2013 was a huge year for hip-hop, with high-profile releases from some of the biggest names in rap – including Kanye West, Jay Z, Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne – doing battle on the charts and in fans' hearts. It was also a great year for underground flag-carriers like Run the Jewels and Ka and regional stars like Yo Gotti. At times, it felt like (almost) every rapper in the world put out an album this year. So who did it best? Read on for our Top 20.
Contributors: Jon Dolan, Will Hermes, Jeff Rosenthal, Rob Sheffield, Matthew Trammell, Simon Vozick-Levinson