Ready or not, 2014 is upon us. But, before we move forward let’s look back at 2013. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Kool Herc putting on the first hip-hop party extending breakbeats with MCs rapping over them. Can’t stop! Won’t stop! Hip-hop is still here! Below are a few interesting tidbits as we look back at hip-hop in 2013.
* Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold 793,000 units first week—making him the highest-selling rapper of 2013. On November 7, Shady also became the first artist since The Beatles to have four songs in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 20 during the same week—”The Monster” (#3), “Berzerk” (#15), “Survival” (#16) and “Rap God” (#17).
* Nipsey Hussle released 1,000 physical copies of his Crenshaw mixtape for $100 each and sold out in one day—earning over $100,000 with a little assistance from Jay Z, who personally purchased 100 units.
*Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore saw their 2012 releases carry them through 2013 as they dominated headlines, radio and YouTube charts.
* Lauryn Hill did jail time for not paying her taxes (there are more than a few people on Wall St who should be doing jail time too).
*Iconic group Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
With the GRAMMYs right around the corner, January 26th to be exact, I decided to take a look back at 2013 and highlight the Top 25 projects that resonated the most with me in the last year. Please note this list reflects the views of Nick Huff Barili and no one else, not Hard Knock TV, not The GRAMMYs. It’s just one man’s opinion.
My 25 TOP Albums, Mixtapes and EPs. (In no particular order)
J. Cole, Born Sinner
J. Cole, Truly Yours 1-3
Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap
A$AP Rocky, Long.Live.ASAP
Jay Z, Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail
Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP 2
Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Tech N9ne, Something Else
The Underachievers, Indigoism
Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels
Mac Miller, Watching Movies With The Sound Off
Vic Mensa, Innanetape
Dizzy Wright, Golden Age
Goodie Mob, Age Against the Machine
Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
Oddisee, Tangible Dream
Deltron 3030, Event II
J-Zone, Peter Pan Syndrome
Wale, The Gifted
Big K.R.I.T., King Remembered In Time
Logic, Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever
Hopsin, Knock Madness
Kanye West, Yeezus
Brother Ali, Left In The Deck
Homeboy Sandman, Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent
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