Casual x J.Rawls – Respect Game Or Expect Flames
I respected game and this album was flames. Unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears with much of the audience at large. There’s still time to rectify that.
Chino XL – Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary
What else can you ask for from an album other than top flight production, incredible bars, high minded but well executed concepts and more music for your money (35 tracks)? Chino XL’s long awaited opus Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary not only met expectations but it far exceeded them. Why it isn’t on more end of the year lists is mind boggling to say the least…
Clear Soul Forces – Detroit Revolution(s)
The four man crew from Detroit spits fire over Ilajide and NAMELESS production while letting us know that the future of Hip-Hop is in good hands.
Danny! – Payback
My homie Danny Swain somehow wrangled co-signs from Questlove & Jay-Z then found a way to get everyone from Joi, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Kay Slay, El-P, Phonte, Amber Tamblyn and more to guest appear on his album. Not only that, but this release resurrected Okayplayer Records. Why don’t you own this album? It’s dope. It’s Payback…
Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca
You take The Alchemist and Oh No, two of the best MC/producers of the past 15 years and give them a sophomore album with features from Kool G Rap, Prodigy, Roc Marciano, Evidence & Roc C over some raw beats they both crafted and what do you have? One of the best albums of 2012, that’s what!
Gensu Dean – Lo-Fi Fingahz
Lo-Fi Fingahz boasts a line up of features that includes Brand Nubian, Large Professor, Roc Marciano, Count Bass D, David Banner and DMC among others all over raw slaps Gensu Dean made with his trusty SP1200. It’s criminal how cats slept on this project…
Honors English – State Of The Art
New Jersey product Honors English partnered with his mentor Needlz and what resulted was an album that featured bars and production so bananas it’s hard to believ they offered it for a free download. This jawn is sickening.