House Shoes - Let It Go
Detroit Hip-Hop ambassador and crusader for quality Hip-Hop period, DJ House Shoes, released his long awaited debut album and it's incredible. Let It Go is perfectly executed on every imaginable level. Production. Sequencing. The hand picked features that include Nottz, Gangrene, Roc Marciano, Guilty Simpson, MED, Black Milk, Quelle Chris, Chali 2Na, Danny Brown, Black Spade and many more only pound home the fact that more people should buy this project. The instrumentals are available as well.
Journalist 103 - Reporting Live
I told you all that The Left's (Apollo Brown x DJ Soko x Journalist 103) 2011 LP Gas Mask was a classic before it even dropped. I was right, by the way. The group's mouthpiece released his debut solo project on Babygrande this year and it banged from beginning to end. And you slept on it. I didn't (because I know better) but you did. Fix that, B.
KA - Grief Pedigree
KA's Grief Pedigree is arguably the Album Of The Year. I've personally advocated for this project since I heard it in full and I've gone on record calling it a classic. Years from now when enough Rap journalists grow the balls and gain the intestinal fortitude to finally agree with me you'll all say that this album is, in fact, a classic release. Buy it now so you can say you owned it then. Self produced, self distributed & marketed plus KA directed his own videos for each song. Own it.
Large Professor - Professor @ Large
Large Pro came back with my favorite LP album since 1st Class and the official re-release of The LP dropped. He definitely proved he still has it in the beats & rhymes department.
OC x Apollo Brown Trophies
OC (D.I.T.C.) and Apollo Brown provided us with yet another contender for Album Of The Year. OC hasn't sounded this good on a full project since Jewelz and D.I.T.C.'s Worldwide. Apollo Brown would be my pick for Producer Of The Year if it weren't for the fact that The Alchemist pretty much bodied this entire leap year.
Oh No Ohnomite
Oh No made an album loaded with top flight features using the music and scores from Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite) films solely as source material. The end result was one of the best projects of 2012 that was almost one of the most slept on. Damn shame, too...