The world didn't end, the new year is upon us, and it's time to get pumped about 2013. While we've all but given up hope that 2013 will be the year we see Detox, there's still plenty of releases either officially announced or highly likely to land that have us excited. It's with the boom-bap baby new year in mind we bring you five hip-hop albums we're excited for in 2013.
See also: The Best Rap Singles of 2012
5. LL Cool J
While a 13th album from any rap artist might seem like a bit of a dark horse, we're actually psyched for LL's Authentic Hip-Hop. Early leaks "Take It" and "Ratchet" have caught a few longtime fans off-guard, and LL has proven time and time again that just when you've counted him out, he returns to relevancy. This'll be his first album since 2008's Exit 13, making this LL's longest stint away from the studio. We're willing to bet he returns to the mic with a vengeance. Just don't call it a comeback.