Rolling Stone Names Its 20 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013

posted Thursday December 19 ,2013 at 05:00PM CST | 347 comments

Rolling Stone Names Its 20 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013

"Yeezus" & "Nothing Was The Same" Named Rolling Stone's Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013.

Rolling Stone has named its “20 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013.” Kanye West’s Yeezus earned the #1 spot, while Drake’s Nothing Was The Same landed at #2.

"Kanye's electro masterpiece is his most extreme album ever, which is saying something,” Rolling Stone says in its Yeezus blurb. "No wonder the late, great Lou Reed embraced Yeezus, since it's basically the Metal Machine Music concept translated into futuristic Hip Hop, all industrial overload and hypertense egomania and hostile vibes.”

The article compares Yeezus to Nothing Was The Same. "With Kanye breathing fire in rarified air, Drake is the people's rapper, a smart kid conflicted about his fame, heart, family, everything except his mic potency,” Rolling Stone says. "But what makes his lonely fantastic voyage matter is its emotional weight, which gets crucial amplification from Noah ’40' Shebib's whirlpool beats.”

Danny Brown’s Old album was the #3 album on the list, while Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 landed at #4. Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap earned the #5 spot. "The second mixtape from this 20-year-old Chicago MC is the ultimate in psychedelic Hip Hop,” Rolling Stone says. "Chance spins Lil Wayne-meets-Hendrix language swirls punctuated by the real-life observations of a kid who grew up in a world where 'it's dark a lot . . . easier to find a gun than it is to find a fucking parking spot.”

Rolling Stone's “20 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013” is as follows:

1. Yeezus, Kanye West

2. Nothing Was The Same, Drake

3. Old, Danny Brown

4. The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem

5. Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper

6. My Name Is My Name, Pusha T

7. Born Sinner, J. Cole

8. Doris, Earl Sweatshirt

9. Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg

10. Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay Z

11. B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, 2 Chainz

12. Long.Live.A$AP, A$AP Rocky

13. The Luca Brasi Story, Kevin Gates

14. Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels

15. Wolf, Tyler, the Creator

16. I Am, Yo Gotti

17. The Night’s Gambit, Ka

18. Excuse My French, French Montana

19. Watching Movies With the Sound Off, Mac Miller

20. Self Made Vol. 3, Maybach Music Group

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  • BlackDogg
    Yeezus was a case of "The Emperors new clothes". "Re-known" writers were afraid to call it bad... in case "there was genius somewhere in there". Just because it sounds different does not mean its good. I've heard claims of it being futuristic. We'll see if music will be sounding like Yeezus in the next 5 years. Rap should be rap. Not an attempt to rap the way Kanye West's rap sounds or R&B like Drake. Rolling Stone should not discuss rap. Eminem was robbed.
  • Delosh
    If it was by sales Eminem would be first. So that's obviously not how
  • Delosh
    Eminem and Asap Rocky got fucking snubbed
  • Anonymous
    Why are 2 Chainz and French Montana even on this list? Kanye is dope, but Yeezus was wack af.
  • DJboutit
    This is a mega troll list not one of these albums should even be on any top list. Hands down the best album of the yr Daz And WC West Coast Gangsta Sh*t
  • J
    Where is Czarface, 12 Reasons to Die, Legends never Die? This list is shit.
  • jay dubb
    Oh Sh*t! WALE is NOT on tha list!!!!!! ROLLING STONE better step up their security WHINY WALE is gonna go BALLISTIC! But get ready for it son, since you 'threatin' the media', ALL mags, blogs & media have WRITTEN YOU OFF! You are INVISIBLE! Don't expect a f*ckin' 'mention', more less 'Top Pick' ever again! That's how it works, you BIT the hand that 'feeds you'!
  • Wheel_Smith
    why run the jewels is not 1st on the list? blah
    uh oh no Wale?!! Expect a phone call.
  • none
    This list is a joke lol
  • Anonymous
    em.drake.pusha t,j cole, the rest flush them down the toilette
  • Anonymous
    it was a weak year for hip hop danm
  • Anonymous
    wtf is mayback music group
    • Anonymous
      A record label that Rick Ross found in 2009. The people he signed that I know include Wale, Meek Mill and French Montana.
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  • Anonymous
    worst list ever
  • Anonymous
  • Rh
    Yeezys was garbage. J cole and Asaps album both should be at the top
  • WALE
    • Anonymous
      What happened at Complex besides Wale looking like a child throwing a tantrum for not getting what he wanted????
  • Anonymous
    My Name Is My Name, Pusha T >>>>> All on this list. MCHG >>> Everything else. These list is bullshit. Yeezus isn't top 100.
  • Anonymous
    what rolling stones knows about hiphop.....
    • Chem
      Not a damn thang.. Only one of these i heard, was yeezus and that wasn`t my thang!
    • Anonymous
      ^ then u don't know hiphop either
    • Anonymous
      They know ALL about Jay Z, they cant his dick out of their mouths. That pretty much sums up what they know.
    • Anonymous
      "Only one of these i heard, was yeezus and that wasn`t my thang!" You know even less than Rolling Stone about hip-hop if that's true. 8-10 of those albums are worth a listen
  • Anonymous
    poor top 20.....
  • tim
    run the jewels is 14 LMAO
  • tim
    sounds like yeezy copied death grips. so did beyonce. fuck mainstream and fuck rolling stone
  • Southerna
    because the internet
  • Oz. F
    Say what you want bout the Yeezus album, but until you see it live at the yeezus tour you aint seen shit. That concert was a fucking event nobody is on Kanye's level right now when it comes to putting on a show.
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      I agree 100%
  • Anonymous
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  • Code Beats
    This is the worst best albums list i've seen this year. chance the rapper and danny brown over j cole and jay z?? fuckin hipsters...
  • Anonymous
    Wale isn't weird enough, white enough or awkward enough to make theses lists compiled by Hipsters.
    • Anonymous
      Yet they have Juicy J, French Montana, Pusha T, and MMG on there.
    • Anonymous
      Sorry but Wale is just too average. Hes not special. Why would anyone listen to Wale when we have J. Cole's and Kendrick's and Drake's?
  • Keith Sweat
    Am I the only one on this earth who didn't like "Yeezus" at all???
    • Anonymous
      You're not alone.
    • aaron
      Yeezus was TERRIBLE. Just cause its different and sounds like nothing ever made, doesn't make it good. Yeezus is honestly the worst album ive heard in years, and I listen to everything.