27 Best Albums You Didn't Hear in 2013

The best of what flew under the mainstream radar

Ka, 'The Night's Gambit'
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Ka, 'The Night's Gambit'

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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