Loading...
Hip-Hop

The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012 Thus Far

Comments (0)

By

Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 4:35 AM

click to enlarge Nacho Picasso
  • Nacho Picasso
*Top Ten Rap Albums For People Who Don't Know Shit About Hip-Hop

*Top 20 Greatest L.A. Rap Albums of All Time

Only ten days into January we jokingly picked the year's top rap albums of 2012. But it turns out that 2012 has in fact shaped up as a pretty amazing year for hip-hop full-lengths -- arguably one of its best since the '90s. Here then, are the best 2012 hip-hop albums through July. (Note: No mixtapes or EPs have been included.)

5. Kristoff Krane

Fanfaronade

Released: 5/22/12

A Minneapolis underground staple and frequent collaborator with deceased icon Eyedea, Kristoff Krane has spent years pushing the boundaries of standard rap conventions, live performances and intimate subject matter. Fanfaronade may be his most conventional hip-hop project, showcasing how knowledgeable he is about his craft and how talented he is at executing his ideas.

4. Future

Pluto

Released: 4/17/12

Misunderstood and overlooked by many because of its lead single, "Tony Montana," the rest of Pluto is legitimately innovative in a way that's matched by few in mainstream rap today. Pushing the envelope through vocal patterns that clash with effects -- it's almost avant garde -- you would also be hard-pressed to find an album with such honesty (and infectious hooks) on store shelves this year.

Related Content

Now Trending

  • Fanatics! Rock the Omar

    RADIO BROADCAST #279 08–03–14 Fanatics! Good radio is what it’s all about on this show and tonight, we again deliver the goods. You will notice the slightest of concepts here as we rock Omar Souleyman on both hours. He will be in LA on Sunday night. I will be interviewing...
  • Party Picks of the Week: Jarvis Cocker Alert!

    Summer fun is burning hot about now with a slew of big bashes, many of them marking the not-so-timid Leo birthday contingent. Here, the best of the batch, kicking off what is sure to be an action-packed August. Party with ninjas: Studio 69’s Pirates vs. Ninjas dance and dress-up affair is always...
  • Stryper Tribute Bands We Feel Should Exist

    Tomorrow night, July 31, your favorite Christian hair metal act Stryper plays Whisky-A-Go-Go. Say what you will about the Orange County collective, but you have to admire them for sticking to the script for three decades —  or is that scripture? Putting out new music as recently as last year,...
Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows