BEST OF 2013: ALBUMS

The big one. The year has almost come to an end so it’s time to look back at the top album releases. 2013 has been a good year for hip-hop fans, with all the heavyweights dropping studio albums including Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye, Drake and more. We were also treated to a number of dope R&B albums from industry vets and upcoming artists but which LPs made the shortlist? Keep reading to find out Eclectic Relaxation’s best albums of the year.

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BEST OF 2013: MIXTAPES & EPs

Mixtapes have become a huge factor in the success of upcoming hip-hop artists careers in recent years and loads have dropped over the last 12 months.  It’s been a year full of standout mixtape releases, most of them even good enough to be albums. See what we thought were the best mixtapes and EPs of 2013 after the jump.

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Stay tuned for the Best Albums of 2013 dropping tomorrow!

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BEST OF 2013: TRACKS

Some big tracks dropped in 2013, coming from industry vets and rising stars alike, read on for Eclectic Relaxation’s best songs of the last year with one list for Hip-Hop and another for R&B/Soul.

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2014 Grammy Nominations

It’s that time of year again as the list of nominees for next year’s Grammy Awards is out. King Kendrick Lamar leads the way with seven nominations including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and more. Meanwhile, Grammy winner Miguel is looking for another win, this time Best R&B Performance for How Many Drinks with Kendrick Lamar. Drake, Jay-Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar are all going head to head for the Best Rap Album gong.

Hit the jump to see the full list, including Eclectic Relaxation’s picks. The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held next month, January 26th.

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RIP MJ: Michael Jackson Samples In Hip-Hop

Yesterday the late, great King of Pop Michael Jackson would have turned 55. His legacy and influence on the music industry is undeniable and Jackson is one of the most sampled artists in hip-hop. Here’s a look at just a few tracks that have sampled the music of Michael and The Jackson 5.

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Quite a well known example, this track from Kanye’s Graduation won the Grammy for Best Rap Song back in 2008. It samples the outro to the upbeat P.Y.T from Michael Jackson’s Thriller and featured T-Pain before he became a ghost in the music industry.

Keep reading for more MJ samples.

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VIDEO: Young Guru & 9th Wonder react to “Control”

In the aftermath of Kendrick Lamar’s killer verse on Big Sean track Controllegendary producers Young Guru and 9th Wonder break down their views on the verse and it’s impact. Drop your thoughts on the debate in the comments below.