Top 20 Albums of 2012

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  • 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
  • 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

G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer

Many were disappointed with this breathlessly hyped album, which was much less consistent and focused than most helmed by Kanye West. But it produced five of the year's most undeniable bangers—"New God Flow," "Cold," "Clique," the "I Don't Like" remix and, of course, "Mercy"—probably more than any other album on this list. If anything, the project let some fans down because these amazing songs leaked before the rest of the album. Call it a casualty of hype.

(Photo: G.O.O.D. Music)

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