Top 30 Favorite Albums of 2012
I’m late with my list this year. I wanted to have this up by the end of the first week of the new year. 2012 was a pretty spectacular year for music, hip-hop especially took a giant leap forward. Indie’s arrival to the mainstream stage lead to pop acts to imitate and/or seek collaborations with alternative artists. Psychedelia also made a big splash, being heard in numerous genres across the board, from hip-hop to folk to electronica. Also, a shift occurred in popular music in which drugs had a heavy influence on production styles. Mind-expanding substances haven’t had this kind of impact on popular culture since the ’60s. Below is an annual disclaimer for the list:
There are many artists who I admire and whose albums I enjoyed that didn’t make the list. It doesn’t mean that they didn’t make good music or were ignored, just that I feel that the artists who appear on this list had stronger cohesive albums. And also, I am just one man; I can not listen to every single album released this year. But from the many many albums that I did listen to this year, this is what I feel are the best.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
To read the full album review and analysis of good kid, m.A.A.d city click HERE.
Mixtape of the Year
Duality by Captain Murphy
The mystery of Captain Murphy kept hip-hop fans contemplating throughout the year. Most of the guesses involved Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and Flying Lotus. At a Los Angeles concert in November Captain Murphy unmasked himself and was revealed as FlyLo’s rap alter-ego. The production on Duality is wildly psychedelic, even moreso than Big Boi’s LP. It’s cleverly narrated by an archive video of the Heaven’s Gate cult who committed mass suicide in 1997.
Honorable mention: Joey Bada$$- 1999
EP of the Year
1991 by Azealia Banks
The New York rapper dominated clubs this year with her raunchy blend of retro-house and street hip-hop. Banks puts as much effort in her lyrical delivery as she does in her image. When she’s not popping off at people on Twitter and putting Perez Hilton in his place, she’s acting as a spokesperson for Mac- an example of indie intertwining more with the corporate world. She’s the most promising female rapper since “Monster”-era Nicki Minaj. Hopefully, she won’t drown in the plastic of the pop world when her major success comes.
Honorable mention: Solange- True
Check out the Year in Review.