The Ten Best New York City Rap Albums of 2012

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7. Various Artists, Luv NY

Helmed by Bronx-born producer Ray West, Luv NY is a slightly-aging Big Apple supergroup of sorts, with Kool Keith, Roc Marcy, Kurious, and D.I.T.C. alumni A.G. and O.C. hopping on and off tracks. It's a curious listen at times, half existing in a short-term time-warp back to the '90s and half coming across like some secret rap club where the MCs pass through on a whim and drop verses as much to impress each other as in any hope that the wider world will ever hear them. Best kept secret status.

6. Meyhem Lauren, Respect The Fly Shit

Food rap! Whether hip-hop music that invokes hearty references to the fine dining scene evolves into a genuine movement or peters out as a flash in the pan, Queens vet Meyhem Lauren nevertheless dropped one hell of a fearsome rap album with Respect The Fly Shit. Now pass that consommé.

5. Homeboy Sandman, First Of A Living Breed

It's a rare treat to hear a rap record from an artist still so openly in love with the art form and its roots, but that's the charm of Homeboy Sandman's full-length Stones Throw debut. Odes to hip-hop's birth blocks ("Cedar & Sedgwick") snuggle up to clever laments on the nature of fame ("Not Really"), and by the time the album closes with the perky "Let's Get 'Em," Homeboy Sand's humble everyman rap fan persona has won you over. For 2013: Homeboy Sandman for mayor, anyone?


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TrickyKid2
TrickyKid2

@dmittelman @stinch187 Congratulations (and Merry Christmas) but their might be some confusion. Did you see my original statement?

The_Unflattered
The_Unflattered

@TrickyKid2 @villagevoice @MrChuckD @Scott_Ian Because mainstream hip hop is mannerist, “follow-the-leader”, homogenized trash.

TrickyKid2
TrickyKid2

@The_Unflattered Agreed, but how can that still explain such an atrocious oversight. The @villagevoice isn't in business to be irrelevant.

The_Unflattered
The_Unflattered

@TrickyKid2 the VV hasn’t been relevant for 20 years.

TrickyKid2
TrickyKid2

@The_Unflattered Such an appalling omission such as this certainly suggests so.

TrickyKid2
TrickyKid2

@soundofthecity @villagevoice Appears u over looked Public Enemy because their older. Put out TWO full-lengths that r relevant & untouchable

TrickyKid
TrickyKid

Based on this list it appears you over looked Public Enemy because they are older. However they released not one but TWO full-lengths this year that are relevant and basically untouchable.

PhotoRob
PhotoRob

@PhillipMlynar nice mayne

chriscolumbus212
chriscolumbus212

where's 360 outta Queens? He put out one of the best albums all year.

AlexandeRichter
AlexandeRichter

@PhillipMlynar well done on the obligatory year end list Phillip.

PhillipMlynar
PhillipMlynar

@AlexandeRichter Now back to waiting on Metal Clergy...

DARTparker
DARTparker

@therealelp - @BrownsvilleKa is in good company!

breakinbreadLDN
breakinbreadLDN

@PhillipMlynar Great list, need to check the Ka album (not heard of it, the *shame*). I really liked the Beneficence album on Ill Adrenaline

PhillipMlynar
PhillipMlynar

@breakinbreadLDN It's available on ye olde fashioned vinyl too, which is always appreciated.

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