51. Ab-Soul Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, & ScHoolboy Q – “Black Lip Bastard (Remix)”
Name a crew that had a better year than TDE. That’s right, I’ll wait.
52. Big Boi Ft. Killer Mike, & Little Dragon – “Thom Pettie”
The active half of OutKast put out an album that meshed the best of several genres, none better than this cut from Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Killer Mike is spunky rapper with a loud personality, both embodied explosively on his verse.
53. Starlito Ft. Robin Raynelle – “Mental Warfare”
When Star and Burn One get together, magical moments happen.
54. Joey Bada$$ Ft. Chuck Strangers & Statik Selektah – “FromdaTomb$”
New York’s young badass is the perfect throwback to rap’s golden age with his aptly titled standout project, 1999. His unique voice and ability to dazzle over minimalistic beats that instantly take you back in time. If he was around back then, he’d probably have given the best of them a decent run for their money.
55. Kanye West & Big Sean Ft. Jay-Z – “Clique”
The G.O.O.D. Music roster may very well be rap’s paper champions but Hov isn’t any slouch either. Everybody showed up over Hit-Boy’s standout production but Jay came in and put on a lyrical massacre.
56. Starlito – “Produced By Coop”
If you don’t understand why Starlito is such a gripping figure after hearing this track, there may just not be any saving you. Over a soaring backdrop, Starlito reflects on his career failings and search for acclaim while keeping his ten toes firmly in the streets.
57. ScHoolboy Q – “Raymond 1969”
Every wondered why Q capitalizes his H’s? It’s because he’s a Hoover Crip, duH. See exhibit A, “Raymond 1969,” his dedication to the founder and birth year of the Los Angeles street gang.
58. Quiz – “Stay”
His Dope Kicks, Fresh Hats mixtape was feature-heavy, but young Quiz showed he can hold a record just fine on his own. The man’s lyrics are meaningful and his flow improves with every verse he lays on wax. 2013 will be kind to him.
59. Rittz Ft. Tech N9ne – “Bloody Murdah”
What do you get when two of the fastest rappers in the industry decide to collaborate together? You get an annihilation, and that’s exactly what these two do here. The TSS shoutout was just icing on the cake.
60. Action Bronson – “It’s Me”
Half glass of Cabernet on the Hoboken PATH train? F*cking right we’re trying that. Put drugs inside the crack of our asses and then do a squat? F*ck no we’re not trying that. But kudos to Action Bronson for all of the various fun, time-killing suggestions.