Rolling Stone has rolled out its “20 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013” list, and its Kanye West who sits at throne with Yeezus.
“Kanye’s electro masterpiece is his most extreme album ever, which is saying something,” the mag writes. “No wonder the late, great Lou Reed embraced Yeezus, since it’s basically the Metal Machine Music concept translated into futuristic hip-hop, all industrial overload and hypertense egomania and hostile vibes.”
Yeezus topped Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album, which lands at #2. Rolling Stone compares both to each other.
“With Kanye breathing fire in rarified air, Drake is the people’s rapper, a smart kid conflicted about his fame, heart, family, everything except his mic potency,” it writes. “But what makes his lonely fantastic voyage matter is its emotional weight, which gets crucial amplification from Noah ’40’ Shebib’s whirlpool beats.”
In at #3 is Danny Brown’s long awaited Old, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 lands at #4, and Chance The Rapper closes out the top 5 with Acid Rapper.
The full list is below. For more on the list, visit RollingStone.com.
1. Yeezus, Kanye West
2. Nothing Was The Same, Drake
3. Old, Danny Brown
4. The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem
5. Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper
6. My Name Is My Name, Pusha T
7. Born Sinner, J. Cole
8. Doris, Earl Sweatshirt
9. Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg
10. Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay Z
11. B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, 2 Chainz
12. Long.Live.A$AP, A$AP Rocky
13. The Luca Brasi Story, Kevin Gates
14. Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels
15. Wolf, Tyler, the Creator
16. I Am, Yo Gotti
17. The Night’s Gambit, Ka
18. Excuse My French, French Montana
19. Watching Movies With the Sound Off, Mac Miller
20. Self Made Vol. 3, Maybach Music Group