Most underrated albums of 2013 – There are alot more albums that should be on this list. I will add more as I hear them but this is what I have noticed so far that should be included and deserve mention.
This was an atrocity how much this album was slept on. It seems as if the media and pop culture in general didn’t want this album to succeed. I’m not sure if its the explosive subject matter or the acknowledgement of “Illuminati” etc. I mean I feel like I’m in an alternate universe when I read a bad review of this album. This collection is nothing short of a classic with that dungeon family sound, but with a modern twist. I think possibly the “official” song order of the album didn’t complement the power of the songs correctly. Go cop this on iTunes and rearranged it if you think it starts off slow. I’m telling you this album is a gem and one of the most underrated albums of 2013.
This underground album was almost completely ignored by the mainstream media as well. If you have never heard this album go buy it now. This guy is insane and one of the best emcees you will ever hear. After a recording session with RA on a track, Biggie once said in regard to RA the rugged man: “Damn, I thought I was the illest!” From the introspective nature of tracks like “Media midgets” to “Holla luh ya” feat. Tech N9ne (which is the only song I have heard Tech get upstaged on) which showcases why this guy is one of the illest emcees. Go find this album and marinate on this classic.
This one went under the radar considering that Big Boi is one-half of Super group Outkast, arguably the most successful duos in hip-hop history. Truth be told there are a couple of tracks you may skip on here but a majority of this album is extremely dope. I would go as far as saying that this one is more entertaining than “Son of Chico Dusty” (his first album, which is one of my favorites). Part of what makes this album exceptional is that it employs elements outside of hip-hop and mixes it all together. Big boi also spits fire and has a guest roster that includes Killa Mike, T.I, Ludacris, Bun B and more. Go cop this ASAP
Possibly the most misunderstood album by a generation that doesn’t appreciate the concept of “theme” albums. This album is good music and is the type of album that is centered around a central theme Like Beatles “Sgt. Peppers”. Most albums today just attempt to put a bunch of hot tracks together and add a single then put artwork on it and sell it. Not the case with Yeezus, this was an epic move by Kanye to release a truly innovative project that would stay in listeners collections. Even the artwork was unprecedented, yet people griped because it had almost no videos, which was the whole point of this album. Also people who liked “the good life”, “N***** in Paris” and the like were flabbergasted not to hear songs similar to those on this album. I understood the vision and felt this album was artistically & sonically impressive. In 5 years people will appreciate Yeezus.
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