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Initial post: Dec 27, 2012 4:24:11 PM PST
D-Train says:
Well it's that time of the yr again, we need to think hard and come up with our top 10-20 albums this yr and state your number one and why !!!!

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 9:07:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 1:53:44 PM PST
I was just thinking about this.

Here's my top 20:

1. Killer Mike- RAP Music- dope beats, lyrics, variety, & substance? This album is usually what I look for in a great album. Killer & El-P put together something special that I think will stand the test of time.

2. Brother Ali- Mourning In America
3. Nas- Life Is Good
4. Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid, Maad City
5. Lupe Fiasco - F & L 2
6. Suga Free & Pimpin' Young- Thunder & Lightning
7. Reks- REBELutionary
8. Wu-Block
9. Saigon- TGSNT 2
10. Big Boi- Vicious Lies

Top 20
Vinnie Paz- God of the Serengeti
Public Enemy- Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp
Ab Soul- Control System
Lecrae- Church Clothes
De La Soul- First Serve
The Man With The Iron Fist Sdtrk
T.I- Trouble Man
Big KRIT- Live From The Underground
Blu & Exile- Give Me My Flowers
Sean P- Mic Tyson

That top 20 may change. I have MHZ Legacy on deck and there's a few others I need to revisit.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 1:45:29 PM PST
This is close, may edit if forgot something. Loose order, Krypto is my AOTY though.

Krypto - Rare Breed
Sean Deez - The Floss Tape
Young Lox - Loxycotin
Black-C - Still Ruthless
Street Knowledge - New Skool Knowledge
Cousin Fik - Sickest N!99@ Healthy
Mac Mall - The Rebellion Against All There Is
Roach Gigz - Bugged Out
100s - Ice Cold Perm
The Jacka - The Verdict
King Tee - Still Triflin
Traxamillion - My Radio
Mumbls - Hella Novellas
Joe Blow - Real Recognize Real
Joe Blow - M.O.B.
Birdie LZ - Honey, I Shrunk The N!9$
Bueno - Dear Summer
Balance - Golden State Warriorz 2
Laroo Tha Hard Hitta & Turf Talk - Sick-Wid-It Block Ops
Suga Free & Pimpin Young - Thunder & Lightning

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 1:59:28 PM PST
michael says:
Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city (I didn't feel it that much the first couple spins, but it's gotten better with every listen since.)
Nas - Life Is Good
ScHoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
The Man With the Iron Fists Soundtrack
Wu-Block
K-Rino - Deeper Elevaton
Aesop Rock - Skelethon
Craig G - Ramblings of an Angry Old Man
OC & Apollo Brown - Trophies
Obie Trice - Bottom's Up

De La Soul - First Serve
Ab-Soul - Control System
Public Enemy- Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp
Big K.R.I.T. - Live From the Underground
Xzibit - Napalm
Oh No - Ohnomite!
Alchemist & Domo Genesis - No Idols
Masta Killa - Selling My Soul
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Sean Price - Mic Tyson

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 6:09:23 AM PST
DL says:
There's no way I could make a top 20 as I probably didn't even buy 20 albums this year, not counting EPs. That being said, my album of the year is...

Vinnie Paz- God of the Serengeti

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 1:02:28 PM PST
Sean Boog- Sean Boogie Nights
Actual Proof- Black Boy Radio
Nas- Life Is Good
Rapsody- The Idea Of Beautiful
David Banner- Sex, Drugs & Video Games
The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack
Saigon- The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread And Circuses
The Alchemist- Russian Roulette
The Game- Jesus Piece
Skyzoo- A Dream Deferred
Big Remo- Sleepwalkers
Tanya Morgan- You & What Army
Xzibit- Napalm
Big K.R.I.T.- Live From The Underground
Curren$y- The Stoned Immaculate
Kardinal Offishall & Nottz Raw- Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself
Freeway- Diamonds In The Ruff
Busta Rhymes- Year Of The Dragon
Lupe Fiasco- Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 5:59:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2012 6:35:04 PM PST
Revue says:
I don't think I've even bought 10 cds from 2012. Here's what I did get:
Brother Ali- Morning in America
Killer Mike- RAP Music
Lupe Fiasco- Food and Liquor 2
Kendrick Lamar-Good Kid
I Self Divine- The Sound of Low Class America
The Coup- Sorry to Bother You
Open Mike Eagle-4nml Hsptl
Nas-Life is Good
DeLaSoul- First Serve
POS- We Don't Even Live Here

I think Brother Ali , Killer Mike, POS, and The Coup get it for me. The rest didn't get a bunch of play from me.

Kendrick got a bit of play, and so did Lupe.
---edit. Well, looks like I did buy 10.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 6:59:53 PM PST
Technosapien says:
Aesop Rock - Skelethon (My personal album of the year)
El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
Dark Time Sunshine - ANX
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
Open Mike Eagle - 4nml Hsptl

Sorry, can't think of 10 I really liked, but these ones were great.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 9:52:31 PM PST
Real217 says:
Album of the Year : RICANstruction -Chino XL . Period.
#2 -Chief Kamachi -Rise and Rhyme Vol 1

-Brother Ali -Mourning in America Dreaming in Colour (Need A knot is a really creative song)
-K-Rino -Deeper Elevation
-Killer Mike- R.A.P. Music
-Vinnie Paz -GOTS
-Kendrick Lamar -Good Kid M.A.A.D City
-Lupe Fiasco -Food And Liquour II
-MHZ - MHZ Legacy
-Epidemic - Monochrome Skies
-Masta ACe -Son of Yvonne
-Sean Price- Mic Tyson
-La Coka Nostra - Master of the Dark Arts
-Apollo Brown and OC -Trophies

Nas - LIfe is Good is like the weakest thing Nas has ever done in his career. smh.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 9:21:55 AM PST
A customer says:
Didn't RICANstruction have a bunch of old songs on it? One track had this line about "raising the bar while I'm raising the bar while I'm raising the bar" that someone sited on a different website about 4 years ago, so it HAS to be old. I didn't feel the album. Didn't feel the Killer Mike. Didn't feel the Aesop Rock. Didn't feel the Apollo Brown and OC. Didn't feel the El-P. Didn't feel the Nas. Didn't feel the Lupe. Even the new De La and PE weren't up to snuff. Felt like a really weak year to me. Vinnie Paz's God of the Serengeti was the best hip hop album I heard this year. But then it's Vinnie PAz, he couldn't release something horrible if he tried.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 11:34:39 AM PST
Real217 says:
Listen to Ricanstruction, then lets talk, cos you're still reviewing it off hearsay.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 12:08:23 PM PST
A customer says:
No I'm not. I heard that line while *listening to* the album, and I made that connection. I listened to both discs in one sitting, and it was, for the most part, rather uneventful. A couple tracks stood out to me, like the tearjerker "Father's Day" and the "Bad Man Bible" for the beastly flow. The beats were mostly mediocre, and the sound was far too "modern" for my taste. It's lyrically elite, but as an album, it's pedestrian at best. Get Rich or Die Tryin', for instance, isn't nearly as lyrical, but it's a far superior ALBUM because of how it plays through in a sitting, how it has a consistent vibe and classic feel. You know I love me some killer wordplay, but that isn't everything.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 9:00:14 PM PST
DL says:
I havent been overly impressed with Ricanstruction either. It just seems like there's something missing. Some beats are good, some are blah. Overall the production is okay but nothing great. Chino is always a great lyricist but just because you can rhyme doesnt mean youre going to make great songs or have a great album. Idk, it just doenst really hold my attention or interest. Maybe it will grow on me in time. I've liked Chino XL since the 90s but I'm usually disappointed with his albums. To me, he's never lived up to his potential and put out a truly great album.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 1:46:00 PM PST
Unspoken says:
i will have my list soon, but to me the Chino XL was the album of the year to me!!! the beats to me range from good to great!! the match him!!! they get my head nodding, they don't get in Chino's way. Chino destroys it!!! his flow, his delivery, his intensity, hos word play, his punchlines!!! though critcally it hasnt been great, good not great, and lots of people on here arent feeling it as much.... to me, this album was brilliant!!! the only other album that really stuck out to me was Killer Mike!!! them are my easy top 2.. most years the Killer Mike would be 1 to me. the rest of it i will have to ponder... lots of diveristy on peoples list and from the game... which i love cause it will give me more music to explore!!! peace and happy new year!!!

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 1:46:54 PM PST
Unspoken says:
also you may have heard some of them chino lines cause this album has been in the making for years, label drama and such pushing it back

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013 7:55:38 PM PST
DL says:
I guess that's why it ended up being a double album

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 11:51:17 PM PST
C. Tran says:
I bought so many albums this year and half of them I still need to give proper spins, so here's my top five for now:

Killer Mike/El P- RAP Music (love this album...just banging from start to finish!)

Brother Ali- Mourning in America Dreaming in Colour (the only other album that could contend with RAP Music for AOTY for me)

Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid M.A.A.D City (minus two very terrible songs away from being a Tran's classic....B Don't Kill My Vibe is my jam)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis- The Heist (I'll admit, I'm bias when it comes to the Great Northwest. I'm glad to see a Seattle dude finally getting some major props from the industry. Great album, easily my favorite from Mack)

Vinnie Paz- God of the Serengeti (I'm a Pazienza stan and this album didn't disappoint)

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 6:53:49 AM PST
Alex says:
I don't have my top 20 memorized ( at work now), although I did post a top 50 video (www.YouTube.com/TheUndergroundVault) you can check it there. That's out of 342 2012 Hip-Hop albums.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 3:30:31 PM PST
Fred Hunter says:
I didn't buy many albums this year, but my favorite that I heard would be Roc Marciano- Reloaded followed by O.C./Apollo Brown- Trophies. Then Guilty Simpson/Apollo Brown- Dice Game.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 7:45:06 PM PST
Technosapien says:
I'm surprised Dark Time Sunshine's "ANX" isn't getting more mentions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 8:50:33 PM PST
DL says:
so you actually bought 342 hip-hop albums in 2012? As in actually purchasing them? That's quite an investment but more so than that, how in the world do you have time to listen to them all? I dont even like to get more than a few new albums in one month. Youre practically averaging a new album every day of the year.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 6:49:54 AM PST
Alex says:
Nah nah, I listened to 342, I purchased a total of 212, which is still the best year yet for me. I bought more than 212 albums, but not 2012 releases... I bought everything however that I enjoyed, and that physical copies were made of (Unless I Thought it was digitally only to begin with).

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 11:36:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2013 12:07:24 PM PST
DenverNick says:
In no particular order...

Greg Grease - Cornbread, Pearl & G
Young Zee & Mr. Green - One Crazy Weekend
Homeboy Sandman - First Of A Living Breed
JJ Doom - Key To The Kuffs
Journalist 103 - Reporting Live
Casual & J Rawls - Respect Game Or Expect Flames
Mr. Troy & Junclassic - Figures
Oh No - Ohnomite
Purpose & Confidence - The Purpose Of Confidence
Quakers - Quakers
Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Domo Genesis & Alchemist - No Idols
Action Bronson & Alchemist - Rare Chandeliers
Apollo Brown & OC - Trophies
Beneficence - Concrete Soul
Hodgy Beats - Untitled EP
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - Dice Game

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 12:09:12 PM PST
michael says:
I forgot about that Young Zee, that was an excellent album.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 5:19:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2013 5:24:21 PM PST
Top5DOA says:
Album of the Year: Ab-Soul - Control ... Not only does it have the Song of the Year in "Book of Soul" IMO, but it's an effortless project that has a good mixture of personal life, conspiracy, conscious rap, and story telling. The beats and the groove of the album also match Ab's flow extremely well. Replay value eclipses anything else from this year for me.

Vic Spencer - SpenceEthic
Melanin 9 - Magna Carta
Roc Marciano - Reloaded
Fly Union - Zenith
Skyzoo - Theo vs. JJ (Dreams vs. Reality)
Oddisee - People Hear What They See
Joey Bada$$ - 1999
JON MCXRO - Fifth Of Never
Lute - West1996
Actual Proof - Black Boy Radio
Clear Soul Forces - Detroit Revolution(s)
Hodgy Beats - Untitled EP
Chuuwee X Sundown - The Millennium Falcon
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
Whoarei - Thoughts Blunted *Beat Tape of the Year*
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