TOP 10 KSPC HIP-HOP ALBUMS OF 2013
1. Quasimoto â€“ Yessir Whatever (Stones Throw)
This album couldâ€™ve been great with just Madlibâ€™s productions but his blunted irreverent ramblings as Quasimoto set it apart.
2. Tree â€“ Sunday School II (Creative Control)
The sequel to Treeâ€™s first Sunday School mixtape keeps the firstâ€™s pioneering soul trap sound and adds a new level of professionalism with a proper mix job.
3. clipping â€“ midcity (s/r)
One of the most original albums of the year, harsh noise never sounded this good!
4. Knx â€“ Anthology (Leaving/Stones Throw)
This hour plus collection of beats from Knx (aka Knxwledge) should cement the LA producerâ€™s auteur status.
5. Blu â€“ York! (Nature Sounds)
The long awaited proper follow up to Bluâ€™s 2007 debut showcases production from some of LAâ€™s top beat makers including Daedelus and Flying Lotus.
6. Serengeti â€“ Kenny Dennis LP (anticon)
Serengeti raps as his peculiar alter-ego Kenny Dennis in one of the goofier albums of 2013. Odds Nosdam produces.
7. Jonwayne â€“ Rap Album One (Stones Throw)
After a series of cassettes LAâ€™s own Jonwayne drops his debut LP full of dense twisted-up rhymes and gorgeous sprawling beats.
8. Alexander Spit â€“ A Breathtaking Trip to that Otherside (Decon)
Debut album from LA rapper/producer making classic underground hip-hop with a spacey druggy vibe.
9. LE1F â€“ Fly Zone (Greedhead)
Following LE1Fâ€™s breakout single Wut from last year, Fly Zone proves heâ€™s no one-hit wonder.
10. Fat Tony â€“ Smart Ass Black Boy (Young Ones)
Debut LP from the Houston born rapper shows him to be one of the smartest, and funniest dudes rapping now.
-Eric, Hip-Hop Director