PopMatters' Best Hip Hop Albums of 2012

PopMatters' Best Hip Hop Albums of 2012

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10. Ab-Soul - Control System

Ab-Soul - Control System
May 11, 2012
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

9. JJ Doom - Key to the Kuffs

JJ Doom - Key to the Kuffs
August 21, 2012
Critic Score
72
18 reviews

8. Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate

Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate
June 5, 2012
Critic Score
69
13 reviews

7. Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color

Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
September 18, 2012
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

Ali knows that with this album, he’s supplying something that infighting anarchists never could: a sense of unity, a sense of purpose, a sense that you’ll be putting on this repeat for more than a year.

6. Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - Dice Game

Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - Dice Game
November 13, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review

5. The Coup - Sorry to Bother You

The Coup - Sorry to Bother You
October 30, 2012
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

4. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
May 22, 2012
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

3. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
26 reviews

Providing the sort of semi-autobiographical character arc, good kid would be enough for some, but it’s the lush environs surrounding this “short film” that makes good kid not only a compelling story, but also musically interesting.

2. Nas - Life is Good

Nas - Life is Good
July 17, 2012
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

1. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

Biographical shock value aside, R.A.P. Music provides enough jaw drops on its own merits that it’s sure to be a record that comes to define 2010s hip-hop in some way.

Original Source: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature/166167-the-best-hip-hop-of-2012/
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