P-Money - Gratitiude (Duck Down)
New Zealand producer P- Money made what is hands down what is one of the best top to bottom Rap albums of 2013 with his 15 track LP Gratitude. His production meshes perfectly with an impressive lineup of MC's that includes Talib Kweli, Roc Marciano, Havoc, Buckshot, Skyzoo, M.O.P, Pac Div, Freddie Gibbs, Jamall Bufford and more. Click that link and shake your head in disbelief as you wonder how ANYONE could sleep on this kind of heat.
Gensu Dean x Planet Asia - Abrasions (Mello Music Group)
Texas' SP1200 master Gensu Dean teamed up with Fresno Rap veteran Planet Asia to drop a monster 17 track LP called Abrasions back in February via Mello Music Group. Cats still managed to sleep on the album like it was a sleep number bed. Open your eyes...
Tony Touch - PieceMaker 3: The Return Of The 50 MC's (Red River Entertainment)
Tony Touch's return to the fold this past Summer culminated in the excellent mixtape inspired compilation/producer album PieceMaker 3: The Return Of The 50 MC's. Anyone who was fortunate enough to hear it when it first dropped can tell you that this album is a banger. I was one of the aforementioned fortunate...
Ugly Heroes (Red Pill x Verbal Kent x Apollo Brown) - Ugly Heroes (Mello Music Group)
If ANY album perfectly embodies this list it's this one. Ugly Heroes is an album made for blue collar Rap fans in this shaky ever changing economy. It's an album that speaks directly to the issues and stress of everyday living. Red Pill and Verbal Kent's rhymes got burn through Spring, Summer, Fall and this snowy Winter. Ugly Heroes is truly an album for all seasons. Don't sleep on it.