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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NEW TRACK: Joey Bada$$ – Two Lips (prod. J Dilla)

Joey Bada$$ gets to rhyme over an exclusive, previously unreleased J Dilla beat on this new track Two Lips. The Pro Era MC definitely does this soulful beat justice. R.I.P. Dilla.

NEW TRACK: Joey Bada$$ – My Yout Remix (ft. Maverick Sabre)

After performing together in London, Joey Bada$$ recruits UK’s Maverick Sabre for the official remix to My Yout. Bada$$’s mixtape Summer Knights is being re-released as an EP with two new tracks, look out for that October 29th.

VIDEO: Pro Era – The PE Cypher

Amidst all the hype over the BET cyphers (mainly Kendrick Lamar’s monster verse, high-five), Pro Era have taken to YouTube to release a video of their own cypher. Watch as Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and the rest of the Era crew wax lyrical with Statik Selektah on the decks.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights [mixtape]

A few weeks back Flatbush teen Joey Bada$$ released his second mixtape Summer Knights, and this tape further proves the young MC’s potential and raw talent. Quoted as wanting to “bring the golden-age back to Hip-Hop”, he isn’t doing too bad a job with his excellent beat selection and wit beyond his years. Check out this freebie with production from DOOM and DJ Premier as well as plenty of in house Pro Era beats, available for free download from DatPiff.

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