2013. What a year. There was a bit of the old, with veterans making major moves in front of and behind the mic, as well as keeping their relationship with law enforcement afloat. A bit of the new, with a host of MC’s coming to kicking off their rookie year as well as some leaving us all too soon. A bit of the unexpected, with former child stars bringing a freaky dance to the mainstream and a single verse putting a host of rappers on edge. Mix in people paying homage to the trailblazers before them and some proclamations of what region is running this rap ish and the year was complete.

So with no more delay, we at HNHH are presenting the 20 Top News Stories Of 2013. The following stories were ranked not only according to the views they received on the site but as well as their overall impact on hip-hop. Enjoy!