Top 20 Albums of 2012

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  • Brandy, Two Eleven
  • Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
  • Nas, Life Is Good
  • Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
  • Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
  • Top 20 Albums of 2012
  • Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire
  • Usher, Looking 4 Myself
  • Maybach Music Group, Self Made 2
  • Meek Mill, Dreams and Nightmares
  • Big Boi, Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors
  • Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer
  • KA, Grief Pedigree
  • Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music
  • 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story
  • T.I., Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head
  • Game, Jesus Piece
  • Rihanna, Unapologetic
  • Schoolboy Q

Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Frank Ocean’s first studio set is one of the best R&B debuts in years—even the Grammys know it. His raw vocals, progressive musical vision and, above all, his deeply personal songwriting breathed life and perspective into a genre that was growing increasingly safe, shallow and stodgy.

(Photo: DEF Jam Records)

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