2013 year in review2

The AHH Community Presents 2013’s Winners (and 1 Loser)

AllHipHop’s message boards were in hot debate over the year that was Hip Hop’s most productive, polarizing and groundbreaking.  We asked them to weigh in on some of the big winners and losers of the past 12 months. Needless to say voting was close (Kanye’s “New Slaves” lost song of the year by 1 vote). Kendrick won big. Drake, well he lost some cool points and the rest you have to see for yourself.


It’s not often a rapper reigns in unanimous votes for rapper of the year without a major studio release. But sorry Push, the numbers on the board don’t lie in this case. Kendrick set the media world ablaze in 2013, starting with the remix to “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” featuring Jay-Z. On the official Youtube release from TDE, the timeless photo of a young Kobe Bryant huddled next to Michael Jordan is displayed, with MJ giving the eager youngster tips on his game. The symbolism is obvious, with the Los Angeles native rapidly becoming the Kobe Bryant of the rap game. Admittedly, Kendrick was forced to write a second verse after listening to the Mike Jordan of Raps’, but in no time Kendrick “dropped 50” on Big Sean’s “Control.” The almost demonic intensity of Kendrick’s flow and lyricism on “Control” caused the internet to explode, almost completely overshadowing two hot verses from Big Sean and Jay Electronica. Napoleon style, Kendrick name-dropped all of the relevant competition of his era in a brilliant chess move to spark more intensity in this new-aged Nickelodeon era of good feelings. It was the equivalent to Kobe dropping 81 points against Toronto, and of course, feelings were caught by a lot of rappers…but most notably in Toronto. Drake has remained loyal to his “you-diss-me-you-won’t-get-a-response” philosophy until Kendrick became a full-fledged problem, and now the two are steadily involved in a subliminal war of words that has the potential to become in 2014 the biggest battle on wax since Jay-Z and Nas. Poetic justice indeed. — Kellan Miller


See the discussion HERE

PUSHA T My Name is My Name

Pusha T dropped an incredible album, it was undeniable. There were a lot of great albums especially commercial albums like Magna Carter Holy Grail and Nothing Was The Same this year but MNIMN stood out as the strongest. Lyrically, production wise, conceptually it’s a very good album and album of the year.

See the discussion HERE

Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse

Headline of the Year? Easily Kendrick’s verse on “Control” he claimed to be the King of 2 Coasts and issued a bold challenge to any of his rivals and peers. What made his verse so crazy is that he came at people he has done tracks with. New York didn’t take too kindly to him saying he was their “King” and everybody dropped a response to “Control”. There was no bigger headline.

See the discussion HERE


While Drake had a good year in his own right, we felt he also took home the loss of the year. Hilarious internet memes from the “No New Friends” video shoot made him the laughing stock of the internet. The phenomenon “Drake is the type…” snaps lit the internet on fire. His emotional responses to Future and other artists such as Kendrick Lamar didn’t make things any better.

Infractions include:

  • Emotional reactions to online posters and media
  • Dropping artists that challenged him from tours

See the disscussion HERE

Killer Mike AND El-P  Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) are a match made in heaven, some of the best lyricism dropped this year and cohesive production made for one of the most underrated albums of 2013. Stand out tracks ? “A Christmas F*cking Miracle” , “Banana Clipper”, “No Come Down”, “Get It” – matter of fact the entire album and every track was fire. Definitely underground album of the year.

See the discussion HERE


My Name is My Name – Pusha T

Kendrick Lamar

TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment)

TDE cemented their place as the best label or crew in 2013. ScHoolBoy Q popped off, Kendrick Lamar put the team on and the BET Cypher featuring the whole crew let us know it’s their time. It’s safe to say the Black Hippies made their mark this year. New signees Isaiah Rashad and SZA were the icing on the cake. We await to see what they bring to the game in 2014.

SONG of the YEAR 
“Control” by Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica

Big Sean’s “Control” song took Hip-Hop by storm, not only did every MC drop a hot verse but Kendrick Lamar stood out and shook up the entire game and had all of Hip-Hop in awe and responding to quite possibly one of the boldest verses in a long time.

“Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe(Remix)” Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z

The remix to Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe was the collab of the year. Having Jay-Z appear on the record laying down vocals was huge. Kendrick came with a dope verse to compliment the G.O.A.T.

King Remembered in Time – Big K.R.I.T

Big KRIT’s A King Remembered In Time was such a powerful effort that it’s possible in the longrun people might say it was a classic.

Troy Ave

Troy Ave won out as the best new artist in 2013, New York City: The Album, White Christmas 2 with DJ Drama were incredible records. Bringing back the gritty sounds and feel of New York City reminiscent of the Dipset, G-Unit or D-Block crews that overtook the last decade. Troy Ave dropped great music and let it be known his mission to restore the feeling once lost in Hip-Hop. With his BSB crew, Young Lito and King Sevin it’ll be exciting to see what they bring to Hip-Hop in 2014.

Kendrick Lamar’s Control Verse

Kendrick once again with the verse of the year in 2013, there were a lot of verses but we felt Kendrick’s verse had the biggest impact on Hip-Hop in 2013. Issuing challenges to every major artist in Hip-Hop while also challenging an entire coast all at once. Kendrick’s verse was one of the most news-worthy verses of the year.

See the discussion HERE


Thanks to AHH community members Sion, ThatDamnJayKellmill, MadSirius, Lemzola and icecoldstew for compiling the votes. 

  • hoeyuno

    Pusha T is horrible.. that Kendrick verse got my attention though, shit goes hard!!

    • Papi Peligro

      It had like 6 classics on it. But some of the other songs were wack. Like that Rick Ross joint.

  • RIV

    Album of the Year was between Drake & Big Sean.. In My Opinion… Artist of The Year would have to go to Drake…. he made a lot of plays..
    all real hip hop heads come review my new project, search “RIV Progression” on DatPiff & hit me with much needed feedback… peace

    • Joose12

      Exactly they hated on drake this whole list that was mad lame

    • justmathoughts

      drakes cd was hot but i do think pusha had the best album….big sean is overrated though

  • The Generation


  • Honorable Mention: Pro Era

  • hoeyuno

    Diabolics fightin words will be the best album of 2014

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  • Joose12

    Actually you know this list is predicated on drake hate because how is Gucci not loser of the year idiots

    • justmathoughts

      right, they on some other shit….plus kendrick vs drake is nothin like jay z vs nas, its more like krs one vs nelly lol

      • Joose12

        Lmao real talk they talking about things that were reported by the media that was false like that really happened

      • Papi Peligro

        Man you to right. I respect Drake cause he run his lane. But he shouldn’t step out of it.

      • justmathoughts

        exactly, comparing him to nelly wasnt a sleight at all

      • Da Baddest

        lol so true

    • black god

      Gucci was never winning, he really was never even in the game.

  • ffffuuuucccckkkk

    Y’all niggas be hating on Drake. Really? Biggest loss? So when you think of the absolute biggest loser in hip hop, you think Drake? Not Chief Keef, Trinidad, Gucci. Just to name a couple off the top. No, you guys picked the largest hip hop commercial success/ record breaker as the biggest loser. I mean he ain’t the top nigga of the year, but to put him at the very bottom under everybody else in the entire genre of hiphop/rap kind seems a little immature and biased.

    • Papi Peligro

      Dawg that album was horrible. Worst Behavior was worst than anything trinidad james or chief keef drop. You cant give him a pass on tat.

      • CooL_KiD_305

        That’s your opinion but that album was pretty good IMO! Drake hasn’t released a whack album yet so in my book he had a better year than Kendrick! Drake had a tour that he headlined while Kendrick was a opening act….again!

  • ffffuuuucccckkkk

    Kendrick did go in though this year.

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  • Kellan Miller

    I appreciate all the comments family, thanks for reaching out. I just wanted to say that there was no bias in terms of the voting process. The polls were open to the entire ill community, and opinions were extremely varied and discussions went on for virtually all of December. I can’t speak for the entire IC but I can shed light on why I personally felt Drake deserved loss of the year. There is no doubt Drake is on top of the game, and Nothing Was The Same is a great album. But Drake spent a good majority of 2013 making himself look like a fool in the media, especially in interviews. I don’t know how someone can listen to the control verse and take it personally, but Drake seemed to be the most in his feelings about it, which is surprising given his position. Even worse, his passive aggressive behavior didn’t help things. I personally have higher expectations for a rapper like Drake than I do Gucci Mane or Chief keef, which is why his public losses are all the more magnified and weighted. I wouldve voted for Jay for loss of the year in 2001 because of ether and his emotional interview on Hot 97, even though he dropped a classic album

    • Joose12

      What are you talkin about bruh drake didn’t say nothin in interviews sounding salty in interviews. Why don’t you mention j cole than for him talking about it you sound dumb

    • Joose12

      He said there was no problem everybody kept acting if they were friends. That’s YOU the media hyping up nothing as always. Drake said he felt no way about it. Everybody blew it out of proportion because who is listening to control at this time? Nobody it was just a crazy thing to do its lame now

  • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

    Chance the rapper and that acid rap tape should have been mentioned somewhere on here…….it’s so good.

  • Joose12

    I remember when I used to respect what ahh had to say. When they was finding exclusives and putting thoughts into stories. Now you guys have the same stories for 2 days and they’re usually just some mediatakeout trash. When ya not doin that you just post music links from audiomack. All hip hop how far you have fallen

  • Papi Peligro

    I gotta listen to that Killer Mike I never heard it. I thought Prodigy was going to get Mixtape of the year with Alchemist.

    • Kellan Miller

      You won’t be disappointed

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  • FatherSha_

    Sounds like one big Kendrick/TDE suck fest to me. Pushas joint was great, cohesive and gritty. Kendrick’s “Contol” verse was good but it had no lasting impact. Shit, people still talking about Trinidad James. Then again, I haven’t been able to really feel any publication, magazine, online polls or opinion pieces in a long time.

    I’m stuck somewhere between 1988-2008 in terms of hip hop in my daily rotation. Other artists from beyond 2008 always find their way into the mix but it takes a helluva gravitational pull to stay in rotation. None of the albums or verses stated above were in rotation for me.

    Keep shooting AHH, eventually you’ll hit something. Or you’ll run out of ammo.

  • Papi Peligro

    Yo I would love to see Drake and Kendrick go Nas and Jay Z. Drake got shkirt wearers praying for him at the grammys the beef WOULD BE WACK. In fact It’ll be shkirt and blouse battle cause Kendrick stay wearing Prince Line blouses. Again control lyrics dude didn’t say nothing. It was the most overhyped junt in 2013.

  • P€OpLé hAte Me

    HMMM….. I GUESS but rap now a days sound the same to me so i’ll keep quite

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  • Black Jay

    Damn! This is the first co-sign I have for allhiphop. They hit this one dead on.

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