Disclaimer: Trinidad Jame$ is currently favorite rapper. Spitta is my all-time favorite. Cudi is my favorite artist. And Jay-Z is the best that has ever graced a microphone.
Now that my bias has been pushed to the side, this was not a hard list to put together. I originally had a two way tie for tenth place between 2 Chainz & Tyga; however, over the course of the past days, TMZ has revealed a video of rapper Tyga getting boo-ed back in 08 on an unaired MTV show. Tyga didn’t make the list because he got boo-ed, he didn’t make the list because he is from the Valley, Cali – not Compton.
10. 2 Chainz’s Based on a T.R.U. Story
- Whatever you think of 2 Chainz’s lyrical competence does not matter. He’s hot! Hot on the streets. Hot on the radio. Hot with Yeezy. He’s hot. 2012 was 2 Chainz’s year appearing on over a dozen songs as a feature artist. Tity Boi has got his duffle bags back up. Bury him next to two bitches. [Notable tracks: No Lie, Birthday Song, Yuck]
9. Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
- Moved the highest number of units for hip-hop first week sales with 253,000 sold. And even if her album wasn’t good enough for your list, I had to post on mine simply for the picture. #Yum [Notable tracks: Champion, Come on a Cone, Beautiful Sinner]
8. Meek Mill’s Dreams and Nightmares
- The prince of MMG takes the 8th spot. Straight up, I don’t listen to too much Meek, but he is hot on the street. Philly stand up! [Notable tracks: Dreams and Nightmares, Maybach Curtains, Lay Up]
7. Curren$y’s Stoned Immaculate
- The hardest working man in hip-hop takes the seventh spot. Not solely because he is my favorite, but check out Pitchfork, check out your favorite blogs, in between mixtapes, pimping out his rides, and putting the JET in LIFE, he dropped his first major debut studio album. Featuring Wiz, KRIT, and Wale, Spitta makes weed-raps dope for the radio. [Notable tracks: Showroom, No Squares, What it Look Like]
6. Wiz Khalifa’s O.N.I.F.C.
- I miss the old Wiz. Rather, I miss the broke Wiz. I miss the hungry Wiz. Wiz now makes too much damn money. And that’s all his latest album released this week is all about. He has TOO MUCH plus one of the baddest ladies in the celebrity scene. Yeezy may have taught her, but now Wiz is showing her and the game just how good life is after graduation. He is officially the only nigga in first class! [Notable tracks: Bluffin, Up In It, Fall Asleep]
5. GOOD Music’s Cruel Summer
- Big Sean. Yeezy. Common. Teyana Taylor. John Legend. Cy-Hi. 2 Chainz. blah, blah, blah. Most of the hottest rappers/musicians have combined forces and have joined captain record label, Good Music. Trying to outdo God by adding another O to God, Kanye’s camp releases some good music rounding out the top 5 best albums of the year. [Notable tracks: Don’t Like, The One, Bliss]
4. Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t
- The Boss. Ricky Ross. Rozay. Rich Forever. MMG. After surviving 50 Cent’s beef, Ross pretty much has had a gracious year. [Diced Pineapples, 3 Kings, So Sophisticated]
3. Big KRIT’s Live from the Underground
- Mostly written and produced by the genius himself, KRIT brings some souther slang and hospitality back to hip-hop with his consciously cool lyrics and beats. This is a work of audio art. #Enjoy [Praying Man, Hydroplanin, Money on the Floor]
2. Nas’ Life is Good
- With all the debaucheries in his life, I am surprised Nas could compose another up-to-par album. This one shows growth. Growth for a veteran rapper like Nas is unusual especially since rap is a young man’s game nowadays. Anyways, just like the title, I guess Nas’ life is good. [Notable tracks: Cherry Wine, Daughters, World’s an Addiction]
1. Kendrick Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.d city
- Ya bish (in my Kendrick Lamar voice). Hard work pays off. Don’t believe me, just take Kendrick’s rap career as evidence. I don’t want to say too much to add to the already hyped rapper, but like Sasha Frere Jones says: “Good Kid” is an omnidirectional scan of twenty years’ worth of rap.” [Notable tracks: Money Trees, Don’t Kill Mah Vibe, Real]
Hope you enjoyed my list of top albums for 2012. Oh, and my plug since he’s my favorite rapper and all is below. For the hoes… my nigga 🙂