Top 12 rappers of 2012.
The year 2012 no doubt blessed us with a lot of dope songs from the best in the rap game. And just like the 12 disciples you bet your’s truly has been following their careers- the ups and downs, rumors and shocking revelations, glits and glamour, the dope and the straight up ratchet.
ROCNation, YMCMB and MMG held the music industry hostage, no ransome.
At the homefront CHOC city, EME, Storm Records and some other labels kept hiphop alive.
These are the 12 rappers that really shook the industry this year, in no particular order.
-The Throne: This is what happens when Superman joins forces with IronMan. Jay Z and Kanye West team up to produce what is arguably the year’s most classy album. Rap’s Power couples with Beyonce and Kim Kardashian respectively. You can’t help but hate them, just a little for having it all.
-Rick Ross: Certified Boss and unarguably the industries most hard-working hustler at the moment. Not even two back to back seizures could hold him back. Touring globally, and also making a stop here in Africa only to release his controversial Hold Me Back Nigeria video shoot. No stranger to beef, at the BET awards he engaged in a backstage brawl with Young Jeezy. He also established his MMG team, including 9ja’s very own, Wale.
-Lil Wayne- Critically acclaimed Best lyricist in the rap game at the moment, Lil Tunechi as he’s called proves he’s here to resuscitate the hip hop he’s blamed to have “deaded.” Bringing his young money crew along, almost every track he touched this year he has scorched.
-Nicki Minaj- Hate her, Love her you can’t help but pay her attention. If the lyrics don’t get you, her booty sure will. She has taken feMCing to the pinnacle like no other. Crossing every sacred borderline with her music, fashion and stage performances, She is undisputably the best thing to happen to the female industry, shutting down all competition. And she does this all for her “Barbs.”
-Drake: October’s Very Own, Drake remains the hook-monster. The young money’s heir to the throne has blessed more features this year than any other. Diced Pineapples, No Lie, Amen, F*cking Problems, are just some of the big hits he blessed. Always in and out of relationships, he also had an ugly club scene bottle-throwing bout with Chris brown, I think we all know what that was about.
-Kendrick Lamar: Another artist that debutted heavily this year under the aeges of AfterMath records. Dr Dre’s proud protege so you bet his productive prominence can’t go wrong.
-Vector tha Viper: YSG’s golden boy dominated the Nigerian rap industry this year, gracing several dance songs and dropping his critically acclaimed BarRacks mixtape, if u missed it, go cop that. A lyrical viper in Jay z’s footsteps, his video with Mavado is currently sitting on charts. His recently released sophomore album The Second Coming is fast scoring good points.
-Phenom: Knighthouse General as he’s popularly called is no doubt the future. With energetic flows, mad hooks and banging beat, he’s literarily busting up the charts. Watch out for this one.
-BlackMagic: One third of the three wise men from Syndicate records, Blackmagic is the business. His style is unique and can only best be described by him. Tracks like Rainbow, Confam and Repete have become favorite serenades especially to the ladies.
Olamide: Following in Dagrin’s footsteps Olamide has taken yoruba rap to the next level. His YBNL album is arguably the best rap album this year, even his slangs are all over the streetz. With no signs of slowing down, the best is only to be expected.
Phyno- This Ibo boy is no doubt the hottest thing from the east right now. Lacing the hooks to some of the finest tracks and also dropping heavy bars. Watch out for this cat.
Eva Alordiah- Some would call her 9ja Nicki Minaj for her colorful style. She’s definitely all that and a bag of chips. A tripple threat in every meaning of the tag. Her latest video, a parody animation Big-Biggie has gone viral. Her creative ingenuity must be appreciated for just what it is… genuine.
So many other rappers generated a lot of buzz this year, feel free to mention your favorites.
Can’t wait to see what nexr year holds.in store. Like Hov would say, now we On to the Next One.