(AllHipHop News) Last year produced some memorable music and big moments in Hip Hop. Albums from veteran performers like Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem, Killer Mike, and Pusha T had fans and the media talking all year, and young rap stars like A$AP Rocky, Drake, J. Cole, and Wale topped the Billboard 200.
Throw in projects from Chance The Rapper, Action Bronson, Blu, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, Troy Ave, and many more, and 2013 may become a standout year for the culture’s new generation of emcees. One of the contributors to rap’s run last year expressed his belief that the current state of Hip Hop is close to what many consider the apex of the culture – the late 80’s/early 90’s.
“I think that in many years this year will be looked back on as a very special time and there hasn’t been anything that as a movement has been as big as this since the quote-unquote Golden Age,” shared Mac Miller with Thestar.com.
Miller’s Watching Movies With the Sound Off helped Hip Hop break a chart record back in June. Along with Kanye’s Yeezus, Cole’s Born Sinner, and Wale’s The Gifted, WMWTSO‘s top three placement on the album chart secured the first time that Hip Hop albums controlled the 1-3 spots in the country for three straight weeks.
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“Artists right now are making some of my favorite music in Hip Hop that’s ever been made,” added Miller.
Hip Hop projects were consistently near the top of ever major music publication’s “best of the year” lists as well. Rap music’s dominance in 2013 was even acknowledged by The Recording Academy.
Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are among the artists leading in Grammy nominations. Jay got the most nominations with nine total. Kendrick and Macklemore each got seven nods including “Best New Artist” and “Album Of The Year.”