Hardwood Blacktop’s 2012 Hip Hop Awards: The 100 Quintessential Rap Songs of 2012

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Best of 2012
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No end of the year list is ever quite as dubious as a “Best Songs of the Year” list.  Sure, even one’s list of favorite albums or mixtapes is entirely subjective, but there are millions of songs released on an annual basis, and to try and pare down that much music to a list of a hundred “best” songs at the end of the year is an impossible task, even for a committee.  For an individual it’s laughable.  Please acknowledge that there are easily a couple hundred songs I probably heard this year and have since forgot, and that there are probably a few thousand others I didn’t hear at all.  Nevertheless, here are the Undisputed Best 100 Rap Songs of 2012 (unless you were to ask me or anyone else again tomorrow).  I broke them into tiers rather than numbering them or putting them in entirely random order.

100 songs from 2012

Tier 1
Future (prod by Mike Will Made It) – Neva End
Young Giftz featuring Tree (prod by Tree) – Nino
SL Jones (prod by DJ Burn One) – Per Say
Kendrick Lamar featuring Gunplay (prod by THC) – Cartoons & Cereal
ScHoolboy Q featuring A$AP Rocky (prod by Best Kept Secret) – Hands On The WHeel
Curren$y (prod by Cardo) – Showroom
Future (prod by Mike Will Made It) – Turn On The Lights
Mikkey Halsted (prod by Traxster) – Butterfly Effect
Meek Mill (prod by Boi-1da) – Traumatized
GOOD Music (prod by Lifted, Mike Dean, Kanye West, & Hudson Mohawk) – Mercy
SpaceGhostPurrp & Robb Bank$ (prod by SpaceGhostPurrp) – Bend Ova Like That
Kendrick Lamar (prod by T-Minus) – Swimming Pools (Drank)
King Louie (prod by C-Sick) – Val Venis
2 Chainz (prod by DJ Mustard) – I’m Different
SpaceGhostPurrp (prod by SpaceGhostPurrp) – Tha Black God
Meek Mill featuring Big Sean (prod by Jahlil Beats) – Burn
Big K.R.I.T. (prod by Big K.R.I.T.) – Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Ka (prod by Ka) – Vessel
2Chainz – Crack
Lil Ugly Mane (prod by Shawn Kemp) – Throw Dem Gunz
Tree (prod by Tree) – All
Future featuring Diddy & Ludacris (prod by Sonny Digital) – Same Damn Time (remix)
Nas & Scarface (prod by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) – Hip Hop
Amber London (prod by SpaceGhostPurrp) – Low MF Key
Kendrick Lamar featuring Dr. Dre (prod by Scoop DeVille) – The Recipe
Tier 2
Denzel Curry & Soulja Mook (prod by DJ Killa C) – Blvcklvnd Souljas
Roc Marciano (prod by Roc Marciano) – Tek To A Mack
Meek Mill featuring Drake (prod by Jahlil Beats & Key Wane) – Amen
Tree (prod by Tree) – Rounds On Me
Chief Keef featuring 50 Cent & Wiz Khalifa (prod by Young Chop & Dougie) – Hate Being Sober
Killer Mike (prod by El-P) – Don’t Die
Kendrick Lamar (prod by Tabu) – The Art of Peer Pressure
Rittz (prod by DJ Burn One) – Injury
Gunplay (prod by DJ Speedy) – Jump Out
SL Jones (prod by DJ Burn One) – S.L.A.B.
2Chainz ft. Drake (prod by Mike Will Made It)- No Lie
Pusha T featuring The Dream (prod by RicoBeats) – Exodus 23:1
Earl Sweatshirt (prod by Pharell) – Chum
Meek Mill (prod by All Star) – Ready or Not
Jackie Chain featuring Ricky Fontaine (prod by DJ Burn One) – Windows
Nacho Picasso (prod by Blue Sky Black Death) – Tom Hanks
Kendrick Lamar featuring Jay Rock (prod by DJ Dahi) – Money Trees
Troy Ave (prod by Burd & Keyz) – Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang
Gene The Southern Child (prod by Parallel Thought) – Viewer Discretion Advised
Gunplay (prod by Morris Brothers) – Bible On The Dash
Nacho Picasso (prod by Blue Sky Black Death) – Bloody Murder
Eddy Baker featuring Ethelwulf (prod by Sky Lex)- West Side Dirty South Klash ’91
Mr. MFN eXquire (prod by Dot Da Genius) – Cari Zalloni
Rick Ross featuring Drake & French Montana (prod by Chuck Inglish) – Stay Schemin’
Lil Ugly Mane (prod by Shawn Kemp) – Uneven Compromise
 Tier 3
Big Boi ft UGK & Big K.R.I.T. (prod by Organized Noize, Big Boi, & Chris Carmouche) – Gossip
Nell & Ethelwulf (prod by DJ Killa C) – Pistol Grip Pump
ST 2 Lettaz (prod by Block Beataz)- Trill 2 Da Bone
Jackie Chain featuring Bun B & K.R.I.T. (prod by Big K.R.I.T.) – Parked Outside
Tree (prod by Tree) – 50
SL Jones (prod by DJ Burn One – HellaTrillAF
Grandmilly featuring Vanzetti (prod by Grandmilly)- See You In Hell
Mr. MFN eXquire (prod by SpaceGhostPurrp) – Aggin Laer
Curren$y & Styles P (prod by Harry Fraud) – WOH
Killer Mike (prod by El-P) – Willie Burke Sherwood
Key Nyata (prod by Blue Sky Black Death) – Suicide Capital
Roc Marciano (prod by Roc Marciano) – Thugs Prayer Pt. 2
Chief Keef (prod by Young Chop) – Love Sosa
Open Mike Eagle featuring Has-Lo (prod by Awkward- Backpack Past
Mikkey Halsted (prod by Young Chop & Don Cannon) – Voices (PTSD)
Lil Ugly Mane (prod by Shawn Kemp) – Bitch I’m Lugubrious
Grandmilly featuring AJ Suede (prod by Grandmilly) – Muddy Water 1990
Big K.R.I.T. (prod by Big K.R.I.T.) – Down and Out
Meek Mill featuring Kendrick Lamar (prod by SykSense) – A1 Everything
Ca$h Out (prod by DJ Spinz) – Cashin’ Out
Nacho Picasso (prod by Blue Sky Black Death) – Rammin’
ScHoolboy Q (prod by Sounwave) – THere He Go
Young L (prod by Young L) – Automated Oceans
Kendrick Lamar featuring MC Eiht (prod by Sounwave, THC, Terrace Martin) – m.A.A.d City
Jackie Chain (prod by Diplo) – First Love

Tier 4

Lil Reese (prod by Young Chop) – Us

Ab-Soul (prod by Tae Beast) – Pineal Gland
Chris Travis & Amber London (prod by FrostTheWaveGod) – When We Ride
Tree (prod by Tree) – Die
Ethelwulf & Yung Raw (prod by Konflict OD)- Black Magic
Jackie Chain (prod by Sonny Digital) – Numbers
Big Boi (prod by Chris Carmouche & Tre Luce) – She Said OK
MMG ft. Gunplay & Kendrick Lamar (prod by Lee Major) – Power Circle
Mikkey Halsted & Pusha T (prod by Young Chop) – Momma In My Ear
Chief Keef featuring Lil Reese (prod by Young Chop) – I Don’t Like
Rick Ross featuring Meek Mill (prod by The Beat Bully) – So Sophisticated
Lil Ugly Mane (prod by Shawn Kemp) – Breeze ‘Em Out
Denzel Curry & Supa Sortahuman (prod by Raven Miyagi) – 1017 Goons
E-40 ft. YG, IAmSu, & Problem – Function
Troy Ave (prod by Bayroo Burner) – Snow
Lil Ugly Mane (prod by Shawn Kemp) – Slick Rick
Mr. MFN eXquire (prod by Blue Sky Black Death) – The Message 1&2
Roc Marciano (prod by Roc Marciano) – Wee Ill
Troy Ave (prod by Sire & Jovonn of RMG) – Red Cup
Nas featuring Large Professor (prod by No ID) – Loco-Motive
Ka (prod by Ka) – Collage
El-P (prod by El-P) – For My Upstairs Neighbor
A$AP Rocky (prod by Hit-Boy) – Goldie
Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz (prod by Kenoe) – Beez In The Trap
Billy Woods (prod by A.M. Breakups) – Duck Hunt
  1. hector doepos says:

    this is the best list i’ve seen anywhere. on anything.. very happy to see lil ugly mane/shawn kemp tracks… hes really underrated… thank you

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