There was no shortage of good rap tapes or good rap moments from Houston in 2013. The main guys that you'd expect main things from did those particular main things—Bun B released an album (Trill O.G. The Epilogue) and Trae tha Truth released a tape (I Am King) and Slim Thug released a tape (Boss Life) and Kirko Bangz (who is willing himself into Main Guy status) slept with probably like 600 guys' girlfriends and so on. But this isn't that.

What this list celebrates are the city's 10 best tapes from the underclass—the ones from the rappers who are clawing their way out of the muck and into the light, away from the emptiness of loneliness and into the warm e-hug of the sentients that lord over the national blogs and TV shows and radio stations. There are tapes from guys who are scary and guys who are funny and guys who are charming and guys who are legacies and guys who might not even really be from Earth. But above all, they are just good tapes. Check out The 10 Best Houston Rap Mixtapes of 2013.

Written by Shea Sherrano (@sheaserrano)

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