206UP.COM YEAR END: The Best Seattle Hip Hop Albums of 2013 – The Top 10


Today concludes 206UP’s Year End feature on the Best Seattle Hip Hop Albums of 2013. Below the jump you’ll find the blog’s Top 10 Albums of the Year (including a master list of all the albums considered at the very bottom of the post). Click on the album artwork or artist-titles for links to download or purchase.

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NEW MUSIC: 33 And A Third – Def Dee

Def Dee - 33 and a Third

Def Dee’s production acumen caters to that nebulous and finicky cluster of hip hop heads otherwise known as “true schoolers.” It’s an audience that favors the production stylistics defined by their arenose breaks, abrupt sample flips, and dexterous record scratches. I’m speaking of the Golden Era apologists, of course, and Seattle area producer (and Mello Music Group recording artist) Def Dee lives and breathes that “revival.”

33 And A Third is the producer’s first full-length album for the other MMG. It’s a work in continuity from his last full-bodied collection, Gravity, this blog’s favorite local rap album of 2010. 33 is yet more refined in the ways of traditional boom-bap and it’s clear Def hasn’t run out of ideas. He’s similar to our region’s other like-minded producers such as Jake One, Vitamin D and BeanOne in that all are virtuosos in the fine art of extracting fresh ideas from well-tilled soil. 33 is intended for a national audience but features local stalwarts like Grynch, Mic Phenom, Chev, and La. (Also, dig the Cortez jersey Def Dee is rocking on the album cover.)


NEW MUSIC: “All It Takes” – Def Dee (feat. Magestik Legend, Jamall Bufford & Hassaan Mackey)

Def Dee - 33 and a Third

Seattle-area producer Def Dee is about to “make it out” of the region (whatever that means) with the release of 33 and a Third on that fine purveyor of indie-ground rap, Mello Music Group. Watch for the album with guest features listed above on July 30. “All It Takes” is the warm up, a fine example of boom-bap eloquence featuring two Detroit spitters, Magestik Legend and Jamall Bufford, and upstate New Yorker, Hassaan Mackey.

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