BEST OF 2013: MIXTAPES & EPs

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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ARTIST INSIGHT: Johnny Rain

Alternative R&B has become more and more popular over the last few years, with loads of artists having a spin at replicating what has made people like The Weeknd so successful. Few have managed to pull it off in an original and unique way but LA-hailing Johnny Rain seems to have the formula. The talented singer/songwriter/producer has been gradually garnering critical acclaim and tons of fans with a string of high quality projects and only at 19 years of age.

Hit the jump to read and hear more from the artist.

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MUSIC VIDEO: PARTYNEXTDOOR – Break From Toronto

Toronto recording artist PARTYNEXTDOOR continues to makes waves with the music video to the Miguel-sampling Break From Toronto from his self-tilted EP. Check out the day-in-the-life visual which switches up into Curious towards the end. Get the EP here.

FREE DOWNLOAD: PARTYNEXTDOOR [mixtape]

The latest artist to emerge on the R&B scene is PARTYNEXTDOOR (caps intended) and at only 19 years of age, the singer/rapper is attracting some serious attention. Another Drake associate, the crooner has arrived in a similar fashion to a particular drug-infused vocalist from Canada, with little to be known about him apart from the fact that he is the first artist to sign to Drake’s OVO Sound label.

With his first release, self-titled mixtape PARTYNEXTDOOR, the ‘OVO sound’ most definitely rings through but with a difference. Something close to a less intense-The Weeknd with a more uptempo, club-driven style; the mixtape is a strong effort although nothing particularly ground-breaking. Still, this project has a lot of replay value with tracks like Make A Mil and Wus Good/Curious.

Download the mixtape for free here, and leave your comments about this new R&B contender.