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

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