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Takin’ Mines’ Top 50 Songs of 2012
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Top 50 songs

We’ve rated the year’s best music videos and mixtapes, and now we present to you possibly the toughest list of all (seriously, we initially had like 187 tracks scribbled down): the top 50 songs of 2012. With a blend of both mainstream and underground hits, we feel like no record here can be denied.
Whether it was Chief Keef and Young Chop helping drill rap to its finest hour, Nas rewriting hip-hop history (again), or Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre teaming up to give the world a taste of that classic West Coast flavor, it’s safe to say that 2012 has had a soundtrack as good as any.
With offerings from everyone from ScHoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky to Oh No and AZ to Rick Ross and Gunplay, start the countdown of Takin’ Mines’ top 50 songs of 2012 below…


50. Sean Price – “Bar-Barian” (prod. by The Alchemist)
Mic Tyson

49. AZ – “My Ni**as” (prod. by Buckwild)
Doe or Die II

48. Ka (feat. Roc Marciano) – “Iron Age” (prod. by Ka)
Grief Pedigree (Mixtape)

47. Action Bronson – “Steve Wynn” (prod. by Party Supplies)
Blue Chips (Mixtape)

46. Children of the Night – “Kids From Queens” (prod. by Black Noi$e)
Queens… Revisited (Mixtape)

45. Denmark (feat. Quelle Chris) – “Green Party Swishercrat” (prod. by Denmark)
I’d Rather Be Making Bread – EP

44. Blu (feat. Mela Machinko) – “Kiss The Sky” (prod. by M-Phazes)
Kiss The Sky – Single

43. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Thuggin” (prod. by Madlib)
Thuggin’ – EP

42. Flatbush Zombies – “S.C.O.S.A.” (prod. by Erick Arc Elliott)
D.R.U.G.S. (Mixtape)

41. Capital STEEZ – “Dead Prez” (prod. by Joey BadA$$)
AmeriKKKan Korruption (Mixtape)

40. La Coka Nostra (feat. Thirstin Howl the 3rd) – “Snow Beach” (prod. by Jack Of All Trades)
Masters of the Dark Arts

39. OC & Apollo Brown – “People’s Champ” (prod. by Apollo Brown)

38. Lupe Fiasco – “Around My Way” (prod. by Simonsayz and B-Side)
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

37. Oh No (feat. Jose James & Phife Dawg) – “Dues N Don’ts” (prod. by Oh No)

36. Oddisee – “The Gold Is Mine” (prod. by Oddisee)
Odd Renditions Vol. 001 (Mixtape)

35. Chief Keef – “Love Sosa” (prod. by Young Chop)
Finally Rich

34. Kid Cudi (feat. King Chip) – “Just What I Am” (prod. by Kid Cudi)

33. Odd Future – “Oldie” (prod. by Tyler, The Creator)
OF Tape Vol. 2

32. Freeway (feat. Marsha Ambrosius) – “Right Back” (prod. by Jake One)
Diamond In The Ruff

31. Trinidad Jame$ – “All Gold Everything” (prod. by Precision Productions)
Don’t Be S.A.F.E. (Mixtape)

30. Asaad – “Origins of Cotton” (prod. by Bink!)
New Black History Month (Mixtape)

29. Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$ & CJ Fly – “Like Water” (prod. by Statik Selektah)
PEEP: The aPROcalypse (Mixtape)

28. Danny Brown – “Jay Dee’s Revenge” (prod. by J Dilla)
J Dilla – Rebirth of Detroit

27. Gunplay – “Jump Out” (prod. by DJ Speedy)
Bogota Rich: The Prequel (Mixtape)

26. DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles (feat. Flava Flav) – “Shake The Room” (prod. by DJ Premier)
The KoleXXXion

25. Jay-Z – “Glory” (prod. by Pharrell)

24. DJ Khaled (feat. Nas, Scarface & DJ Premier) – “Hip-Hop” (prod. by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
Kiss The Ring

23. Domo Genesis (feat. SpaceGhostPurrp, Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson) – “The Daily News” (prod. by The Alchemist)
No Idols (Mixtape)

22. 50 Cent – “You A Killer…Cool” (prod. by 8track)
The Lost Tape (Mixtape)

21. Method Man (feat. Freddie Gibbs & Streetlife) – “Built For This” (prod. by Frank Dukes)
Quentin Tarantino Presents: The Man With The Iron Fists

20. Hit-Boy – “Jay-Z Interview” (prod. by Bink!)
HITstory (Mixtape)

19. Kids These Days – “Doo-Wah” (prod. by Kids These Days)
Traphouse Rock (Mixtape)

18. Killer Mike – “Don’t Die” (prod. by El-P)
R.A.P. Music

17. Meyhem Lauren (feat. Heems & Action Bronson) – “Special Effects” (prod. by Harry Fraud)
Respect The Fly Sh*t (Mixtape)

16. Gangrene – “Top Instructors” (prod. by Oh No)
Vodka & Ayahuasca

15. Meek Mill (feat. Rick Ross) – “Believe It” (prod. by Young Shun)
Dreams & Nightmares

14. Roc Marciano – “Emeralds” (prod. by Arch Druids)

13. Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum” (prod. by Christian Rich & Randomblackdude)
Chum – Single

12. Ab-Soul (feat. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko) – “Terrorist Threats” (prod. by Dave Free of Digi+Phonics)
Control System

11. T.I. (feat. Andre 3000) – “Sorry” (prod. by Jazze Pha, Sir Clef & Po Johns)
Trouble Man

10. El-P – “The Full Retard” (prod. by El-P)
Cancer 4 Cure

9. A$AP Rocky – “Goldie” (prod. by Hit-Boy)

8. The Game (feat. Kanye West & Common) – “Jesus Piece” (prod. by Boi-1da & The Maven Boys)
Jesus Piece

7. ScHoolboy Q (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – “Blessed” (prod. by Dave Free of Digi+Phonics)
Habits & Contradictions

6. Nas (feat. Large Professor) – “Loco-Motive” (prod. by No I.D.)
Life Is Good

5. Rick Ross (feat. Meek Mill) – “So Sophisticated” (prod. by The Beat Bully)
God Forgives, I Don’t

4. Kendrick Lamar (feat. Gunplay) – “Cartoon & Cereal” (prod. by THC)
Gunplay – Bogota Rich: The Prequel (Mixtape)

3. Joey Bada$$ – “Waves” (prod. by Freddie Joachim)
1999 (Mixtape)

2. Kanye West, Pusha T & Ghostface Killah – “New God Flow” (prod. by Kanye West, Boogz & Tapez)
Kanye West Presents: G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer

1. Kendrick Lamar (feat. Dr. Dre) – “The Recipe” (prod. by Scoop Deville)
good kid, m.A.A.d city

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Greg Grease – “Forward”



If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.


  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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