The Ten Best New York City Rap Albums of 2012

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4. EL-P, Cancer 4 Cure

EL-Producto's top-to-toe production work on Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music might have somewhat overshadowed his own solo offering for 2012, but Cancer 4 Cure endures as his most convincing and gutsy album yet. The spin-off visuals also contributed to the esteemed canon of hip hop puppeteering.

3. Action Bronson & Party Supplies, Blue Chips

Flushing Meadows Park deserves a triple life-size sterling statue of Bronsolini and Party Supplies while "Pouches Of Tuna" plays out loud on constant repeat.

2. Roc Marciano, Reloaded

Roc Marciano might spend some of his days on the west coast now, but as he put it when I interviewed him about pressing matters like Shiela E and Riesling wine, Reloaded is the direct product of his New York years. At times Roc Marcy's raps play out like scenes from a pulp action movie yet to be filmed: The Fendi trench-coat and 12-gauge incident that closes out the first verse of "76" is majestic. Forget the hullabaloo about Kendrick Lamar's album -- Reloaded is the year's most cinematic rap experience.

Its spectacular vividness comes from its restraint.

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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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