As we near the end of 2013 and look forward to a new year, it is our wish that 2014 brings you peace, blessings and prosperity.  One things for sure 2013 was a wild ride for Hip-Hop and R&B.  Here's a look back at this years biggest moments.


Beyonce dropped her 5th studio album in the early morning hours on Dec. 13.  Pleasantly shocking everyone, Bey released the 14-track effort, available only iTunes.  The hard copy will arrive in stores (except Target) Dec. 20th and will feature her hubby and baby girl Jay Z and Blue Ivy along with Drake and Frank Ocean.   If that's not enough 'Beyonce' comes with 17 new music videos as well.  It's clear Beyonce is a beast and so far her digital album has topped her best sells and made iTunes history with the most sells ever in a week.  What a way to cap off the year!  By the way, here's a look back at how Mrs. Carter started 2013.   Beyonce wowed the world at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, bringing out Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for old times' sake.

Kanye West became a daddy for the first time and got engaged this year.  The rapper, and his baby mama, Kim Kardashian, showed the world the first photo of their baby girl, North West, during an interview on the 'Kris Jenner Show.'  The happy daddy told the audience, “My only goal as a dad is to protect my daughter, that’s my instinct to give my daughter as many opportunities to just be a child.  It's really brought [Kim and I] closer because there is someone more important to us than us for the first time.”

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Kendrick Lamar blew up the spot and caused a straight up Internet frenzy with his ‘Control’ verse.  The killin part was, it was even his song!  Big Sean released the track two weeks before the his 'Hall of Fame' album debuted.  Ironically enough the track didn't make the album due to sample clearance issues.  Unfortunatly, Big Sean and his album release was over shadowed by all the hype over K. Dot's verse.  Mainly because the kid on the block called out fellow rap peers like J. ColeBig K.R.I,T.WalePusha TMeek MillA$AP RockyDrakeJay ElectronicaTyler the Creator and Mac Miller, declaring his intention is to out-rap them all.   Here's a listen to one of the most controversial joint of the year.  PLEASE BE ADVISED, THIS VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LYRICS.
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Don't call it a comeback, but Justin Timberlake is back!  After six whole years the singer announced his comeback in January.  JT came back with a vengance, dropped his Jay Z collab, 'Suit and Tie' and soon after his new LP 'The 20/20 Experience'.  The singer did his thing and gave fans a treat with his performances at the 2013 Grammys, MTV VMAs and American Music Awards.  And that's not to mention the Legends of the Summer tour starring JayZ.  Here's a look at one of Justin's biggest hits this year.

2013 was also a huge year for Ciara.  Like Kanye, CiCi also got engaged.  Her boo Future put a ring on it and now their relationship is set in stone.  The two got engaged in October and leading up to Future giving her a ginormous rock.  The happy couple started to show signs of getting serious when Future lent his vocals to Ciara's hit song 'Body Party' and made a cameo in the music video.

Future has been open about his love for Ciara and told Angie Martinez during a Hot 97 interview, “This it... I don’t get into nothing to get out.  We haven’t set a date, this the one. I said it seven years ago, so for it to come around and happen it was meant to be."
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2013 also seen the comeback of TLC.  Though, things will never be the same without Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez, with a little help from Neyo Chili and T-Boz dropped their new single 'Meant to Be.'   In October, TLC's biopic 'CrazySexyCool' debuted on VH1 and made network history with 4.5 million viewers.
For that matter, pic was a huge hit on Twitter, with fans and critics sharing reactions to the film as it aired. The movie brought to light what the biggest girl group of all-time went thru from begin to end.  Even leading up to the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez. At the end of the movie, Chili and T-Boz premiered a new song, 'Meant to Be'.  Here's a look at the video.  Welcome back ladies!
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Not only did Diddy top Forbes highest paid celbs, the Bad Boy mogul added another page to his resume' this year.  Diddy took his brand to the next level when he launched Revolt TV in October. He kicked things off by paying homage to his late friend the Notorious B.I.G. and stood in front of the rapper's old Brooklyn crib before counting down to the first music video which was 'Juicy.'   Diddy said, “Biggie and I had this dream. We set off on a journey together.  Today, that dream becomes a reality. This is not my network, this is your network.”  If you haven't checked it out yet, Diddy's new network can be viewed on Comcast Xfinity TV and Time Warner Cable.