2012 Year End Best Of Hip-Hop: Part II

Posted by Billyjam, December 28, 2012 03:49pm | Post a Comment

This second part in the 2012 best of hip-hop series is a Top 130 album chart that is based on sales at Amoeba Music over the past twelve months. It is comprised of nearly all 2012 releases, but since it reflects sales in 2012, there are a few previous year crossover releases such as late 2011 albums like The Roots' Undun (MCA).

The list is a combo of both CD and LP releases since more releases were issued on vinyl in 2012 than in the previous years. (Ironically, major labels who were the ones trying to kill off vinyl back in the early 1990's as they were pushing CDs heavily have issued a lot of vinyl versions this past year.) There are some EPs included here as well as full-lengths such as Homeboy Sandman's Subject Matter on Stones Throw and  Azealia Banks 1991 EP (Interscope). The chart is compiled based on the weekly hip-hop top five sales charts from the three Amoeba Music stores (Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco) submitted to the Amoeblog over the past year. This is a good gauge of what was popular and selling at the three Amoeba stores and via the Amoeba online store for 2012. It also should be noted that the first top fifty chart entries far outsold the next eighty releases. Not surprisingly Kendrick Lamar topped the chart with his commercially / critically acclaimed Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD on Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. In addition to such other as across the board (national commercial) hits like 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story, Kanye West Good Music Cruel Summer (Def Jam), Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic), and Nas' Life is Good (both on Def Jam), Amoeba shoppers also picked up a lot of indie label releases in quantity such as Aesop Rock's Skelethon (Rhyemsayers Ent.), El-P's Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum), Gangrene Vodka and Ayahuasca (Decon), and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist (Macklemore LLC). As well as new releases the chart also features some reissues such as The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde [Expanded Edition] (Delicious Vinyl), Notorious B.I.G.'s  Ready to Die, and  RBL Posse 20th Anniversary (Rightway Productions) which was a reissue of their three 1990's albums.


(based on Amoeblog Hip-Hop Rap Up Weekly Top Fives)

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD (Aftermath)

2) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)

3) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

4) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhyemsayers Ent.)

5) Nas Life is Good (Def Jam)

6) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)

7) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

8) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)

9) Odd Future The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)

10) Drake Take Care (Cash Money/Universal)

11) Gangrene Vodka and Ayahuasca (Decon)

12) Kanye West Good Music Cruel Summer (Def Jam)

13) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)

14) Killer MIke R.A.P. Music (William Street)

15) The Roots Undun (MCA)

16) Busdriver Beaus $ Eros CD (Fake Four Inc.)

17) MellowHype Numbers (Columbia/3 Ent)

18) Too $hort No Trespassing (Dangerous Music)

19) Kool Keith Love and Danger (Junkadelic Music)

20) WZRD wzrd (Universal Republic)

21) Madlib Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape (Madlib Medicine Show)

22) E-40 Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2 & 3 (Heavy On Grind)

23) De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve (Duck Down)

24) Brother Ali Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

25) Wu-Block Wu-Block (Entertainment One)

26) Death Grips The Money Store (Epic)

27) B.o.B. Strange Clouds (Atlantic)

28) Pep Love Rigmarole (Hieroglyphics Imperium /Clear Label)

29) DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles Kolexxxion (Gracie)

30) Nicki Minaj  Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded (Cash Money)

31) The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde [Expanded Edition] (Delicious Vinyl)

32) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (MB Recordings)

33) Azealia Banks 1991 EP (Interscope)

34) Casual with J-Rawls Respect Game Or Expect Flames (Nature Sounds)

35) Blu & Exile Give My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them (Dirty Science)

36)  Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t (Def Jam)

37) Oddisee People Hear What They See (Mello Music)

38) Masta Ace & MF DOOM MA_Doom: Son of Yvonne (Fat Beats)

39) 9th Wonder & Buckshot The Solution (Duck Down Records)

40) E40 & Too $hort History: Mob Music (Heavy On The Grindl)

41) P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here (Rhymesayers)

42) Vinnie Paz God Of The Serengeti (Enemy Soil)

43) Common The Dreamer, The Believer (Warner)

44) Karriem Riggins Alone LP (Stones Throw)

45) Murs & Fashawn This Generation (Duck Down)

46) Zion I Shadow Boxing (Live Up Records)

47) Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate (Warner Brothers)

48) Moka Only & Chief Crickets (Feelin Music)

49) Flash Bang Grenada 10 Haters (Hellfyre Club)

50) Luckyiam I Love Haters (L-R-G)

51) Lazerbeak Lava Bangers (Doomtree)

52) Lushlife Plateau Vision LP (Western Vinyl)

53) Homeboy Sandman Subject Matter (Stones Throw)

54) Eligh & Amp Live Therapy At 3 ( Legendary Music/Live Up/Traffic)

55) Wiley Evolve Or Be Extinct (Big Dada)

56) Young Jeezy TM-103 (Def Jam)

57) Union Analogtronics(Fat Beats)

58) Del & Parallel Thought Attractive Sins (Parallel Thoughts)

59) Wax Tailor Tales of The Forgotten Melodies (Le Plan Music/Decon)

60) Tajai Machine Language CD (Hieroglyphics Imperium)

61) Curren$y Muscle Car Chronicles CD (DD172)

62)  Opio Vultures Wisdom Vol 2 (Hieroglyphics Imperium /Clear Label)

63) Phesto Dee Background Check (Hieroglyphics Imperium /Clear Label)

64) Tyga  Careless World: Rise Of The La (Cash Money)

65) Maxilla Blue Volume 3 (Galapagos4)

66) Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa  Mac & Devin Go to High School (Atlantic)

67) Lee Bannon Fantastic Plastic (Plug Research)

68) Ecid Werewolf Hologram (Fill In The Breaks)

69) GIft Of Gab The Next Logical Progression  (Quannum Projects)

70) Quakers Quakers (Stones Throw)

71) Casual He Still Think He Raw (Hieroglyphics Imperium)

72) V/A Self Sacrifice (Mello Music Group)

73) Georgia Anne Muldrow & Madlib Seeds (Epistrophik Pea)

74) Obie Trice Bottoms Up (Ingrooves/Black Market Ent.)

75) J Rawls presents Liquid Crystal Liquid Crystal Project 3 (Green Streets Int

74) K-Rek No Roads Can Hold Me (Dyverse Productions)

75) J Dilla "Think Twice" & "E=Mc2" (BBE) 7" single

76) Apollo Brown & OC Brown Trophies (Mello Music/Fat Beats)

77) Notorious B.I.G.  Ready to Die reissue (CNR)

78) I Self Devine The Sound of Low Class America (Rhymesayers)

79) Big K.R.I.T. Return of 4Eva (Greenstreet Ent)

80) KA Grief Pedigree (Iron works)

81)  Dark Time Sunshine ANX (Fake Four Inc)

82) House Shoes Time EP (Tres Records)

83) J Stalin The Body Snatchers (CR)

84) Cadence Weapon Hope In Dirt City (Upper Class Records)

85) BPos Pos Tapes Volume 3 (One League)

86) Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground (Island/Def Jam)

87) Big K.R.I.T. Krit Wuz Here (Green Streets Int)

88) Phonte Charity Starts At Home (Hbd Label Group)

89)  Homeboy Sandman First of a Living Breed (Stones Throw)

90) THEESatisfaction awE naturalE LP (Sub Pop)

91) The Jacka The Sentence ( Siccness)

92) 14 KT A Friendly Game of KT ( A-Side Worldwide/Mello Music) 

93) House Shoes Let It Go (Tres Records) (CDLP)

94) Open Mike Eagle 4NML HSPTL (Fake Four Inc.)

95) GZA Liquid Swords (Deluxe Chessbox Reissue) (Get On Down)

96)  La Coka Nostra Masters of the Dark Arts (Fat Beats)

97) REL Out of View (SWTBRDS)

98) Insane Clown Posse The Mighty Death Pop (Psychopathic)

99) Oh No Ohnomite (Traffic Entertainment)

100) Thavius Beck The Most Beautiful Ugly (Plug Records)

101) Strong Arm Steady Stereo Type (Stones Throw)

102)  Batsauce Starcrossed (Galapagos4)

103) Blu & Exile Maybe One Day EP (Dirty Science/Fat Beats)

104) DJ Khaled Kiss The Ring (Cash Money)

105) V/A Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap Soundtrack (Sony Music)

106) Paul Wall No Sleep Til Houston SMC Recordings

107) Meek Mill Dreams and Nightmares (Warner)

108) Sean Price  Mic Tyson (Duck Down Records)

109) Far East Movement Dirty Bass (Interscope)

110) Xzibit Napalm (Caroline)

111) K'Naan Country, God Or The Girl (Octane/A&M)

112) Prince Paul & DJ P. Forreal Negroes On Ice (The Red Lion Group)

113) Rapsody The Idea of Beautiful (Jamla Records)

114) The Game Jesus Piece (DGC/Interscope)

115) Styles Of Beyond Reseda Beach (Dirty Version Records)

116) Big Boi Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors (Def Jam)

117) The Coup Sorry to Bother You (Anti-)

118)   DJ Nu-Mark Broken Sunlight (Hot Plate Records)

119) E40 & Too $hort  History: Function Music (Heavy On The Grind)

120) Lazerbeak & Edison Kill Switch LP (Fieldwerk)

121) RZA The Man With The Iron Fists Score (Soul Temple Entertainment)

122) Pitbull Global Warming (RCA)

123) Myka 9 & Factor Sovereign Soul (Fake Four Inc.)

124)  Black C Still Ruthless (Rightway)

125)  RBL Posse 20th Anniversary (Rightway Productions)

126)  Guilty Simpson & Apollo Brown Dice Game (Mello Music Group)

127) S3 Supa Soul Shit (Melting Pot Music)

128) Edison Travel Till Tilt (Fieldwerk)

129) Pac Div The Div (RBC)

130) Onra Chino Series Pt 2 (All City)

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