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Top 10 New Rap Releases: April 2013


Check out this month's best new hip-hop releases, from Styles P's Float to LL Cool J's Authentic.

10. Trek Life - 'Hometown Foreigner '

An underrated act in his own backyard, California's own Trek Life has reason to brag. After all, he came up with the likes of Evidence and Blu, and he's a competent lyricist in his own right. But Trek isn't one to sit and moan about being ignored. He's more focused on his place in today's west coast landscape. Just call him a Hometown Foreigner. Trek's latest project features yU, Hezekiah, and his longtime friend Oddisee.
Release Date: April 2, 2013

9. Illogic & Blockhead - 'Capture the Sun'

Man Bites Dog recently named Roc Marciano its VP/Director of A&R. While Capture the Sun was recorded long before the announcement, it's exactly the type of project he'd geek out over—two 90s MCs teaming up to make raw headphone music. Capture the Sun sports guest rhymes from Slug, Aesop Rock, Blueprint, Zero Star, Abstract Rude, and more.
Release Date: April 23, 2013

8. Styles P - 'Float'

The deepest voice in D-Block returns with album #6, produced entirely by Scram Jones. Float features the other two LOX members (Kiss and Sheek), Raekwon, and the rapper formerly known as N.O.R.E.
Release Date: April 16, 2013

7. Snoop Lion - 'Reincarnated'

In which Snoop divorced rap to marry reggae. Not that rap is really all that jealous or anything. Guests include: Akon, Rita Ora, Angela Hunte, Collie Budz, and Drake. Stream Reincarnated here.
Release Date: April 23, 2013

6. LL Cool J - 'Authentic'

LL Cool J can't stop fussing with his 13th studio LP. First, he dropped the horrendous lead single "Ratchet." Then he ditched "Hip-Hop" from the title. The most significant change, however, lies in the lineup. LL is trying to connect across generations and genres on this one. Authentic features Z-Trip, Travis Barker, Seal, Tom Morello, Chuck D, Charlie Wilson, Eddie van Halen, and more.
Release Date: April 30, 2013

5. Chance the Rapper - 'Acid Rap'

This year's "10 to Watch" finalist Chance the Rapper has been teasing his sophomore mixtape for a minute. If you've heard "Acid Rain" then you already know that the Chi-Town rhymer currently in what Matt Bullard might call "a zone." Go ahead and bookmark ChanceRaps.com, because that's where Chance plans to drop Acid Rap.
Release Date: April 30, 2013

4. Kid Cudi - 'Indicud'

Kid Cudi is breaking out on his own, after announcing his split from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music emporium. Mescudi's latest features A$AP Rocky, King Chip, Kendrick Lamar, and Too Short.
Release Date: April 23, 2013

3. Ghostface & Adrian Younge - 'Twelve Reasons to Die'

Beats by Adrian Younge. Rhymes by Ghost Deini. As the name implies, Twelve Reasons to Die is a crime concept work rife with horror tales of vengeance and betrayal, co-starring Inspectah Deck, Masta Killah, and Cappadonna. Hold me.
Release Date: April 16, 2013

2. RA the Rugged Man - 'Legend Never Dies'

"The only reason I live is to be the best at what I do and I get better at it every day of my life," says RA the Rugged Man via a press statement. "I can’t wait to unleash it on the world." RA waited 9 years to unleash this one. And he brought loads of guests: Tech N9ne, Sadat X, Hopsin, Eamon, Vinnie Paz, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, Masta Ace. Legend Never Dies features production from Buckwild, Apathy, Ayatollah and Marco Polo.
Release Date: April 30, 2013

1. Tyler, the Creator - 'Wolf'

If you've been following Odd Future's earrorcore brand of rap you have only a faint idea of what to expect from the Creator's second proper LP, Wolf. He gives you a dose of the usual juvenilia stuff with hints of growing maturity. The whole crew is accounted for: Earl, Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats. Erykah Badu pops up "Treehome95" to shake up the monotony.
Release Date: April 2, 2013
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