10 Best Mixtapes of 2013

The absolute cream of the non-label hip-hop crop

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Action Bronson, 'Blue Chips 2'

Action Bronson, Blue Chips 2
Courtesy of Action Bronson

Queens' best ever ex-chef rapper of Albanian descent broke through with last year's Blue Chips and though its sequel could never be quite as revelatory, it did affirm the singularity of the music created by Action Bronson and his production partner, Party Supplies. On Blue Chips 2, they use segments of hits by Tracy Chapman, the Champs, Phil Collins and a host of similarly counterintuitive others as the foundations for Bronson's madcap adventure plots. This is a mixtape as vivid as your favorite cable drama.

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