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.
Stay tuned for the Best Albums of 2013 dropping tomorrow!
West Coast rapper Dom Kennedy is prepping to release his Get Home Safely album. In anticipation, he liberates a dope new track and video South Central Love. The album will be available on iTunes from October 1st. Follow him on Twitter for updates.
A self-taught musician, singer, songwriter and producer… and only 22 years old, this prodigy from the West Coast has an almost undefinable sound that is ready to be heard. Iman Omari has been steadily churning out material since his debut Energy in late-2011 but has also been lending his hand in production to the likes of Dom Kennedy, Mac Miller, California rap trio Pac Div and most significantly earning production credits on Kendrick’s Section.80 (Chapter 10). Omari himself describes his sound as “vibe music” which is spot on, listen to his single Energy, the title track from his first EP: