If LiveMixtapes intimidates you, if you often leave browser tabs open at the image captcha, we are here to save you. Welcome to #DeepCuts, where Complex will help you get a handle on the relentless faucet of free rap music.

The first two weeks of the year saw the release of a bevy of rap tapes, and sorting the wheat from the chaff is a full-time job. Our aim is to cover some regions and artists that don't get much attention, to highlight MCs doing something new or discussion-worthy, and most of all, to help rap fans keep track of songs they might otherwise pass by.

So read on as we make a method out of madness, pulling the best tracks from the endless stream of rap tapes. From overlooked singles of rising regional artists to standout moments from bigger stars, this is what a truly panoramic view of hip-hop in 2013 is all about.

Written by David Drake (@somanyshrimp)

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