After the band, before the bands I never really went solo
I always kept a cup of niggas with me
SAVEMONEY Christmas by Joey Purp (Ft. Kami de Chukwu, Tokyo Shawn & Vic Mensa)

Vic was frontman for Kids These Days until May of 2013, but whether or not he was in a band, he was never really riding alone:

Also, note the wordplay with “solo” and “cup” as in a reference to a red solo cup, a common cup at parties.

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10. Tyler, the Creator "IFHY" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

THAT VIDEO THO

Pharrell’s voice tho

that video!!

I think Tyler wants to make pretty songs like this all the time, but alas, the crazy kids want something to mosh to. (“Tamale” is also sick!). This felt like the complete artistic expression of Tyler. I went to his CRWN event where he talked about working with P to get the melody he wanted (cray), the song itself is so full, and then that video…

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7. Lil Durk - "Dis Ain't What You Want" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

They say i terrify my city!"

…how many nights i’ve yelled that out driving around. dis is what i want (to listen to)

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5. Pusha T - "Numbers on the Board" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

This beat. These bars…

It’s Pusha at his finest. This is rap. He BODIED this song

WOO!

Pusha has so many good tracks this year tho. I still LOVE “Trust You” (s/o the homie Kevin Gates who is too dope), “Blocka”, “40 Acres” (I mean, The Dream…) and of course, “Nosetalgia”. But this track is just straight rap

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4. Chance the Rapper "Acid Rain" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

This has to be one of my favorite Chance songs ever. I wasn’t feeling “Juice”, which dropped before this, but this song changed everything for me. It reminded me a little of “Brain Cells”, which I also loved hard. It showcases his incredible command of words and also the poetic/visual quality of his bars. It’s as much visual as it is sonic (for me!).

One of my best memories of 2013 is walking down 6th Avenue after midnight w/ Soul serenading Punch with this song.

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3. Drake - "Worst Behavior" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

He might have spent 6 incredible minutes on the intro, but can you remember how hype this song is??

truly “hold on, we’re going home”, “girls love beyonce” and “the motion” are probably ALSO my favorite, but this song is so quintessentially drizzy with the pauses and the adlibs and the hype-factor… and also the gifs!!

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1. Kanye West - "Bound 2" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

I could and do listen to this song on repeat, endlessly and do not get tired of it. It’s just Kanye at his rawest to me. This track is like a journey. And as if it couldn’t get any better he does those live performances* with Charli Wilson?! #GOAT

*i WOULD have embedded those gems here for you all to enjoy, but the sheisty world of corporate advertising and control means they are not available on youtube in a version that does it justice and the pathetic players on the sites like NBC don’t embed here. #sowack

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9. Rapsody ft. Chance the Rapper - "Lonely Thoughts" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

Pure beauty. There is such a spontaneous, alive feeling to this song that it seems like it’s being created as I listen to it every time.

Rapsody is one of the most overlooked / underrated artists period. Her flow is sick and she has insanely clever wordplay that still feels connected to her versus just being lyrical for the sake of it.

“i rain…”

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8. Isaiah Rashad - "Shot U Down" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

#noremix

This track is fire. It would get stuck in my head endlessly but i don’t careeee!!!!

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2. Childish Gambino - "Urn" Songs of the Year (2013) by Rap Genius Editors (Ft. Baaarden, Barrk, Big Teach, Brian Gonser, Brock, ChiddyShadyFiasco, Darwin, DC26, Eon2323, Kasek, LieutenantShinySides, Lotus Eater Evans, Lucidity Flow, MacadelicKid, Nappy, Nietzsche (user), Notero, Quikstik, Randyy, SavvyRJA, Screv6, SkyArt, Spinelli, ­streetlights, Thom, TyrantX, Xsyl & Yawk-Yawk) 176

I was lucky enough to be there when this was getting recorded and literally the vocals were so mesmerizing they haunted me for weeks. It’s such an incredibly special song when you really break it down and then even more so when you internalize it. I could fill this list with BTI songs, but this one is just extra special.

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