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From Chance The Rapper to Pusha T, these are some of the mixtapes that made you stand still and listen in 2013.
For Pusha T, 2013 saw him release the much-anticipated and critically-acclaimed album 'My Name Is My Name'. But before all that came the free mixtape 'Wrath Of Caine', which saw the Kanye West protege show exactly why Yeezy had placed so much trust in him. The beats on this mixtape are tight and only surpassed by Pusha's incredible flow.
Vic Mensa burst onto the scene in 2013 through his collaborations with Chance The Rapper, but the Chicago rapper made a name for himself this year with the mixtape 'Innanetape'. Described by critics as "warm and likeable", it sets the expectations high for Mensa, who has already toured with the likes of J. Cole and Wale.
Put simply, Krept & Konan are one of the most exciting UK acts around right now - and they cemented that position in 2013 thanks to the mixtape 'Young Kingz'. Mixing hip-hop, grim and trap, the mixtape includes collaborations with more established peers including Tinie Tempah and Giggs.
Arriving just in time for Christmas 2013, the fourth instalment of Tyga's 'Well Done' series of mixtapes features another all-star line-up of guest stars, including Lil' Wayne, Meek Mill and Chris Brown.
When Gucci Mane drops a mixtape, the world stops a little bit. And that was no different in 2013 when the rapper dropped 'Trap God', which got Mixtape Of The Week accolades just about everywhere thanks to collaboration with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Make Will and Lex Luger.
Problem & DJ Drame hooked up in 2013 on the mixtape 'The Separation' - and what collaboration it was. The Compton rapper cemented his position as one of hip-hop's brightest stars with the tape, which pulled in collaborations with everyone from Wale to Wiz Khalifa. It's melodic stuff. You need to check it out.
All of Le1f's releases come with a lot of expectation, but none more so than this year's mixtape 'Fly Zone'. Streamlined in compression to its predecessor with just 13 tracks, the mixtape showcases Le1f's incredibly impressive talents and highlights that he really is one to watch.
Tinashe came out the blocks hard in 2013 with 'Black Water', which was the long-awaited mixtape follow-up to 'Reverie'. Fusing the 90s with her contemporary sound, it plays like the ultimate trip down memory lane that's got one foot firmly in the future.
When Chance The Rapper dropped 'Acid Rap' in spring of this year, there wasn't anyone in hip-hop that wasn't talking him. Fast forward to December and it's still the same now that Chance has hooked up with Justin Bieber on a new track. 'Acid Rap' was an event mixtape; one that shown a spotlight on the 20-year-old rapper who, as we head into 2014, looks like he can do no wrong.