The 2013 HipHopDX Year End Awards

The 2013 HipHopDX Year End Awards honors Readers' Choice Album of the Year, Instagram of the Year, and Tweet of the Year.

Welcome to the 2013 edition of HipHopDX’s Year End Awards. In keeping with tradition, this is the time of year when we collectively reflect on all that has transpired in Hip Hop during the last 12 months. To be sure, there have been high points and moments that have been downright ugly. And we aim to cover them all before the calendar flips on what we hope is another monumental year for the music and the culture.

From December 18 to December 24 HipHopDX’s editorial staff and stable of freelance contributors will update this page with our picks for the categories and winners that made 2013 memorable. We salute the winners and runners up who made 2013 the banner year that it was. And we hope our picks make you argue and reflect while being entertained during what we hope is a safe and holiday season. 

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This Year's Schedule

Day 1 - Wednesday Dec 18
Emcee of the Year
Producer of the Year
Rising Star of the Year

Day 2 - Thursday Dec 19
Album of the Year
Mixtape of the Year
Non Hip Hop Album of the Year

Day 3 - Friday Dec 20
Verse of the Year
Video of the Year
Beat of the Year

Day 4 - Saturday Dec 21
Interview of the Year
Story of the Year
Trend We'd Like to See Die
Trend We'd Like to See Continue

Day 5 - Sunday Dec 22
Slept On Album of the Year
Slept On Artist of the Year
Comeback of the Year

Day 6 - Monday Dec 23
Disappointing Album of the Year
Freestyle of the Year
Collaboration of the Year

Day 7 - Tuesday Dec 24
Readers' Choice Album of the Year
Instagram of the Year
Tweet of the Year

Emcee Of The Year

Kendrick Lamar

How do you win emcee of the year without dropping an actual album? If you’re Kendrick Lamar, you deliver what was easily the most explosive verse of the year with his bars from Big Sean’s “Control (HOF).” Follow that up by calling Drake a “sensitive rapper” and tucking him back in his pajama clothes during the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, and the foundation is laid. So no, K.Dot didn’t drop an album, but he upped the ante on competitive emceeing and made a few scene-stealing cameos on projects from the likes of Eminem, Tech N9ne, Quadron and J. Cole. That’s enough to earn his second consecutive nod for this award.

Runners Up

Eminem
After relapsing in 2009 and recovering in 2010, Marshall Mathers returned to “Slim Shady” form with an assist from Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin on Marshall Mathers LP 2. Despite a mixed critical reception, the self-proclaimed “Rap God” nearly went platinum in a week with a mix of stadium Rap and complex, multi-syllable bars.

Chance The Rapper
Yes, Chicago’s Chance The Rapper was that good. He’s as introspective as they come, visceral as the the track requires and gifted with the most versatile voice we’ve heard since Wyclef Jean was rapping and singing about Haitian Sicilians. 

Producer Of The Year

Mike WiLL Made-It

His name is difficult to properly spell, but his production credits are embarrassingly easy to locate. In 2013, Mike WiLL Made-It achieved the kind of cross-genre output Timbaland, Teddy Riley and The Neptunes did before becoming household names. And since the Atlanta native is equally adept at crafting backdrops for Project Pat or Miley Cyrus, there’s every indication that his Interscope-backed Ear Drummas imprint will allow him the same type of career trajectory Timbo, Skateboard P and Teddy enjoyed. If you heard a chart-topping beat this year, it was most likely that Mike WiLL Made-It.

Runners Up

Alchemist
Alan the Chemist picked up where he left off in 2012. Durag Dynasty’s 360 Waves, Boldy James’ My 1st Chemistry Set and an Albert Einstein project with Prodigy filled the void of a signature, solo set. All of the above were quality over quantity. And when you add in co-scoring the Grand Theft Auto V video game, Al made his mark again in 2013.

DJ Mustard
For years, the West Coast resorted to appropriating the Southern bounce as a means to establish a presence in clubs and on the charts. A stint in his friend Ty Dolla $ign’s crib changed that, as 2012 saw DJ Mustard usher in the era of ratchet-ness with hits like “Rack City” and “Toot It And Boot It.” In 2013, He added to his lengthy list of production credits by supplying beats for Kid Ink, B.o.B., R. Kelly and RiFF RaFF.

Rising Star Of The Year

Chance The Rapper

Chancelor Bennett, better known by his rap pseudonym Chance The Rapper and best known as the Rising Star Of The Year, has had much to boast about in 2013. His rapid rise began in April with the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. Little did he know, that by July, his free mixtape would make it’s way on to Billboard magazine’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart after bootleg copies circulated on iTunes and Amazon. Fast-forward to December and you’ve got the Chi-town emcee releasing a track with fellow musician and mega-power pop prince Justin Bieber in “Confident.” Mixtape success, Billboard debut and a crossover collaboration all in eight months? Check. A star in the making knows no boundaries.

Runners Up

Isaiah Rashad
It seems like it was just a few months ago that Tennessee native Isaiah Rashad broke into the scene and already had Rap fans hungry for new material. Wait, it was just in September when Top Dawg Entertainment officially announced him as their artist. Rashad may have few quality tracks under his belt, but a co-sign from one of the hottest West Coast labels helps too.

Dizzy Wright
Dizzy Wright was inducted into the XXL “Freshman Class” of 2013 at the top of the year, pretty much predetermining musical success. Wright’s The Golden Age mixtape did so well, in fact, it hit number 39 on Billboard magazine’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His label Funk Volume must have been thrilled. #StillMovin...

Album Of The Year

Run The Jewels by Killer Mike & El-P as Run The Jewels

Killer Mike and El-P struck gold in 2012 with R.A.P. Music. We thought it was brash, simultaneously innovative, reverential and referential and an impossible act to follow. Then El-P stepped from behind the boards and joined “Mike Bigga” over his own postmodern, synth-powered b-boy backdrops, and the results were equally amazing. As its title suggests, Run The Jewels wasn’t for shook ones. Mike kills elderly women’s dogs, El-Producto brags about keeping his church socks on during sexual escapades and special guest Prince Paul (as Chest Rockwell) just wants to slip some Molly in his date’s drink. And then have anal sex. It all adds up to another win for Killer Mike and El-P.

Runners Up

Yeezus by Kanye West
Whether you thought the project was awesome or awful, one fact remains, Yeezus did not go quietly into the night. It’s is the opposite of unmemorable, opposite of conventional, opposite of mediocre. Kanye’s latest is audacious, ornery and courageous—pushing the boundaries of what’s traditionally accepted in Rap to the brink of breech while flipping frustration into sonic progression. In 2013, for better and worse, Yeezus stands on a moving mountain alone.

Watching Movies With The Sound Off by Mac Miller
Blue Slide Park may have introduced most of the general public to Mac Miller, but the man formerly known as “Easy Mac” reintroduced himself to Hip Hop with Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Mac moved geographically and spiritually, and he also moved units. He wasted no time entrenching himself in the Left Coast music scene—primarily through his work with Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet. He got high, went high concept and delved into the depths that come with losing loved ones while questioning the worth of celebrity culture. It was a huge step up for the kid who created “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.”

Mixtape Of The Year

Acid Rap by Chance The Rapper

There’s a million reasons to love Acid Rap—the shifting soundscapes and dripping honesty, the perfectly placed guest appearances and social awareness, the quirky references to cigarettes (of all things). Along with Chance’s uncanny ability to organically embody the best of Golden Era icons Andre 3000, Eminem, Wyclef Jean, for example, Acid Rap triumphs because the artist who crafted it taps into all aspects of his human experience. Chance tackles complex real world issues like gun violence in Chicago with the same ease as his approach to marijuana smoke. To paraphrase his half-bar on “Acid Rain,” Chance is the truth, whether or not he chooses to rhyme.

Runners Up

King Remembered In Time by Big K.R.I.T.
K.R.I.T.’s penchant for giving away album-quality projects for free continued in 2012. On King Remembered In Time, the Meridian, Mississippi emcee turned up with Future and Trinidad Jame$, meditated and questioned his fate, then re-asserted his dominance all on the same project. The crown remains intact.

She Got Game by Rapsody
Rapsody’s She Got Game set a new standard for mixtapes. Considering how much effort was put into this project, it was arguably an album of sorts for Rap. Sure, that’s been the new business model for Hip Hop, but let’s face it—most Hip Hop mixtapes are slapped together, handed out and then hit retail for the late bloomers. Rapsody dropped off this well thought out project with solid features and reinforced her position as one of Hip Hop’s burgeoning artists. If you’ve never heard, She Got Game, grab the deluxe version. You won’t be sorry.

Non-Hip Hop Album Of The Year

The 20/20 Experience (1 of 2) by Justin Timberlake

In January, Justin Timberlake tweeted, “I think I’M READY.” A few days later, we heard “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay Z. We didn’t know what else to expect. How could he top FutureSex/LoveSounds? With Timbaland on board, we knew we could expect quality sounds on The 20/20 Experience (1 of 2). After sitting with the album since March, it’s hard to deny the hits and dapper sounds streaming from the speakers. It was a long seven years since JT’s released an album. The people were ready too, at least the two million (and counting) who own a copy.

Runners Up

Sail Out by Jhene Aiko
Producer No I.D. had a sharp eye for talent when he signed Jhene Aiko to Def Jam under his imprint, Atrium Records. Even though her debut EP Sail Out held features from Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Vince Staples and most notably, Kendrick Lamar, Jhene shined and showed she was ready for a much deserved spotlight.

Avalanche by Quadron
Quadron may not have put numbers on the boards like many of the others in this category but Avalanche didn’t sonically disappoint. With only one feature from HipHopDX’s Emcee Of The Year, Kendrick Lamar, the Danish duo continued to push the boundaries on the music they were known for. And we thank them.

Verse Of The Year

“Control (HOF)” by Kendrick Lamar

During our HipHopDX Turkey Awards, we joked that Kendrick Lamar had no friends left to sit with at lunch because he shot them all down in his verse on Big Sean’s “Control (HOF).” Sure, that sentiment was tongue-in-cheek, but let’s face it: When K.Dot rattled off that list of artists he’s trying to replace, not a single fuck was given during that process. The result was a verse that changed Hip Hop in 2013 and beyond. Veteran rappers resurrected to comment, while Kendrick’s competition remained partially mum. That’s what happens when the old school and the new school collide and the results are beautiful.

Runners Up

“Chum” by Earl Sweatshirt
Earl set up his solo debut, Doris perfectly with a somber track that found him emoting over croaking frogs, piano keys and a congested bassline. While Odd Future has been known to venture into emo territory, this was just more like a cathartic, no frills exercise in how far Earl could push his seemingly limitless arsenal of internal rhyme patterns. He touched on his troubled childhood, his bond with Tyler The Creator and sent some shots at Complex for an in-depth piece about his sabbatical in Samoa. Earl Sweatshirt’s never been an upbeat rapper, but his raw emotion over a subdued track proved he had a lot more to offer than sophomoric antics on the mic.

“Rap God” by Eminem
By just about any lyrical measure, “Rap God” lives up to its title. Not only are Eminem’s frantic pace and shifting cadences impressive, but the subtleties are what make this song dope at a deeper depth. In six furious minutes, Slim Shady slyly pays homage to Nas, Big Pun, Pharoahe Monch, Lakim Shabazz, Rakim, Heavy D & The Boyz, among others. There are dozens of intriguing allusions littered throughout. Our favorite: “Dale Earnhart of the trailer park / The White Trash God / Kneel before General Zod / This planet’s Krypton…” which is a shout to actor Michael Shannon who plays both B-Rabbit’s mom’s trailer park boyfriend in 8 Mile and Superman’s nemesis in this year’s Man Of Steel. Honestly, any of the three verses could be a Verse Of The Year contender. Rap god, indeed.

Video Of The Year

“Started From The Bottom” by Drake

Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” offers the hope of a triumphant video from the opening shot—where a group of children experience the thrill of victory in a soccer game. Things only escalate from there, as Drizzy flosses his Bentley in the snow, sips some champagne in the private jet and enjoys quality time in his palatial, California home as well as the Dominican Republic. But the message is clear: none of the above would’ve been possible without some less glamorous beginnings—be it night manager at Duane Reade or hosting open mics. Director X told Complex Drake dipped into the six-figure range for the budget of his third album’s lead visual. And since the clip made you laugh, introduced guys to Maria Angelica Charuppi and kept Drake in rotation from Super Bowl Sunday through September 2013, it was money well spent.

Runners Up

“Crooked Smile” by J. Cole featuring TLC
The song “Crooked Smile” isn’t about slain 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones, but that didn’t stop J. Cole and director Sheldon Candis from presenting some social commentary when it was time to release the music video. Cole and his Roc Nation reps reached out to Candis, and Mr. “Cole World” himself specifically asked to play the role of Stanley’s older brother. Earlier this year, J. Cole took it upon himself to raise the stakes and the level of discourse within Hip Hop. And by breaking form with the visual to this TLC collaboration, we’d say he succeeded on all fronts.

“IFHY” by Tyler The Creator featuring Pharrell Williams
Tyler The Creator has had designs on being an auteur since he swallowed that roach back in 2011. He caught hell for his twisted vision of a Mountain Dew commercial, but you pay Odd Future’s de facto frontman to push boundaries. And with the two-piece of “IFHY” and “Tamale,” Tyler lived up to his nickname. Not only was the portrayal of Tyler and his jilted lover as dolls a concept you couldn’t turn away from, Wolf Haley did a pretty good job pulling double duty as the video’s male lead and director.

Beat Of The Year

“Numbers On The Boards” by Don Cannon & Kanye West

Yeah, yeah…we know. The DX readers and the editorial staff didn’t see eye to eye on Pusha T’s solo debut album, My Name Is My Name. But one thing we can all agree on is the triumphant single that confirmed King Push was finally coming to shelves after a year of delays. Kanye West’s and Don Cannon’s “Numbers On The Boards” was the big, anthemic offering Pusha wanted to realize his crossover potential. But it also had the signature elements that look back to when Rap songs were primarily played out of Jeeps and boomboxes—a throbbing bassline, some sparse percussion and vocal chops that run the gamut from ‘60s funk to Jay Z’s “A Million And One Questions/Rhyme No More.”

Runners Up

“U.O.E.N.O.” by Childish Major
At the outset of “U.O.E.N.O.,” Future croaks, “This shit sound crazy!” and he captures how most of us felt upon initially hearing the track. Conventional 808 hi-hats are swapped out for less dense ones that presumably emulate live drums, and there’s no traditional bassline. Childish Major originally pitched this instrumental to A$AP Rocky, who politely declined. Pretty Flacko’s loss was our gain, as the stacked, twangy synths lent themselves to flows and cadences of all types—Usher sang double-time over it with his own ad-libs, and Jay Rock clotheslined the beat (John Cena). But the best part of flipping “U.O.E.N.O.” was adding your own ad-libs punctuated by “You don’t even know it”—whether you were an established rapper, an aspiring one or just having a drunken freestyle over the instrumental.

“Bugatti” by Mike WiLL Made-It
Chances are, whoever reading this either can’t afford or doesn’t have a Bugatti (no shots, we’re in this together). However, when Mike WiLL dropped those thunderous basslines for Ace Hood to ride over, we all automatically hopped in our Hondas and acted like we just got a new Bugatti. That’s what music is supposed to do—transform your life in three minutes and 30 seconds. That’s what Mike WiLL’s beat did for everyone. Then the song ends and you see your check engine light on and it’s back to reality. Oh well.

Interview Of The Year

Zane Lowe & Kanye West on BBC Radio1

Before “IT AIN’T RALPH, THOUGH” and “YOU AIN’T GOT THE ANSWERS, SWAY!!!,” before the Jimmy Kimmel Twitter “beef” and the nightly “Yeezus” Tour rants, this is the one that set it all off. Kanye West sat down with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and unleashed 62 minutes and 29 seconds of polarizing quotables. For the first time Yeezy provided answers to the questions many had after first hearing Yeezus. He explained that the album’s direction was birthed out of his frustrations with fashion while exclaiming that he's the planet's biggest rockstar. To compare his 2013 video interviews to his albums, if the Sway In The Morning appearance is the Yeezus of rhapsodic Kanye conversations, then the Zane Lowe examination is The College Dropout.

Runners Up

Ebro Darden & Mr. Cee on Hot 97
Hip Hop culture as a whole is slowly stepping into the 21st Century by being more accepting of members of homosexual, lesbian and transgender communities. But a very uncomfortable Q&A between Mr. Cee and Hot 97 Program Director Ebro Darden served as a reminder of how much room is still left for improvement. Cee repeatedly broke down during an exchange that was both heartfelt and contradictory at times. Ultimately, Cee is still spinning. And while many of his answers and the reasoning behind his choices were unclear, they served as a reminder that love, sex and one’s lifestyle choices are sometimes personal and impossible to define.

Kanye West on Sway In The Morning
In the last few weeks, you have probably caught yourself saying “YOU AIN’T GOT THE ANSWERS, SWAY!!!” at least 20 times. You’ve bumped those “YOU AIN’T GOT THE ANSWERS, SWAY!!!” tracks at least once (okay twice), and you secretly wanted Sway’s “I’ve got the answers” T-shirt. None of this would’ve happened without that infamous interview. Kanye got on the show, acted cool, flipped OUT, acted cool again. The best part? It was all on video. Sway’s ability to remain calm was so admirable, considering someone could’ve caught the fade during that now infamous interview. However, everyone was unharmed, except Kanye’s ego. That was bruised a little. In the midst of his psychosis though, he did drop some considerable knowledge.

Story Of The Year

Kendrick Lamar Restores Friendly Competition With Control

Kendrick Lamar made sure the Rap world understood. “What is competition?” Lamar rhymed, “I’m trying to raise the bar high.” Kendrick’s claim to Rap’s throne also acted as a call to action for emcees, a reminder of what KRS-One, Rakim, Nas, Jay Z and many others have exemplified. The message came through loud and clear, lighting a fire in Hip Hop that continues to blaze.

Runners Up

All Kanye Everything
Kanye West created a year for his fans to remember. The Year of the Yeezus included a polarizing album, a change in style (in music and fashion) and a series of meme-worthy, Twitter-trending interviews. But, more importantly, he also had much to celebrate given the birth of his daughter North West and his proposal to his baby’s mother, Kim Kardashian. As much as The Year of the Yeezus was about music, it’s clear that Kanye West’s 2013 was about much more.

Jay Z & Samsung Team Up For Magna Carta Holy Grail
Say what you will about the actual music, but the presentation of Magna Carta Holy Grail was immaculate. Jigga bumrushed the airwaves during Game 6 of the NBA Finals to let us know he strong armed $30 million of Samsung’s reported $14 billion global marketing budget. Then the Recording Industry Association of America wrote some #NewRules to accommodate the digital deal when over a million subscribers downloaded MCHG to their devices to push Jay into double platinum territory. In an era of 360 deals and a lot of sour finger-pointing, Jay came with an innovative, new business model.

Trend We’d Like To See Die

Miley Cyrus Doing Anything In Hip Hop

Miley Cyrus became a strange fixture within Hip Hop this past year. Once she popped those gold bottom fronts in her mouth at the start of the “We Can’t Stop” video, we knew Disney lost her completely. We can blame Mike WiLL Made-It or just question the direction of the culture, but somehow Ms. Cyrus slid into the mix and has been showing little signs of leaving. Cool. But here’s the thing Miley: we don’t need you to rap, we don’t need you to twerk, we don’t need you to slap women’s asses. We’ve seen it all before. Everything you did has already been done, so how about you find another genre to harass in 2014?

Runners Up

Twitter Beef
Years back it used to be a matter of keyboard thugs hanging out on message boards with fake aliases harassing one another for some weird Internet street cred. As the Internet evolved, we got Twitter and rappers found their way to it. So instead of taking the time to creatively come up with diss tracks, they can simply attack each other in under 140 characters. It’s not cute and cuts right into the spirit of friendly competition and just becomes some catty pissing contest. Let’s keep the beef off Twitter and start making some good songs for us all to listen to.

Paying Rick Rubin To Lie On Your Couch
Rick Rubin is a legend. There is no denying that. But with Jay Z and Kanye West both paying him as a male model in the campaigns for their 2013 albums, it devalued the force that this legendary superproducer has brought to the game since he helped start Def Jam in an NYU dorm with Russell Simmons many moons ago. Rick Rubin may look intimidating, but it’s not enough to turn a project into a classic. If he gets up off that couch and heads behind the boards, that’s where the real magic can happen.

Trend We’d Like To See Continue

A True Culture of Competition

You can argue that one of the unintended consequences of the post-Biggie and Tupac era was rappers over-compensating and creating what amounted to a “bromance” among top-notch emcees. Drake was buying J. Cole’s album on YouTube, everyone was bringing their competition out for cameo appearances at shows and we got inundated with posse cuts. Kendrick ended all that by drawing a line in the sand, declaring himself king of both New York and his own coast while trying to lyrically “murder” his peers. More of this, please.

Runners Up

Indie Label Renaissance
Funk Volume, Strange Music, Odd Future, the list goes on and on of examples where Hip Hop artists’ careers have flourished without the heavy handed influence of majors. The business model in the music industry is constantly changing, and in 2013, the pendulum definitely swung in the direction of the indies. It’s refreshing to see independent minds pushing the culture forward. How long or how much this will continue remains to be seen in 2014.

Cross-Genre Collaborations
There was a time when Hip Hop was defined by its parameters. That was three decades ago. As producers are becoming more hip to sounds like EDM, Indie Rock, and other new territories, the beats are changing for rappers. Collaborations are evolving (you can’t even count how many British female singer-songwriters have appeared on rappers’ projects in 2012 and 2013), so the Hip Hop has to evolve as well. Gone are the days of thinking an Aerosmith and Run DMC collaboration or Public Enemy and Anthrax is a “total shock.” Now it’s the norm to explore. So let’s keep doing more of that shall we?

Slept-On Album Of The Year

CZARFACE by 7L, Esoteric & Inspectah Deck as CZARFACE

Perhaps Inspectah Deck’s quote from his February interview with HipHopDX’s Paul Meara sums it up best. “I guess I underestimated the people’s need to hear something worth listening to,” Deck offered, when pressed to explain why CZARFACE was so well received. With two previous collaborations under their belt already, The Rebel I.N.S., 7L and Esoteric created an ideal for a character that didn’t exist and elbowed their way into a few album of the year conversations with layered flows and production that paid homage to Hip Hop’s bygone boom bap era.

Runners Up

Capture The Sun by Illogic & Blockhead
In a year often punctuated by theatrics and turning up, Illogic & Blockhead not only offered depth and substance on Capture The Sun. They did it while mostly avoiding any holier than thou, Conscious Rap posturing. Sometimes all it takes is a simple combination of technically precise rhymes, hand-in-glove production and deeply personal subject matter.

Ghost At The Finish Line by Quelle Chris
Quelle Chris has been making great music in relative obscurity for what feels like ages. With Ghost At The Finish Line, he articulated all the emotions that come with such a journey, but it never felt like the "poor me" struggle Rap some of Hip Hop’s journeymen are making. This album was a validation of sorts, as fans finally saw what Quelle collaborators like Sean Price, Roc Marciano and Danny Brown apparently knew years ago.

Slept On Artist Of The Year

Rapsody

Every time Hip Hop heads shout, “There’s a lack of talented female lyricists,” they need to listen to Rapsody’s The Idea Of Beautiful and She Got Game (deluxe edition). With 9th Wonder’s soundbeds, Rapsody has single handedly changed the trajectory of the female rapper in the second decade of the 21st century. Still, where are the props of Lauryn Hill circa ‘98 proportions? Anyone with an ear who loves true school Rap will know that Rap’s got next, but as for the rest of the world, you’re way late. That’s ok, you’ll catch up.

Runners Up

Quelle Chris
After releasing a prolific amount of material during the mid-to-late aughts, Quelle Chris is finally getting his due. If you missed him rap about bustdowns over Anita Baker and BeBe Winans’ Gospel hit “Ain’t No Need To Worry” or didn’t catch when he freaked Uncle Luke’s “I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)” years before French Montana did “Pop That,” 2013 provided an excellent opportunity to catch up with Quelle’s Niggas Is Men mixtape and his retail offering, Ghost At The Finish Line.

Esoteric
Esoteric has been stomping out ridiculously aggressive verses for over a decade. It’s unfair to call it “everyman Rap” because everyone can’t do it. And when Inspectah Deck says you’re “up there with Eminem,” you’re clearly doing something right. Both CZARFACE and Machete Mode serve as proof of just how ill Esoteric is behind the mic. And that’s something that hardcore Rap nerds and casual listeners should equally recognize.

Comeback Of The Year

Mac Miller

Technically, Mac Miller didn’t go anywhere to have to come back from. After 2012’s Blue Slide Park, you could definitely see and hear a transition happening in Mac’s music. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native relocated to Southern California, presumably did a bunch of drugs and invited all the local artists he liked over to his new pad to make music. The end result was a ton of pseudonyms (i.e. Larry Fisherman) and a ridiculous output of music that included Watching Movies With The Sound Off and the collaborative mixtape with Vince Staples, Stolen Youth. In a way, 2013 felt like a new beginning. Mac was truly dope.

Runners Up

Eminem
Upon hearing the news that Eminem would revisit The Marshall Mathers LP, we had a few simple requests. We needed Shady to stop the scream rapping and slow down a bit with the super-complex internal rhyme patterns. For the most part, Em delivered, and he has the sales to show it. Eminem has reached a point where he could have rapped about anything and produced jaw-dropping results. He began MMLP2 in a trunk, took a detour to apologize to his mom and christen himself as a Hip Hop deity and ended with the #1 album in the country. And if some of the schtick from his official project isn’t to your liking, just Google, “Eminem Slaughterhouse Cypher” and enjoy the magic.

R.A. the Rugged Man
R.A. the Rugged Man is like that lecherous, old uncle that you sort of claim at the family reunion. Yeah, he (allegedly) ran up to his old record label with at least one firearm on his person. And there is documented proof of him being kicked off a commercial flight after donning an “Every Record Label Sucks Dick” shirt. But R.A. traded lines with Biggie, is a director, producer, boxing aficionado and movie critic. And he’s really good at this Rap thing. In 2013, he returned with Legends Never Die—complete with videos he directly helped craft. When a guy like that is contributing to the culture, you sit down, eat your slice of pizza and be quiet. If you’re lucky, he puts a jacket on over the shirt, keeps the heat at home and keeps putting out quality product.

Disappointing Album Of The Year

Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem

How can Eminem vie for Verse of the Year, Emcee of the Year, Comeback of the Year and have the most disappointing album? Well, great emcees make bad (or at least polarizing) albums all the time. Eminem has sputtered on his quest to be as lyrically dominant as he was in the late ‘90s and early aughts. He’s battled personal demons and experimented with both a Swedish accent (Relapse) and Stadium Rock/Screamo (Recovery). He largely avoided both on MMLP2, but fans were mostly victims of our own falsely created high expectations by expecting a sequel to a classic album. Em’s “continuation” of the Marshall Mathers LP contained some of his best emceeing in nearly a decade with “Rap God.” But it also contained some unexcusable flotsam in the form of Zombie retreads and more rape and homophobic references than a guy in his 40s should be comfortable making.

Runners Up

I Am Not A Human Being II by Lil Wayne
A once dominant Lil Wayne looked incredibly mortal on his 2013 effort, I Am Not A Human Being II. Moments where he was once successful being weirdly experimental were replaced with cut and pasted couplets that sounded like they came straight from the walls of a junior high school bathroom stall. The best hope for Mr. Carter? He took his respective omissions from both the MTV VMAs and BET Awards in stride and promised to work harder.

Magna Carta Holy Grail by Jay Z
It’s not that Magna Carta Holy Grail necessarily sounded bad. It’s that it sounded corporate. Non sequiturs like, “I don’t pop Molly / I rock Tom Ford” paired with the creepiness of a man 40-plus muttering “Twerk Miley… Twerk Miley…” feel as though they were inspired by a market share report indicating that 42% of all Twitter followers tweeted the hashtag #TwerkMiley and 64% of all Hip Hop albums were sold to those living below the Mason Dixon line. Since his “un-retirement” following The Black Album, Hov only shows up on wax when there’s something else to sell. Got a Budweiser deal, here comes Kingdom Come. Denzel’s in a gangster movie, how ‘bout American Gangster? Samsung’s buying a million, Magna Carta time! Someone go get Rick Rubin to lay on my couch. But we saw this coming. This is the same guy who once rapped “Back to Sean Carter the hustler / Jay Z is dead” on Vol. 3… The Life And Times Of S. Carter. At this point in Jigga’s storied career, remaining “cool” is way more important than being lyrically innovative. And what’s cooler than being a half-billionaire with Obama on the text?

Freestyle Of The Year

Kendrick Lamar – BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher

From the moment AllHipHop’s Instagram clip hit the Internet 12 days before the BET Awards even aired, we knew Kendrick Lamar had no issue embracing his newfound position at Rap’s forefront. “And nothing been the same since they dropped ‘Control’ and tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes,” K.Dot appropriately kicked over Mobb Deep’s seminal “Shook Ones,” lyrically darting Papoose and Drake simultaneously. Was it the most awkward high-five in Hip Hop history? Possibly. But anyone thinking Kendrick Lamar would distance himself from those statement making bars… well… Ha! Ha! Jokes on you.

Runners Up

Eminem & Slaughterhouse – BET Backroom Cypher
Big Tigger said, “The Backroom will never be what Tha Basement was,” and he was right. But when five of Shady Records’ finest unleashed nine-and-a-half minutes of raw emceeing—topped off by an acapella Eminem in all of his 1999, potty-mouthed glory—it was nice to get a reminder of the good old days. Tell Rihanna they ain’t finished yet.

A$AP Mob – Funkmaster Flex/Hot 97 Freestyle
The A$AP Mob comes under fire due to what some perceive as them lacking a New York-centric sound. But when Funkmaster Flex invited them to Hot 97 in late August, there were no chopped and screwed bars. “This ain’t no bitch-ass boom bap / It’s click-clack, move back,” Rocky snarled before taking aim at anyone who sent subliminal shots in regards to the state of New York Hip Hop. The fact that A$AP Ferg and A$AP Nast also delivered during the 10 minute barrage made it even better.

Collaboration Of The Year

"U.O.E.N.O. (Remix)" by Black Hippy

It’s unfortunate Rick Ross chose to casually shrug off making a reference to slipping some MDMA in his date’s champagne on Rocko’s original “U.O.E.N.O.,” because it basically tarnished a great track by Childish Major, one of Wiz Khalifa’s better 16s in recent memory and the most high-profile look Rocko’s had since he was dating Monica. Then Black Hippy came along and just destroyed this track. Of the many “U.O.E.N.O.” remixes and freestyles, this combination of Kendrick’s dominance, ScHoolboy’s ratchet lyrical set tripping, Ab-Soul’s abstract, technical precision and Jay Rock’s constantly improving violence on wax was the best.

Runners Up

“Birds Eye View” by Statik Selektah feat. Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, & Raekwon
Statik Selektah dropped a thorough beat, Black Thought, Joey Bada$$, and Raekwon all killed their verses, and the most unlikely posse cut was born. “Birds Eye View” is special in the sense that the vets and the young bucks came together and proved that great lyrics are timeless and when put all together, the result is a newly branded classic. We could use a few more of those in 2014, but it’s great that 2013 gave us this one.

“Control (HOF)” by Big Sean feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica
“Control” as a whole was a great track. It didn’t win as the top collaboration though, because Kendrick Lamar’s verse overshadowed everyone else, including Big Sean himself. That doesn’t take away from the fact that “Control” is damn good. It had everything it needed: bars, the beat, the proper roster. Even Jay Electronica showed up for the party. That’s when you know a song is special.

Readers' Choice Album Of The Year

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem

The overwhelming statistical popularity of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP2 manifested itself both in sales (1.4 million copies sold as of December 18) and in the hearts of readers. Revisiting 19946 Dresden Street yielded Eminem a 34% share of the HipHopDX readers’ vote, giving him a commanding lead for the Readers’ Choice Album of the Year. Slim Shady returned three years after his last effort with an album HipHopDX’s editorial staff rated as a 4 out of 5 but also nominated for Disappointing Album of the Year. That’s about on par for an album polarizing enough to be panned by the likes of the Chicago Tribune and Entertainment Weekly while still pushing past platinum. Not that Eminem has ever been particularly bothered by what a critic thinks. The people have spoken, and 2013’s “Rap God” will likely be laughing all the way to the bank while giving the one-finger salute to those mere mortals who doubted him.

Runners Up

Born Sinner by J. Cole
J. Cole wanted to up the ante and move the release date of his Born Sinner to coincide with Kanye West’s Yeezus. Guess what? It worked. Ultimately, Cole waited two weeks but surpassed Kanye for his second visit to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. And, judging from his 16% share of the vote, listeners showed their affinity for Cole.

Niggas Is Men by Quelle Chris
In a surprise showing, Quelle Chris secured 10% of the Readers’ Choice Album of the Year votes. Either loyal Crown Nation fans bumrushed the Facebook poll, or people are finally coming around to Quelle’s free mixtape-turned-retail-offering, Niggas Is Men. If not, there’s still roughly one week to acclimate yourself.

Instagram Of The Year

Jay Z & Dame Dash

There are certain friendships within Rap that we mourn the loss of simply by how much fun they looked like they were having in music videos. Sure, Jay and Dame had some weird situations that transpired between them, coupled with the “friends should never go into business together” mentality, but when that team split it was definitely sad. Seeing the Instagram flick of these two together this past year drummed up so many memories for rap fans. It’s not like Dame will replace Ty Ty and join the Roc Nation team, but that moment—that one singular moment captured in a photo—is something we can all reminisce upon.

Runners Up

Nicki Minaj’s Halloween Costume
Duct tape and a wig. Apparently that’s all that’s really needed to make a Halloween costume work, at least if you’re Nicki Minaj. When Nicki revealed her costume this year on Instagram, no one was paying attention to her outfit (more like lack there of). She had black duct tape criss-crossed on her nipples and some hot pants. The. End. So yeah, Instagram gold for your spank bank, and yet another reason for women to run to the gym and cut their carbs.

Snoop Dogg & Suge Knight
When Snoop and Suge showed up together in a pic on Instagram, two emotions were felt—horror and excitement. The horror part comes from memories of Suge Knight’s reign, and the historical events that happened within Hip Hop under the Death Row umbrella. The excitement though? That’s thinking for a split second that Snoop D-O-Double-G will someday return to his gangster chronicles under Suge’s direction. It’ll probably never happen, but thanks to Instagram we had a nice moment of false hope.

Tweet Of The Year

Kanye West Takes Issue With Jimmy Kimmel

Kanye West went all-caps with this one. When Jimmy Kimmel had children read the transcription of Kanye West’s interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as part of a spoof, West channeled his rage via Twitter. West found no humor in the spoof and made sure to let Kimmel know. In the process, he said Kimmel was not as funny as Sarah Silverman and claimed Kimmel had sex with Ben Affleck. Of course, he made it clear: “ #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL!!!!” West and Kimmel later made up and shook hands, but not before the feud played out on timelines around the world.

Runners Up

Jay Z’s AMA Twitter Session (#FactsOnly)
Jay Z made it very clear he was anti-Instagram on “Somewhereinamerica.” So it stood to reason he was only using Twitter to occasionally shout out Loaded Lux or take shots at Billboard. But Hov broke form on July 8, and in a series of rapid fire tweets with fans and journalists, revealed that he liked Cap’n Crunch, Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and all kinds of other factoids. It drummed up even more buzz for Magna Carta Holy Grail when Jay Z started trending. He may not be a social media maven, but Jay clearly knows a good branding opportunity when he spots one. #factsonly.

Gucci Mane’s September Meltdown
All hell broke loose between September 7 and September 9, when Gucci Mane decided to sabotage his career 140 incoherent characters at a time. After threatening to disband his crew and sell Waka Flocka Flame’s contract, the spiral of events unraveled on all our respective timelines. Later, various parties said the Gucci fell victim to hackers and planned to roll out another project on Christmas Day, but here’s hoping he finds the help he needs in 2014 and beyond.

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579 Comments

  • Anonymous

    dumbest awards ever

  • adrian street

    comeback artists of the year are three white guys. meanwhile prodigy should have got that because of albert einstein

  • adrian street

    this just shows you how confused hip hop is right now. Mike Will made it is an unoriginal producer who takes sounds that we have heard already and flips it. (bigger robbery over alchemist than macklemore over kendrick) Eminem is rated the most disappointing album, but then gets rated people choice. don't get me started why people are on eminem's dick still even tho he sucks now. Brainwashed

  • Dick B

    Czarface wasn't that good.

  • Anonymous

    Drake loves penis so fucking much, he adores it

  • UMM

    1 train or Control were the collabs of the year. Big Krit had one of the best verses of the year and the rest of them dudes killed it. Control-wise Jay Elec and Big Sean both BODIED it aside from KDot

  • Anonymous

    Yeezus album sucked dick when it came out and it gets worse over time fuckin thing has zero replay

  • Anonymous

    Yeah DX we get y'all on Duckworth's dick

  • Anonymous

    NJ Awards wayyy better njawards.com

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  • Anonymous

    this is all i have to say....MMLP2, Something Else and Knock Madness...the rest is garbage

  • jeffco

    Respect what y'all do, but any publication that gives any props to Drake can't be taken seriously! Dude is by definition what is wrong with hiphop!

  • David Bunz

    Twerk miley miley... best part of the album

  • Cee

    DX has seriously become a joke a lot of this shit makes no sense..not that Mmlp2 was the best it was a strong 8 /10 to me but most disappointing?? Wtf they just seem tired of hearing how much they ride Ems shit

  • Anonymous

    Drake dominated but hardly any mention.

  • Rayp

    Kanyes album should of been on most disappointing

  • Chance

    How could you ballsweat licking down low niggas vote MMLP2 as album of the year???

  • daTRUTH

    NEW YORK TOOK AN L WITH THIS LIST

  • Anonymous

    HHDX: where 4 star albums are better than 4.5 star albums and also are the most disappointing of the year.

  • phillipe

    Yeezus >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Trae

    Haha what a Fucking joke....Yeezus runner up for album of year, biggest piece of shit I've heard all year. FUCK YOU HHDX

  • Alisha Lee

    until I saw the draft ov $8145, I be certain that my sister was truley making money part-time at their computer.. there mums best friend haz done this 4 less than 1 year and recently cleared the mortgage on their apartment and bourt a great new Land Rover Range Rover. go... www.Tec80.com Kanye West is not only losing is god forsaken mind, he's losing his hearing, too.You sound super cool bro, wanna Skype?

  • Yu-Uh Yeah

    RITTZ BITCH! FUCK DX

  • Anonymous

    I've never seen so many people catching feelings.

  • Killah_casp

    Hold the fuck up! R.A the rugged mans legend never die dropped this year,Control is the most overrated track period. I wouldn't wanna listen to the track unless I skipped the big sean verse kendricks verse was good but hell ive heard better its just these critics got a hard on because he called out Drake and a few other overrated rappers but nobody seems to credit Papoose when he burned him on his own shit. Controversy was good though because it made rappers step they're shit up its the runners up list that I don't get R.A should be on there and Pap but they aint. Still I am glad that lil wayne and 2 Chainz aren't on there or rick ross so its a win/win.

  • Gregg

    Drake was clearly artist of the year, finally coming out as a homosexual & dating Johnny Manziel for a large portion of the year was definitely 2 of the most trending stories this year. We have all seen the video & it had over 4 million views on youtube before the A&M PR reps took it down. Drake was also involved in the huge break up that followed because him & Future's fling. His album debuted #1 on the G&L charts & they helped to make it platinum. Just when you thought he couldn't come back from the Manzeil break up, he is currently dating Kayne West on the side & I'm sure the 2 will have a huge amount of publicity from it & we are already hearing about a spin-off show where it would follow the two soon to be life partners around on tour. I just don't know how anyone else has had a more star powered year.

  • Anonymous

    after all of this, hiphopdx is over. what a shitty website

  • Bigo

    Yeezus was wack, just like half of this list.

  • dc

    I Dont care Wiz Had the best year out of all these people

  • Lawler

    Action Bronson and Joey Badass not in one category? Seriously??? Hip Hop must be dead! Seems all you need now is a trap beat, a gold chain and no MC skills

    • Anonymous

      Ye only thing this site is good for is release dates. Lol

    • Killah_casp

      yer I aint been on here for months because of the bias it seems to have towards the young money molly rap shit instead of the more hardcore shit its like some dumb celeb shit now.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, Rittz was not mentioned at all & there was no love for Strange music, DX is just a gay troll site

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z's album isn't that bad. It was actually on pace musically to qualify as a classic from the first song through the joint with Nas when the album suddenly fell-off. The first two-thirds of the album is pretty hot.

    • ^

      Nah, you're an idiot.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly if you think MMLP 2 is on par with eminems best, you either A haven't listened two him B are amazed that a rapper can rhyme fast or C are a Stan that is trying to overcome doubt

    • Solution

      Really, MMLP2 is on par with Eminem's best work. Lets just say Eminem wasn't trying to do the same album as the the first MMLP. Let us say that is an unfair comparison. Are you saying though MMLP2 and MMLP 1 are completely different albums both are equal in quality? To say MMLP 2 is as good as his best work or is equal in quality to MMLP 1 is like saying Micheal Jordan's time with the Wizard was equal to his career with the Chicago Bulls. Though he was still star he had lost a step. He wasn't even not the best player in the league those years though he was still a force to be reckoned with. Eminem turned out a good album but it does not compare to his prime. It isn't even close to the best album this year.

  • Solution

    "Just bc a legend does something doesn't mean it always has to be praised" Most definately. It will be interesting to see me if Jay-Z makes the 25 albums this years. MCHG was not up to par with his body of work. Lyrically it was lazy. Both Jay-Z and Eminem are icons but we can't give them a pass for sub par work.

    • Anonymous

      the production on MMLP2 is not good. You can barely vibe to anything on the album. There's like 4 beats on the album you can nod your head to without looking awkward. Em can still spit but his subject matter stinks.

    • georgel

      MMLP2 was a great album. I have been listening to hip hop since the late 80's pretty much but mostly the 90's. The production was good, the lyrics were great and what eminem can do with his verses and all makes almost any other rapper look pathetic. I understand the hate though.. if a white guy came into basketball and made all the great black athletes look pathetic like lebron does than it would be the same. youd all hate on him for taking your sport to a new level. eminem in the rap game is like a genius coming into a class of retarded mentally challenged inbreds, its not contest.. there may have been rappers with close to the same good lyrics but with the skills in the way he rhymes and tells stories combined with that its not contest he is the greatest rapper ever.

    • Anonymous

      Wtf u fools need to go read those lyrics. The fact that Mmlp 2 was given most disappointing is the dumbest shit I've ever seen . The album wasn't the best of the year but come on DX u even gave it 4/5 . It got great reviews from most places ..to even compare jays rap skills to Ems right now is insane. The rhymes, metaphors and flows on mmlp 2 were on point

    • g-sus

      MMLP2 did suck. The sh%t Em is rapping about at 41 sounds ridiculous. He should have followed up MMLP 1 around his early to mid 30's. The only album worse in Em's cat is Recovery. I'd even rather bump Encore over MMLP2. Jay's MCHG is not much better. Worst replay value out of any of his albums and a very lazy effort by Jay. The names Eminem and Jay-z are simply brands. They're just getting by off their names and past reputation. They both ran out of meaningful material.

    • Anonymous

      MMLP 2 SUCKED

    • Anonymous

      MMLP2 was on par. Don't front. Dunno bout jay tho.

  • Anonymous

    Em readers AOTY? Hiphopdx lost. Em wins.

  • Combat Jack

    No Dame Dash interview?!?

  • Anonymous

    This article has to be written by one man that lives under a rock...this website should lose the right to say anything about Eminem....all this website is good for is posting new songs. www.eminemalbum2014.com

  • Anonymous

    WHITE HIPSTERS LOVE YEEZUS AND EVEN DRAKE BUT HATE ON JAY AND EM WHAT IS RAP COMING TO

    • Anonymous

      More like teenage black girls & homosexuals, I am white & do not know a single white person who listens to Drake or Kayne Kardashian.

  • anonymous

    LOL this shit is garbage. how desperate are ya'll for readers? mmlp2 most disappointing album of the year...it was far from the best but the most disappointing?? really?? followed up by the two only shit reviews it got. LOL AIGHT wtf DX

  • Anonymous

    hotnewhiphop postes so much more songs that somehow slip by this site.

  • Anonymous

    we need to be able to rate articles like we can song because this is complete shit. Got a couple close so i'll be nice and give it a 2/5.

  • Anonymous

    You guys should give DX a break.. They have literally 0 cash flow coming in. The dude who runs this site probably lets his 16 your niece write articles and review albums cause they can't afford to hire anyone else hence all the pop topics as of late. Can't believe your welfare ass site has the nerve to call MMLP2 disappointment of the year tbh. I'm just glad nobody relevant gives a fuck about your bullshit opinion.

  • DA REALEST

    blacks are arrested more for weed to even though whites use it more. heck, the cops in seatle past out snacks for white kids at a pot fest. and yet black teens in the inner city get years for weed. whites use hard drugs that are associated with high crime like heroin and meth way more then blacks, and yet blacks are arrested more for heroin. white even when they do get arrested are given probation and sent to rehab much more. your "general lawlessness" concept is classic legal bigotry. when a white socialite gets caught with coke it is a crime right. but that person will almost never be prosecuted for that crime. you so called tough on crime conservatives celebrate that sort of thing, and yet want blacks prosecuted to the full extent of the law for the exact same criminal act. isnt that unamerican? Your prejudiced belief in black criminality does not come from reality, it comes from the prejudiced beliefs you have been conditioned to embrace. only 18% of blacks are actively criminal, and yet you want all 40 million of use to be criminalized as second class citizens. Conservative racist like you make for terrible americans, the concept of equal justice under the law is impossible for conservative bigots to embrace. the would rather have a society based on white supremacy. peace

  • Anonymous

    Crooked Smile isn't Video of the Year? Sorry I'm not a Cole fan but that video was dope as fuck

  • Anonymous

    La verdad es que esto es una mierda.. como pueden poner a Eminem como lbum decepcionante..

  • Anonymous

    Em and jcole fans really?! yall disgust me

  • Juaquin

    Quelle Chris is the new name for me in those awards, dude took 3 different runner up categories and got Alchemist on his album. Gonna have to google him over at itunes or some shit.

  • The Truth

    Yo this is one of the worst end of the year awards for hip hop EVER! Not only did u guys at Hiphopdx.com forget a couple artist who actually did more work and better music than most of the nominees but you dudes cannot jump off Kendrick Lamar's dick. Now I know you guys aren't to fond of the mainstream but come on bro! Missing artist: Rick Ross, Future, Jay-Z (With only 1 nominee WTF?!?) and Drake. No matter how fruity Drake is you gotta admit this is probably his most successful year. One more note by the way how the FUCK did Eminem win Most Disappointing Album and at the same time win the Reader's Choice Album?!? This website has served me well for most of my hip hop needs for news, music and respected opinions but damn bro the fuck is this shit! P.S. You people need to stop hating on Eminem you know damn well he got that Verse of the Year for Rap God.

    • Anonymous

      Hov, Em and Yeezy overschadowed Drake, sorry's he B-league

    • Chill Out

      Tha fool above me is trippin! ok future is w.e i agree but my boi Rikcy Rozay is nasty! Everything else "The Truth" say is on point.

    • Anonymous

      future is terrible, what has he done this year? what does rick ross deserve to be nominated for? Your post is horrendous.

    • Anonymous

      Dude, join complex.cOM if you want more accurate news, reviews, no dickridering, facts, numbers on the board, street consensus. Hiphopdx turned into a troll site!

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  • skad

    Yall should get off kendrick's dick. Mghc was prolly to complex for you indie rap heads. "Sounded to corporate" lol..

  • Anonymous

    Born sinner was hiphop album of the year!

  • Lol@Dx. Join Complex.CoM

    "Thats about on par for an album polarizing enough to be panned by the likes of the Chicago Tribune and Entertainment Weekly " --- LOLZZzzz... DX turned into Em haters. hahahahaha. The guardian 10/10 Boston Globe 9/10 USA Today 10/10 All Music 8/10 Phatano 7/10 Your Stupid site (DX) 4/5 Rolling Stone 4/5 Seems you forgot to include those...you spotted just the weak reviews to justify your Bullshit...Funny how you can't even rely on your own opinion. Fucks outta here.

  • Lol@Dx. Join Complex.CoM

    "Thats about on par for an album polarizing enough to be panned by the likes of the Chicago Tribune and Entertainment Weekly " --- LOLZZzzz... DX turned in Em haters. hahahahaha. The guardian 10/10 Boston Globe 9/10 USA Today 10/10 All Music 8/10 Phatano 7/10 Your Stupid site (DX) 4/5 Rolling Stone 4/5 Seems you forgot to include those...you spotted just the weak reviews to justify you Bullshit...Funny how you can't even rely on your own opinion. Fucks!

  • Katherine Thomas

    until I looked at the check which was of $5583, I be certain that my brother woz like realie bringing in money part time on their computer.. there best friend had bean doing this for less than 21 months and at present cleard the mortgage on there mini mansion and bourt a new Bugatti Veyron. go to this website... www.Tec80.Com HHDX has demonstrated their belief Marshall Mathers is still a tremendous force to be reckoned with on the microphone.

  • James

    Fuck u DX with your laughing all the way to the bank line. As you know, thats a 50 line first off. Second, Like Em is doing this shit for money. Dude has around a hundred mil and he ain't no spend thrift neither. His initial plan was to retire back in 04 after encore, hence his retirement song, also called Encore. He raps now for the love of it. He admitted he wasn't on point with Relapse or Encore (Even tho I have much respect for both). Eminem is in it for himself and for hiphop in general, whether you agree the direction of his music or not. It ain't no cash in. If there is anybody in hip hop who does not need to cash in, its Eminem. He's not self-obsessed or fatally dependent on the approval of others. He ain't no young buck no more, but he can still rhyme with the best of 'em and I support him every step of the way. He's making music for himself. You can't criticize a man for doing what he feels it right.

  • James

    Okay, MMLP2 wasn't the best album of the year, but most disappointing? Rly HHDX? Wtf were you guys expecting from this album? From most accounts this EXCEEDED people's expectations, some even calling it a return to form (though I disagree with this). This album was definitely better than Recovery, and in my opinion that means it exceeded expectations. If ya'll are calling this album out just because of the name, c'mon man MMLP was made 12 years ago. Let's evaluate this album for what it is, a 2013 MMLP Vibe album. For the intention behind it and the expectations preceding it, I think Eminem did pretty damn good. It's like anything less than a mil in the first week is a failure to ya'll smh...

  • Duke

    The readers choice tells you everything you need to know about who mostly visits this site. Mainstream dick riding pop fans. Eminem is one of the greatest. So for any REAL hip hop fan expectations for him should be high. To anyone who knows what the fuck they are talking about then MMLP2 is a disappointment for Slim which means it would be amazing for a subpar rapper. Rap God is a metaphorical, rhyme skeme laced, insane flow, crazy tone changing track but he didn't say shit. He's he was just showing off which is basically what the album was for. But it wasn't a mixtape is was an album. They are supposed to have structure and follow a theme. MMLP2 did not unlike the other great albums on and not on the list. To put it above Run The Jewels, Czarface, Born Sinner, Old, Something Else, and countless other albums dropped this year is just proof of casual fans these days. Hell even Yeezus had a theme and that was the biggest pile of shit called music much less Hip Hop. It's disrespectful to the art and to the foundation as fans. Just bc a legend does something doesn't mean it always has to be praised.

  • Anonymous

    Eminem having the album of the year & most disappointing album of the year shows how little competition he has.

  • Anonymous

    HHDX gave MMLP2 4stars and then honor it as the most disappointing album of the year - fucklogic

  • Anonymous

    Hiphopdx : worst hiphop site of all time bunch of gays

  • Anonymous

    And the winners are.... * best gossip site of the year: HIPHOPDX * best rnb site of the year: HIPHOPDX * worst hiphop site of the year: HIPHOPDX * most annoying rapper of the year: kanye west * attention whore of the year: 50 cent and the game (tie) * gayest rapper of the year: Drake * most overated rapper of the year: kendrick lamar * wackest hiphop label of the year: YMCMB * disappointing meanstream rapper of the year: Jay-Z

  • Erick Acosta

    how the fuck is summerknights by joey badass not in mixtape of the year and then you put gkmc over MMLP2 you dumb asses cant be more idiotic clowns!

  • Nas49NY

    The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was acclaimed by the critics and is one of the best album of Eminem since The Eminem Show! So call it ''the most desapointing album'' is a big joke.

    • Anonymous

      fuck what the critics say...that album was fucking dope...and i pretty much hated everything hes done since the last MMLP, but this shit was fucking insane...yeah, it might not have the catchiest hooks..but his rhyming ability was off the fucking wall...i mean cmon, the song "legacy" he uses the same rhyme scheme for 3 fucking verses!! most rappers cant even put together a 16 rhyming with the same word. well at least not one that makes sense....plus fuckin g "rap god" was worth the money i spent on album alone..that was the hardest ive heard someone rap in AWHILE

  • Anonymous

    stalley mixtape yo

  • Sean Po

    Well done DX, very enjoying read and fuckin hilarious shit bout Rick Rubin as a male model! I tend to disagree with majority of the fans and feel that 'My Name Is My Name' was worth the acclaim and still feel that it was overall the best HIP-HOP album of 2013. Yeeeuullch!!

  • Jason

    Tastes are different and that's good but it's obviously that some People have a Problem with the White Boy. They wanna make Kendrick bigger than he really is. Kendrick is a great MC but all the Hype start to get ridiculous. No one gives a fuck what they think about Eminem and his Work. Because the most imported is that People love your Music. And this is what Eminem's sales show after so many Years.

  • Soultion

    Eminem stans can be quite unreasonable. If they took the time to read the review for MMLP 2 they would have a better insight as to why HHDX awarded it most disappointing album of the year. To begin with HHDX gave MMLP 2 a solid 4 rating. This was a reasonable score considering MMLP 2 is not as good as MMLP. Furthermore, MMLP 2 received a 4.24 user score from 516 voters. The user rating was comparable to the review rating. This suggests the review was fair and reflected the attitude voters. The original MMLP is classic. It is Eminems best work and possibly the best album of 2000. It is a classic Hip-Hop album without question. MMLP 2013 is not a classic in comparison to the original. It isnt even the best album of this year. That said, this is one of the best albums of this year. In fact, HHDX said MMLP 2, may be one of the better LPs you hear in 2013. HHDX in giving MMLP 2 most disappointing album of the year is saying that this album did not live up to the standard set by the original album. It did not meet expectations, thus, it was a disappointment. They did not say MMLP was a terrible project. The 2013 awards actually confirm HHDX views Eminem as an incredible artist. There are some who question if Eminem has lost a step in 2013. In awarding Eminem runner-up for emcee and verse of the year, HHDX has demonstrated their belief Marshall Mathers is still a tremendous force to be reckoned with on the microphone. Though his skills are still intact all alone Eminem has had to work his way back. Relapse was not Eminems best work. HHDX gave relapse a 3.5 rating. This was an appropriate score considering in a recent interview Eminem admits Relapse was not his best work. Despite the weaknesses of Relapse HHDX gave Eminem the benefit of the doubt by including it in the top 25 albums of 2009. He was also named runner-up for Emcee that year as well. Recovery was an improvement from Relapse but it was still not up to par with Eminems best work. HHDX recognized the improvement by giving it a 4 rating in their review and once again credited it as one of the best albums of 2010 and named him emcee of the year. The reviews and accolade given in past years hardly suggests HHDX is hating on Eminem. This year HHDX has named Eminem runner up for Comeback of the year. This gesture is significant. In this nomination HHDX is recognizing the Eminems steady improvement since his return with Relapse. Eminem has come a long way, and all this time HHDX has never questioned his ability. In naming MMLP2 most disappointing album of the year they are judging it in the context of the original album. HHDX recognizes Eminems skill. They recognize MMLP 2 is a solid album, but they do acknowledge that MMLP 2 is not as good as the original. For this reason it is a disappointment. To say it is as good as the original would be to tarnish the legacy of MMLP 2000. It isnt the best album this year and it still isnt as good as Eminems best work, but make no mistake though, it is likely HHDX will more-than-likely include MMLP 2 in their top 25 albums of 2013. It would only make sense. HHDX will recognize it as one of the best albums of 2013. Until then all you Eminem stans can chill-out.

    • Z

      MMLP2 was a great album. People did expect a lot from Eminem, and he knew that. Now it isn't possible to fulfill every individual's expectation, obviously. He's an artist, and the album is heard by millions, each of them with similar/different opinions. I'd give MMLP2 a '9/10'. Of course the old classic MMLP was way better than it, but that doesn't mean that people use that as a reason to underrate the LP2! In 2000, Marshall was young, pissed off, willing to go against all odds to earn the respect that he deserved, and he did - with the MMLP1. MMLP2 showed a more sober Eminem, who wanted to get his shit straight, and be in a more stable place in his life. That's why he apologized to his mother. The LP2 was an amazing album, regardless. HipHopDX didn't serve justice by calling it the most disappointing album of the year, honestly. If [MMLP > MMLP2] is the reason they gave it that award, I'd say it's very petty. I mean, it's true, of course, but not a genuine enough reason to call it 'disappointing'. Just like a million other fans, I am not disappointed, the album is outstanding. And considering the other awards that Eminem has won, the label they've given to the album sounds very contradictory.

    • Anonymous

      You weren't asked to write an essay about this shit. Nobody was expecting Mmlp2 to be as good as mmlp1; no rapper can put out a project of that quality from this generation, not even Em. Everyone wanted a dope project and Em delivered it. I'm sure if he didn't name it Mmlp2 the hype and expectations would have been less. Everybody seems to the judging the album based on mmlp1 standards, thats absurd. Dx got not reason nor justification for naming it most disappointing, it's blatant hating or they are on some cheap crack. What were they thinking when they gave it a 4 star rating? Mmlp2 is a solid ass project. People who hate on it either haven't listened to the album or straight Em haters. Most of these so called artists deliver projects with 10 tracks and flood the entire album with guest spots (kanye), and yet, claim to be a genius. Em deliver 22 tracks, double cd value with more than enough dope tracks I nod my head to. Get real

  • Forreal

    Hip hop dx is whack. I only come here for new audio and interviews, anything opinion related can be thrown out the window. fuckkkkkk all yaalll

  • datboydyllz

    yall sleepin on logic tho.. imo he had top 3 tape of the year and should be in the top 3 rising stars/most slept on, he could replace rapsody.. she's nice but not enough for a list like this imo

    • Anonymous

      shiit, i think the opposite..i think rapsody is TOOO nice for a list like this...that girl is fucking incredible..name one other girl that gets 9th wonder beats AND dj premier beats on a fucking MIXTAPE...hell, name one male rapper that can get them two on anything

  • not on earth stan

    Fuck all dat, Not on earth been had all the best videos and tracks of 2013 broward county niggas sleepin on these dudes here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c7k4-rd7YI

  • Blaccurity

    my best friend's sister makes $78/hr on the laptop. She has been without work for eight months but last month her income was $12067 just working on the laptop for a few hours. visit the site......www.Jobs84.com

  • Anon

    Whoever thinks the BET cyphers are actually freestyles must be smoking crack.

  • henry irving

    I Have Alot of respect for this site. But whoever compiled this list together must be smoking some nasty shit. mac miller come back? word? lol i still aint heard anything from that foo. real shit. anyway. peace love and happy holidays. peace!

  • killa

    i dont know what clowns they got working at hiphopdx.. but how do you even mention yeezus as hiphop album of the year?? are you kidding me?? they lost hiphop credibility by naming that trash, was that even hiphop, seemed like some trance/house music to me..

  • Nick Newman

    I didn't even bother with Rocko's original U.O.E.N.O. after hearing the TDE remix. All them niggas went in on that shit, especially Jay Rock.

  • Dsx

    Strong Black Hippy dickriding

  • rega

    no Tech N9ne anywhere? you got to be kidding me. Something Else was so sick and so different than every body else. and the shit he spit on other peoples albums made them look even weaker.

  • The MH

    "How can Eminem vie for Verse of the Year, Emcee of the Year, Comeback of the Year and have the most disappointing album?" Well at least yall know how retarded yall look.

  • Damn!

    Biggest diss in Em's career!

  • ROFL!!!!!!

    Lolzzzzz. MMLP2 is winning the Fans AOTY poll already. But I suspect DX will manipulate the poll results to justify them name it most disappointing. I will laugh the hardest when you name it fans aoty tomorrow. Trolls!

  • Ahmed

    Complex>>>>Hiphopdx. Hey guys, am ahmed from complex. Come join us on complex.com. we got more professional writers, unbiased reviews, genuine info, no dickridering, no hating, street consensus. Etc. Mmlp2 most disappointing? FOH. see you guys!

  • ToHipHopDX

    HIPHOPDX, PLEASE take this post seriously. You done fucked up big time when it came to Mixtape of the Year. LOCKSMITH: THE GREEN BOX!!! Hello!!!?? That mixtape was practically better than most albums that came out! LOCKSMITH is no question, the illest up and coming spitter in the game right now! How can you muthafuckas not acknowledge this dude? He is NICE!! Very disappointing...

  • bizzalls

    Chance The Rapper?! GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE, YOU CLOWN ASS MUTHAFUCKAS, DX! That shit was horrible!! Another thing, BEST BEAT OF THE YEAR is EASILY, "BANANA CLIPPER" From Run The Jewels. Props for giving Esoteric the shine he deserves. Now I'd like to see the KING, APATHY get his shine, and Celph Titled. Ya'll didn't even mention the Demigodz album! WTF! Another thing, NO MENTION OF HOPSIN?! Y'all are pathetic!

  • Anonymous

    Nobody gave a flying fuck about this End year bullshit awards. Comments on facebook and other networks regarding this awards were very low. Giving Mmlp2 most disappointing album is just some stunts to pull traffic. Look, their post about Mmlp2 already got 1000+ comments. When last did a story on DX page get that amount of comments ? You contradicted yourself in every way. First, you gave the album 4/5 rating, verse of the year, comeback of the year, got acclaimed reviews from other critics etc. And yet still give it most disappointing? Smh

  • BK Nigga

    it's clear you guys just follow trends, putting Mike Will Made It as best producer of the year shows that.

  • bumpynucks

    esoteric getting that respect he deserves, can't nobody handle him

  • Anonymous

    I feel like HipHopDX is trolling us right now.

  • Clara Estrada

    before I looked at the receipt which was of $9308, I didnt believe ...that...my brothers friend woz like actualie taking home money in there spare time on there computar.. there sisters neighbour has been doing this for only seven months and just cleared the dept on there place and got Alfa Romeo. try this site... www.Tec80.com Sorry for Rapsody, but this is the NBA and there's really no women in the league who are also not stripped down cheerleaders.

  • anonymous

    How you gonna condemn rick ross for talking about date rape then glorify prince paul for it under the album of the year catgory? Contradicting ideas in the same article, doesnt quite add up.

  • Anonymous

    stop sucking k dots dick and how the fuck did eminem get more disapointing album. fuck is wrong with this shit

  • DaFuck

    Damn, Kendrick is dope, but not as great as this list makes him out to be. And yallz were hard as fuck on Eminem. MMLP2 with bonus tracks was fuckin all-around dope.

  • atomic6565

    Encore was disappointing. Relapse was disappointing. Recovery was disappointing. MMLP2 was fantastic. But all opinions aside how can HHDX give an album a 4/5 (with a 4.25/5 reader score) and then completely contradict themselves by giving it "The Most Disappointing Album of the Year" award? Is a 4 a disappointing score now?

  • Anonymous

    "Birds Eye View by Statik Selektah feat. Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, & Raekwon HOW DO YOU GUYS NOT EVEN HAVE A LINK TO THE FUCKING SONG SO WE CAN LISTEN TO IT?

  • 2db

    Bet hhdx listening to that Rich Gang album, while dissing Em.

  • binary star

    FUCK this list man MMLP2 ALBUM OF THE YEAR!

  • dtrain

    The thing that stinks is that even this site glorifies the bad music.. I'm just bitter that the good music that I like doesn't have a chance to make any money because they don't sell out and get on the radio..... The only real hip hop mentioned was from the slept on segment.... I'm not hating to the Waynes, Kendricks & Rick Ross lovers....My problems is there are so many good artists that 95% don't have a change to hear to determine weather it's good or not... Hip Hop is not on the radio !!!!!!!!

  • Starmani

    Get of K.dot's nutz....This site is mad lame with this shit. Eminem RAP GOD!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Eminem is pop garbage...Not real hip hop

    • Anonymous

      "Eminem ain't no Rap God for real hip-hop heads. " Shut the fuck up. go ask your favorite rappers about Eminem I'm sure he's in their top 5

    • LORD JAMAR

      Eminem is the Rap God for White suburban kids and trailer trash, who think they know hip-hop. He is also the Rap God for people who are spoon-fed his bullshit because he is all over the airwaves because he is all Aryan-looking and shit. Eminem ain't no Rap God for real hip-hop heads. We know better and can see through his White corporate infiltration agenda.

  • Anonymous

    IDK maybe I missed something, but I've been listening to hip hop for around 18 years now and couldn't listen to anything but 90s hip hop for the longest time until recently, got caught up in some of the nonsense of Meek Mill, Ross, and the mainstream shitting hip hop out, was always a huge Nas, Big L, Wu Tang and mostly anything between the years 92-98. I won't say I never listened to some mainstream music as of late like Meek, tried to give Wayne another try but he's going down Eminem's path from the years 05-11 or so only Wayne wasn't ever nearly as good as Em..Ok point being when the MMLP2 came out it was refreshing to hear him again an artist I gave up on to be honest and I'm a 28 year old white guy from the burbs I thought he was garbage, but as I'm saying MMLP2 was refreshing and In still bump it today so idk what DX is talking about, I need to check out more music like Chance the Rapper and some other rising stars (maybe just me but not the biggest Kendrick fan) plenty of music I need to listen to get a bit broader again, music used to be my life now with a 11 month old daughter a career and trying to maintain a family and other things in life I don't have as much time as I'd like to listen to everything, but the EM cd is that good and is refreshing for the crap that is out there by the "mainstream" artists, I know there's plenty underground dudes who everyone will say thats the music to listen to, but there was a time where mainstream artists were tolerable to listen to, not anymore, imo Eminem wins comeback of the year, emcee of the year, and album of the year. And just cause I'm white doesn't mean shit I stopped listening to Em for the years til now and did not care for some songs on the MMLP2 cd that were first released like Survival, Berzerk, Monster, so was disappointed until I gave the whole album a listen thankfully those are the only real garbage songs imo on album. Ok story over. Peaces

  • SOME1

    BEST SELLING rap album of the year: Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem. men lie, women lie, HHDX lies, #s don't lie.

  • shuttaman

    Faggot ass HHDX stop sucking cock Em's album disapointement? fuck yall mothers!

  • Anonymous

    I visit this site everyday or every other day and you have just lost me. You guys obviously have no credibility with any of your reviews/decisions. You bash MMLP2 in the review, then give it 4/5 and a 4.35 from users.... Then you give Eminem comeback of the year runner up and Emcee of the Year runner up.....Then give him most disappointing. And the negative reasons for the album are arguably the highlights of the album. If you are terrified of his "homophobic lyrics" then don't review his music. You guys need to get your shit together. This is without a doubt the downfall of this website. P.S. MMLP2 is leading the votes for USERS CHOICE FOR BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR. See ya HHDX...time to move onto a hiphop site with credibility/ COMMON SENSE.

  • Anonymous

    LMAO so Eminem is runner up for comeback of the year and then you give him disappointing album of the year?

  • Anonymous

    HHDX's reasoning for naming MMLP2 Disappointing Album of the Year sucks ass.

  • Anonymous

    BUGATTI IS A BEAT OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP???? WOW THAT SHIT SUCKED

  • Anonymous

    I wish Cross Genre Collabs would die... Its ruining Hip Hop....

  • Anonymous

    GTFOH, MMLP2 was/is a solid album...if it was all Dre Beats or Bass brothers then it may have been better.

  • Champagne Papi Life

    No doubt MMLP2 was disappointing, just like the rest of Eminem's catalog.

  • Nrml Jaxn

    People say they want to hear female emcees...most of us really don't want to listen to 45 minutes of a female rapping. Honestly, I don't and I really can't explain why. Most female emcees are shallow although that's not the case for Rapsody. Sorry for Rapsody, but this is the NBA and there's really no women in the league who are also not stripped down cheerleaders.

  • Anonymous

    WTH MMLP2 most disappointing album??? Lol OK HHDX.

  • joke

    You guys are such a joke. More articles to draw in traffic. Pathetic. Go tell eminem that. See what he tells you.

  • Industry Advocate

    Really!!! MMLP2 more disappointing than Wayne's album....Disappointing at all!?!?! Y'all are seriously buggin, and I don't' think you leave your office or your own website for that matter!! You gave it a 4/5!!! It's been well received all around!!!! Out of those 3 albums, it's received the most acclaim and sold the most out of the 3! This whole year recap has been off...I don't think you guys were awake half the year!

    • Anonymous

      Please when making a point about something being disappointing in Hip-Hop referring to sales usual hurts your cause

  • Anonymous

    And the winners are.... * best gossip site of the year: HIPHOPDX * best rnb site of the year: HIPHOPDX * worst hiphop site of the year: HIPHOPDX * most annoying rapper of the year: kanye west * attention whore of the year: 50 cent and the game (tie) * gayest rapper of the year: Drake * most overated rapper of the year: kendrick lamar * wackest hiphop label of the year: YMCMB * disappointing meanstream rapper of the year: Jay-Z

  • jimmybarlow

    how is 1 train not the collab of the year?

  • Anonymous

    And what is so special about MIKE WILL MADE IT? He will be never the next Pharrell or Timbaland. And that "BUGATTI" beat is simple as fuck. Any young kid could do it with a cheap laptop...

  • Anonymous

    Album of the year 1. EL-P and Killer Mike - Run The Jewels 2. Kanye West - Yeezus HHDX ratings: 4.0 - EL-P and Killer Mike - Run The Jewels 4.5 - Kanye West - Yeezus Interesting paradox

  • Anonymous

    EMINEM - MMPL 2 HHDX: "Despite a mixed critical reception, the self-proclaimed Rap God nearly went platinum in a week with a mix of stadium Rap and complex, multi-syllable bars." My answer: At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 32 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."

    • Anonymous

      "We don't believe you, you need more people" Eminem isn't just a great technical rapper, he can actually put out quality albums. And, no. Take Care and NWTS are not classics at all, they're not even good albums. MMLP and The Eminem Show are timeless masterpieces, none of Drake's albums are like that.

    • Anonymous

      Yeezus has gotten universal praise from music critics and that shit isn't even that good.

    • Champagne Papi Life

      @son: I'm not 16, I'm actually much older. Also there are 16 year olds who are more qualified to speak on hip-hop than some 30 year olds. Eminem is a better rapper than Drake and most rappers whether they are commercial or underground, but being a great technical rapper doesn't mean you put out quality albums. If MMLP or Eminem Show are classics according to critics then so are Take Care and NWTS...see metacritic. I mean both Eminem and Drake received Grammy nods for those too.

    • Anonymous

      Isn't it ironic that a stan is calling other people stans? Pot calling the kettle black.

    • son

      LOL @ champagne papi life. 16 year old kids have no right to tell us hip-hop heads who is better than who. we're hear to school YOU, son. while i don't think drake is a bad rapper, to say that he is better than eminem, eminem is nothing more than a mediocre pop rapper and that em has never released any classics is so laughable. just because you weren't old enough to realize classics when they dropped doesn't mean they aren't classics. this dude is straight stan status.

    • Anonymous

      Funny because a lot of music critics agree that Eminem's first three major label releases are classics just like the albums you mentioned, so your last paragraph is nothing but bullshit lies. You shouldn't be talking about stans when you stan for the overrrated R&B/pop singer Aubrey Graham. In reality, Drake has the most delusional fanbase, not Eminem. At least Eminem fans can recognize a disappointment when they hear it, y'all Drake stans act like everything your hero puts out is godly and classic. You wouldn't know a bad record if it slaps you upside your face with its dick.

    • Champagne Papi Life

      Ok music critics loved: Nas - Illmatic, The - Roots Illadelphalflife, Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique, Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions, Dr. Dre - The Chronic etc. Those are widely recognized as classic albums. If 100's of publications say your album is one of the best of the year there is a strong positive correlation between that and the broader society agreeing with that and recognizing that album as a classic. 100's of reviews serve as a sample of the attitudes of the broader population. Eminem has the most delusional fan base, because shit doesn't add up. You have stans screaming that every album he drops is so great, but nobody else, including music critics agree. No wonder why Eminem made the song stan, people like you are delusional and probably write him letters and jerk off to his album covers.

    • Anonymous

      Metacritic scores doesn't indicate good albums just like sales don't indicate good albums.

    • Anonymous

      And who gives a fuck about critics? They're not always correct. Eminem will always be better than Drake. He's been around for 15+ years and has put out classics. Drake has been famous for 5 years and has zero classics. Only Drake stans think that he has classics and only Eminem haters think Em has no classics. MMLP2>>>>>>>>>>>anything Drake released in his life

    • Champagne Papi Life

      Not according to hip-hop music critics as well as general music publications...I mean the score of 72 for MMLP2 is lower than any metascore Drake has EVER received. Em stans claim MMLP2 was the album of the year and that Em has classic albums, y'all are delusional. Drake will always be better than Eminem.

    • Anonymous

      Drake is a mediocre pop rapper.

    • ^^^

      You're wrong about everything, bitch.

    • Champagne Papi Life

      That's lower than any Drake album. Eminem will always be a mediocre pop rapper.

  • Anonymous

    Still no mention of Rittz, what a fucking gay site

  • ya_bwoy

    Worst hiphopsite of 2013; and the winner is..... HIPHOPDX no professional writing staff horrible reviews bullshit articles about rnb artist copy and paste articles from other hiphopsites sucking meanstream rappers dicks to much

  • BOY

    As voted by the HHDX community Sorry 4 The Wait: Mixtape of the Year 2011 Dedikation 4: Mixtape of the Year 2012 Dedikation 5 : Mixtape of the Year 2013 They cant beat King Weezy. He owns the throne suckas! YMCMB ALLDAY ERRDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    * cringes at the thought of reading the comment fvckery after witnessing the tomfoolery above * * closes browser *

  • william

    love that quelle chris album...really slept on...

  • Hollywood the God

    some of this shyt was right on..some of it was bogus...mustard had a bigger year in 2013 than mike will...mike will did his thing last year...and even this year, same as mustard...but mustard runs radio this year...and if we talking radio spins, record sales, mustard ran 2013 check out the entertainment then music tab of makesensedontit.com where mustard was given producer of the month a few months ago makesensedontit.com

  • Anonymous

    trend I'd like to see end - hip hop sites posting about non hip hop music and then list it as a trend they would like to see end

  • Anonymous

    everyone on hip hop dx needs to get fired for this stupid shit

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  • Anonymous

    Drake owned the year as usual but don't expect hiphopdx to acknowledge it. It is what it is.

    • Anonymous

      Drake didn't own shit.

    • Anonymous

      Drake has a rather large homosexual fanbase & it's good to see DX finally stop catering to them as there is more straight fans on this site than gay ones, notice that on Drake song comments there is always homosexual behavior going on.

  • Ruth Rodriguez

    until I looked at the bank draft for $4889, I didnt believe ...that...my brother realy bringing in money part-time at their laptop.. there sisters roommate started doing this 4 only fifteen months and by now cleared the morgage on there appartment and bought Dodge. look at more info... www.Tec80.Com she finally has creative license and can do what she wants, and she chose to blend her sound with hiphop.

  • Jerry Manders

    QUELLE CHRIS had an unbelievable year. Maybe the most creative artist out - doing his own videos, production, lyrics. Most people don't realize he did all the early Danny Brown production and shit for Sean P too. Dude's a beast. I can't wait to see what he does in 2014.

    • Hollywood the God

      It clear quelle piss is you...stop dickriding and submit your work to makesensedontit.com... we showcase new underground talent

  • Kid Karma

    actually im pretty surprised you didnt give eminem any awards at all.... Kendrick is awesome and all but this site is all up in his shit lol

  • Kid Karma

    I pretty much agree with this article...but....Mac Miller comeback of the year over Eminem? Im not hating i think mac is really creative and dope...but.... not a chance in hell haha

    • Anonymous

      For real if Em wasn't so famous these hardcore always stay underground hip hop heads would be up his ass even more and hes the only mainstream artist thats gets any respect on here..but rap god and the album were both on the highest level

  • papes

    agree with kendrick being emcee of year but rap god > control gotta revisit this mac miller kid i guess run the jewels = banger czarface = banger good to see esoteric getting love, shows hiphopdx knows whats up in the underground

  • usher mullins

    how is pharrell not comeback of the year?!!

  • Anonymous

    Slept-On Album Of The Year RA THE RUGGED MAN Legend Never Dies

  • RECOMMENDATION!

    Troll of the year award needs to be instituted. HHDX would not be as awesome of a place without its beloved trolls.

  • Sena Davoh

    how Tom Ford didn't get beat of the year only God Knows

  • jg

    Why is HHDX hating on Miley? Why can't a white girl get into hiphop without being hated on. Her album wasn't amazing but it successfully blended pop and hiphop and she created a unique sound. It was a solid project and probably a sound she can perfect in the future. And its not like she was pushed into it, she finally has creative license and can do what she wants, and she chose to blend her sound with hiphop. But Beyonce can repeat the same shit she's been doing for the last 10 years and everyone calls it a classic.

    • Anonymous

      To counter your statements: "Why is HHDX hating on Miley? Why can't a white girl get into hiphop without being hated on." Nobody's hating on Miley, they're speaking the truth, she sucks. And shge's not hip-hop at all, she'll always be pop. "Her album wasn't amazing but it successfully blended pop and hiphop and she created a unique sound." No and no. It didn't blend pop and hip-hop well, it exploited the worst aspects of the latter and made shitty pop music out of it and there's nothing unique about it. "It was a solid project and probably a sound she can perfect in the future." No, it wasn't. It was a terrible project and she will never perfect anything. "And its not like she was pushed into it, she finally has creative license and can do what she wants, and she chose to blend her sound with hiphop." And yet she works with a team of songwriters and producers. Just because she wants to do this doesn't mean it's good. It's still generic pop music. "But Beyonce can repeat the same shit she's been doing for the last 10 years and everyone calls it a classic." Big difference, Beyonce actually puts out good music and made a good album, Miley puts out terrible music and weed plates.

    • Hollywood the God

      you have to be a 14 yr old white girl to say that...but its all good...if you ever wanna know about real hip hop or black culture visit... makesensedontit.com shyt you can even write for my site if you have something of value to talk about

  • hip hop

    EDM is evil. Hip hop needs to be hip hop again.

    • drizzy!

      Hip-hop can work with EDM. Clams Casino is a perfect example. Beats like "I'm God" contain EDM samples. That's one of the best beats ever. Araabmuzik also fuses EDM and hip-hop well too. Of course you have your Flo-Rida's....

    • Anonymous

      Hip Hop works with every genre except for EDM/Country/Metal the rest can be dope and OK

  • Anonymous

    why have an twitter and instagram award? How about song of the year?!

  • Lil Wayne needs to retire

    Haven't heard run the jewels yet, but so far my pick for album of the year is 1) watching movies with the sound off(i hated mac miller but gave it a listen and every single song is dope and lyrical) 2) MMLP2 (go through the whole album, use rapgenius, you'll find so many subtle genius lyrics. underrated as shit) 3) knock madness - hopsin (diversity, great lyrics, beats and hooks have improved which were hopsin's weaknesses before. opposite of the usual commercial shit). and rap god verse 3 for verse of the year, not even close.

  • PRINCE AWESOM3

    Dear Hip-Hop DX, STOP DICKRIDING KENDRICK LAMAR! Of course the man posses talent and whatnot, but there is no absolute reason to name him the emcee of the year, simply by stating the same damn BS most Underground Rappers have been vociferating this past decade!

  • Cevon Smith

    Run The Jewels Album of the Year!!! Very happy to seegreat choice!

  • Vegardtoso

    Neither Knock Madness(Hopsin), or Legends Never Die(R.A. the Rugged Man) are nominated to album of the year but Yeezus is?

    • Anonymous

      Cause Knock Madness has no replay value and Rugged is the same formula half of the underground uses. #YEEZUS is above them all creativity wise

  • Licureaund35

    until I looked at the bank draft which had said $7499, I accept that my sister was like they say realy bringing in money part-time on their apple laptop.. there sisters neighbour had bean doing this 4 only 14 months and a short time ago paid the loans on there place and got a brand new BMW M3. why not check here,,,,,,http://x.co/3Tv2y

  • Licureaund35

    my neighbor's sister makes $73 an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for 10 months but last month her paycheck was $18941 just working on the internet for a few hours. look these up,,,,,,Rush64.C

  • JoeSkidz

    Dangerous Three from Legends Never Die is the beat of the year. Czarface should be up there with Demigodz, and RA for album of the year. Run Tha Jewelz was good though

  • Anonymous

    guess what DX, you can stop the Miley shit if you just stop posting news about her, then she wont be hiphop!

  • Janet Suitt

    up to I looked at the draft which said $5957, I didnt believe that...my... brothers friend was like truley earning money parttime from their computer.. there friends cousin started doing this for only 12 months and as of now repaid the debts on their house and purchased a great Fiat Multipla. This Site... www.Tec80.Com so only faggots with a facebook account can vote for album of the year? Don't matter anyway guarantee the best albums aint listed

  • DUMPERTRUK

    Rugged Man legends never die best album this year so far

  • Phlash

    That anti-friendliness in rap is some bullshit. Drake bought Cole's tapes because he respects him as an artist. They make posse cuts and hang because they're a group of niggas having fun with what they do. Every rapper should think he's the best, but what good is the culture if you can't associate with other people who love it? Kendrick's verse on Control was obviously good, but I hate how people act like what he did was revolutionary.

  • Anonymous

    For a site that wants the collaborations among hip hop and pop you sure do have a lot of pop songs and news on your site....

  • Anonymous

    naming kendrick top emcee is setting the bar low mello music group better than tde kendrick schoolboy absoul jay rock are all average rappers with three or four hits a mixtape

  • Anonymous

    "Sway Calloway & Kanye West on Sways Universe" Sway's Universe is the name of his website but the radio show that did the interview is Sway in the Morning, on Eminem's Shade45

  • Champagne Papi Life

    Real Best Beats of 2013: 1. Started From The Bottom (Mike Zombie & 40) 2. King Push (Random Guy & Kanye West) 3. Blood On The Leaves (Kanye West) Numbers on the Board wasn't even the best beat on that damn album!

  • Legends never die

    so only faggots with a facebook account can vote for album of the year? Don't matter anyway guarantee the best albums aint listed

  • jasblue

    I totally agree with the verse of the year but you could of added jean grae fuckery level 3000..that song was just crazy..

  • ianism

    Run the Jewels deserved it. that is all.

  • YouSerious?

    And for the record, I get the whole thing with him talking about America being a Crooked Smile in the third verse, but to defend Cole by saying that ONE set of lines from the whole song justifies the video is a stretch. Cole basically could've made the video into a short film, which would've gave way to more creativity with what they could've done in the video.

  • YouSerious?

    I'd like to respectfully disagree with J.Cole being a runner-up for video of the year. Not because the video is bad, but because its sort of superficial and only has face-value and no depth. When your video has no relation to your song, then its not really coherent as a whole. Also, the video wasn't really social commentary. It was basically a presentation of an interpretation of the events that happened with Cole saying "stop the war on drugs" at the end of the video in text. That's lazy, honestly. Sure, his intent was good, but the message is out of place in the context of a music video for a crossover song that's about keeping your teeth crooked.

  • Benzino Goon Squad

    Benzino is going triple platinum in 2014!! Fuck Eminem! #BGS2014 #Eminemisthewhitedevil

  • Anonymous

    hiphopdx.com trying WAY to hard to be different from other hiphop sites and have some shit no one has ever heard of or likes as the best of the best.

    • Anonymous

      i thought they were pretty fucking accurate. i would have changed SOME things around... like alchemist would have been producer of the year with runner up being black milk. and yeezus wouldnt be seen on this list at all.

  • cinavenom

    Commercial bull shit.

    • Justin Hunte

      Thanks for the comment. Our editorial staff goes through a detailed nomination process then votes on the winners along with our freelance team. So this list is representative of the tastes of 20+ people, which explains the diversity. I'm actually happy about that. Both realities tend to marginalize Hip Hop these days. What's hot online isn't always the same as what's hot outside and vice versa. It's easy for us to stereotype 'Keyboard Warriors" or "Club Rats" or whatever, but when looking back at an entire year of, which I believe was, incredible HIp Hop, I'm proud that our team organically appreciates a wide swath of beats and rhymes.

    • Felonious Drunk

      Seems like different people wrote different parts of the article. I just don't see how the same person could praise slept on artists like Killer Mike and El-P and derivative bullshit like Drake in the same article. Either that, or the same writer is giving Drake some shine so the kids who don't know any better stay on the site and learn about other, less mainstream artists (at least, I hope that's what the intent is.)

    • um

      Killer mike and El-P are far from commercial... and they got ALBUM OF THE YEAR. besides, heaps of the other artists on here are independent.

  • Anonymous

    Born sinner j. cole

  • tripaud

    predictable,but kendrick lamar's control verse is not the best of the year. he's been better.

    • Anonymous

      so what was better this year? eminem's rap god is the only thing remotely close. kendrick had the game on lock with that one verse for at least a month, probably longer

  • Anonymous

    Album of the year has gotta be Top Ramen Nigga by the Horseshoe Gang. It was fucking amazing. Run the Jewels was dope too though.

  • Anonymous

    Only thing I agree with is RUN THE JEWELS winning ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Fuck MIKE WILL MADE IT by the way

  • ANGRYASFUCKMYNIGGA

    HOW IS BLOOD ON THE LEAVES NOT BEAT OF THE YEAR THOUGH

  • murphy

    also mixtape of the year: tie between summer knights and young sinatra: welcome to forever.... rising star of the year: joey bada$$ and logic

  • murphy

    not even being bias but come on... mc of the year: j cole, producer of the year: j cole, and album of the year: born sinner

  • jimmybarlow

    I can name a hundred beats from this year that were better than bugatti

  • TELL THE WORLD MY NAME

    YEEZUS? WHY??

  • night walker

    duane reade what the hell is that its shot at shoppers drug mart correct that

    • Anonymous

      real talk, what in the fuck is a duane reade. niggas do some fucking fact checking you incompetent clowns. jeeze, im tired of this shit and its embarrassing

  • Juanita Harris

    Sophia. I just agree... Chad`s bl0g is incredible... on tuesday I got a great Chevrolet Corvette from making $8703 this-past/five weeks and-over, 10 grand lass month. it's realy the coolest job I've ever had. I started this six months/ago and practically straight away began to bring home minimum $70 per-hour. Go Here... www.TEc80.Com My opinion is Rap God as a whole is the best verse(s) of the year. But Kendricks was also very IMPORTANT for Hiphop (as was ems rap god).

  • Kaze Da Finest

    Numbers on the Board....hahahahha....really

  • night walker

    CONTROL?! verse of the year lol wow glad drake got the video of the year i woulda gave it to black milk for sunday best tho

    • Cultures Clothing

      The Black Milk Video was definitely better than the Drake video...but "Alone" by L'Orange ft Blu was probably the most artistic video made this year. "The Quest(ion)" by Divine ScienZe is also a close 2nd.

  • Anonymous

    Glad you gave it to Drake. But it ain't Duane Reade. It was meant to be shoppers drug mart

  • Anonymous

    Numbers on the Board beat was absolute trash lmao...

  • Anonymous

    PAYOLA.... PAYOLA... THIS LIST IS MALARKEY

  • Anonymous

    What a shitty selection of choices Beats Of The Year runnerups. Give me a fucking break.

  • Anonymous

    Numbers on the Board for beat of the year? Wow you can't be serious. That was a basic ass boring beat!

  • Industry Advocate

    You had me with all of your awards until UOENO....that beat is ridiculous and lazy!

  • Moneygrip365

    Album of the year was Legends Never Die by R.A. Hands down the most high quality top to bottom album. But then as i look at these lists I can see that the people at HHDX probably never even heard it.

  • MrJimGittem

    I don't understand how you can have "album of the year" but none of the "beats of the year" are from it. UONEO is cool, but "runner up"???? Come on bruh

  • Nope

    Sorry but the actually verse of the year was Killer Mike's on sea legs.

  • Anonymous

    Ems Rap God was more impressive as a whole then Kdots Control verse. Yeah his verse had a few good bars... but it was good because of what it started. It made lyrics important again, as they should be. With that said, Rap God was basically a six minute "control response"/deconstruction of the entire Hip Hop industry. I respect DX's opinions, that is was makes music so great...especially rap. Everyone is going to have differing opinions. My opinion is Rap God as a whole is the best verse(s) of the year. But Kendricks was also very IMPORTANT for Hiphop (as was ems rap god).

  • adam_dz

    nailed it w/ the Album of the year then totally blew it on the runner's up. Kanye...and Mac Miller?!

  • Anonymous

    fuck you guys are slow updating this shit everyday

  • No Idea

    Each to their regarding opionions. But for me Janelle Monae easily released the best non hip hop album of the year. She's been on the concept album tip before it became a tip! Mac Miller's ear for music is good and I really dug The Internet's album "Feel Good" but he is too uninteresting as an emcee to deserve an album of the year nod. For me hip hop albums this year haven't been as good as last year but Earl Sweatshirt - Doris & Run the Jewels were my favourites. Anybody who says Yeezus hasn't heard of Death Grips

  • Anonymous

    run the jewels was great, but it also was kinda a mixtape then later retail album, but I wouldn't give it album of year..Tech N9ne's Something Else was fantastic

  • tracerONE

    Album of the year no MMLP2 really!? F*ck hiphopdx!

  • PauloMalo

    What the fuck is with the choice for Album of the Year? HipHopDX is fucking ridiculous

    • Anonymous

      You might want to listen to Run the Jewels, also this isn't fucking Rolling Stone, good to see DX do something right for once, although album of the year belongs to Ritzz.

  • Anonymous

    Drake should have won all of these awards

  • M12

    All the Kendrick Dick Riding is not funny anymore. Emcee Of The Year wihout Album?LOL Eminem destroyed the whole Rap Game with "Rap God". The Marshal Mathers LP 2 is an Amazing Album. "Bad Guy" is some genius Shit that only Eminem can do.

  • Anonymous

    video of the year??? i cant really remember too many videos

  • Anonymous

    FREESTYLE OF THE YEAR= DARK KNIGHTS FREESTYLE. It's one of the top songs on this site in the past year and it's only a freestyle. Big Henry and Yelawolf destroy it. They should win freestyle of the year.

  • COLE WORLD

    so now its just cool to ignore Cole's Born Sinner???? Wow...

  • nspeez

    I seriously cannot wrap my head around why Yeezus is even mentioned as being close to the best album. That album was one of the worst I ever heard. Straight garbage. I just dont see it.

  • Anonymous

    Rittz slept on Artist of the Year. Yela best verse for 1 Train. Rap God beat of the year

  • Suggatee

    what a poor year for hip hop

  • Anonymous

    Yeezus as runner up for album of the year? Are you fucking high? That album sucked donkey dicks.

  • Steveadore

    ONLY important hip hop record to come out this whole year Murdering PSA by the Roostar Incorporated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNcnGx5Z2zM

  • yuppp

    Also slept on artist of the year!!!! Yela.

  • Anonymous

    Yelawolf verse of the year for 1 Train....mainly for the Tupac reference at the end. So clever.

  • Anonymous

    Cant believe Yeezus and WMWTSO got runner ups when they wasnt even the best albums released that day. Born Sinner or MMLP 2 was AOTY.

  • poppa large prince po

    run the jewels!!! a real hip hop album with amazing production and soul and substance. in my top 3, might be #1 good work DX!

  • Prick James

    Good pick DX, Run the Jewels was 10 tracks of great Hip Hop.

  • My Mom

    Quadron's album was a let down honestly. Their debut was hotter and had repeatable songs.

  • Cultures Clothing

    Video of the Year should be "Alone" by L'Orange ft Blu or "The Quest(ion)/The Answer" by Divine ScienZe. Beat of the year should probably be "Another Galaxy" by Natti (prod. by Kno of CunninLynguists).

  • Cultures Clothing

    Some of these picks are terrible. Can't hate on "Run the Jewels" for Album of the year, but to me, "Beautiful Raw" by Qwel & Maker was the best album this year. My top 10 albums were: Qwel & Maker - Beautiful Raw Epidemic - Somethin For Tha Listeners Paranom & Purpose - Life Outside The Frame L'Orange & Stik Figa - The City Under The City Blame One & J57 - Walk In The Sun The Doppelgangaz - HARK! Oddisee - The Beauty in All / Tangible Dream 7 G.E.M.S. - Golden Era Music Sciences Run The Jewels - Killer Mike & EL-P Sadistik - Flowers For My Father And L'Orange was probably my producer of the year. There were a lot of Blue Sky Black Death beats that I liked a lot too

  • Kizman

    Hiphop album sales 2013 (updated) ------------------------------ TOP 10 ------------------------------ EMINEM - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 : 1,490,000 DRAKE - Nothing Was The Same : 1,259,000 JAY Z - Magna - Carta Holy Grail : 1,083,000 JCOLE - Born Sinner : 643,500 KANYE WEST - Yeezus : 601,800 LIL' WAYNE - I Am Not A Human Being II : 580,000 A$AP ROCKY - Long. Live. A$AP : 436,000 WALE - The Gifted : 339,500 KID CUDI - Indicud : 260,000 2 CHAINZ - Based On A True Story 2 : 203,000 ------------------------------ TOP 20 ------------------------------ MAC MILLER - Watching Movies With The Sound Off 201,200 TYLER, THE CREATOR - Wolf : 167,000 TYGA - Hotel California : 165,000 JUICY J - Stay Trippy : 157,000 FRENCH MONTANA - Excuse My French : 147,000 PUSHA T - My Name Is My Name : 136,300 BIG SEAN - Hall Of Fame : 133,000 TECH N9NE - Something Else : 125,000 CHILDISH GAMBINO - Because The Internet : 96,000 YO GOTTI - I Am : 89,000

  • Anonymous

    give me a break dx this is a joke right? chance the rapper is average at best!

  • BasedKaleb

    Kevin Gates' The Luca Brasi Story is the mixtape of the year. Period.

    • Justin Hunte

      I'm a huge fan of that project. Few are realer than Gates. He had a great year. Looking forward to what he does in 2014. Thanks for the comment.

  • hip hoppers

    And yeezus was just terrible....smh

  • hip hoppers

    No tech n9ne for album of the year? Or nothing was the same mention? Y'all are one chance the rappers dick too...dude is average at best...this site is a bit questionable

    • Justin Hunte

      It's interesting to hear you mention disappointment that we didn't mention "Nothing Was The Same." Drake definitely released a strong project. But few outside of YMCMBoyyy show up in our C-Section praising Aubrey's Hip Hop qualities. I'm loving the diversity. Great comment.

  • Bill

    yes! mac miller's new album got acknowledged! that album is so chill and truly deep, it was my personal fav of 2013, this year had some let downs, not cuz the major artist dropped bad albums but most simply were not as great as they were expected to be.

    • Justin Hunte

      Absolutely. Mac Miller delivered in 2013. I was the best kind of surprised with "Watching Movies..." Thank you for the comment.

  • Anonymous

    underachievers - indigoism was the best mixtape this year

    • Justin Hunte

      It's hard to take stock in Trinidad James comments with artists like The Underachievers holding down Brooklyn. "Indigoism" is amazing. I appreciate you sharing your opinion. Thank you.

  • MP

    Wait, no Janelle Monae for non-hip hop album?!?! Ya'll fucked up, DX. smh

  • Anonymous

    if chance rises to the top i will cry

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick Lamar Control Verse for album of the year.

  • remi

    WEAK ... Chance the rapper??? seriously?? sh!t is hella g@y... this whole list is weak.

  • Anonymous

    lol Jhene Aiko runner up for non hiphop

  • Anonymous

    Agree with Run The Jewels but Krit should have taken mixtape of the year

  • Anonymous

    Trunk muzik Returns mixtape of year...runnner up at least. King remembered in Time is good tho. Yelawolfs mixtape was way too good to not get mentioned. And the Album of the year???? This site has it all wrong....mac miller honorable mention, plllllleeease.

    • KeepItUpYela

      Look at the most discussed singles of the last 6 months.... A YELA freestyle is in top 5. Just his freestyle, just wait til his album comes out. The dude is awesome. I've been to one of his shows and that cemented his status as a great... and as my favorite.

    • KeepItUpYela

      Scratch that.... Its one of the top in the pasty year!!!

    • Anonymous

      Dude I know its great. I can't wait for his next album. He really is passionate about his profession. The dude is for real. Love Story is his next LP. It's going to be legendary I hope.

    • Daniel

      I just love the support that you guys show Yela. I have never seen a negative post about him on this site.

    • YEAH

      For Sure .. Trunk Muzik Returns and Black Fall are way too dope and unique .. YELAWOLF is on another plane .. Drake says Kanye is his only competition, but TRUST me, both Kanye and Drake are checking Yelawolf .. #Slumerican .. Kanye's "fashion genius" ?? Yelawolf been there, done that and is already on the Next Level

    • mrslum

      Yela is too good for this site

  • Anonymous

    wow u guys sure have a hard on for chance the rapper, he's not even that good. and your album of the year choices are pathetic.

  • RC

    I would have put King Remembered in Time over Acid Rap, like they said in the article K.R.I.T's projects are pretty much free albums, he's got consistency like no other.

  • Elsie Ward

    up to I looked at the paycheck which was of $8732, I have faith that...my... neighbour woz really receiving money part time at their computer.. there best friend has been doing this for only about twenty two months and as of now took care of the debts on their house and got a new Maserati. Read Full Report... www.Fb39.com what rapper wouldn't want to make a song guaranteed to be heard by millions of fans in the most profitable demographic, pre-teens and females?

  • ky

    was not expecting the run the jewels to win. Thought hhdx would pick yeezus or some bs. Well deserved win for killer mike and el-p

  • Nrml Jaxn

    Too much Kanye ass-kissing. He's on his way out, the fans are turning on him because his personality is dog shit. It won't be long before he's forgotten.

  • Anonymous

    they are so far off everywhere....

  • Anonymous

    ur suppose to do the biggest ones on the last and least on the first, not the other way around dumb fucks.

  • Adrianne Poole

    til I looked at the receipt that said $8351, I have faith that my brother could realy bringing in money parttime at there computar.. there aunts neighbour haz done this for less than 23 months and resently took care of the depts on there villa and got a new Land Rover Range Rover. read the article... www.Tec80.com y favorite non hip-hop aoty would be Mayday - Believers or Linkin Park - Recharged. I am suprised Mayday wasnt at least a runner up.

  • Anonymous

    HA HA...Now we can go a month without the Eminem stans claiming he's the best right now in the rap game..

  • young34

    papoose for the comeback of the year papoose for the freestyle of the year nacirema dream for the slep on album of the year

    • Justin Hunte

      No one was more surprised about "Nacirema Dream" than Nielsen Soundscan. I was ecstatic to see him chart this year. After all of the anguish and delays, Papoose delivered. And his fans responded. He's my favorite example of an artist that can shine without internet light bulbs. Great comment. I'm sure there are tons of people in Hip Hop who agree with you.

  • YMCMBoyyyyy

    YMCMBoyyyyy awards for 2013 BIGGEST FAGGOT OF 2013: Eminem GAYEST FAGGOT OF 2013: Eminem WORST COMEBACK OF 2013: Eminem WORST ALBUM OF 2013: EMINEM WORST LYRICIST OF 2013: Eminem GAYEST CHIN OF 2013: Eminem WORST RHYMES OF 2013: Eminem WORST WORDPLAY: Eminem WORST SONG of 2013: Rap God by Eminem which he didn't even write and sped up his voice in the studio using computers. MOST IRRELEVANT: Eminem BEST RAPPER: Tie between Drizzy and Weezy BIGGEST SALES: Weezy and Drizzy BEST NEWCOMER: Sage the Gemini BEST WORDPLAY: Weezy every year Best Mixtape: Any Drake put out, 2nd place Gucci Mane Catchiest song: Gas Pedal by Sage the Gemini Most talent: Wayne Least Talent and most overrated: Eminem Most Real: Gucci Mane

  • D-Train

    HIP HOP is HIP HOP if you fit into that category.. Kanye, Kendrick, Eminem, Jay Z, Drake & Lil Wayne are the main topics for this site...These cats are all pop stars and get coverage on BET and MTV....... Kanye and Eminems albums were bad, Bland boring albums.... Glass Ceiling - Lewis Parker album of the yr...

  • Anonymous

    WHAT ABOTU BLUE CHIP 2 ?!?!?!?!??!?!! NO LOVE FOR ACTION

    • Anonymous

      they cant pick everyone.. there were a lot of dope mixtapes this year to choose from. I would have liked to see Prodigy and Alchemist's Albert Einstein on here

  • Anonymous

    I cant believe Bangerz wasn't up there for best no hiphop album. niggaz aont be respecting Ms Cyrus

  • zombie

    i think Better Off Dead by Flatbush Zombies, Indigoism by The Underachievers, and Summer Knights by Joey Bada$$ were all great mixtapes and at least one of them should have been included in the mixtape of the year category, I think that all three of them were better than acid rap

  • TaZzZ

    How can anyone not think Acid Rap is genius? I just don't understand the hate, do you listen to music or do you just skim through it? This kid is absolutely incredible for 21 years old, his potential is one of the most exciting things about hip hop today...

    • BOYCOTT SOUL TEMPLE MUSIC

      actually wu tang is definitely not the shit in 2013 and that chef song was like 2 years ago fuck them and soul temple music. ripped me off $100 Like BOYCOTT SOUL TEMPLE MUSIC on facebook

    • TaZzZ

      The chef made a song w Bieber this year, you gon tell me Wu still isn't the shit? Fuck outta here, what rapper wouldn't want to make a song guaranteed to be heard by millions of fans in the most profitable demographic, pre-teens and females?

    • Anonymous

      its too bad about justin bieber

  • MistaCGY

    My personal favorite hiphop aoty would be Jarren Benton - My Grandmas Basement, and my favorite non hip-hop aoty would be Mayday - Believers or Linkin Park - Recharged. I am suprised Mayday wasnt at least a runner up.

    • Anonymous

      dude......Mayday! is hip-hop. Just because they are a group/band doesn't mean they aren't a hip-hop artist. Ever heard of The Roots or A Tribe Called Quest?

  • Fuck this

    James Blake, Overblown = Best non hip hop album. Hiphopdx, y'all don't listen to enough music or what???

  • Anonymous

    MMLP2 -AOTY. All those rappers released Mixtapes worthy records. Em released a full length album, 22 tracks, double CD value. Y'all think Em can't narrow 22 tracks down to 10 tracks like yeezus or any of those mixtapes to get rave reviews? He loves his fans and he's giving them exactly what they want.

    • Luke

      Some of the hooks on the album were bearable, lets not get it twisted, eminem is great, but some of those are just plain awful, yes if the legacy hook was gone. it would have been a great song. After returning to mmlp, i realized eminem is at his best when he just raps, not filling up his songs with stupid, poppy, girly hooks. At this point eminem shouldn't give two shits about radio play and stick with rapping and not making the music all poppy.