Five Hip-Hop Albums We're Excited For in 2013

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The new year is right around the corner, and while we're sure you're squeezing every last bit of new music you can from the few remaining "Best of 2012" lists, it's important to look toward the future and keep in mind all of the great music still to come. While we've all but given up hope that 2013 will be the year we see Detox on store shelves, there's still plenty of releases either officially announced or alluded to that have us excited. It's with the boom-bap baby new year in mind we bring you five hip-hop albums we're excited for in 2013.

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5. LL Cool J
Authentic Hip-Hop
While a 13th album from any rap artist might seem like a bit of a dark horse, we're actually excited for LL's Authentic Hip-Hop. Early leaks "Take It" and "Ratchet" have caught a few longtime fans off-guard, and LL has proven time and time again that just when you've counted him out, he returns to relevancy with a banger that turns the rap world on its ear. This'll be his first album since 2008's Exit 13, making this LL's longest stint away from the studio. We're willing to bet he returns to the mic with a vengeance. In the event he does, just remember, "don't call it a comeback." (Sorry.)

4. Kool G. Rap & Necro
The Godfathers
One of the most frequently seen names on any number of "Greatest Rapper of All Time" lists, Kool G Rap is known for spitting some of the most celebrated verses ever committed to wax. As one of the genre's all time great innovators, it shouldn't be that shocking that he's teaming up for a project with someone whose production work is as consistently dope as it is rooted in hip-hop tradition. The fact that said producer also happens to be controversial underground rap artist Necro has turned a few heads. Truth be told, few artists have visibly shown as much reverence and understanding of G Rap's legacy as Necro, so a collaborative effort featuring both rapping and Necro behind the boards should play to both of their strengths better than anyone else in rap today.

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