2012 Top 10 List

Dharmic X (This Culture Never Dies)
  1. Killer Mike & El-P - "R.A.P. Album"
  2. Brother Ali & Jake One - "Mourning in America Dreaming in Color" (Rhymesayers)
  3. Roc Marciano - "Reloaded" (Decon)
  4. OC & Apollo Brown - "Trophies" (Mello Music Group)
  5. Reks & Numonics - "REBELutionary" (Brick)
  6. !Mayday! - "Take Me To Your LEader" (Strange Music)
  7. Journalist 103 - "Reporting Live" (Babygrande)
  8. Kendrick Lamar - "Good Kid M.A.A.D City" (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope)
  9. Skyzoo - "A Dream Deferred" (Duck Down)
  10. Clear Soul Forces - "Detroit Revolution(s)"
Honorable Mentions: Master of the Dark Arts- La Coka Nostra, God of the Serengeti- Vinnie Paz, & People Hear What They See- Oddisee

Notable free releases (no particular order):
1. The Empire 2: The Battlegrounds EP- Rome Clientel
2. Theo vs. JJ- Skyzoo
3. White Jesus Revival- Rittz
4. Mandatory Brunch Meetings- Meyhem Lauren
5. Rare Chandeliers- Action Bronson & Alchemist
6. PEEP: The aPROcalypse- Pro Era
7. The Bite Marked Heart EP- Brother Ali
8. The Adventures in 8bit: Cartridge 1- The BenchWarmers Clique
9. My Everlasting Zeal- King Mez
10. I Think That... Audible Doctor

One word to describe 2012: Whirlwind

A prediction for next year: Next year will be the litmus test for how far new-age buzz can take an artist.

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