Best Rap Songs of 2013

The top rap songs of the year in terms of actual ability on display and listening value, not radio play or reviews.

The Top Ten

1 Swimming Pools (Drank) - Kendrick Lamar

Anyone who didn't vote for this has no idea what rap is.

It's k dot. GKMC. What else to say?

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2 Hive - Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt is like all the weirdness of Tyler, the Creator combined with all the wordplay and talent of Kendrick Lamar. I personally believe that Earl has a lot of untapped potential yet to tap into, which would involve him expanding his range past slow minimalist beats. But "Hive" is still an outstanding track, and "Doris" was the best album I've ever been disappointed by.

Earl sweatshirt is the best in the game. Him and Kendrick.

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3 Rap God - Eminem

Eminem is the best rapper alive and forever

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4 Unorthodox - Joey Bada$$ UListen to Sample
5 I Am Who Am (Killin' Time) - Mac Miller

My favorite song on this record. Simply put the Adam Sandler of hip hop

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6 Control - Big Sean

Jay Electron is solid but Big Sean and Kendrick deliver flawlessly

7 The Monster - Eminem

It's still shocking to me that "Rap God" got any attention at all on an album loaded with great songs, when it's just six minutes of painful bragging that no one needs to hear. Okay, now that's out of the way. So, "The Monster" is a pretty good track. Actually it's a really good track. I was thinking it was just going to be "Love the Way You Lie" all over again, but that's not what it's like at all. This time Eminem's rapping is original and creative and Rihanna's singing isn't pitchy and aggravating. The combination is beautiful.

Everything about this is great 1 of the Best Eminem songs

Very nice partnership with rihanna... love this song

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8 Molasses - Earl Sweatshirt UListen to Sample
9 Poetic Justice - Kendrick Lamar UListen to Sample
10 Shabba - A$ap Ferg UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Chance the Rapper - Juice

The flow that Chance possesses is unrivaled in the rap game right now. Not only is "Juice" pleasing to the ears, but it shows off Chance's creativity and intricacy. He's clearly on his own level, even with a lot of talented rappers who are up and coming.

12 Backseat Freestyle - Kendrick Lamar

Speaking of up and coming, Kendrick might be the next big thing in the rap game. His verse in "Control" by Big Sean is solid, but just because he's calling rappers out doesn't mean it's the best thing out there. However, Kendrick is an incredibly talented rapper. "Backseat Freestyle" is proof alone that he has serious skill.

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13 Oceans - Jay-Z UListen to Sample
14 Love 2 Dislike Me - Tech N9ne

"Something Else" by Tech N9ne may very well be the most underrated album of the year, and "Love 2 Dislike Me" is an underrated track as well. The beautiful combination of Liz Suwandi's haunting soft voice, Tyler Lyon's controlled anger, and Tech N9ne's usual unbelievably intricate rhyme scheme make this the best song that no one has heard.

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15 Snow Tha Product - Hola

It's so nice to hear a female rapper who isn't named Nikki Minage manage to fight her way onto the scene. Snow is the real deal. She's not just a commodity and isn't selling her body, and she's certainly not just riding the fact that she's a woman to gain fame. She has serious talent. And she can rap in two languages better than most people can rap in one!

16 Dip - Danny Brown

I've personally never tried dip, and after Danny Brown's rap about it I certainly don't want to chance that. There's a serious sense of agony behind that fast party beat and cleverly worded rhymes. Danny Brown puts a lot more emotion into his tracks than he lets the casual fan see, but it's clear that this is much darker than the typical party anthem.

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18 Crooked Smile - J Cole

Beat is catchy and bassy, catchy hook and background vocals from TLC, intricate rhymes ("paintbrush on", "face what's wrong", "makeup on"), and some of the most empowering lyrics of rap, let alone 2013 rap. Everybody oughta listen to Lost Ones by J Cole as well.

I think this should be in top 10. Great & influential song by Cole World himself

This song is relevant to so many people. Top 5 no doubt.

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19 Old Friend - Hopsin

Wait, the guy who's know for dissing all those big time rappers is making real grown up tracks now? "Old Friend" is extremely emotional to anyone who's been close to someone who's overdosed, and anyone else can still feel the pain that Hopsin puts into every word of this song. Oh, and "Knock Madness" is definitely worth a listen.

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20 Juice - Ces Cru

Strange Music signs some pretty good rappers. Okay, they probably have the best roster in the industry in terms of pure talent. This music Ces Cru really started to make a name for themselves in the underground rap community. "Juice" is just one of many top level tracks they put out this year. Plus you can never get enough of that Tech N9ne guy.

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21 Jarren Benton - Go Off

Okay, Tech N9ne signed some good rappers, but so did Hopsin. Jarren Benton may be a product of Hopsin's success, but that certainly shouldn't discredit his ability. Not only is Jarren right on the money in "Go Off" but SwizZz is really good for someone living in Hopsin's shadow, and Hopsin is... well he's Hopsin, he's always good. And on this track he's REALLY good.

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22 Phoenix - A$AP Rocky UListen to Sample
23 The Language - Drake

The best rap song ever by the best rapper ever

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24 Berzerk - Eminem UListen to Sample
25 White Walls - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis UListen to Sample
26 Hop Is Back - Hopsin UListen to Sample
27 Money Trees - Kendrick Lamar UListen to Sample
28 Battle Scars - Lupe Fiasco Ft. Sebastian Guy

It's a wonderful track, deserves number 1

29 Survival - Eminem UListen to Sample
30 Holy Grail - Jay-Z UListen to Sample
31 The Way - Ariana Grande UListen to Sample
32 Heartless - Kanye West UListen to Sample
33 Give It 2 U - Robin Thicke UListen to Sample
34 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke UListen to Sample
35 Look at Me Now - Chris Brown

Busta rhymes part is faster than Eminems rap god

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36 Dark Horse - Katy Perry UListen to Sample
37 Feel This Moment - Pitbull UListen to Sample
38 Sexy People - Arianna UListen to Sample
39 F*****' Problems - ASAP Rocky
40 Live It Up - Jennifer Lopez UListen to Sample
41 High School - Nicky Minaj UListen to Sample
42 Bugatti - Ace Hood UListen to Sample
43 Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst - Kendrick Lamar UListen to Sample
44 Power Trip - J. Cole UListen to Sample
45 5am - Logic
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1. Hive - Earl Sweatshirt
2. Swimming Pools (Drank) - Kendrick Lamar
3. Unorthodox - Joey Bada$$
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