Our 20 Most Read Stories of 2013, 20 – 11


We covered a lot of music ground in 2013. You loved all of it. But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year, 20 – 11. Thanks for reading, and see you next year!!

See also: The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013


20. Where Have All of Diddy’s Bad Boys Gone? (To Prison, Mostly)

“It wasn’t until 2009 when Ma$e bounced back, citing Michael Jackson’s death as renewing his interest in recording, as he began contributing verses to hot R&B records.”

19. Eminem’s SNL Performance Was So Bad It Was Taken Off the Internet

“There was absolutely nothing about “Berzerk” that sounded remotely live, and it was so painfully obvious that Eminem was lip-syncing, or at the very least rapping over a backing track.”

18. Jay-Z’s Great Gatsby Soundtrack is a Failure

All this needs to be taken into account when evaluating the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby because, despite the quaint origin story of Jay and Lurhmann meeting in the room at the Mercer Hotel where Jay was recording “No Church in the Wild,” this soundtrack has not been advertised or talked about in terms of art, but sheer market power: the big names, the big event, the “executive produced by Jay-Z” of it all.”

17. Questlove Is the Hardest-Working Man in Showbiz, and He Is Lonely Enough to Prove It

“You know, after work, everyone hangs and they go to a bar and stuff?” says Thompson, sounding a bit like an anthropologist who has just pinpointed a key habit of a strange tribe. “I don’t socialize that way. I don’t have a posse. I don’t have friends. I got the people I work with. I got a mom and a sister.”

16. The Kanye You Once Loved Is Dead and Gone

“Ever since the rapper announced from the stage that the world’s most famous (and least talented) Armenian is now carrying his seed, everyone’s on Kimye baby alert. To tell the truth, I’m starting to think that all the attention being paid to this new development seems like a calculated distraction, something cute and shiny to flash in our faces so we don’t talk about the big problem with Kanye: his half-assed rapping these days.”

15. The Complete Guide to Understanding Lil B

“It’s safe to assume that Lil B has recorded more songs than most of us have thought
thoughts. ”

14. The Beats Pill Talks Lots of Shit in New Advertising Campaign

“Additionally, the complete silence of the red Pill and it’s degradation by the pink Pill as it tries to take an innocent selfie isn’t very nice, and I feel like it’s a personal attack on Instagram users.”

13. Six Punk Bands We Don’t Need To Talk About Anymore

“Social Distortion is just Good Charlotte for people who wear flames on their clothes.”

12. “OMG Her Face!”: America Reacts to Haim’s SNL Performance

“One of the most endearing qualities of Haim’s is that they’re not perfect, and it’s totally fine! So Danielle’s voice can get a little loopy when she’s singing in her lower register and she’s got some weird Cher/Patti Smith hybrid-thing going on when her tone delves into wonky territory.”

11. The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time

Best comment: “lacking artists outside of NY, bullshit”

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