23. Trouble December 17th

Named for the date Trouble was released from prison, December 17th takes you to the grimier side of Atlanta, but nonetheless showcases considerable musicality, rarely falling back on the mind-numbing Lex Luger knock-offs that dominated the mixtape scene this year. The live-wire Duct Tape Mob associate goes hard in the paint with the best of them on his breakthrough hit "Bussin'," and he  displays some serious pop sensibilities on "Dis Ain't Ordinary."