Matt Shadetek, feat. Riff Raff – “Bout It Girl”

picture-18238-1372868646Brandon Soderberg // May 31, 2013

Thanks to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” a phony-baloney, Google-bomb banger forced down our throats, 2013 will go down as the year the major labels and kinda-like-a-big-deal tastemakers cracked the Internet buzz-machine code. But to kick against that cynical maniplation, here are 40 songs (primarily hip hop, or at least, hip hop-enough) that, for the most part, have sneaked under the radar: Dick-game advice from a couple of Bay Area braggarts; tough guys who love Nicholas Sparks; the year’s three big radio-rap hits that don’t stink; a new-age Fatman Scoop tribute; and 34 more.