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Posted by UlquioKani

@Everyones_A_Critic said:

Most disappointing song this year has gotta be "Clique". Jay and Ye tear it up over another classic Hit-Boy beat but Big Sean fucks it all up. I'd rather hear 2 Chainz on that shit than that helium-sucking ass fetishist.

He did seem like a bad addition to that song. . I thought Fuckin' Problem by A$AP Rocky was a more disappointing posse track though.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Most disappointing song this year has gotta be "Clique". Jay and Ye tear it up over another classic Hit-Boy beat but Big Sean fucks it all up. I'd rather hear 2 Chainz on that shit than that helium-sucking ass fetishist.

Posted by UlquioKani

@Milkman: I think the Hit-Boy produced Nicki Minaj tracks were one of the reasons he was my favourite producer this year and the album she released early in the year wasn't terrible. I actually thought the first half was really good but fell apart at the back end. She can sing but those songs kinda felt lifeless. I really liked the new tracks she added to Re-Up.

Also still need to listen to the new Big Boi album. The few songs I've heard haven't blown me away unlike his previous album.

Edited by Milkman

@PistolPackinPoet: @UlquioKani: As far as other women rappers, yeah, Banks is the one of who sticks out the most besides Angel Haze but she actually had a pretty bad year after she blew up in 2011. Her album was delayed a bunch and there seem to be whole lot more drama and not a whole lot of a great being produced, though she did have a couple good ones this year. Sasha Go Hard is another one garnering a bit of buzz and I'm probably in the minority here but I still think that Nicki Minaj is extremely capable of producing some monster hits (Super Bass in 2011, Beez in the Trap in 2012).

I actually found Food & Liquor 2 almost surprisingly good after the shitfest that was Lasers but yeah, I wasn't a huge fan. Personally, for my most disappointing album I'd have to go with Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. I absolutely loved The Son of Chico Dusty and it seemed like Big Boi got way too ambitious for his own good with the follow-up and it ended up sounding like a giant mess.

Posted by PistolPackinPoet

@UlquioKani: My thoughts exactly. Lupe can do way better.

Posted by UlquioKani

@PistolPackinPoet said:

@UlquioKani: If you care about my opinion, i'd say that Food and Liquor 2 was pretty disappointing despite having Bitch Bad on the album. I still like the album though.

Apparently we both have the same most disappointing albums this year. I agree with you that Bitch Bad is awesome and there were a lot of good songs on it (Lamborghini Angels) but some of the beats were really sugary and happy that made the subject material have less impact like in Heart Donor and some terrible hooks like in Put Em Up

Posted by PistolPackinPoet

@UlquioKani: If you care about my opinion, i'd say that Food and Liquor 2 was pretty disappointing despite having Bitch Bad on the album. I still like the album though.

Posted by UlquioKani

@Milkman said:

@UlquioKani Angel Haze is great, especially that song. I thought about having "Best Lady Rapper" catagory but that seemed a little...I don't know...reductive. But if I did have that catagory, she would have taken it easily.

I'm not sure there were many female rappers of note this year anyway. I can only think of her and Azealia Banks.

What was your most disappointing album/mixtape?

Posted by Milkman
@UlquioKani Angel Haze is great, especially that song. I thought about having "Best Lady Rapper" catagory but that seemed a little...I don't know...reductive. But if I did have that catagory, she would have taken it easily.
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I don't like El-P's production but I respect it greatly. I think I would have enjoyed Killer Mike's new album more with different producers rather than El-P. His production sounds too robotic and emotionless in both Killer Mike's LP and Cancer 4 Cure. I am in the minority on this so my producer of the year would have to be Hit-Boy

As for best new character I haven't heard much of Riff-Raff apart from that Kitty Pryde song. I was introduced to Angel Haze this year and she seems to have a huge amount of potential

I'm not sure what you like about A$AP Rocky's video though but that Killer Mike video is pretty awesome. Also surprisingly violent

My favourite Video was this

Cheesy as hell in places but worth exploring especially in rap

Dope list and agree with album of the year 100%

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Agreed on all of this. Nice to some hip-hop talk on gb

Posted by JacDG

My personal new character of the year, although it's FlyLo, he is technically a newcomer under this pseudonym.

Posted by DG991

Rap isn't music.

damn kids

Posted by Trav

I never got the love for Lamar, personally. He has some good stuff, but the way people are blowing up his latest album feels disproportionate. Personal taste, I guess.

I'm really liking El's stuff from this year, though. As well as some of the Odd Future releases coming out, primarily from Tyler and the group working as a whole. I didn't know Del released something this year, I'll have to check that out. Cool list duder!

Edited by JacDG

@Everyones_A_Critic said:

Best group of the year I'd give to Slaughterhouse, but I'm probably the only one who thinks that:

Slaughterhouse was great, but I think the album sucked, their mixtape (On The House, I believe it was called) was MUCH better in my opinion.

Posted by PistolPackinPoet

Great choices. I love GKMC and I'm sure that Black Hippy is going to be a great rap group

Posted by Milkman

@Vinny_Says: You're right, Lil B isn't exactly a "new character." But I wanted to give some recognition to some of the insane shit he did this year.

I can't wait for Long.Live.A$AP. I know it leaked but I haven't listened to it. But all the stuff he's released this year has been on point.

Posted by Vinny_Says

@Everyones_A_Critic: Dude, heart of Dixie sounds like it was recorded with a potato in a trailer home.

As for the OP, I think you should listen to Apollo Brown & O.C.'s Trophies. I think Lil B has been doing his think for too long to be called a new-comer. I would have considered Flatbush Zombies or that idiot Spaceghostpurpp instead :p

I liked Freddie Gibb's BFK mixtape/album a lot along with the D.R.U.G.S. mixtape (more than I liked 1999 to be honest).

Next year might start off strong if you like ASAP Rocky. I didn't think Rocky could work with such an agressive beat.

Posted by Grimmrobe

Caner4Cure is rap album of the year hands down.

It's really unbelievable how people are fussing over maad city. It's garbage.

Posted by Amafi

Joey Bada$$ is fantastic.

My favorite album of the year might be Del and Parallel Thought's attractive sin, but then I've been a huge Del nuthugger since I was 13 or so.

Since I first heard I whish my brother George was here, at any rate.

Posted by Milkman

@Everyones_A_Critic: If you want something that goes a little harder, I would recommend Joey Bada$$ and Progressive Era. If there was a "Best Debut" category (and now that I think about it, there should have been), it would have gone to them. They're going to be major players moving forward. It's a damn shame that one of their more prominent members, Capital STEEZ, actually committed suicide a couple days before Christmas. 19 years old and with the world at his fingertips, it doesn't make much sense.

Edited by Everyones_A_Critic

That's it, I'm done sleeping on R.A.P. music. Everything that's been acclaimed this year has been "smoke a blunt and chill" rap. Kendrick made a classic but I can't listen to it, it's too laid back and soul-influenced. Same with Bronson, I hate that '90's throwback production. I'm gonna download Killer Mike's album right now, though, that song you posted goes fuckin HARD.

Edit: have you heard Macklemore's The Heist? I think that deserves a mention. I loved Machine Gun Kelly's Lace Up as well, but a lot of it is "struggle bars" which turn a lot of people off just as much as that more relaxed hip-hop does to me. That's why I don't really fuck with Black Hippy. I saw Jay Rock open up for Tech N9ne and he's probably my favorite guy in the crew, even if his lyrics and songwriting pail in comparison to Kendrick's.

As far as mixtapes I forgot to mention Yelawolf's Heart of Dixie, which didn't get too much publicity but it's a more consistent product than Radioactive (which I still liked a lot.)

Best group of the year I'd give to Slaughterhouse, but I'm probably the only one who thinks that:

Posted by Sploder

Great blog, and I've been meaning to listen to Good Kid Maad City for ages now but I just haven't gotten around to it :/

Posted by Milkman

@envane: I can't support Rap Man's hunking ways anymore. He's gone too far.

Posted by JacDG

I recognize El-P's production, but god I hate it so much.

Edited by envane

where the rapman at ?

edit : i havent kept up with much hip hop lately , btu this is pretty good pickings

Edited by Milkman

So, here's a dumb idea I had. I like rap music and I like Giant Bomb's GOTY awards. So, what if I combined the two and created a bunch of arbitrary categories to talk about my favorite rap music of the year? Dumb, right? Well, let's do it.

BEST NEW CHARACTER

RiFF RAFF

The future Jody Highroller got his start back in 2009 on MTV's From G's to Gents as "MTV Riff Raff." Not only did he have the television channel in his name but he also had it on his neck in form of a tattoo. He also has a BET logo on his chest, so maybe his allegiances are a little fishy. You know, he also has Bart Simpson and the NBA logo permanently etched on his body as well so maybe he's just fucking insane. I could sit here for hours and tell you all the insane things about RiFF RAFF from his amazing Twitter account to his constant referring to himself as "RAP GAME (INSERT CELEBRITY/HISTORICAL FIGURE NAME)" to his rap group Three Loco, in which he's joined by Andy Milonakis and Dirt Nasty AKA Simon Rex from the early 2000s sitcom "What I Like About You." But none of that would do any good. You may look at him and on first thought think he's a ridiculous idiot. And hey, maybe you're right. I mean, how could anyone look like that? However, the truth is that, whether you like it or not, RiFF RAFF is a genius. He's just signed a deal with Diplo's label Mad Decent, he has collaborated with real, honest to god rappers like Action Bronson and Harmony Korine is making a movie about him starring James Franco so he must be doing something right. If his persona is genuine and he really thinks that his Bart Simpson chest tattoo is rad then he's the most absurd man that ever lived and he deserves all of our money. If it's all an act, he's the greatest real life troll in mankind's history and he deserves all of our money. I don't know if the facade (if there is one) will ever be broken but I sure hope not. RAP GAME ANDY KAUFFMAN.

Runner-ups: Chief Keef, Lil B

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

El-P

There aren't many people in rap who had a better 2012 than El-P. Pushing 40, he not only released his own fantastic solo album, Cancer 4 Cure but he also collaborated with long-time friend Killer Mike entirely handling the production duties for his newest album, R.A.P. Music. On his own album, he paints a dystopian future straight out of a Philip K. Dick novel. Think Blade Runner, starring Chuck D. While on Mike's side of things, he takes a more "N.W.A. from the future" approach. The running theme across both works is this feeling of cynicism. Don't trust the government. Don't trust your neighbor. Don't trust yourself. And when you've seen the shit that El-P has seen, you'd be cynical too. P's been around the game for a long time now but at age 37, he seems like he's still got plenty to say and plenty of hits to make.

Runner-ups: Hit Boy, TNGHT

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Killer Mike - Big Beast (feat. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble)

Big Beast features almost zero of what makes Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music so great. It has none of the poignant social commentary of "Reagan" and none of the religious undertones of the album's title track. It's a straight up hoodrat track and it opens the album like a Tec-9 fired out of a moving vehicle. And while great on its own as just a banging track, the music video is what sells the song as the ultimate gangsta fantasy. Full disclosure, Drive is one of my favorite movies of the last 10 years so if you tell me something is even slightly related to it, I'm probably going to like it. The fact that Killer Mike pretty much created a 10 minute hip-hop version of Drive felt like he inceptioned the idea straight from my wildest dreams.

Runner-ups: Danny Brown - Grown Up, A$AP Rocky - Long. Live. A$AP.

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Black Hippy

Here are four guys who couldn't be more different. You got Kendrick Lamar, he doesn't drink or smoke, had a chart topping single this year about the dangers of alcoholism. You got Schoolboy Q, all he does is drink and smoke, had a single in which he declares on the hook that life to him is just weed and brews. Then you got Jay Rock, who just wants to tell you about his struggles in the hood and Ab-Soul, who just wants to tell you about his Sega Saturn. And yet these four not only get along but have flourished. Three of the four released solo albums this year, all of which can be found on top album lists across the internet. While Tech N9ne's declaration of Black Hippy as "the new N.W.A." may be a bit pre-mature, there's zero doubt that you're going to be seeing all of their faces in the hip hop scene for a long time to come.

Runner-ups: Progressive Era, Odd Future

MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR

Action Bronson - Blue Chips

Like Giant Bomb's Best Download Game category, this is one that seems to be losing its meaning. Some of the best hip hop is now being released for free on websites like Dat Piff, meaning that any of these downloads could easily be the best album of the year. I mean, when Rick Ross is releasing mixtapes better than his certified gold albums, what the hell does the word mixtape even mean? Either way, the best mixtape of the year belongs to the pro wrestling loving, Albanian food connoisseur, Action Bronson. Bronson is probably most well-known for sounding like a white Ghostface Killah, a comparison that he's tired of over the years. As he should because he's much more than a Ghostface knock-off. He's the kind of rapper who isn't afraid to "pat himself on the back like Barry Horowitz" or sample Ron Simmons' "DAMN" catchphrase in a song. Anyone who's spent anytime on these forums can figure out why I can appreciate that. But it's more than the wrestling references that attracts me to Bronson. It's the dirty, gritty feeling to all of his music. Bronson fancies himself a mafioso and his tracks feel like they were scavenged from the seedy underbelly of his native NYC. There are multiple instances on Blue Chips where Bronson blatantly fucks up a line and has to repeat himself but he doesn't cut it because he wants you to know that he's real. And in a scene that is now dominated by Gucci and expensive watches, it's nice to find a rapper who's actually willing to admit that he's human.

Runner-ups: Rick Ross - Rich Forever, Joey Bada$$ - 1999

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

West coast hip hop hasn't exactly been dominating the scene for a while now. The void left by artists like N.W.A. and Tupac were never really filled. The Game seemed like he was primed to conquer Cali for a little while but those hopes quickly evaporated and are now more of a punchline than a rallying cry. But Dr. Dre has a new protege and his name is Kendrick Lamar. good kidd, m.A.A.d city has that Compton feel that has been desperately missed in hip hop. Lamar reps Compton hard but he also wants you to know that, at the same time, he's left it behind. Kendrick made it out but he's here to tell you the story of those who didn't. Compton is the mad city that turned a good kid like Kendrick and many others into drug dealers and gang bangers. On "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst", Kendrick raps from the perspective of multiple individuals from his past but the trait they share is that they were lost to the system, whether it be gang violence or simply becoming another Compton hoodrat. It's not until he sees one of his friends die in front of him that he realizes he's worth more than this life. Along this journey into adulthood for Kendrick, he introduces a cast of memorable characters, who all have their own role in his transformation. It all ends with a victory lap alongside his mentor Dr. Dre, putting an exclamation mark on the resurrection of west coast hip hop and putting his stamp on the scene forever. good kid, m.A.A.d city is nothing short of a masterpiece, both a celebration and damning of the most famous city in hip hop, Compton, California and one of that will be remembered forever.

Runner-ups: Death Grips - The Money Store, Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music