Best Albums By Year The Best Rap Albums of 2012  

Adam Tyler
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List Rules 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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good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
benn-geneus added Kendrick Lamar

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87 33
Life Is Good is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012

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60 30
Channel Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Frank Ocean

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51 26
Habits & Contradictions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Habits & Contradictions Schoolboy Q

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46 22
1999 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
1999 Joey Bada$$

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55 33
G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer Kanye West

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44 24
R.A.P. Music is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Killer Mike

8
18 8
controlSYSTEM is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
controlSYSTEM Ab-soul

9
29 28
God Forgives, I Don't is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012

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26 34
Taylor Allderdice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Taylor Allderdice Wiz Khalifa

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10 10
Food & Liquor II: The Great Am... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012

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13 14
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
skinnywhiteboy added Mos Def - It's great, but not as good as Black Star with Kweli (not listed on Ranker)

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20 24
Napalm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Xzibit

14
6 7
Black Bastards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
skinnywhiteboy added KMD

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31 40
The Heist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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16 21
Pluto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Pluto Future

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4 6
Cancer for Cure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
jefffellers added Cancer for Cure El-p

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5 8
Mourning in America and Dreami... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
jefffellers added Brother Ali

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15 21
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
skinnywhiteboy added Wu-Tang Clan - obviously one of the very best hip-hop records ever.

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7 12
Run-D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
skinnywhiteboy added Run-D.M.C.

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5 0
Dreams and Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
whoisjtaylorr added Dreams and Nightmares Meek Mill

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6 12
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
skinnywhiteboy added Public Enemy

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9 19
Numbers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Numbers Mellowhype

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15 30
Wild Ones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Flo Rida

25
3 12
3 Feet High and Rising is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
skinnywhiteboy added De La Soul

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1 7
Cee Lo's Magic Moment is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
Cee Lo's Magic Moment Cee-Lo Green

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4 14
Paul's Boutique is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
skinnywhiteboy added Beastie Boys

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1 7
We Don't Even Live Here is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
jefffellers added P.O.S.

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1 1
Gods Father is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012
JamesTattersfield added Gods Father Lil B

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16 36
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rap Albums of 2012