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Top Five Picks for 2012’s Best Rap/Hip Hop Album

As I sit in front of my home computer eating an oversized bag of popcorn, I can’t help but look through my iTunes playlist. It’s packed with 2012’s most outstanding rap/hip-hop albums. Is that the only genre of music I listen to? Not at all–but it seems like the only genre I get the most enjoyment out of nowadays. This year has been really kind to my ears. This year […]


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Digital Delights: 2012’s Dopest Rap/Hip-Hop Mixtapes (Part 3)

We’ve covered the previous seven mixtapes on my list here and here. And now I present to you, my top three rap/hip-hop mixtapes of 2012:   3. Trae Tha Truth, Tha Blackprint – The Texas rap/hip-hop lifestyle infatuates me. I love hearing rappers with a down South drawl rap about candy painted cars, fast women, hard drugs, and sippin’ “lean.” I remember a few years back when any rapper out […]


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Digital Delights: 2012’s Dopest Rap/Hip-Hop Mixtapes (Part 2)

Continuing my countdown of this year’s best rap/hip-hop mixtapes (you can catch Part 1 here), let’s take a look at my next three:   6. Talib Kweli and Z-Trip, Attack The Block – Brooklyn’s most underrated MC (in my opinion) is the great Talib Kweli. He’s capable of spitting some of the most thought provoking rhymes, while still being fun enough to rap about the party life and luxurious women. […]


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Digital Delights: 2012’s Dopest Rap/Hip-Hop Mixtapes (Part 1)

I spent a lot of my free time downloading music this year. My laptop’s hard drive is almost filled to capacity, plus my 20GB iPod (Old School Brick Edition) has no more room for new tunes. Those two problems are huge problems in my eyes because I might not have any space for some of the mixtapes I might have missed, plus I can’t take my recently downloaded music out […]


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Top 40 Electronic/Dance Singles of 2012 (Part 4: 10-1)

To complete my countdown of the best electronic/dance singles of the year (No.40-31 is here, No.30-21 is here, No.20-11 is here) – let’s pick up at number 10.   10) Azari & III – “Reckless With Your Love” In a year when retro house anthems were all the rage, it was an outfit from Canada, a part of the world not usually renowned for its thriving club scene, who produced […]



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Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2012 – (5-1)

Completing our countdown of the best offerings of electronic music for 2012, (20-16 is here, 15-11 is here, 10-6 is here) we’ll pick it up at Number 5:   05) Crystal Castles – III Crystal Castles’ third album might not have assaulted the senses in the same abrasive manner as their first two nightmarish studio efforts, but it was still a beautifully unnerving record. From its themes of dystopia and […]


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Just Let ‘Em Sang: 2012’s Best R&B Songs

Although 2012 was a pretty quiet year on the R&B tip, a few songs from the genre made some noise, so we’d like to pay them respect. Some of you guys might have even forgotten about these songs, since a couple of them weren’t given as much attention as hip-hop/rap this year. As a matter of fact, some of these songs weren’t even given proper radio play. But they still […]


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Hood Harmonies: 2012’s 10 Best Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B Collaborations

Method Man and Mary J. Blige seem to have perfected the rap/hip-hop and R&B synergy better than most. It seems everyone and their mother has heard “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” at least once in their lifetime. True rap/hip-hop and R&B heads look back on this song fondly, and the newer generation is just becoming familiar with the song’s brilliance. In 2012, the dopest […]


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Top 40 Electronic/Dance Singles of 2012 (Part 3: 20-11)

To continue my countdown of the best electronic/dance singles of the year (No.40-31 is here, No.30-21 is here) – let’s pick up at number 20. 20) Jess Mills – “Pixelated People” After collaborating with Breakage on last year’s most hypnotic dubstep anthem, “Fighting Fire,” politician’s daughter Jess Mills proved she could go it alone with a similarly classy blend of rain-soaked synths, sensual melodies and hip-hop samples that suggested Katy […]


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Indie Music Must-Listens of 2012

It’s that time of year again, when we look back at the past year and prepare for the coming one. 2012 was an inspiring year for indie/alternative acts; I don’t know about you, but I found personal favorites in many different musical styles and genres. The thing about indie music is that it’s nearly impossible to make a claim as to who is the best act, for the simple reason […]


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Best Pop Albums of 2012

Over the past few years, it seems pop music in general has slowly emerging from a slump, with the sterile electro-pop sounds and autotune being balanced out by a bit more in the way of folk, rock and acoustic elements. This growing diversity of sound is reflected in some of this 2012’s best pop albums, as you’ll see in my list below. It was actually a bit difficult to put […]


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Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2012 – (10-6)

Continuing our countdown of the best offerings of electronic music for 2012, (20-16 is here, 15-11 is here) let’s pick it up at Number 10: 10) Polica – Give You The Ghost Containing so much AutoTune that it makes T-Pain sound organic, the debut album from Minneapolis five-piece Polica should have been a strangely cold and mechanical experience. But although Channy Leaneagh’s ethereal tones were drowned in studio trickery, Give […]


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Best Country Albums of 2012

2012 was really a year for the guys, as far as country music is concerned. While the females seem to have dominated the spotlight in recent years, male acts have dominated the country charts this year—and for good reason. On my list of best country albums for 2012, you’ll find quite a few of them, especially the up-and-coming younger guys, who I believe are set to shape the future of […]


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Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2012 – (15-11)

Continuing our countdown of the best offerings of electronic music for 2012, let’s pick it up at Number 15:   15) How To Dress Well – Total Loss Bodies splashing into the sea, eulogies to lost loved ones, tales of anguish and heartbreak, Brooklyn producer Tom Krell’s second effort under the guise of How To Dress Well wasn’t exactly the most gleeful record of the year. But amidst its overwhelming […]


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