Rap roundup: Best artists of 2013
There's no doubt that 2013 was a big year for hip hop. With so many of the greats dropping majorly successful albums and a bevy of new up and comers emerging, rap fans had plenty to listen to.
So as the year draws to a close, who got our attention - and who continues to get our applause?
BoomBox revealed its picks for the Best Hip Hop Songs of 2013, and topping the list was Drake's "Started From the Bottom." Of course, Drizzy had a lot of hits worth mentioning this year, including "Hold On, We're Going Home," and his remix of "Versace" by Migos. Still, this hip hop anthem was Drake's defiant declaration that he's really made it in the industry, and he's not going anywhere. Next BoomBox gave a nod to Kanye West for "Bound 2," the final track on his latest album "Yeezus." This was an unexpectedly lighthearted finale with the signature self-confident wit that 'Ye is known for. Chance The Rapper also got a mention for "Acid Rain," which featured some profound and haunting stream-of-consciousness style rapping.
So who should you be keeping an eye on? According to Complex magazine, A$AP Nast may still be living in A$AP Rocky's shadow, but the Harlem-bred rapper shows serious promise. Dillon Cooper is only 20 years old, but the Brooklynite's new mixtape "Cosmik" proves that he has the flow to usher in the neo-90s rap style that has started to make a comeback. Rumor has it that the Tennessee-born rapper Isaiah Rashad may be joining Top Dawg Entertainment, making him the newest member of a team occupied by Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q - so he could become a major player.
Who were your favorite rappers this year?