Top 12 Hip-Hop Albums, Spring 2013
The hip-hop year usually starts off sluggishly, and the albums we've heard so far in 2013 haven't dramatically broken that trend. But there are exceptions. A$AP Rocky's Long.Live.A$AP may not be as good as his classic mixtape Live.Love.A$AP, but it's still a quality album; Kid Cudi shows on Indicud that he remains a viable innovator. Tyler, the Creator hit a sophomore slump with Wolf. Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being II drew reviews that ranged from "meh" to "this is awful," and so did Tyga's Hotel California and Snoop Lion's Reincarnated. Trinidad James' mixtape Don't Be S.A.F.E. is a promising start, but we won't know if he's just an "All Gold Everything" one-hit wonder until his official debut drops. Other albums in this roundup include Blu's long-delayed York, the retail version of Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y's mixtape Live in Concert, and Ghostface Killah's concept project with producer Adrian Younge, Twelve Reasons to Die.