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.
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!
Pharrell drops the music video for summer smash Happy. The official visual features cameos from Odd Future, Jamie Foxx and more. If you have a spare 24 hours (ha), check out the full version, dubbed “the world’s first 24 hour music video”, over at 24hoursofhappy.com.
Earl Sweatshirt recruits Frank Ocean for the latest taster of his debut album, Doris. After the release of the Pharrell-produced Burgundy (here), the track features no singing from Ocean, instead we get to hear the Odd Future duo trade bars and it’s another quality verse by the crooner (with more references to the Chris Brown beef).
Check it below. Doris is shaping up nicely, due August 20th.