2013 was a good year for hip-hop. Most of the major players in rap came out with an album including Jay-Z, Kanye, and Drake, among many others. Take a look back at 10 albums and mixtapes that will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2023:
- 'Long.Live.ASAP' is the debut album by rapper A$AP Rocky. The album was released on January 15, 2013. The Harlem-bred rapper enlisted Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Skrillex, Danny Brown, Santigold, Birdy Nam Nam, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., and Overdoz for his 12-track LP. 'Long.Live.ASAP.' had four singles -- "Goldie", "F----in' Problems", "Wild for the Night", and "Fashion Killa" and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. "F----in' Problems" was nominated for "Best Rap Song" at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014.
'Wolf' is Tyler, The Creator's sophomore album which was released on April 2, 2013. The album featured guest appearances from Pharrell, Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean, among others. The LP debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200. The album was lead by its solo single "Domo 23."
'Acid Rap' is a mixtape by Chance The Rapper that dropped on April 30, 2013. The Chicago emcee released the project as a free digital download debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart after being sold by unauthorized retailers, per Genuis. The 12-track EP featured guest appearances from Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Donald Glover, Noname, among others. 'Acid Rap' catipulted Chance to mainstream success and is one of his best projects behind his 2016 LP 'The Coloring Book.'
'Yeezus' is Kanye West's sixth studio album and was released on June 18, 2013. 'Yeezus' debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, becoming West's sixth chart-topping studio album. West enlists guest vocals from Justin Vernon, Chief Keef, Kid Cudi, Assassin, King L, Charlie Wilson, and Frank Ocean. However, on the official track listing the only featured guest is "God." Songs "New Slaves" and "Blood on the Leaves" are two of his best on the album and are tracks four and seven respectively. "New Slaves" was nominated for "Best Rap Song" and 'Yeezus' was nominated for "Best Rap Album" at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
'Born Sinner' is rapper J. Cole's sophomore album that dropped on June 18, 2013. 'Born Sinner' was lead by promotional single "Miss America" which was followed by "Power Trip," "Crooked Smile," "Forbidden Fruit," and "She Knows." The LP featured guest appearances by Miguel, Amber Coffman, Jhené Aiko, James Fauntleroy, Bas, TLC, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 following Kanye West's 'Yeezus' which was released the same day.
'Watching Movies With The Sound Off' is Mac Miller's second studio album. It features Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Jay Electronica, Loaded Lux, Niki Randa, ScHoolboy Q, Tyler, The Creator and, Vinny Radio. The project was supported by three singles "S.D.S.," "Watching Movies," and "Goosebumpz." 'Watching Movies With The Sound Off' debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 behind J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' leading with Kanye's 'Yeezus' which all were released on June 18, 2013.
- Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta...Holy Grail' is the iconic rapper's twelfth studio album. The album was first released on July 4, 2013, to Samsung consumers then was available for retail sale on July 8, 2013. Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nas, Rick Ross, and Frank Ocean appeared as guest features on the project. For the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, the album was nominated "Best Rap Album," "Best Rap Performance" ("Tom Ford"), "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" ("Part II (On The Run)"). "Holy Grail" was nominated for both "Best Rap Song" and "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" and won the latter which was the only song that took home a Grammy.
- Drake's 'Nothing Was The Same' is arguably one of his best albums. 'NWTS' was released on September 24, 2013 and is the Toronto rapper's third studio album. It features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Majid Jordan, Jay-Z, Jhené Aiko and Sampha. "Wu-Tang Forever was the album's promotional single which was followed by seven other singles: "Started from the Bottom", "Hold On, We're Going Home", "All Me", "Pound Cake", "The Language", "Too Much" and "Worst Behavior." 'NWTS' was nominated for "Best Rap Album," "Best Rap Performance" and "Best Rap Song" for "Started From The Bottom."
'My Name Is My Name' is Pusha T's debut studio album which was released on October 8, 2013.The album is a follow up to his January 2013 mixtape 'Wraith of Cocaine'. 'My Name Is My Name' featured guest appearances from Rick Ross, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Future, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Kelly Rowland, Ab-Liva, The-Dream, and Kevin Cossom. The album was lead by promotional single "Who I Am" as "Pain," "Numbers on the Boards," "Sweet Serenade," "Let Me Love You," and "Nosetalgia" followed. The LP debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200.
Eminem rounded out the end of major albums in 2013 with the release of 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' on November 5. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and is the Detroit native's eigth studio album in his discography. It contains guest appearances from Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Skylar Grey, and Nate Ruess, among others. The lead single for 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' was "Berzerk" followed by "Survival" and "Rap God". "The Monster", featuring Rihanna. "Headlights", featuring Ruess, was released the following year. Eminem took home "Best Rap Album" and "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" for the Rihanna-assisted "The Monster" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. "Rap God" also got a nomination for "Best Rap Performance." "Bezerk" was nominated previously at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for "Best Rap Performance."