Best Emcee of 2012

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Kendrick Lamar

When good kid, m.A.A.d city arrived on store shelves in October, it didn't take long for listeners to come to the collective realization that they're weren't just listening to a phenomenal debut album—they were witnessing the emergence of an artist destined to play a major role in the game for years, maybe even decades to come. From lyrical heads, to pop-lovers, to people who aren't even into rap, it seems like everyone with ears was banging Kendrick Lamar in 2012. Now that the 25-year-old Comptonite has the world's attention, his only limit is the sky.

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Kendrick Lamar

Let's be honest here, was there really any question who the best emcee of 2012 was? Kendrick Lamar delivered a new school classic with his good kid, m.A.D.d. city album, proving in the process that there's room in hip-hop's mainstream for a storytelling, experimental, lyrically complex emcee. Oh, and did we mention he's the general in the TDE army currently overtaking the game? What more could you possibly want from a rapper?




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