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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2012

Hip Hop-wise the 2010s were off to a very good start – with 2010 and 2011 both being more than decent years in terms of Hip Hop releases. 2012 easily topped the first two years of the 2010s decade, though. In 2012 so many dope projects dropped, that it was a really tough task to limit this list to just 40 albums – about 20 of the albums that ended up in this year’s honorable mentions section probably would have made the top 40 lists of the two years preceding 2012, if they had been released a year or two earlier. For this list, we have ranked OUR 40 favorite albums released in 2012 (not included are EP’s, mixtapes or instrumental albums). What do YOU think?

Also read: Greatest Hip Hop Albums 1986 – 2018

1. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

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Rating: 9.5/10

2. Billy Woods – History Will Absolve Me

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Rating: 9/10

3. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Rating: 9/10

4. Rapsody – The Idea Of Beautiful

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Rating: 9/10

5. Roc Marciano – Reloaded

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Rating: 8.5/10

6. Nas – Life Is Good

Rating: 8.5/10

7. O.C. & Apollo Brown – Trophies

Rating: 8.5/10

8. Big K.R.I.T. – Live From The Underground

Rating: 8.5/10

9. Sean Price – Mic Tyson

Rating: 8.5/10

10. Ab-Soul – Control System

Rating: 8.5/10

11. Purpose & Confidence – Purpose Of Confidence

Rating: 8.5/10

12. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure

Rating: 8.5/10

13. Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson – Dice Game

Rating: 8.5/10

14. Pacewon & Mr. Green – The Only Number That Matters Is Won

Rating: 8.5/10

15. Constant Deviants – Diamond

Rating: 8/10

16. Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color

Rating: 8/10

17. Evitan – Speed Of Life

Rating: 8/10

18. Oddisee – People Hear What They Wanna Hear

Rating: 8/10

19. Aesop Rock – Skelethon

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Rating: 8/10

20. MHz – MHz Legacy

Rating: 8/10

21. Styles Of Beyond – Reseda Beach

Rating: 8/10

22. Beneficence – Concrete Soul

Rating: 7.5/10

23. DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – KoleXXXion

Rating: 7.5/10

24. Oh No – Ohnomite

Rating: 7.5/10

25. Reks – Straight, No Chaser

Rating: 7.5/10

26. Substantial – Home Is Where the Art Is

Rating: 7.5/10

27. Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca

Rating: 7.5/10

28. Propo 88 & Blabbermouf – From The Top Of The Stack

Rating: 7/10

29. Large Professor – Professor @ Large

Rating: 7/10

30. Masta Ace & MF DOOM – MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne

Rating: 7/10

31. Murs & 9th Wonder – The Final Adventure

Rating: 7/10

32. Showbiz & A.G. – Mugshot Music

Rating: 7/10

33. La Coka Nostra – Masters Of The Dark Arts

Rating: 7/10

34. Ka – Grief Pedigree

Rating: 7/10

35. Vinnie Paz – God Of The Serengeti

Rating: 7/10

36. Skyzoo – A Dream Deferred

Rating: 7/10

37. KRS-One – The BDP Album

Rating: 7/10

38. Homeboy Sandman – First Of A Living Breed

Rating: 7/10

39. Public Enemy – Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp

Rating: 7/10

40. Chino XL – Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary

Rating: 7/10

Honorable Mentions

  • Public Enemy – The Evil Empire Of Everything
  • Craig G – Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man
  • Bumpy Knuckles & Statik Selektah – Ambition
  • First Serve – First Serve
  • Illus – Family First
  • Snowgoons – Snowgoons Dynasty
  • 9th Wonder & Buckshot – The Solution
  • Planet Asia – Black Belt Theatre
  • Archetype – Red Wedding
  • The Alchemist – Russian Roulette
  • Gift of Gab – The Next Logical Progression
  • Lil Fame & Termanology – Fizzyology
  • Reap n Chillow – Ny2be
  • Copywrite – God Save The King
  • Blown Celeb – 1000 Screaming Kamikaze’s
  • Murs x Fashawn – This Generation
  • Awar – The Laws Of Nature
  • V-Zilla – Interview With A Monster
  • Chris Keys & Oh No – Ashes
  • Typical Cats – 3
  • Gensu Dean – Lo​-​Fi Fingahz
  • Robust – Fillin In The Potholes
  • Small Professor – Gigantic, Vol. 1
  • Blak Madeen – Divine Power Culture
  • Wordsworth – The Photo Album
  • Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch – Wu-Block
  • Punchline & DJ SoulClap – Underground Superstars
  • DJ Low Cut – NY Minute
  • Epidemic – Monochrome Skies
  • Quartermaine – Quarter Life Crisis
  • MaLLy & The Sundance Kid – The Last Great…
  • Dark Time Sunshine – ANX
  • JJ DOOM – Key To The Kuffs
  • Actual Proof – Black Boy Radio
  • Melanin 9 – Magna Carta
  • Journalist 103 – Reporting Live
  • Blacastan – Master Builder Part II
  • Aarophat – Invictus
  • Sean Born – Behind The Scale
  • Clear Soul Forces – Detroit Revolution(s)
  • One Be Lo Starring as Rahlo – K.I.C.K. P.U.S.H.
  • Young Zee & Mr. Green – One Crazy Weekend
  • Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them
  • Sadat X – Love, Hell Or Right
  • Juan Deuce – No Sweat
  • Statik Selektah & Termanology – 2012
  • Xzibit- Napalm
  • Lecrae – Gravity
  • MOEdavey & Melodious Mike – Beauty Joints
  • Quakers – Quakers
  • ¡Mayday! – Take Me To Your Leader
  • Obie Trice – Bottoms Up
  • Freeway – Diamond In The Ruff
  • Slaughterhouse – welcome to: OUR HOUSE
  • Krizz Kaliko – Kickin & Screamin
  • Open Mike Eagle – 4NML HSPTL
  • Big Boi – Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors
  • Curren$y – The Stoned Immaculate
  • ScHoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  • Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told 2: Bread and Circuses
  • Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
  • T.I. – Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head
  • The Game – Jesus Piece

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