27 Best Albums You Didn't Hear in 2013

The best of what flew under the mainstream radar

Ka, 'The Night's Gambit'

Ka, The Night's Gambit
Courtesy Iron Works Records

This Brooklyn rapper flowed with grit and grace on his third album, recalling Nineties hip-hop greats like Prodigy and Mobb Deep. Over self-produced beats he takes on the realities of being a street-level MC in his forties: "a man now, stand down, sick of bleeding, I'm into reading," he raps on "Our Father." "Enough point work, joints hurt, and my shit's receding."

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