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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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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NEW TRACK: Justin Bieber – Confident (ft. Chance The Rapper)

Justin Bieber wraps up his top quality Music Monday series with the release of Confident, an unexpected but dope collaboration with Chance The Rapper. Chance has been putting in work recently, check the track below and go here to listen to the rest of the Music Monday tracks.

MUSIC VIDEO: Childish Gambino – The Worst Guys (ft. Chance The Rapper)

Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper kick it on the beach for the music video to their collaboration off Gambino’s soon to be released album Because The Internet. Get the album when it drops December 10th.

MUSIC VIDEO: Jeremih – You’re Mine

Something very different from Jeremih as he drops the music video for his most recent track You’re Mine taken from the soundtrack to Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. The Chicago singer has been working in the studio with fellow Chicago MC and man of the hour Chance the Rapper so look out for the product of their session soon. In the meantime, watch the visuals for Jeremih’s latest, retro jam below:

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.