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2012

Explore 2012 hip-hop reviews here.


A review of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'The Heist.'

Big Boi - 'Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors' (Def Jam)
Big Boi waves the Outkast flag on his sophomore LP, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

The Game - 'Jesus Piece' (Interscope)
The Game takes the back seat on virtually every song on his fifth album, Jesus Piece.

Lupe Fiasco - 'Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album'
What do 'Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album' and light beer have in common?

G.O.O.D. Music - 'Cruel Summer' (Def Jam)
My two pennies on G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer.

Kendrick Lamar - 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' (Aftermath)
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city review.

2 Chainz - Based on a TRU Story (Def Jam)
A review of 2 Chainz's 'Based on a TRU Story.'

Nicki Minaj - 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' (Young Money/UMG)
Is Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded a modern masterpiece? You betcha.

DeLorean - 'Hood Politics 3' (self-released)
Delo delivers a dose of reality rap on Hood Politics 3.

DeLorean - 'Hood Politics 3'
DeLorean - 'Hood Politics 3'

B.o.B. - 'Strange Clouds' (WBR)
If you're planning to buy B.o.B.'s 'Strange Clouds', budget extra change for a box of Kleenex.

El-P - 'Cancer 4 Cure'
After listening to Cancer 4 Cure, I want to take El-P to my favorite bar and buy him a pint.

Killer Mike - 'R.A.P. Music'
A review of Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music.

Big K.R.I.T. - Live from the Underground
Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Live from the Underground' is a delight. But it's not without flaws.

Nas - 'Life Is Good' (Island Def Jam)
'Life Is Good' is Nas' best album since Illmatic.

Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't (Def Jam/UMG)
Rick Ross aspires to grandness, eats diced pineapples on God Forgives, I Don't.

J. Cole - "Grew Up Fast"
Mother of God, J. Cole grew up fast.

Nicki Minaj - "Starships"
Nicki Minaj eyes pop charts with "Starships," produced by Gaga collaborator RedOne.

Nas - "The Don"
Nas rediscovers his street fire on "The Don."

Kendrick Lamar - "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (TDE/Aftermath)
Kendrick Lamar dives into a pool full of drank.

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