HFHH’s Top 15 Mixtapes Of 2013

HFHH’s Top 15 Mixtapes Of 2013

It’s that time of the year again, as we compile the best release of the last 12 months. We decided to start tonight with the top 15 mixtapes, which was rather hard to compile in a year that saw more free releases than ever. We got together and came up with our top, so continue below to check it out. Let us know if you agree, or if you think our opinion is trash. Either is fine.

15. Nipsey Hussle – Crenshaw

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Not many mixtapes made a big of a splash this year as Nipsey Hussle’s Crenshaw. Fans had been waiting for a new full length project from Nip since his 2011 release The Marathon Continues, and he finally delivered in a big way when he dropped this gem off earlier in the year. Not only was packed with great music, but he also made limited signed copies available for $100 which caught the attention of everybody from your everyday music listeners, to Jay-Z who purchased 100 copies in support of the vision. This served as a perfect warmup for his long-awaited debut album, Victory Lap, which is set to be released in 2014.

14. Lil Bibby – Free Crack

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The young talents of Chicago have been kicking in the door for the past year, and Lil Bibby appears to be the next one up. After gaining some buzz appearing on tracks with other Chi-town emcees, Bibby dropped off his promising effort titled Free Crack. Look for this kid to make a splash in 2014.

13. Future & Freeband Gang – FBG: The Movie

Future FBG: The Movie Mixtape Download

Future started the year off right, capitalizing on his amazing 2012 run by dropping the FBG project. “Chosen One” turned out to be quite the hit, and there were arguably a few better bangers on the tape which says something. We’re still waiting on his 2nd studio album Honest, but this piece of work right here at least gave us something solid to keep in rotation until then.

12. The Underachievers – Indigoism


If you aren’t familiar with these kid yet, check out this mixtape and get up to speed. Indigoism was their highly-anticipated debut that had the internet buzzing, and proved that Issa Dash & AK are the new duo to watch out for in 2014.

11. Vic Mensa – Innanetape


Oh look, more Chicago talent. Whether you’re on the bandwagon or not, Innanetape shined as one of the year’s best, and should be a tape everybody gives at least one listen to. There’s no denying the rapper’s success this year, coming on strong in the second half of 2014 after fellow Chi-town buddy Chance The Rapper handled the first half.

10. Troy Ave – New York City

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One of the new voices of New York without question is the man that goes by Troy Ave. He’s still often overlooked, despite dropping consistent projects for the past couple of years, and New York City might be his best effort yet.

In the words of the man himself:

I swear on my word as a man, my balls, everything. If this ain’t the dopest shit you heard all year I’ma stop rappin’. I’m not gon get no more money in the street, I’ma be a square. I’ma go get a job at Home Depot, that’s gon’ be it. I ain’t gon’ fuck no bitches, I ain’t gon’ drive no more fly cars, that’s gon be it.

09. Big K.R.I.T. – King Remembered In Time

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Nobody has been arguably more consistent since 2010 than Big K.R.I.T. when it comes to dropping mixtapes. King Remembered In Time followed the same winning formula that we’ve grown to love from the Mississippi emcee. If it isn’t broke, well you know the rest.

08. Flatbush Zombies – BetterOffDead

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Making their mark last year, the trio came back with everything you want in a second project. The group made solid, concrete steps in the right direction solidifying them as a force to be reckoned with for some time to come. Drug Rap has never been more interesting.

07. Pusha T – Wrath Of Caine

Pusha T Wrath Of Caine Mixtape Download

Pusha T served up us Rap fiends with a perfect prelude to his even better debut album, My Name Is My Name, with this free project Wrath Of Caine. Simply put, the master of Coke Rap gave us our fix.

06. Travi$ Scott – Owl Pharaoh


One of the 2013 XXL Freshmen put his talents on full display with one of the year’s most anticipated projects, Owl Pharaoh. His production was at the forefront of this mixtape, displaying his wide range of sounds. The tape brought unlikely collaborations, blended sounds from mentors Kanye West & Kid Cudi, but yet nothing here sounds done before. Unique is the one word that comes to mind here.

05. Curren$y – New Jet City

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Often referred to as the hardest working man in Rap, Curren$y took it pretty easy on the releases for once in 2013. But, that’s not to say the one full length solo effort wasn’t a blockbuster as per usual. New Jet City had everything we love about Spitta. From the weed raps, to the motivational records, to the slick talk, great production, and features that make sense. Like many of his releases over the years, this one is sure to stay in rotation for some time to come.

04. Migos – YRN


Not what most would consider “real rap”, and that’s fine. The trio from ATL made a spalsh this year with their YRN mixtape that spawned the hits “Hannah Montana”, “Bando”, and the ever-so instant classic “Vesace” that saw remixed from just about every artist in the game. In the words of Kanye West: “VERSACE! VERSACE! VERSACE! VERSACE! VERSACE! VERSACE! We love Versace. Versace is the greatest designer of all time!”

03. Action Bronson – Blue Chips 2

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Action Bronson has made it a point to work solely with one producer when conduction his projects. He’s done full pieces of work exclusively with the likes of Harry Fraud, Alchemist, but working with Party Supplies for the second go-round proved that their bond might be the strongest. There’s no one else in the game right now quite like Action Bronson, who is indeed an acquired taste, much like some of the food he used to prepare as a chef. The raps are delivered about as good as any rapper out doing it right now, but it’s his unique song topics & often hilarious worldview that makes him special at what he does.

02. Killer Mike & El-P – Run The Jewels

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Killer Mike & El-P upped the ante from their previous projects when they dropped the free album, Run The Jewels, earlier this year. To say these two mesh well together is about as big an understatement I can make, but you’d have to listen to fully understand what I mean there. This project is an adrenaline rush from start to finish, to put it lightly. If you haven’t, you should.

01. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

Chance The Rapper Acid Rap Download Mixtape

Anybody who wasn’t living under a rock this year knows about Acid Rap, anybody that tells you Acid Rap wasn’t one of the most refreshing releases in a while is lying, and anybody who thought this project wouldn’t come in at #1 is delusional. Keeping up the trend of showcasing the young talent Chicago has to offer, Chance The Rapper shined above all in 2013 easily claiming the year as his with arguably the best release of year (album or mixtape). The success of this one tape even had Chance toying with the idea of never releasing an official retail album, saying that as long as he puts out dope work such as this he can be successful in today’s rap world. We sure look forward to seeing what he has for us in 2014, because if Acid Rap is any indication of what’s to come, we’re in for something beyond great from this kid.

20 Responses to “HFHH’s Top 15 Mixtapes Of 2013”

  1. Carlos
    December 28, 2013 at 1:24 am

    No “Welcome To Forever”???

  2. marquis
    December 28, 2013 at 7:10 am


  3. December 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Where’s Greenlight 5 , DC3 ,Well Done 4 , Summer knights?

  4. Will
    December 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Starlito’s insomnia addict should be in the top 50 but I think the list is pretty solid so far.

  5. gift
    December 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Fucked Up List!…There’s no
    Logic- Welcome To Forever
    Dizzy Wright- Golden Age
    Rapsody- She Got Game
    Get the fuck out of here!

    • ycali
      January 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Rapsody – She Got Game, Audio Push – Come As You Are, and one of those TeeFlii mixtapes Definitely should have made this list, but they put Acid Rap as number 1 so I’ll give them some credit.

  6. ciscofashoow
    December 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Dedication5? Diary of a trap god? Bang2?

    • ᏔuᏝfman
      December 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Let me stop you right there. Ded. 5 was just barely a redemption for Weezy after both Ded. 4 and I Am Not A Human Being 2. Why? Because Lil Wayne lost all of his lyrical abilities after Tha Carter IV. And come on, Gucci Mane? The only good thing about his songs are the beats. Finally the fact that you want to put Chief Keef on this list proves that you don’t know anything about rap!

  7. Coach G
    December 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Mac Miller’s Delusional Thomas? C’mon, people need to quit sleepin’ on the dude.

  8. Martinez
    December 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Dedication 5? Dreamchasers 3?

  9. johnj
    December 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    No Kevin Gates Luca Brasi Story….?

  10. dreamvillain
    December 29, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Not a terrible list but Audio Push ComeAsYouAre should be number 2 on this list

  11. Sey
    December 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    DC3 was butt ! everything wayne puts out now is butt, the rest of yall are on foul 5 and reaching. good list

  12. Rob
    December 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    No DC3?

  13. ᏔuᏝfman
    December 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Come on! How are yall gonna forget Dreamchasers 3 and Summer Knights? Both are really great mixtapes that deserve somewhere in the top 5. But I totally agree with Acid Rap being number 1 because Chance is the really one of the best new artists of 2013.

  14. Matthew
    January 2, 2014 at 3:26 am

    No Meek Mill????

  15. Willthethrill
    January 2, 2014 at 3:27 am

    uhhhh…think your forgetting Dreamchasers 3 my guys.

  16. Alex
    January 2, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Hell naw how are you not going to have Summer Knights by BadA$$?

  17. Alex
    January 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Uhhhh…. your forgetting Summer Knights by BAdA$$ and Dreamchasers 3 By Meek Mill. They both had their own seasons this year.

  18. fy
    February 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    soul tape 3 dc3 ????

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