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Top 10 Rap Albums - December 2012


A cornucopia of auditory goodness for every hip-hop taste bud, including sweet, syrupy, and dirty. Peep game.

10. Wiz Khalifa - 'O.N.I.F.C.'

Playful and breezy, while effectively capturing the Wiz Khalifa Lifestyle.
Features: The Weeknd, 2 Chainz, Cam'ron
Release Date: December 4, 2012

9. Chief Keef - 'Finally Rich'

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Branded a mixtape, Finally Rich finds controversial Chicago rapper Chief Keef teaming up with some of the biggest names in the game, including Waka Flocka Flame and Young Jeezy. In less than 12 months, Keef went from his grandma's couch to rap stardom, all before he's old enough to buy a beer.
Features: Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy
Release Date: December 18, 2012

8. Wale - 'Folarin'

Wale recently admitted that his third album is taking longer than expected. Don't fret, though, because he's whipped up a solid placeholder in the form of Folarin -- a mixtape hosted by veteran boardsman DJ Clark Kent and scheduled for Christmas Eve.
Features: TBD
Release Date: December 24, 2012

7. A-Trak x Nick Catchdubs - 'Loosies'

Five years in any field calls for celebration. And Fool's Gold is toasting to its 5th anniversary with a celebratory compilation of hits. Loosies sports new tracks from Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Araabmuzik, Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P, Freddie Gibbs and more. The music comes in a neat, limited-edition custom USB drive, available via the Fool's Gold store.
Features: Chase N Cashe, A-Trak, Danny Brown, Chuck Inglish, Casey Veggies,
Release Date: December 18, 2012

6. Alexander Spit - 'A Breathtaking Trip To That Otherside'

This one actually drops in January, but you need to go ahead and bookmark it early because Alexander Spit is an early contender for next year's 10 to Watch. The kid is legit. Watch this video for a sampling of his hallucinatory west coast sound.
Features: MFN eXquire, Action Bronson, E-40, Alchemist
Release Date: January 29, 2012

5. Sadat X - 'Love, Hell or Right'

Sadat X has been serving up hauntingly poetic raps since the Reagan era. He drew from that vast well of experience for his straight-out-of-nowhere album, Love, Hell or Right. "I speak from experience. Love, Hell or Right is about just that", Sadat says. "You have to go through hell in order to do right. It's dedicated to the hardworking people and not about fame and glory. Hip-hop spans the globe, its universal. It's an art - it doesn't imitate, it creates." Spoken like a true sage.
Features: Roc Marciano, Pharoahe Monch, Masta Ace
Release Date: December 4, 2012

4. Masta Killa - 'Selling My Soul'

Selling My Soul is Killa's first album since 2006's Made in Brooklyn, his third solo overall. It sports guest vocals from Kurupt and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, and production from 9th Wonder.
Features: Ol' Dirty Bastard, Kurupt
Release Date: December 11, 2012

3. The Game - 'Jesus Piece'

There's a real searching element to these tunes by Game, who's evolved into a brilliant songwriter. The set is his last on Interscope and often bears a swan song vibe. And, in true Game fashion, it's also a star-studded affair. Game must have a box full of naked rapper pictures to keep landing these bigwig collaborations.
Features: Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, J. Cole, 2 Chainz
Release Date: December 11, 2012

2. T.I. - 'Trouble Man'

In which T.I. gives his troubles a massive bear hug. "I've learned that one thing about my life that is certain is trouble," Tip told a room full of journalists at the NYC listening session for Trouble Man.. "Be that as it may, I shall embrace that fact and not evade it. We all have faults. Before I let you stand on your high horse and point a finger back down at me, I'm going to give you a big, stiff 'F--k you.'" Well said, sir. Musically, the kang's 8th album boasts a hybrid of Trap Muzik's grit and Paper Trail's gloss.
Features: A$AP Rocky, Andre 3000, R. Kelly, Meek Mill, P!nk
Release Date: December 18, 2012

1. Big Boi - 'Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors'

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is Big Boi's second standalone album. The 14-song follow-up to Sir Lucious Left Foot is a bold reminder of why General Patton is one of the most beloved artists in hip-hop. Big Boi says he's already 10 songs into his third LP, so expect some more heat from Daddy Fat Sax.
Features: T.I., A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, B.o.B.
Release Date: December 11, 2012
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