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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MUSIC VIDEO: James Blake – Life Round Here [remix] (ft. Chance the Rapper)

James Blake and Chance the Rapper give their Life Round Here remix the visual treatment after last week’s teaser. The unusual video sees Blake and Chance cruising around the British countryside filled with nuns, priests and even Somalian pirates. Peep the video below.


Another one fresh out of Chicago, here we have Vic Mensa with his latest release INNANETAPE. A former member of the band Kids These Days, this is Mensa’s first project since they disbanded back in May and it’s a solid effort, following in the footsteps of fellow Windy City native and Cocoa Butter Kisses collaborator Chance The Rapper (who makes an guest appearance). Production comes from the likes of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Hit-Boy, Boi-1da and more, while Ab-Soul, BJ The Chicago KiD, Thundercat & Jesse Boykins III all feature. Download the mixtape free over at DatPiff.

NEW TRACK: James Blake – Life Round Here [remix] (ft. Chance The Rapper)

This track has been in circulation for about a week now and features an unlikely combination as London singer-songwriter James Blake hooks up with Chance The Rapper for the remix to Life Round Here from his recent album Overgrown. The pair have announced that more collaborations are on the way, including original material. Catch Blake performing live in London this Wednesday and Thursday at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.