20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013

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French Montana, 'Pardon My French'
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18. French Montana, 'Pardon My French'

French Montana spends his studio debut bumbling along over bombastic beats and somehow winding up in exactly the right place. The first five tracks hit with undeniable force: "Ain't Worried Bout Nothin'" delivers a double-cup on a lazy susan; "Paranoid" boasts the hardest Young Chop beat this side of Chief Keef. And, in the rare instance French actually uses lyrics, he uses them well: "Got your bitch tip-toeing like Gregory Hines."

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