When DJ Premier Speaks Hip-Hop Listens. Here are His 20 Favorite Songs of 2013.

There have been lots of wrap up lists of the “best of” 2013, including many of our own. When one of the greatest producers of all-time weighs in, however, Heads take note. DJ Premier has put together his list of his 20 favorite Hip-Hop songs of the year and some of them might surprise you. Check out all 20 below and let us know your thoughts.


20. Busta Rhymes – Thank You f. Q-Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne
19. Dawhud – Battle Anybody f. ACE one
18. Jay Z – Open Letter
17. Rapsody – Kingship
16. Statik Selektah – Bird’s Eye View f. Raekwon, Joey Bada$$ & Black Thought
15. Papoose – Faith
14. Drake – Pound Cake f. Jay Z
13. Demigodz – Just Can’t Quit f. Motive, Blacastan, Ryu & Scoop Deville
12. K-Rino – Antagonistic Radio
11. Joell Ortiz – Roll Deep
10. P-Money – The Hardest f. M.O.P.
9. Rick Ross – Oil Money Gang f. Jadakiss
8. DITC Ent. – Come and Get Me
7. Bumpy Knuckles – Word f. Sy Ari da Kid
6. Durag Dynasty – 360 Waves
5. Hannibal Stax – Field Nigga
4. Big Sean – Control f. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica
3. De La Soul – Get Away
2. Pusha T – Nosetalgia f. Kendrick Lamar
1. Jakk Frost – Beard Gang Initiation f. Malik B & Nima AB

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