20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013


J. Cole, 'Born Sinner'

J Cole, Born Sinner
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Releasing your major-label rap record the same day as Kanye took balls. So did staying true to hip-hop's vaunted edutaining tradition with a set of hypersmart, excellently self-produced tracks that recall, well, vintage Kanye in their ability to dramatize the tension between Hov-size career ambition and post-Pac truth saying.

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