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Takin’ Mines’ Top 25 Albums of 2012
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Top 25 Albums

With the year’s music videos, mixtapes and songs rated and ranked, we bring you our list of the most prized offering of any calendar year: the studio album. Although mixtapes have matured in recent years to give LPs a run for their money, the retail release will always be top dog–and this year was a prime example.
The album format has helped a number of artists cement themselves as serious contenders in the game (Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill), enabled some to revive their once-lost glory (Nas, Lupe Fiasco), while aiding others in adding to their legacy (Killer Mike, Sean Price).
We could have extended this list to well over 100 picks and justice would still not be served to all the great projects these past 12 months have brought. After a whole lotta tough decisions, we present to you our top 25 albums of 2012…

25. Ka – Grief Pedigree
Iron Works



24. Small Professor – Gigantic, Vol. 1
Diamond Media 360



23. Roc Marciano – Reloaded



22. Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them
Dirty Science / Fat Beats Records
iTunes / Fat Beats



21. Sean Price – Mic Tyson
Duck Down



20. Pac Div – GMB
RBC Records



19. La Coka Nostra – Masters Of The Dark Arts
Fat Beats
iTunes / Fat Beats



18. Rapsody – The Idea of Beautiful
Jamla / Culture Over Everything



17. J Dilla – Rebirth of Detroit
Yancey Media Group
iTunes / Merch



16. Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1



15. Skyzoo – A Dream Deferred
The Faculty / Duck Down



14. Freeway – Diamond In the Ruff
Team Early / Babygrande



13. Brother Ali – Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color



12. OC & Apollo Brown – Trophies
Mello Music Group
iTunes / Bandcamp



11. Oddisee – People Hear What They See
Mello Music Group
iTunes / Bandcamp



10. Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer
G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam



9. The Game – Jesus Piece
DGC / Interscope



8. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
Fat Possum



7. Ab-Soul – Control System
Top Dawg Entertainment



6. Meek Mill – Dreams and Nightmares
Maybach Music Group / Warner Bros.



5. Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca



4. ScHoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
Top Dawg Entertainment



3. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Williams Street / Grand Hustle / Adult Swim



2. Nas – Life Is Good
Def Jam



1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope



Honorable Mentions:
• Oh No – Ohnomite (Brick / Five Day Weekend)
• Xzibit – Napalm (Open Bar Entertainment / EMI)
• Greg Grease – Cornbread, Pearl & G (River Life Media / Black Corners)
• M-Phazes – Phazed Out (Coalmine Records)
• Wu-Block – Wu-Block (E1)

Comments: (2)
2 Replies to "Takin’ Mines’ Top 25 Albums of 2012"
December 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

this album is doooope! –>

January 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Azealia Banks “Fantasea” imo was an album, and it was the BEST of 2012

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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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