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Personal Favorite Album Releases of 2012

Not a “best of” list, as these selections are completely subjective. I don’t understand how one can rank music anyhow. What is presented below are my personal favorite album releases over the past year. It’s not the most eclectic list, as you’ll see it’s extremely hip-hop heavy. However, each of these releases feature artists who are honest and not afraid to put themselves out there, and as a result I found myself personally connected to these projects. They kept finding their way into my CD player or iPod. Speaking of CD’s, over the year I’ve found that instead of purchasing albums via iTunes or Amazon MP3, I’ve been returning to purchasing the physical releases. Let me hold it in my hands! I want to feel the packaging!

Thank you to the following sixteen artists who inspired me over the year:

The Coup - Sorry To Bother You
PURCHASE ‘SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

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Oddisee - People Hear What They See
PURCHASE ‘PEOPLE HEAR WHAT CAN SEE

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Bambu - One Rifle Per Family
PURCHASE ‘ONE RIFLE PER FAMILY

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Beach House - Bloom
PURCHASE ‘BLOOM

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Blu & Exile - Flowers
PURCHASE ‘GIVE ME MY FLOWERS WHILE I CAN STILL SMELL THEM

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Bonnie - Slipstream

PURCHASE ‘SLIPSTREAM

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Brother Ali - Mourning
PURCHASE ‘MOURNING IN AMERICA AND DREAMING IN COLOR

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Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano
PURCHASE ‘SOLO PIANO II

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Danny! - Payback
PURCHASE ‘PAYBACK

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Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
PURCHASE ‘CHANNEL ORANGE

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Homeboy Sandman - First of a Living Breed
PURCHASE ‘FIRST OF A LIVING BREED

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Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid Maad City
PURCHASE ‘GOOD KID M.A.A.D CITY

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Killer Mike - RAP Music
PURCHASE ‘R.A.P. MUSIC

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Macklmore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
PURCHASE ‘THE HEIST

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Masta Ace - Son of Yvonne
PURCHASE ‘SON OF YVONNE

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Robert Glasper - Black Radio
PURCHASE ‘BLACK RADIO