Best Hip Hop Artists of 2012


The Top Ten

1 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching more.

Had the best year by far in 2012. I love Eminem, but he can't be the number one hip-hop artist of 2012 when he didn't even release anything that year. It just doesn't make sense, no disrespect to the legend Eminem though

Obviously the best artist no question. Nobody is as talented

Just listen to Cruel Summer!
To the world Ft. R Kelly
I don't like Ft. Good Music
He is amazingly genius lyricist and great with word-play.
And what is Lil Wayne and Drake doing here?
Eminem could be first, BUT in 2012 he hasn't done anything so sadly he can't be first :( so its Kanye all the way for me :D

Watch the throne was a great album and mercy was a great song - Camnewtonmoney

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2 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

Eminem will always be number one. No one can compare to his lyrics. These new artists today are lame and one hit wonders, Eminem has been number one since his infinite album.

He is the King of Hip Hop and once he dies so dos Hip Hop no question about that he is the King and every one else dos not compare to him. Eminem KING OF HIP HOP!

Way better than Wiz Khalifa. Eminem is the king of everything.

Eminem is the only MC on this list with good lyrics, he had style and class and his lines flow. I am actually a rapper, and it takes one to know one. Eminem is arguably the best (popular) rapper, and all of his tracks are dope and he has his own unique style that nobody else has. Lil Wayne and Drake have similar styles, same with Kanye west. In my opinion, Eminem is the best on this list.

3 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

Drake had the best year take care was a nice album not to mention he was featured on almost track he stayed consistent with hit after hit the whole year something a lot of artists including Lil Wayne couldn't do

Drake is arguably a rap master

Drake is awesome. His Take Care album sold 600,000 copies in like the first few days. No one can top that.

Drake is the best right now
Hip/Hop album of the year enough said

4 Big Sean Big Sean Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan.

Big Sean was on fire with his album Finally Famous A$$ till I die mercy you name it. - Camnewtonmoney

Been my favorite rapper for many years big sean for life!

5 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg more.

How is he not #1

This list is genuinely atrocious, how is lil wayne no1 if anything he declined majorly in popularity! Kendrick actually impacted hip hop in a way that no one has since kanye first came out basically - good kid, M.A.A. D city was easily one of the best of the year and the most likely to save hip hop from so many waack rappers on this list

Hottest mc of the year by far. He is bringing back real hip-hop.

Kendrick Lamar should at least be in 10th place love you dude

6 Jay Z Jay Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of more.

Three words Watch The Throne - Camnewtonmoney

7 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe". more.

I love this chick shes awesome I met her two times and it was really cool I love her so much and she is my idol! I beez in the trap

She have the song is more fun and make me happy than every hip hop song I don't know why

Nicki is differnt from most rappers I like that
Nicki :3

8 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, more.

Don't know exactly why I enjoy his music. Some of the lyrics he spills are sick! And some are trash. I am not gonna hate on anyone else, but I wouldn't just judge someone for no reason.

His style is classic

Lil Wayne is one of the best artists ever

the Carter IV

The Boss but some songs suck

9 Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.

I only read up to this guy because I was hoping to find him, or Snoop Dogg. Because in 2011 or 2012 the two of them collaborated to make "Young, Wild & Free", which had a fun melody like a hip, jumpy one which is kind of like part modern day melody, part 90's hip hop. Wiz Khalifa was incredible. I just love rapping the first verse. It's so fun to rap! Since Snoop Dogg has been rapping since 1991, and my Dad likes him, (and anyone my dad listens to is probably more talented than my artists) I thought he'd be better than Wiz Khalifa. But I guess that since he's been rapping that long, that's why he went easy on it, like Linkin Park. In 2017 up until Chester passed away, they took it easy. They turned into a POP BAND. Bruh, how did I get from Wiz Khalifa to Linkin Park?! Geez, I'm stupid. But Devin has a different kind of flow. He has a different rap strategy and speaks loudly with spirit like Eminem, MGK, NF, Ludacris, Jay-Z, etc. Keep up the excellent work Devin, how was "Mac & Devin ...more

I love wiz so much all his songs be craken!

Wiz is the best

His music is sick

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10 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time. He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

NUMBER 20! Seriously just hear Life Is Good and he'll be number 1 in your list

Nas is the king of rap. He put in his dues LONG TIME AGO and if drake is a "rap master." THEN NAS IS A RAP GOD!

The Contenders

11 Mac Miller Mac Miller Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. Miller died of an apparent drug overdose on September 7, 2018.

Mac Miller is one of the few artists out there with a variety of sounds and lyrics. I can put on a Mac Miller album/mixtape and listen all the way through because I never get bored with his raps. Amazing.

12 Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon more.

Been listening since lasers. I love this dude.

13 Tyga Tyga Micheal Ray Stevenson, known by his stage name Tyga, is an American hip hop recording artist. In 2011, Tyga signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records.

Rack city and faded and make it nasty were all great hits an his album was good - Camnewtonmoney

Tyga can take any beat and make it hot

14 Norm Ender Norm Ender
15 Chris Brown Chris Brown Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in more.

Although I don't like chris brown so mutch because of the rihanna incident... I will say I'm impressed with his career he has made a big comeback for sure... Lately he has been a little hit maker.

He had a couple of hits and was featured in some hits - Camnewtonmoney

I think he should be on the top ten list

Leave chris alone about the Rihanna incident that was in 2009 is't 2013 he is 10 time better than eminen and kanye wst put together so back off

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16 2 Chainz 2 Chainz Tauheed Epps, known by his stage names 2 Chainz and formerly Tity Boi, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia, and is often regarded as one of the most mediocre rappers of recent years. He started out in the southern rap duo Playaz Circle with fellow rapper Dolla Boy, before he would become more.

2 chainz should be number top 5 he has done some awesome doets with kanye west like birthday

17 Pitbull Pitbull Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is a Grammy (and Latin Grammy) winning Cuban-American rapper, songwriter and record producer.

Pitbull really made an impact this year - rain over me, give me everything were just awesome.

I like feel this moment better with Christina Aguilera

He will go down as the best rapper of not only this year but this decade!
Eminem has fallen off just face it,stans

18 B.o.B B.o.B Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., better known by his stage name B.o.B, is an American recording artist and music producer from Decatur, Georgia.

Strange clouds is the best

19 Joey Badass Joey Badass Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, better known by his stage name Joey Badass, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor.

Don't even have to tell you how good Joey is! BEAST COAST!

20 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., (born, October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.

The godfather of present day artists... Ahmm sorry the doggfather I mean! Just listen to nuthin but a g thang

21 Kid Cudi Kid Cudi Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.

Kid cudi should be in top 10

22 Kid Ink Kid Ink

Kid ink should be first - Avion-sterling14

23 Machine Gun Kelly Machine Gun Kelly Colson Baker, better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper and actor, from Cleveland, Ohio.

I think mgk has a lot to offer an I would like to see more of him... Lace up

24 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born 11 February 1977) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. more.

The greatest hip hop artist ever. Has a very clear and sweet voice. He should be at number 1

Mike kicks ass. So underrated.

25 Meek Mill Meek Mill Robert Rihmeek Williams, better known by his stage name, Meek Mill, is an American hip hop recording artist.

Meek Mill is higher than that... Easy top five.

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The Boi Gt it on LocK! AlcatreZ

26 A$AP Rocky A$AP Rocky Rakim Mayers, better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Harlem, New York.

Best lyrical music, originality.

A real artist, how is lilwayne first?

27 Hopsin Hopsin Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. Hopsin was born on July 18, 1985. His first album was called Emurge but he's best known for his album titled Raw.

He's better than ill upchuck Wayne

The greatst under ground rapper that speaks the truth illmind of hopsin# really lil wayne he's whack rap is dead hopsin is keeping it alive kanye to G.O.O. D music

Sickest rhymes out, if not hopsin who is the best. Only if he was more popular he would kill other rappers, Lil wayne and Drake got nothing on this sick n**** who doesn't do it for money

28 T.I. T.I. Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor born on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, GA.

I love your music

29 The Game The Game Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on November 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Game spent most of his childhood in foster care (up until high school) even though he knew all of his brothers and sisters. Since 2002, Game more.
30 Frank Ocean Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.

Frank Ocean is the BEST hip hop singer there is! He is so great! He has a solo album apart from being with O.F.W.G.K.T.A. and every album he is a part of is just FANTASTIC! His vocals are so beautiful that you can't stop listening to them. I hope you love him enough to make him in the top ten! He may not be the best, but I wanted to give him the credit that may have been ignored.

31 Death Grips Death Grips Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of vocalist MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, and recording engineer Andy Morin.
32 Black Eyed Peas Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers,, Taboo, and singer Fergie.
33 Rick Ross Rick Ross William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper and entrepreneur.

Rozoy is the best rapper alive he must be no1 that's why they call him the boss

34 E-40 E-40 Earl Stevens better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Vallejo, California.

He has all the slaps that are playing in the clubs

35 Young Jeezy Young Jeezy Young Jeezy is a hip hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is most known for his album "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101", his loud, distinctive rap voice, his song "Put On", his longtime beef with rapper Gucci Mane, and for his tough talk and street lyrics.

Is one of the most prolific rapper's in hip-hop. Not since Tupac has an emcee been able to tell a story with the intellect and use of metaphor as Jeezy. His albums have a theme and he remains true to that theme throughout. He is never over shadowed by his guest emcee's and he has a firm grasp on his audience what they want and how to deliver. He is not commercial yet so his music is raw and uncommercial. The fact that his is not on this list is indication that you are hi-hop novice and not officiandos.

36 Yelawolf Yelawolf Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known as Yelawolf, is an American rapper from Gadsden, Alabama. In his early years, Yelawolf released his first independent album "Creek Water', which was released in 2005. During 2005 to 2010, he released one extended play (EP) and four mixtapes. more.

Recently signed with Shady Records. Yela is definitely better than Mac Miller or Pitbull!

37 Mindless Behavior Mindless Behavior Mindless Behavior was an American boy band, best known for the singles "My Girl" and "Mrs. Right", produced by Walter Millsap.
38 J. Cole J. Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.
39 Macklemore Macklemore Ben Haggerty, (born, June 19, 1983) known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington.

Macklemore is The Best

40 Chance the Rapper Chance the Rapper Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
41 Bun B Bun B Bernard Freeman, known by his stage name Bun B, is an American rapper and was one half of the southern rap duo UGK.

He is the king when it comes to this game

42 Ab-Soul Ab-Soul Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American rapper from Carson, California.
43 Ali Sorena Ali Sorena Ali Khoddami (born April 26, 1990), also professionally known as Ali Sorena, is a hip hop recording artist and record producer from Iran. Sorena in his stage name refers to Surena, leader of Parthian Empire in Battle of Carrhae. In about 2008, he started his work in underground Persian music and his more.

The best hip hop artist in the Iran

44 Waka Flocka Flame Waka Flocka Flame Juaquin James Malphurs, better known by his stage name Waka Flocka Flame or simply Waka Flocka, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.
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