Well 2012 was a great year for music. Get a taste of what I’m raving about and listen to Hip-Hop & Her Family’s Best-Of-2012 show here.

Top 15 Albums
(in alphabetical order)

Dreams Don’t Sleep 

San Francisco natives Miss Haze, G-OFF, Mikos and The Whooligan. Heavy Bay Area slap plus electronic/dubstep/triphop. Both laid back and hyped. My favorite tracks were “I Think Too Much,” “Infinite Potential Pt. 1” and “Tiki Tiki” feat. Zumbi of Zion I.

Big K.R.I.T.
Live from the Underground

Mississippi’s young lyrical mastermind. Technically it’s his debut album, but it’s more like a sophomore album considering the quality of his mixtape The Return of 4eva. My favorites on the album are “I Got This,” “What You Mean” and “Hydroplaning” featuring Devin The Dude. 

The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2 & 3

Business as usual for Bay Area hip-hop’s prolific father-figure. Fresh, funky and gangsta as f*ck. Three albums in one. A couple of my favorites are “Bust Moves” featuring Droop-E and Omeezy, and “Over Here” featuring Too Short and Droop-E.

Something Else 

Killer debut from Ghana’s Azonto king. Dance music at its finest. My favorites are “One Ghana (For Your Pocket)” and “Obuu Mo.”

Georgia Ann Muldrow  

LA’s singer/writer/musician delivers another timeless classic. My favorites are definitely “Husfriend” and “Kali Yuga.”

Garrison Hawk

Jamaican heavy-weight producers Robbie & Sly team up with dancehall singer Garrison Hawk. Genre-bending positive vibes. My favorites are “Sweet Music,” “What She Wants” and “Save My Life.” Listen to Garrison Hawk interviewed on Hip-Hop & Her Family here.  

Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang 
En Yay Sah

Sierra Leon meets Brooklyn. All the tracks are killers, but my favorites are definitely “Eh Mane Ah,” “Somebody” and “Ro Lungi.”

Grief Pedigree

Hailing from Brownsville, Brooklyn rapper and producer Ka’s solid-as-rock debut. My favorites would have to be “Decisions,” “No Down Time” and “Cold Facts.” Read my interview with Ka on OkayPlayer

Mental Maintenance

Jamaica’s rising reggae/dancehall star. Both soulful and sexy tunes. The best tracks on the album are definitely “Do Sum’n,”Simple Song,” “Jah Love Me” and party anthem “Gal Bubble.”

Mac Mall 
Rebellion Against All There Is

Vallejo California’s legend. Revolutionary pimp slap. The title track has a powerful video and I love the song “Everything.”

Machel Montano  
Double M

Trinidad’s king of Soca. Epic carnival anthems galore. The favorites definitely are “Bottle of Rum,” “Mr. Fete” and “Vibes Cyah Done.

Masia One
Bootleg Culture

Canadian hip-hop meets dancehall. Take back the culture. My favorites are “Alright OK,” “Number One” and “Warriors Tongue.”

Listen to my interview with Masia One here.

Ruste Juxx & The Arcitype

Two NYC underground legends team up for a hard-hitting and uplifting masterpiece. My favorites are “She Get It In” featuring Genius, “Jump Start It” featuring DJ Slipwax, Jaysaun, Planet Asia & R.A. The Rugged Man and “Something Outta Hopeless” featuring Aisling Peartree.

Snow The Product
Good Nights & Bad Mornings

Okay technically this isn’t a album, it’s a mixtape. But I had to put it on the list, just because I listen to it so much. Snow Tha Product out of Fort Worth, Texas. My favorites have to be “F*ck Your Phone,” “Damn It” and “Cookie Cuttter Bitches.”

awE naturalE

Seattle-based R&B/Neo-Soul/Hip-Hop duo Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Out of this world and down to earth. My favorite tracks are “Needs,” “Sweat,” “Bitch” and “God.

Top Five Videos 
(in alphabetical order)

Genesis Be “Breakfast With Klean Beatz”

G Stats ft. Billy Da Kid & Bobo Saw

Killer Mike “Reagan”

Saigon ft. Styles P “Not Like Them”

Too $hort “What The F*ck”

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