2012 had its fair share of breakout rap stars and defining hip-hop moments. Now, that the year is nearly a wrap, we took a look at some of major “best of” lists to see which rappers really impacted hip-hop and pop culture. As we examined the evidence there was one name that popped up time and time again. Whether it was Complex, Pitchfork, or Spin, Kendrick’s “Hiiipower” rap abilities and unforgettable album, Good kid, m.A.A.d City were everywhere. There were some other big names that had impact, so while you sit back this weekend let us know if you agree with these lists.

Check out some of the best “year end of list highlights” from Spin, Complex, RollingStone, Fader, Pitchfork and more after the jump…


Spin’s Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012
1) Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City
Killer Mike – RAP Music #2
Future – Pluto #4
Action Bronson – Blue Chips $5
Roc Mariciano – Reloaded #6
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday #7
Gunplay – 106 and Snort #10
Big Krit – Live from the Underground #11
Ab Soul – Control System #12
Meek Mill – Dreams & Nightmares #15
Rick Ross -God Forgives #17
2 Chainz Based on a Tru Story #25
Nas – Life Is Good #33
Trinidad James – Safe #34
Azealia Banks – 1991 #37

Hip-HopDX’s Year End Awards 2012
Emcee of the Year – Kendrick Lamar
Producer of the Year – Alchmeist
Tour of the Year – Drake’s Club Paradise Tour
Comeback of the Year – Juicy J
Disappointing album of the Year – Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday 2
Rising Star of the Year – Joey Bada$$
Story of the Year – Mobb Deep breaks up in Twitter
Collaboration of the Year – “Mercy” by Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Pusha T
Album of the Year – Good Kid, madd City
Video of the Year – Nas “Daughters”

Complex’s 50 Best Albums of 2012
1) Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – Amazon
2) Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
3) Rick Ross – Rich Forever
4) Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
5) Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
6) Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
7) Ka – Grief Pedigree
8) Wiz Khalifa – Taylor Allderdice
9) Future – Pluto
10) El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
11) Grimes – Visions
12) Nas – Life is Good
13) Beach House – Bloom
14) Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 2
15) Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House

Pitchfork’s Best 50 Albums of 2012
1) Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – Amazon
2) Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
3) Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
4) Tame Impala – Lonerism
5) Swans – The Seer
6) Grimes – Visions
7) Beach House – Bloom
8) Chromatics – Kill for Love
9) Death Grips – The Money Store
10) Grizzly Bear – Shields
11) Japandroids – Celebration Rock
12) Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
13) Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
14) Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
15) Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

RollingStone’s 50 greatest hip-hop songs
1) Sugarhill Gang, ‘Rapper’s Delight’
2) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, ‘The Message’
3) Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force, ‘Planet Rock’
4) Run-DMC, ‘Sucker M.C.’s’
5) Geto Boys, ‘Mind Playing Tricks on Me’
6) Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg, ‘Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang’
7) Public Enemy, ‘Fight the Power’
8) Notorious B.I.G., ‘Juicy’
9) N.W.A, ‘Straight Outta Compton’
10) Eric B. and Rakim, ‘Paid in Full’

VillageVoice’s 10 Best NYC Rap Albums of 2012
1. Ka, Grief Pedigree
2. Roc Marciano, Reloaded
3. Action Bronson & Party Supplies, Blue Chips
4. EL-P, Cancer 4 Cure
5. Homeboy Sandman, First Of A Living Breed
6. Meyhem Lauren, Respect The Fly Shit
8. Sean Price, Mic Tyson
7. Various Artists, Luv NY
8. Sean Price, Mic Tyson
9. Joey Bada$$, 1999
10. Children Of The Night, Queens… Revisited

Fader’s List Mania

Top 24 Sleaziest Weeknd Lyrics, Ranked in Order of Sleaziness
1. I ain’t lied to nobody but me, and you, and me, but you especially
2. Can we take this to your spot? I’m on eviction number two
3. You are my favorite one night stand
4. Come to my appointment
5. Baby, you’re my Dairy Queen/ Watch you make my baby cream

Top Three Things Critics Said about Kanye West’s Fashion Line
3. “Next season, Kanye should get a tailor so clothes might fit.” -Cathy Horyn
2. “In short, it was dreadful.” -Robin Givhan
1. “Kanye West’s fashion debut was rap with a capital C.” -Lisa Armstrong

Top Three Raps About Naps
1. Got racks on racks on racks, naps on naps on naps. -Wiz Khalifa, “Racks (Remix)”
2. Real hustlers don’t sleep, we taking naps. -Juicy J, “Real Hustler’s Don’t Sleep”
3. Some slept on me, other niggas took a nap. -ASAP Rocky, “Out of this World”
Top Five Frank Ocean Lyrics That Sound Like Excerpts of Dialog From The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
1. The entire earth is fighting, all the world is at its end
2. Baby, I still got one bullet left in my nine
3. I can’t feel my face. What are we smoking anyway?
4. I woulda put tints on my windows but what’s the difference
5. You let yourself inside with no respect for privacy

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