The Best of Underground Hip-Hop

As promised, here’s my list of what I deem as the best hip-hop songs of 2012. I spent quite a few hours putting this list together, so I’m hoping you like it as much as I do. I’ve already posted and reviewed about 95% of these songs throughout the year, so if you want to give a song a listen and read my commentary on it just click on the link for any of the songs. Looking back on last year I’ve only now started to realize just how fuckin’ incredible 2012 was for hip-hop. So many new talents, so many new classics. I just hope the current state of hip-hop continues in this positive direction.

1) ¡MAYDAY! - Roaches

2) Kendrick Lamar - Cartoon & Cereal

3) ScHoolboy Q - Sacrilegious

4) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (ft. Mary Lambert)

5) Public Enemy - Everything

6) Mac Miller – Of The Soul (Remix) (ft. Posdnous & Raekwon)

7) Killer Mike – Reagan (Prod. by El-P)

8) Blu - Alone (prod. by L’Orange)

9) Tech N9ne – Blur (ft. Wrekonize)

10) Copywrite – J.O.Y. (ft. Jason Rose & Torae)

11) Rapsody – When I Have You (ft. Nomsa Mazwai)

12) Chief Keef - I Don’t Like (Remix) (ft. Pusha T, Kanye West, Big Sean & Jadakiss)

13) Kendrick Lamar - Money Trees (ft. Jay Rock)

14) ¡MAYDAY! – Darker Shades

15) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop (ft. Wanz)

16) Kendrick Lamar – War Is My Love

17) Killer Mike – Big Beast (ft. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble)

18) De La Soul – Must B The Music

19) Vinnie Paz – Cheesesteaks

20) Kendrick Lamar - Sing About Me

21) Kristoff Krane – Becoming Great

22) Danny Brown – Grown Up

23) A$AP Rocky – 1 Train (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)

24) DJ Khaled - Hip Hop feat. Nas, Scarface & DJ Premier

25) DMX – Y’all Niggaz Bounce

26) Blu & Exile – Growing Pains (ft Johaz & Fashawn)

27) ASAP Rocky – Palace

28) Brother Ali – Work Everyday

29) ¡Mayday! – Everything’s Everything

30) Asher Roth – The World Is Not Enough

31) Freddie Gibbs – Kush Cloud (ft. Krayzie Bone & Spaceghostpurrp)

32) Big Boi - Cpu (ft. Phantogram)

33) Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)

34) Mac Miller – Vitamins

35) Apollo Brown & O.C. – Prove Me Wrong

36) Ab-Soul - Pineal Gland

37) Big Boi – Shoes For Running (Feat. B.O.B. & Wavves)

38) Blu & Exile – O Heaven

39) Slaughterhouse – Goodbye

40) Oddisee – Ready To Rock

41) Freeway – Sweet Temptations (ft. Nikki Jean)

42) El-P – Stay Down (ft. Nick Diamonds)

43) ¡MAYDAY! – Devil On My Mind

44) Jon Connor – Til I Collapse

45) Pacewon & Mr. Green - Ever Since

46) Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson – Nasty (ft. Planet Asia)

47) Big K.R.I.T. – If I Fall (ft. Melanie Fiona)

48) Earl Sweatshirt – Chum

49) Hopsin - Ill Mind of Hopsin 5

50) Odd Future – Oldie

51) Action Bronson - 9-24-11

52) Pacewon & Mr. Green - My Song (ft. Rival)

53) Ab-Soul – Terrorist Threats (ft. Danny Brown and Jhene Aiko)

54) ScHoolboy Q - Hands On The Wheel (ft. A$AP Rocky)

55) Thomax – Fire For The People (Remix) (ft. Blue Scholars)

56) Aesop Rock – BMX (ft. Blueprint & Rob Sonic)

57) Arima Ederra – Questions (ft. Blu)

58) SpaceGhostPurrp – Suck a Dick (2012 Afterparty)

59) RZA & Flatbush Zombies - Just Blowin’ In The Wind

60) Ab-Soul - Empathy (ft. Alori Joh & JaVonte’)

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