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

If you can point out a bad song from kanye, let me know.

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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.

Not just 2012, Best from 1996-2017. There is not ONE song out there that I like better than EVERY Eminem song.

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3 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

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 man he knws wats the definitely of hip hop

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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

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

How is he so low? He made the best album of 2012.

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6 Jay Z Jay Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

Three words Watch The Throne - Camnewtonmoney

7 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. 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. He has been critically acclaimed and even more panned throughout his career. He's often criticized for talking 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

Weezy is the most ultimate rapper that I know so keep on doing it weezy

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9 Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor.

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

Out of all ten my nigha Wiz is the best... But if 2 chainz, future, or my nigha kendrick lamar was up here kendrick lamar woild be number 1

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10 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper. 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, best known by his stage name Mac Miller, is an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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 Tyga is a rapper that was born November 19, 1989. He was popular in 2012 and is best known for dating Kylie Jenner while she was still a minor.

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

I agree wit the last comment cause you need to let that stuff go. I mean frrl leave Chris Breezy.

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16 2 Chainz 2 Chainz Tauheed Epps, als o known as 2 Chainz, is an American rapper. He is more popular when contributing guest verses to people like Kanye West, B .o. B, and Lil Wayne . His latest album, ColleGrove, came out earlier this year .

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

17 Pitbull Pitbull

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. V 1 Comment
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., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.

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

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