And the winners are...
You voted. We tallied. Now it's time to announce the winners.
2012 was a good year for hip-hop, so you should have plenty to choose from in this category. Best Rap Album is reserved for that hip-hop album that blew your breath away. You've listened to this album so much that you're gradually morphing into the artist. Winner:
(51% of the votes)
Is your favorite mixtape better than most albums? Is it an instant banger? Is it impossible to put down? Is it worthy of its own mausoleum? If you answered yes to some or all of the above, then it deserves your vote for Best Mixtape. Winner:
Joey Bada$$ (43% of the votes)
The Rookie of the Year award is reserved for the best new
rapper of the past year. Only rappers who burst into our consciousness in some way—debut album, breakout single, record deal, etc—are eligible for this award. Winner:
Joey Bada$$ (42% of the votes)
That inescapable hit you heard everywhere probably hinged on one smartly placed loop, one choice sample, or that ineffable quality that great producers always seem to have. 2012 brought us tons of memorable beats, so here's a chance to honor the creative minds behind them. Winner:
Apollo Brown (83% of the votes)
Pretend I'm your boss and I've called you into my office for a talk. You find me swiveling in my chair, my fingers interlocked in a steeple. "You're fired," I say. "Why?" you ask, tears strickling down your face. As it turns out, the activity monitor I secretly installed on your work computer caught you logging outrageous hours on some rappity rap site. This blog has ruined your life. The least you can do is vote for it in this year's Readers' Choice award. Winner:
2 Dope Boyz (54% of the votes)
More than any other social network, Twitter has given music fans to get a window into the soul of their favorite artists. Who knew some of those mean-mugging, tough-talking rappers could also pass for stand-up comedians? Feel free to vote for those twitter feeds that helped you get through the year with words of counsel, informative posts, or wise cracks that made you chuckle so hard you spilled coffee all over your laptop. Winner:
Akrobatik (47% of the votes)