13 for 13 | Listennnn! (DJ Khaled Voice): 13 Projects We Hope You Didn’t Sleep On

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A ton of solid albums and mixtapes dropped this year. It felt like every week, another prominent artist was putting out a full-length project. We spent plenty of time debating on Twitter about albums like Yeezus, Magna Carta Holy Grail, and Nothing Was The Same, and raving about free drops like Action Bronson and Party Supplies’ sequel Blue Chips 2, but there were a bunch of other joints this year that we loved, and we want to give them some shine here. This isn’t exactly a Top 13 Projects of 2013, but more a healthy reminder that a bunch of dope joints came out that we encourage you to check for if you didn’t get to them. From newcomers to veterans, here are 13 Projects We (NahRight and UpNorthTrips) Hope You Didn’t Sleep On.

1. B.I.C. Influence – This Bronx foursome made noise on the NYC underground scene this year, and their Highwater Music debut was a perfect introduction.

2. Boldy James My 1st Chemistry Set – Two things are for certain after listening to this Decon-released full-length: Boldy got bars, and The Alchemist got beats. Read all about it here.

3. Cam’ron Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1 – Killa dropped a new mixtape this year, and yes, we co-signed it on sight.

4. Denmark Vessey & Scud One Cult Classic – This concept album showcased Denmark’s MC abilities, and Scud’s underrated production skills. Read all about it here.

5. Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely – Dom’s sophomore album was more than solid.

6. Future and FreeBand Gang Future Presents F.B.G.: The Movie – Future introduced the world to the FreeBand Gang with the help of DJ Drama, Drake, Lil Wayne, and more.

7. Ka The Night’s Gambit – Brownsville Ka came correct on the follow-up to Grief Pedigree.

8. Nipsey Hussle Crenshaw – Hov copped 100 copies, how many did you cop? We’re hoping at least one.

9. Prodigy & Alchemist Albert Einstein – Pee and ALC returned to prove that they’re still one of the illest rapper/producer duos out. Respect this here.

10. Roc Marciano The Pimpire Strikes Back – We spent a good part of the year anticipating Marci Beaucoup, but actually the free mixtape The Pimpire Strikes Back he dropped a few weeks before its release may be the more potent of the two.

11. Tree Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out – Chi-Town rapper/producer Tree quiet as kept made one of the tightest mixtapes of the year. Also peep our Heavy Rotation interview with him here, where he graciously blessed us with a few exclusives from his production archives.

12. Troy Ave NYC: The Album – Troy Ave stepped up and made a dope album dedicated to his hometown. It’s something New Yorkers can be proud of, which is probably why Funkmaster Flex keeps dropping bombs on various tracks from it nightly on Hot 97.

13. Willie The Kid Masterpiece Theatre – It was only an EP, but it was doper than a lot of cats’ whole albums, thanks to his impeccable rhymes and an incredible batch of Alchemist beats. Read all about Willie’s collabo with ALC here.

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List compiled in collaboration with UpNorthTrips. Words by Daniel Isenberg @StanIpcus.