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The Best Songs of 2013 (So Far)

14. Pusha T "Numbers on the Board"

Album: My Name Is My Name
Producer: Don Cannon,Kanye West
Label: GOOD Music,Def Jam

Pusha T is at his best when he taps into the street aesthetic that made the Clipse one of hip-hop's all-time great duos. "Numbers On The Boards," fits the bill, Don Cannon's gutter-funk sounds like it might've come straight from 2006's Hell Hath No Fury, the bassline pulsating as metallic percussion clicks and clanks. Pusha's in a fighting mood these days, bragging about his coke-world cred and scolding fakers and pretenders to the throne. The song doesn't even have a proper hook, opting instead for flat refrain that hits like a blunt instrument: "Ballers/I put numbers on the boards." —Dharmic X

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