12 Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

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Big K.R.I.T., Live From the Underground - This Mississippi MC-producer's two mixtapes, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and Return of 4Eva, were better crafted and more thoughtful than most recent rap albums. As long as K.R.I.T. doesn't stray too far from his soulful, Dungeon Family 2.0 sound, we expect his major label debut to be even better. (Photo: Def Jam)

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Big K.R.I.T., Live From the Underground - This Mississippi MC-producer's two mixtapes, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and Return of 4Eva, were better crafted and more thoughtful than most recent rap albums. As long as K.R.I.T. doesn't stray too far from his soulful, Dungeon Family 2.0 sound, we expect his major label debut to be even better. (Photo: Def Jam)

Nas, Life Is Good - If Nas' 10th studio album, Life Is Good, sounds anything like the ice-grilling throwback lead single, "Nasty," fans of grimy, golden-age East Coast hip hop are in for a real treat.    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Nas, Life Is Good - If Nas' 10th studio album, Life Is Good, sounds anything like the ice-grilling throwback lead single, "Nasty," fans of grimy, golden-age East Coast hip hop are in for a real treat.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Rick Ross (@rickyrozay) - TWEET: "new mixtape #richforever drops 3:05pm fridayyy. @livemixtapes"Rozay announces his upcoming mixtape.(Photo: John Ricard/BET)

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Rick Ross (@rickyrozay) - TWEET: "new mixtape #richforever drops 3:05pm fridayyy. @livemixtapes"Rozay announces his upcoming mixtape.(Photo: John Ricard/BET)

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G.O.O.D. Music Friday - On this holiday, everyone is supposed to bow down and pay homage to the "best entertainer of all time," Kanye West. Oddly enough, it's only observed by one person: Kanye, himself.(Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for VEVO)

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Frank Ocean, TBA - Frank Ocean's amazing mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, had Italian mag L'uomo Vogue crowning him the "best R&B lyricist since Prince," influenced established mega-stars like Beyonc? and Brandy and helped him land several guest spots on the album of the year, Jay-Z and Kanye's Watch the Throne. As a result, his 2012 album, by all reports in the finishing stages, will no doubt be one of the most anticipated R&B debuts in recent memory. (Photo: Island Def Jam)

Dr. Dre, Detox - Seven years passed between Dre's first two solo albums, Chronic and 2001, so we knew we'd have to wait a while for the notorious perfectionist's third set. But after 11 years, multiple leaks, rumors and an all-star collaborator list, many people are convinced that Detox won't ever see the light of day.UPDATE: Detox still never came, but Compton did. In 2015, almost 16 years since 2001, Dr. Dre released the critically acclaimed album that landed on the No. 2 spot on the Billboard chart and is already Gold certified.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Dr. Dre, Detox - Seven years passed between Dre's first two solo albums, Chronic and 2001, so we knew we'd have to wait a while for the notorious perfectionist's third set. But after 11 years, multiple leaks, rumors and an all-star collaborator list, many people are convinced that Detox won't ever see the light of day.UPDATE: Detox still never came, but Compton did. In 2015, almost 16 years since 2001, Dr. Dre released the critically acclaimed album that landed on the No. 2 spot on the Billboard chart and is already Gold certified. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

"Addresses" - T.I. recovers from "Cruisin'" by going to war on "Addresses." He's said in interviews that this song is a diss, though he refused to say who it's addressing. Whoever the target is, best believe they're smarting ? Tip lands some major body blows here.    (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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"Addresses" - T.I. recovers from "Cruisin'" by going to war on "Addresses." He's said in interviews that this song is a diss, though he refused to say who it's addressing. Whoever the target is, best believe they're smarting ? Tip lands some major body blows here.   (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

"Black Boy Fly" - This track alone justifies the extra three dollars for the deluxe edition of the album. Kendrick Lamar is at his introspective best, breaking down crabs-in-a-barrel jealousy and poignantly name-dropping Compton heroes the Game and Arron Afflalo over mournful Rhodes chords.   (Photo: Solomon Scott / BET)

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"Black Boy Fly" - This track alone justifies the extra three dollars for the deluxe edition of the album. Kendrick Lamar is at his introspective best, breaking down crabs-in-a-barrel jealousy and poignantly name-dropping Compton heroes the Game and Arron Afflalo over mournful Rhodes chords.   (Photo: Solomon Scott / BET)

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"Pigs" - Another sparse, scary RZA-inspired backdrop brings out one of Tyler's best verbal performances, and one that a lot of folks will be able to relate to. Taking on bullies, he threatens to go Trenchcoat Mafia ? although in light of the Newtown school shooting, it might be way too soon.  (Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

Janelle Monae, TBA - R&B up-and-comer Janelle Monae has vowed to release not just one, but two, albums in 2012. Her last release, The ArchAndroid, was one of the most expansive, other-wordly R&B albums in years; we can't wait to see what universes she'll take us to this time around.  (Photo: Vince Bucci/PictureGroup)

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Janelle Monae, TBA - R&B up-and-comer Janelle Monae has vowed to release not just one, but two, albums in 2012. Her last release, The ArchAndroid, was one of the most expansive, other-wordly R&B albums in years; we can't wait to see what universes she'll take us to this time around. (Photo: Vince Bucci/PictureGroup)

50 Cent, TBA - Fif's upcoming album has been delayed for months amid accusations from the rapper that his label isn't pushing it correctly. That's an ominous sign, but his latest mixtape, The Big 10, contained some of 50's  best music in years, and definitely has us looking forward to whatever the G Unit general does next.   (Photo: John Ricard / BET)

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50 Cent, TBA - Fif's upcoming album has been delayed for months amid accusations from the rapper that his label isn't pushing it correctly. That's an ominous sign, but his latest mixtape, The Big 10, contained some of 50's  best music in years, and definitely has us looking forward to whatever the G Unit general does next. (Photo: John Ricard / BET)