We are wrapping up our 6th season of What's In My Bag? and we wanted to take a look back at the year that was 2013. It's been a fantastic year for us (we won a Webby Award!!) and this season featured a number of outstanding WIMB firsts.
Lots of love and countless hours of editing goes into making each video happen. They're a bit like our children, so picking our favorites is a daunting task. We tried to make a list of our Top 5 episodes, but that seemed impossible. Then we attempted a Top 10 list, but we couldn't narrow it down. So we settled on our 13 favorite episodes of 2013.
These are the episodes that surprised, excited and engaged us the most. These are the episodes that make us laugh upon repeat viewings. These are the episodes that we send to our friends to make them jealous about the work we do. These are the best “What’s in My Bag?” episodes of 2013. Enjoy!
#13. Clairy Browne
The Australian soul singer may not be super well-known in the States yet, but she thoroughly charmed and entertained us. She talks about albums by strong women including PJ Harvey and Queen Latifah, deconstructing Frank Ocean songs, and shares some of her famously misheard lyrics. And then there's her fashion...
1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)
2) Diplo & Tripledouble Aeiou Two (no label)
3) Tech N9ne Something Else (Strange Music)
4) J.Cole Born Sinner [DeLuxe version] (Columbia)
5) Crooked I Apex Predator (Empire Dist)
The above latest hip-hop top five chart from Amoeba Hollywood includes some current releases like Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail on Def Jam and the deluxe version of J.Cole's June release Born Sinner on Columbia. The re-entry from sometime back is Diplo & Tripledouble Aeiou Two. The chart also include includes a couple of brand new releases including Slaughterhouse rapper Crooked I's solo album Apex Predator via Empire Dist. which fans seem to really digging since it dropped Tuesday this week. The album a real varied production sound too thanks to the numerous producers lending their talent including Cardo, Denaun Porter, Jonathan Elkaer, Luxe Beats, Sarom, Snaz, Street Runner, and Tabu - not too mention the guest mic wreckers that include K-Young, Tena Jones, and longtime Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne whose latest release Something Else (on the artists Strange Music label) is also among the new chart entries this week. The album features such tracks as the single "So Dope" with guest shots from Wrekonize, Twisted Insane, and Snow Tha Product. See the video below for this song along with a video trailer for Crooked I's album that offers a nice flavor of the recommended new release. Also below, along with a quickee review of the Pete Rock and Camp Lo mixtape release show in NYC the other night, are a couple other new hip-hop music videos worth checking out that include B-1 (aka One) and Ricky Rude, as well as (in case you missed it) the must see latest What's In My Bag? video featuring DJs Z-Trip and Jazzy Jeff.