail.asp?t=divine-scienze-ring-the-alarm&ID=16708
44) “Make Up Sex” – Substantial ft. Deacon the Villain: http://youtu.be/_e1w1DNsjno
45) “Animal Pharm” – Lupe Fiasco ft. Thom Yorke: http://youtu.be/WNGk3xeHL8Y
46) “Day In The Life” – Joey Bada$$: http://youtu.be/5N0n7hQSgH0
47)  “When It Rains” – Dag Savage ft. Aloe Blacc: http://youtu.be/pAsBnuf3q5o
48) “Men Of Honor” – 7 G.E.M.S. (Tragic Allies + Tragedy Khadafi) feat. Relentless:  http://youtu.be/L25PNlji_ac
49) “Hip-Hop” – Wyclef: http://youtu.be/dNtnq07rGpU
50) “Art Imitates Life” – Talib Kweli ft. Black Thought & Rah Digga: http://youtu.be/Jox24R-uvjY

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Honorable Mention

“Canarsie High” – Ill Bill
“360 Waves” – Durag Dynasty
“The Maven” – K-Rino
“BBQ (Family Reunion Remix)” – Substantial
“Best Worst Day” – Supastition
“New School, Old School” – Classified
“My First White Girl” – The White Mandingos
“Give Em Eff” – Julian Malone
“We Movin” – AZ