The Top 20 Hip Hop albums of 2012 according to DJ Premier

To kick off 2013, DJ Premier revisits 2012 listing his top 20 favorite albums from the last 12 months.
Every time we venture into a new year, revisiting the past one reminds of us just how much great music actually hit the scene in 2012. After naming our top albums of the year along with our top mixtapes of the year, and even the most anticipated, we now see what DJ Premier thought about 2012.

Every year DJ Premier lists out his top 20 favorite albums of the year prior, and this list is just as impressive as the list. With a good mixture of mainstream and underground, this list is certainly dynamic, and shows that there is still great music coming from a large list of artists.

Check out the full list of DJ Premier’s top 20 albums of 2012 below.

20. Torae – Off The Record

19. Saigon – Greatest Story Never Told Pt. 2: Breads And Circuses

18. Slaughterhouse – Welcome To Our House

17. Skyzoo – A Dream Deferred

16. Masta Ace & MF DOOM – MA_DOOM: Son Of Yvonne

15. Roc Marciano – Reloaded

14. 9th Wonder & Buckshot – The Solution

13. Public Enemy – Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp

12. Vinnie Paz – Gods Of The Serengeti

11. Lil Fame & Termanology – Fizzyology

10. Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t

09. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city

08. Action Bronson & Alchemist – Rare Chandeliers

07. 9th Wonder & Murs – The Final Adventure

06. Sean Price – Mic Tyson

05. Wu-Block – Wu-Block

04. Showbiz & A.G. – Mugshot Music (Preloaded)

03. Nas – Life Is Good

02. DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – Kolexxxion

01. O.C. & Apollo Brown – Trophies

Honorable Mentions: Mayhem Lauren “Mandatory Brunch Meetings”, Fresh Vetz “The Tape Effect”, Killer Mike “R.A.P. Music”, Nutso “Behind These Bars”, Craig G. “Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man”, Big Shug “I.M.4Eva”, La Coka Nostra “Masters Of The Dark Arts”, Ice Water (aka WOADAH) “Holy Water”, Bishop Lamont “The Layover”, 1982 “2012″, Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson “Dice Game”, Large Professor “Professor @ Large”.