Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope

Like the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment, Ab-Soul had a prosperous year. He was featured on XXL’s 2013 Freshman cover along with his labelmate ScHoolboy Q, he was part of the most talked about cypher at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, and he was randomly recognized by Jay Z via Twitter.

He was also did guest spots for projects by Mac Miller and Chance The Rapper, as well as dropping a few solo gems like “Christopher DRONEr” and “Dub Sac” to give fans a taste for his upcoming project Black Lip Pastor. (Sidebar: Whatever happened to his project with JMSN, Unit 6?) The album doesn’t have an official release date yet, and with the momentum TDE has gained this year, it would be a shame if it got pushed back. —Elva Aguilar