A somewhat mixed year for US hip-hop, the past 12 months saw many of the genre’s major Stateside stars – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nas – stay relatively quiet, while the inevitable smattering of disappointments (Rick Ross’s two rather flat albums; a remarkably dull LP from Kendrick affiliate Schoolboy Q) were offset by a stack of solid releases from the usual dependable veterans (Pharaohe Monch, Common and Cormega
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While it may not (yet) be regarded as one of hip-hop’s landmark years in the same way 1988 or 1994 now are, there is a sense as 2012 draws to a close that it’s been one of the genre’s strongest seasons for some time.
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