Robbie from Unkut.com put together a list of 40 finest underground bangers in 2012. Hit continue reading to check out the playlist & download this compilation.
40. “Basically” – Big Shug
This track features a Fizzy Womack beat, use of the term “pause” and stories about the good old day of the Gang Starr Foundation. Approved.
39. “Chasin” – Reks
I may have only included this track because it includes a reference to being in Mom’s Basement, which is where I’m at right now and possibly forever.
38. “That’s Good for You” – Craig G
Marco Polo serves up Craig with a speaker smasher to get his Angry Old Man Rap on. May also be the best album cover of the year.
37. “Gladiator Music” – Gangrene feat. Kool G Rap
Obligatory Kool G Rap inclusion alert. Also the beat is pretty great.
36. “Self Conscience (J.Force Future Flavas “Deal” Revisit)” – Prodigy & Nas
J.Force revisits this Future Flava exclusive with a new track. A good excuse to hear some old Prodigy.
35. “RLTK” – Public Enemy feat. DMC
Great DJ Johnny Juice production here takes me back to 1986.
34. “Beats On ‘Em” – Bumpy Knuckles & Statik Selektah
Freddie Foxxx puts a lot of music these days. When he nails it like this, who can complain?
33. “Any Last Words?” – DJ Johnny Juice
Who said DJ tracks have to sound like an epileptic fit?
32. “Wash Your Hands” – JJ DOOM
DOOM’s time in the UK has clearly taught him some valuable lessons regarding personal hygiene.
31. “Get Stupid Pt. 2 (Beatbox Rap Version)” – Jorun Bombay feat. Mantronix, Trickey Tee and Greg Nice
Expertly reconstructed recreation of 1985 rap using old accapellas.
30. “StOoDiOtYmE” – DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles
My pick of the Foxxx/Mean Joe Preem team-ups. Pitbull Rap (No Pitbull).
29. “The Archer” – Killer Sin
Sleeper from the Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack. Fresh Out The Bing Rap.
28. “Slow Down” – Masta Ace
Quality story telling from the Masta over some old Special Herbs.
27. “Signs” – Apollo Brown & OC
The best Conspiracy Rap I’ve heard in a minute.
26. “Guns for Life” – Wu-Block
Can there ever be too much Gun Metaphor Rap? Yes, actually, but this worked regardless.
25. “Keep Your Eyes Open” – The Legion
Unreleased heat from 1995 D&D Studio sessions? The Bronx wins again.
24. “Get The City Warm” – Neek The Exotic feat. Bumpy Knuckles & Satchel Page
Oddly titled track that knocks thanks to a big beat from Alterbeats from France.
23. “Unstoppable” – Purpose & Confidence
Straight-up Brag Rap over a great beat. Essential.
22. “Justice” – Showbiz & A.G.
Moody musings from The Giant over an atmospheric Show production.
21. “Rulez To The Game (Remix)” – Beneficence feat. B-1 & Herb McGruff
Any 2012 song with B-1 and McGruff is required listening.
20. “Crime Library” – Vinnie Paz feat. Blaq Poet
This beat and hook are ultra violence. Another Marco Polo sure shot.
19. “Daily 1, 2″ – Sadat X feat. AG
The Great Dot X can’t stop, won’t stop with Show & A on deck.
18. “Smoove” – Timeless Truth
This beat (by DJ Woof) is outstanding and this Queens duo are nice on the mic device.
17. “Hardknock” – Joey Bada$$ feat. CJ Fly
Token Under 30 Rap inclusion over a quality old Lewis Parker track.
16. “Big Sur” – Lushlife
A new school take on “Broken Language” that wins.
15. “Brand Name Marijuana” – Meyhem Lauren
I can’t get enough of these kinda guitar loops from Alchemist. “Too scared to hustle, but too cool to work.” Basically.
14. “Focused Up” – Large Professor feat. Cormega & Tragedy Khadafi
Queens royalty on deck. The real ‘Watching The Throne’ indeed.
13. “Iron Age” KA feat. Roc Marciano
This is the first real Metal Clergy track to my ears (the cut on Marcberg didn’t hit as hard). Lyrical terrorism.
12. “The Don” – Nas
I won’t claim to be the world’s biggest Heavy D fan, but he blessed Nasir with a winner before he departed.
11. “The Turning Point” – The Alchemist feat. Roc Marciano
Great guitar loop + great Marcy verse = Dope.
10. “Hit Me” – Mystikal
I think Noz J-Zone described this as the best song that Son of Bazerk never made. Worth it just for the White Guy Voice parts.
9. “STFU, Pt. 2″ – Sean Price
The highlight of Mic Tyson. Also boast the best intro of the year and best scratch chorus of 2012.
8. “Nine Spray” – Roc Marciano feat. KA
The two best rappers of 2012 do what they do best over a godly Ray West track.
7. “Blood Of The Goat” – Action Bronson feat Big Twin & Sean Price
All rap songs should have an Alchemist beat like this.
6. “Legacy” – Luv Ny feat. OC
O.C. on some deep thinker shit > O.C. talking about popping bottles.
5. “Too Tough for TV” – Lil Fame
Self-produced Fame solo album please.
4. “Whole Wide World” – The Doppelgangaz
Matter Ov Fact and EP sound the new Mobb Deep on this, except they talk about eating the box instead of letting off shots.
3. “Cold Facts” – KA
This defined the genius of Grief Pedigree for me. “I own the night, the heats my receipt” may be the illest line uttered in some time.
2. “Bozak” – Roc Marciano
A bonus track from the re-issue of Roc’s debut that sounds like it recorded a few years back. Raw as ever.
1. “Poetic Justice” – $amhill
The realest song of 2012 from the brutally honest $amhill. The combination of Preservation’s majestic horn driven track and $am’s unique flow make this my most-played track of the year.