Honestly, 2013 was a pretty decent year where hip hop is concerned. There were hits and misses, like every year, but this year has definitely had some incredible highs. The BITM crew you know and love has decided to go beyond the typical Top Ten Of The Year lists to hit you with something special. Each of us has been dropping our own takes on the the year end lists to give you the Best In The Mix in different areas. My gift to you is the Best Collaborations in 2013.
Now, when I say collaborations (collabs for the rest of the post, I'm not going to be typing that long name every time) I mean more than the typical producer and emcee getting together for one or two tracks on an album. For me, a bona fide collab is when 2 or more well established in their own careers decide to unite and create something as one force. There were quite a few crazy drops this year, but the stand outs are definitely worth the mention. Before I get to my Best Collab of 2013, here are some honorable mentions:
Air 'em Out
Take It or Leave It
Demigodz Is Back
Dead In The Middle
Killer Mike and El-P as Run The Jewels
This album right here? Fire, period. Killer Mike and El-P proved that there first outing was no fluke. Although the two had worked together previously on Killer Mike's critically acclaimed R.A.P. Music, 2013 marked their first outing as a full fledged duo. I don't know if anyone could have predicted that this is what the combination of the Dirty South and Indie East Coast would have sounded like. There is something about El-P's futuristic boom bap production and the way Killer Mike and El-P trade rhymes that makes their chemistry unstoppable. These two have once again created a release that a lot of camps have put in their respective top releases of 2013. When I say camps, I'm talking about: Pitchfork, NPR, Okayplayer, and Stereogum for starters. I'm sure there's more, but we aren't here to talk about them. For the record while there are countless outlets naming these guys as one of the best in 2013, we here at Best In The Mix told you back in September that come this time there would be a lot of praise for this one. We wouldn't steer you
THE WHOLE DAMN ALBUM
And there you have it. Maybe you caught all these, maybe you didn't, maybe you totally disagree with this list. Either way, hit us up and let us know. See you on the other side.