Best Albums of 2013 (Well, At Least the Best That I Remember)
This is by no means intended to be the end all be all of "best albums" of 2013 lists. I'm certain that there are some albums I love that I just simply forgot to mention below. The fact of the matter is that there is an abundance of incredible music being released. So much that it's very hard to keep up with all of it. Below is a list of albums that have stayed in heavy rotation for me since their release in the past calendar year. Music has always been a big part of my life, but I must say that music is a bigger part of my life than ever before. I am unable to go to the movies or watch TV like I once did, but music is always there in the background providing the soundtrack to my everyday life. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section.
Roc Marciano - Pimpire Strikes Back - Nobody is touching Roc. PERIOD
Roc Marciano - Marci Beaucoup - I challenge you to think of any artist/group who has released 4 outstanding albums in the span of 3 years. Whoever you think of, I'm going to bet it's some pretty exclusive company.
Ghostface Killah - 12 Reasons to Die - I'm a sucker for a concept album
Ghostface Killah - 12 Reasons to Die Brown Tape (Apollo Brown Remix) - Far better than the original in my opinion (and that's coming from an Adrian Younge Stan)
Adrian Younge - Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics - I'll quote The Sopranos character Christopher Maltasanti (when he sees Martin Scorsese entering an NYC nightclub). "Hey Marty! Kun Dun! I liked it!?"
Ka - The Night's Gambit - Once your ear develops an appreciation for Ka's voice and flow, it's a rap.
Ras G - Raw Fruit - Far and away my favorite of all the "beat" albums that have been released in the last several years.
Ras G - Back on the Planet - Ras G is the king of this instrumental style production in my opinion.
Oddisee - Tangible Dream - Yet to be disappointed with any Oddisee release.
Oddisee - The Beauty in All - See above
Jay-Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail - I guarantee you haven't listened to Hov's latest if you're rolling your eyes at the inclusion of this album. Minus two terrible tracks, this album is top quality. I'll be damned if I'm going to let any magazine or purist tell me what's hot and what's not.
Damu the Fudgemunk - Spur Momento Trailer - Damu's the truth. I'd love to see him lace some known acapellas (alah Madlib) over his production though.
K-Def - One Man Band - Just recently discovered this gem. Quality
Black Milk - Synth or Soul - My favorite Black Milk release to date (which is saying quite a bit)
14KT - Nickel and Dimed - Criminally slept on.
Quasimoto - Yessir, Whatever - Most of the songs were previously released in some shape or form, but any new Quasimoto is worthy of a "best of" list.
JJ Doom - Keys to the Kuff (Butter Edition) - Far superior to the original version