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The 40 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2013 So Far

Your antidote for system-gaming, meme-chasing hits

picture-18238-1372868646By: Brandon Soderberg // June 3, 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.