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Jan102013

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012 by DJ E-Yo

Theophilus London
To kick off AiMT 2012, I got some help from the homey DJ E-Yo, who hosts KXUA's The Concrete Schoolyard. That's a hip-hop show I created around 10 years ago. I held it down for four years (tops), but E-Yo has kept the name going for an additional six. By all accounts, the show is his now, and he owns it like I never owned it. Check it out on the KXUA stream every Thursday night from 8 until 10 pm (Central), and/or watch the KXUA blog for podcasts.

People have been grilling me about year-end features, and I appreciate the interest. I wanted to start rolling them out before the New Year, but travel, snow storms, power outages, and 60-hour work weeks have stalled me quite a bit. Luckily I have all the features done and will be posting one per day over the next week or so. Thanks for your patience!



#25
A$AP Mob - Lord$ Never Worry [RCA]
STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD | WATCH "BATH SALT" FT. FLATBUSH ZOMBIES | STREAM "BATH SALT":



#24
Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva n a Day [Cinematic]
STREAM IN DATPIFF | WATCH "BOOBIE MILES" | STREAM "4EVA N A DAY (THEME)":



#23
Death Grips - The Money Store [Epic]
STREAM IN SPOTIFY | WATCH "THE FEVER (AYE AYE)" | STREAM "HACKER":



#22
The Cafeteria Line - HNGRY [S/R]
STREAM ON BANDCAMP | STREAM "BERNIE MAC" FT. AB-SOUL:



#21
Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't [Mercury]
STREAM IN SPOTIFY | WATCH "HOLD ME BACK" | STREAM "TEN JESUS PIECES" FT. STALLEY:



#20
Captain Murphy - Duality [S/R]
STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD | WATCH "MIGHTY MORPHIN' FORESKIN" | STREAM "BETWEEN FRIENDS" FT. EARL SWEATSHIRT:



#19
Joey Badass - 1999 / Rejex [S/R]
STREAM 1999 ON DATPIFF | WATCH "SURVIVAL TACTICS" FT. CAPITAL STEEZ | STREAM "SURVIVAL TACTICS":



#18
Riff Raff - Birth of an Icon [Mad Decent]
STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD | WATCH "LIL MAMA" | STREAM "RICE OUT":



#17
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music [Williams Street]
STREAM IN SPOTIFY | WATCH "BIG BEAST" FT. BUN B, T.I. & TROUBLE | STREAM "REAGAN":



#16
Rockie Fresh - Driving 88 [APG]
STREAM ON DATPIFF | WATCH "HOW WE DO" FT. PHIL ADE | STREAM "DRIVING 88" FT. CASEY VEGGIES:



#15
Oddisee - People Hear What They See [Mello]
STREAM ON BANDCAMP | STREAM "THE NEED SUPERFICIAL":



#14
Lil Wayne - Dedication 4 [Young Money]
STREAM ON DATPIFF | WATCH "NO WORRIES" FT. DETAIL | STREAM "NO WORRIES":



#13
Domo Genesis - No Idols [Odd Future]
STREAM ON DATPIFF | STREAM "ELIMINATION CHAMBER" FT. EARL SWEATSHIRT, VINCE STAPLES & ACTION BRONSON:



#12
The Alchemist - Russian Roulette [Decon]
STREAM ON SPIN.COM | WATCH "FLIGHT CONFIRMATION" FT. DANNY BROWN & SCHOOLBOY Q | STREAM "FLIGHT CONFIRMATION":



#11
Sir Michael Rocks - Lap of Lux / Lap of Lux 1.5 [One Off]
STREAM LAP OF LUX ON DATPIFF | WATCH "NOW YOU DO" | STREAM "NOW YOU DO":



#10
Ab-Soul - Control System [Top Dawg]
STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD | WATCH "TERRORIST THREATS" FT. DANNY BROWN & JHENE AIKO | STREAM "TERRORIST THREATS":



#9
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions [Top Dawg]
STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD | WATCH "HANDS ON THE WHEEL" FT. A$AP ROCKY | STREAM "HANDS ON THE WHEEL":



#8
Big K.R.I.T. - Live From the Underground [Def Jam]
STREAM IN SPOTIFY | WATCH "MONEY ON THE FLOOR" FT. 8BALL, MJG & 2 CHAINZ | STREAM "MONEY ON THE FLOOR":



#7
Pac Div - GMB [RBC]
STREAM IN SPOTIFY | WATCH "BLACK ACURA" FT. MAC MILLER | STREAM "DEBO" FT. SCOOP DEVILLE:



#6
Action Bronson - Blue Chips [Fool's Gold] / Rare Chandeliers [Vice]
STREAM BLUE CHIPS ON DJ BOOTH | WATCH "THE SYMBOL" | STREAM "POUCHES OF TUNA" FT. ROC MARCIANO:



#5  El-P - Cancer 4 Cure [Fat Possum]
STREAM IN SPOTIFY | WATCH "STAY DOWN":



#4  Theophilus London - Rose Island, Vol. 1 [Warner Bros.]
STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD | STREAM "LAST NIGHT (LVRS ANTHEM)":



#3  Big Boi - Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors [Def Jam]
STREAM IN SPOTIFY | WATCH "MAMA TOLD ME" FT. KELLY ROWLAND:



#2  Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city [Interscope]
STREAM IN SPOTIFY | WATCH "BACKSEAT FREESTYLE":



#1  Azealia Banks - Fantasea / 1991 EP [Interscope]
STREAM FANTASEA on DATPIFF | WATCH "VAN VOGUE":



Here's a copyable list:

AiMT 2012: Best Hip-Hop Albums (by DJ E-Yo)
  1. Azealia Banks - Fantasea / 1991 EP [Interscope]
  2. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city [Interscope]
  3. Big Boi - Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors [Def Jam]
  4. Theophilus London - Rose Island, Vol. 1 [Warner Bros.]
  5. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure [Fat Possum]
  6. Action Bronson - Blue Chips [Fool's Gold] / Rare Chandeliers [Vice]
  7. Pac Div - GMB [RBC]
  8. Big K.R.I.T. - Live From the Underground [Def Jam]
  9. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions [Top Dawg]
  10. Ab-Soul - Control System [Top Dawg]
  11. Sir Michael Rocks - Lap of Lux / Lap of Lux 1.5 [One Off]
  12. The Alchemist - Russian Roulette [Decon]
  13. Domo Genesis - No Idols [Odd Future]
  14. Lil Wayne - Dedication 4 [Young Money]
  15. Oddisee - People Hear What They See [Mello]
  16. Rockie Fresh - Driving 88 [APG]
  17. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music [Williams Street]
  18. Riff Raff - Birth of an Icon [Mad Decent]
  19. Joey Badass - 1999 / Rejex [S/R]
  20. Captain Murphy - Duality [S/R]
  21. Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't [Mercury]
  22. The Cafeteria Line - HNGRY [S/R]
  23. Death Grips - The Money Store [Epic]
  24. Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva n a Day [Cinematic]
  25. A$AP Mob - Lord$ Never Worry [RCA]

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