Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, Eminem, Pusha T and more have reasons to brag after their solo albums made it onto Rolling Stone‘s Top 50 LPs of 2013 list.
Kanye’s Yeezus and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 both managed to land within the Top 25.
1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City 2. Kanye West – Yeezus 3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories 4. Paul McCartney – New 5. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 6. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork 7. Lorde – Pure Heroine 8. The National – Trouble Will Find Me 9. Arctic Monkeys – AM 10. John Fogerty – Wrote a Song for Everyone 11. Parquet Courts – Tally All the Things That You Broke 12. Jake Bugg – S/T 13. Disclosure – Settle 14. Drake – Nothing Was The Same 15. Atoms for Peace – AMOK 16. David Bowie – The Next Day 17. Danny Brown – Old 18. Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose 19. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks 20. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle 21. Sky Ferreira – Night Time My Time 22. Phoenix – Entertainment 23. My Bloody Valentine – MBV 24. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 25. Elton John – The Diving Board (Brooklyn Vegan)
Pop star Miley Cyrus‘ Bangerz and Roc Nation protégé J. Cole‘s Born Sinner landed spots in the Top 50.
26. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap 27. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz 28. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park 29. Bombino – Nomad 30. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob 31. Haim – Days Are Gone 32. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe 33. Pusha T – My Name is My Name 34. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You 35. Best Coast – Fade Away EP 36. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt 37. The So-So Glos – Blowout 38. Kurt Vile – Walkin on a Pretty Daze 39. Keith Urban – Fuse 40. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt 41. J Cole – Born Sinner 42. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris 43. Savages – Silence Yourself 44. Valerie June – Pushin’ Against a Stone 45. Avicii – True 46. Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action 47. MIA – Matangi 48. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus 49. The Flaming Lips – The Terror 50. Beck – Song Reader (Brooklyn Vegan)
A few months back, Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy highlighted the importance of Kanye’s Yeezus.
“I think that this Kanye album, the only way I can describe it, it’s art, it’s an emotion and it’s him at his realest in its rawest form. It’s a confidence level that I feel like, blackness especially; it needs to be a theme song for them. They need to believe that all that crazy sh*t that he’s saying is the truth and I stand by it and I stand by the emotions if that’s how he felt, then that’s how records should feel. If Revolt was on air right now we probably would be dedicating the next three days to the back stories to making sure that we are promoting and being a useful tool to get their message out to get back to the mainstream media who doesn’t understand at times that’s who we are and how powerful we are.” (VIBE)
Recently, Eminem credited Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9 for helping fuel his latest retail creation.
The third part of Eminem’s four-part interview with Zane Lowe has been released. Eminem talks about his lyrical direction on The Marshall Mathers LP 2, his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on “Love Game” and how “Headlights” came about. Eminem says he was partially influenced by the EP Hell: The Sequel that he and Royce da 5’9″ made in 2011. The experience allowed him to open up from a lyrical standpoint, which is something he continued on the new album. “Making the EP with Royce was like, we weren’t making an album so we didn’t have to round it out,” he says. “We didn’t have to make sure that we covered a bunch of subjects or didn’t make every song the same topic-wise. I kind of took some of that with me to this record.” (Complex)