Best Albums of 2013 (So Far)

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  • Kanye West
  • J. Cole
  • Wale
  • Justin Timberlake
  • A$AP Rocky
  • El-P, Killer Mike
  • Mac Miller
  • Ciara
  • Lil' Wayne
  • Chrisette Michele
  • J. Cole, Jay Z, Kanye West
  • Jay Z

Wale, The Gifted

It took him a while to get here, three albums to be exact, but Wale has earned the title,The Gifted. Released last month (June 25) Wale nabbed his first No. 1 album by giving listeners pensive insight into his imaginative world through a sound that has been dubbed "new Black soul." With big names like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz on board, Wale proves that he's a master storyteller and poet. Not to mention, possessing the acumen for hit making. The album’s lead single, “Bad,” featuring Tiara Thomas is one of the genre's biggest singles of the year...so far.

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