5. Underground rap has been nothing short of incredible.
The phrase “underground rap” is almost cliché at this point: Mac Miller isn’t exactly a superstar, but he can still blow up without radio play or a major label record deal. If you’ve been paying attention to rap that’s left-of-center, chances are that you’re happier than a pig in shit.
Action Bronson dropped an EP with Harry Fraud and the long-awaited sequel to his Blue Chips opus; Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt both dropped solid albums that resonated with their fans; Danny Brown dropped one of the best albums of any genre this year with Old; Kevin Gates dropped two official releases with a shortened version of The Luca Brasi Story and Stranger Than Fiction; Starlito and Don Trip exceeded expectations with Stepbrothers 2.
The list goes on and on, but the point is if you’re a serious rap fan, there’s no reason why you should be decrying the quality of the music in 2013. If you are, you’re not looking hard enough.
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