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Top 10 Rap Albums - May 2013

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A countdown of May's best new hip-hop albums, from Eve to Havoc.

10. Havoc - '13'

"I don’t do the back and forth. Let’s get it over, n***a, tell me to my face," Havoc tells an unnamed adversary on 13 standout "Tell Me to My Face." Count me among those who couldn't listen to that song without thinking about his Mobb Deep fam-turned-foe Prodigy. P is conspicuously absent from 13, but there's plenty of other notables to keep you interested. Guests include: Royce da 5'9", Raekwon, Lloyd Banks, and Styles P.
Release Date: May 7, 2013

9. Aceyalone - 'Leanin' On Slick'

Staunch Aceyalone fans will be happy to learn that Leanin' On Slick picks up where The Lonely Ones left off. It features production from longtime collaborator BIONIK and appearances by Cee Lo Green, Daniel Merriweather, and Treasure Davis.
Release Date: May 7, 2013

8. The Uncluded - 'Hokey Fright'

The Uncluded are Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson. They've been working on this for years and are finally ready to share the result of their sweet labor. Hokey Fright is at once weird and visceral.
Release Date: May 7, 2013

7. Marco Polo - 'Newport Authority 2'

"The Newport Authority 2 album was inspired by politics & industry bullsh*t that prevented this material from being included on my upcoming LP PA2: The Director's Cut. Shylow and I went in and created a separate album to hold people over until PA2 drops in July. Attached with Intro, interludes and fully mixed & mastered by Joe Nardone. With confidence I can say this is not a mixtape. It will also be available on vinyl LP via Fat Beats for the heads that appreciate physical product, because I still do. I've included songs I recorded with legends such as Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Tragedy Khadafi, Lil Fame and The Artifacts. But, I've also got joints on here with some talented up and comers such as First Division, MidaZ and Big Gutta. Plus the sh*t is free - so enjoy!" - Marco Polo
Release Date: May 1, 2013

6. French Montana - 'Excuse My French'

Karim Kharbouch, known to the world as French Montana, killed radio last summer with "Pop That." Now he's ready to cash in on his 900K-selling hit single. Executive produced by Diddy and Rick Ross, Excuse My French has all the makings of hit album. It also boasts collaborations with Lil Wayne, Birdman, The Weeknd, Drake, and Ne-Yo. The deluxe CD features four extra songs.
Release Date: May 21, 2013

5. Talib Kweli - 'Prisoner of Conscious'

Talib Kweli teams up with Kendrick Lamar, Nelly, and Melanie Fiona on Prisoner of Conscious.
Release Date: May 7, 2013

4. Eve - 'Lip Lock'

A lot has changed since Eve dropped Eve-Olution in 2002. The Pitbull in a Skirt tries her best to catch up on Lip Lock. It features: Missy Elliott, Chrisette Michelle, Juicy J, and Pusha T. Hear the snippets on Amazon.
Release Date: May 14, 2013

3. J. Cole - 'Truly Yours 2'

More new music. More Lauryn Hill samples. More quotable rhymes. Why, yes it's J. Cole's follow-up to February's Truly Yours. This one boasts collaborations with a couple rappers you might not expect to see in the studio with Cole: Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz. Truly Interesting.
Release Date: May 1, 2013

2. Chance the Rapper - 'Acid Rap'

Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
"10 to Watch" finalist Chance the Rapper has released one of the finest mixtapes of the young year in Acid Rap. Chance's sophomore effort features a diverse lineup of rappers, including Action Bronson, Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Twista, and BJ the Chicago Kid.
Release Date: April 30, 2013

1. Ghostface - 'Iron Man' (Gold Edition)

Or shall we say 24k gold edition? Never one to do anything half-assed, Ghost Deini is dropping this reissue in a Cherrywood trophy box with a gold Ironman plaque. It comes with a 48-page full-color, hard-cover liner notes book featuring artwork, album lyrics and notes from writer Chris Faraone.
Release Date: May 7, 2013
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