101. The Kid Daytona Ft. Jon Connor – “Copy Copy”
There aren’t very many rappers out there that can rap faster than Flint’s own Jon Connor. The man completely obliterated this record, which only goes to show you how good he is since Daytona wrecked it as well. But Connor just plays on his own field.
102. Chief Keef – “Love Sosa”
Want to see a group of people go into an instantaneous trance? Cue Keef’s runaway hit and watch the crowd go into a zone, mumbling the word-for-word with the Chi-town kid.
103. Brian Ennals – “Newport Music”
Not much has been heard from this DMV rhymer since he had has hyped back at the end of summer. But, after this sincere and lyrically-insane therapy session stayed in rotation for months, we’re still patiently waiting.
104. Action Bronson – “Ron Simmons”
Bronsolinio showed out well for one of wrestling’s most memorable figures…even though the song isn’t really about Ron. Just do what the man says and stop likening him to Tony Starks. DAMN!
105. Starlito Ft. Robin Raynelle – “Post Traumatic Stress”
9 out of 10 times Lito spends time in his rhymes calling women out of their names. But there’s always that one time where he shows total honesty. Here, he weaves a story of deception and surprise so vividly a picture is painted that even Hollywood’s best writers and directors would be envious.
106. Grande Marshall – “Thuggin Shidd Pt. II”
Grande’s yet to turn 20. Yet, he somehow managed to make a track which would have fit perfectly on New York Undercover. This was undoubtedly one of the better marathon rapping moments of 2012. Don’t debate this either.
107. Jarren Benton Ft. Dizzy Wright & Aleon Craft – “Half Ounce, Quarter Pound”
Funk Volume made strides this year. Between the artists, they put out a retail album, an EP, two mixtapes, and signed Jarren Benton, who quickly discovered a latent chemistry with Dizzy Wright. I guess they were bonded over their love for the greenest of leaves.
108. Harry Fraud Ft. French Montana & Action Bronson – “Mean”
Harry Fraud experienced quite the comeuppance this year, bolstered by tracks like the accurately titled “Mean” featuring French and Action. French and Action together on a track and it ends up working out lovely? Yep, leave it to Harry Fraud’s production to be the glue that holds it all together.
109. Japandroids – “The Nights of Wine and Roses”
Forever sounds like your first night drunk at college.
110. Avatar Darko – “Dubai”
“Dubai” saw Avatar Darko indulging in his lavish and luxurious taste by way of the wealthy city, but was notable because he managed to keep it very gutter. The juxtaposition of his two sides are what helped craft an album that I had on repeat all year.
111. Cody ChesnuTT – “What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next)”
When you boast a one album (period) every ten year average, your music better have a certain timelessness to it. On this highlight from his years-in-the-making sophomore album, Landing on a Hundred, electric soul man Cody ChesnuTT cut through urban culture’s obsession with preening and posturing with an earnestness that would have resonated as strongly in 2002 as it did in 2012.
112. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
We’re not rap people. We’re music people. And with good faith, we do hereby proclaim that most of the 2012’s best songs came from R&B as the genre marched back into the mainstream in a strong way, led by the Odd Future singer/songwriter.
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