The Best Rap Albums of 2012 Albums
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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.
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  1. 1
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    Nas More
    70
  2. 2
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Taylor Allderdice

    Wiz Khalifa More
    65
  3. 3
    Up 31
    Down 11

    Habits & Contradictions

    Schoolboy Q More
    62
  4. 4
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    Down 17
    Frank Ocean More
    60
  5. 5
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    R.A.P. Music

    Killer Mike More
    59
  6. 6
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    G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer

    Kanye West More
    57
  7. 7
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    The Heist

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis More
    53
  8. 8
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    Rick Ross More
    48
  9. 9
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    Napalm

    Xzibit More
    48
  10. 10
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    controlSYSTEM

    Ab-soul More
    46
  11. 11
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    1999

    Joey Bada$$ More
    45
  12. 12
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    new! Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1

    Lupe Fiasco More
    44
  13. 13
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    Numbers

    Mellowhype More
    44
  14. 14
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    Pluto

    Future More
    43
  15. 15
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    Flo Rida More
    40
  16. 16
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    KMD More
    38
    added by: skinnywhiteboy
  17. 17
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    Run-D.M.C. More
    36
    added by: skinnywhiteboy
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    Wu-Tang Clan More
    36
    added by: skinnywhiteboy
    obviously one of the very best hip-hop records ever.
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    Beastie Boys More
    35
    added by: skinnywhiteboy
  20. 20
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    Mos Def More
    35
    added by: skinnywhiteboy
    It's great, but not as good as Black Star with Kweli (not listed on Ranker)
  21. 21
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    Public Enemy More
    33
    added by: skinnywhiteboy
  22. 22
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    De La Soul More
    33
    added by: skinnywhiteboy
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