Now that the new scholastic year is upon us, the doors of summer have officially closed and it's back to reality. As such, we've decided to look back on some of the projects that helped define the warmer months of 2013, if only to prolong those chiller times for a moment. 

To be clear, these aren't necessarily tapes that dropped in the midst of summer. We chose a range of mid-April to August to account for essential projects that dropped earlier but lingered well into the summer months. Also, not every entry is a "mixtape" - free EPs and albums have been included as well. You'll find new material from Chance The Rapper, Kirko Bangz, Dizzy Wright, Problem, Joey Bada$$ and more.

Read on for the breakdown. As always, we welcome and encourage your commentary on this.

What was your favorite project of the summer?