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The Best Rap Albums of 2012

List Criteria: Vote up the best rap and hip-hop albums released between January and December 2012

The best hip-hop and rap albums of 2012 introduced new music from some of the hottest rappers and hip-hop artists in the game right now plus allowed us to get to know a new group of up-and-coming rappers looking to take the spotlight from old favorites.

When he's not being voted a top d-bag, Kanye West was busy again in 2012 releasing a collaborative album, "Cruel Summer." The record, which featured GOOD Music artists such as John Legend, Malik Yusef, Big Sean and Kid Cudi, received generally positive reviews though didn't quite match the buzz for his most-recent release, "Watch the Throne," put out by he and Jay-Z in 2011.

Also back for more in 2012 included well-known names like Nas with his "Life is Good" album, Rick Ross with "God Forgives, I Don't," Frank Ocean with "channel ORANGE" and Wiz Khalifa with "Taylor Allderdice." Additionally, the likes of Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," Trey Songz' "Chapter V," and Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" all dropped in 2012.

On the newer side, artists like Schoolboy Q with his "Habits & Contradictions," Joey Bada$$ with his "1999," Dom Kennedy with his "The Yellow Album" and Troy Ave with his "Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy" each turned heads and perked up ears with their releases in 2012.

So whether you're a fan of the familiar favorites or those new to the rap and hip-hop scene, make your voice heard by voting for the 2012 rap and hip-hop mixtapes and albums you liked best, adding any not already listed and re-ranking this list your way.

The Best Rap Albums of 2012 Albums
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    Nas

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    Frank Ocean

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    Habits & Contradictions Schoolboy Q

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    Killer Mike

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    G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer Kanye West

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    1999 Joey Bada$$

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    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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    controlSYSTEM Ab-soul

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    Rick Ross

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    most listed
    Taylor Allderdice Wiz Khalifa

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    Napalm Xzibit

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    new! & added by benn-geneus
    Kendrick Lamar

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    added by jefffellers
    Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color Brother Ali

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    added by skinnywhiteboy
    Mos Def It's great, but not as good as Black Star with Kweli (not listed on Ranker)

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    Pluto Future

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    added by skinnywhiteboy
    KMD

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    added by skinnywhiteboy
    Wu-Tang Clan obviously one of the very best hip-hop records ever.

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    Numbers Mellowhype

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    added by jefffellers
    We Don't Even Live Here P.O.S.

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    added by jefffellers
    Cancer for Cure El-p

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    Run-D.M.C.

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    Cee Lo's Magic Moment Cee-Lo Green

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    added by skinnywhiteboy
    Beastie Boys

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    added by skinnywhiteboy
    Public Enemy

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    added by skinnywhiteboy
    De La Soul

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    Flo Rida

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    Nicki Minaj

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