The 15 Hottest Mixtapes Of 2012

The 15 Hottest Mixtapes Of 2012

We broke down the 15 hottest songs of the year, now it’s time to move onto the mixtapes. Mixtapes are often the best pieces of work we receive every year, seeing as the artists tend to have a lot more creative freedom on these types of projects. Narrowing this list down to 15 tapes was especially hard with all the great ones that dropped in 2012, but we think we came out with the most accurate list possible. Remember, this is just our opinion. If you feel differently, drop a comment below.

Continue reading for the 15 hottest mixtapes of 2012.

Dom Kennedy - Yellow Album

Dom Kennedy - Yellow Album


Dom Kennedy has been dropping solid projects for a while now, but none better than his Yellow Album earlier this year. This mixtape, or free album some might call it, was literally the perfect soundtrack to Summer. This is still in rotation as we speak.

Standout Track: My Type Of Party

Curren$y - Priest Andretti

Curren$y - Priest Andretti


Curren$y is known for dropping multiple mixtapes, and albums every year. In 2012, he slowed up a bit by dropping much shorter mixtapes, in the form of EPs. Priest Andretti served as the only full length mixtape that Spitta dropped for the entire year, but it was well worth it as usual. Another solid effort from Andretti.

Standout Track: Stainless

Mac Miller - Macadelic

Mac Miller - Macadelic


Mac Miller has been dropping solid projects for the past 3 years, but this year he slowed up just a bit. Macadelic turned out to be the only full length project we got from Mac this year, and it received mixed reviews. Some loved it, some hated it, but we however feel like this is one of his best works to date. Blue Slide Park & Best Day Ever were both pretty underwhelming, but this time around he seemed to get it right.

Standout Track: Lucky Ass Bitch (Feat. Juicy J)

Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa

Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa


Before departing with CTE, Freddie Gibbs dropped off another great free album by the name of Baby Face Killa. Many would argue this was the best mixtape this year. While we don't exactly believe it was the clear cut best, it was definitely ONE of the best. Gangsta Gibbs is one of the few emcees out there right now who you can always count on to deliver a solid project, and we expect nothing less going forward.

Standout Track: Kush Cloud (Feat. Krayzie Bone & SpaceGhostPurrp)

Gucci Mane - Trap God

Gucci Mane - Trap God


Gucci Mane returned to rare form in 2012 dropping three of his best mixtapes to date, but we have to go with Trap God as the best of the three. Gucci got back to his old school self, and this mixtape made it official. If you're a fan of Gucci's brand of music, you'll have a hard time finding a skipable track on this project.

Standout Track: Intro

Action Bronson - Blue Chips

Action Bronson - Blue Chips


Action Bronson is known for teaming up with one producer, and putting out a great full length project. This mixtape was no different. We alreday knew that Bronson was a strong upcoming force in the game, but this mixtape solidified it. Expect nothing less than greatness from him going forward.

Standout Track: Steve Whynn

Joe Budden - A Loose Quarter

Joe Budden - A Loose Quarter


The Mood God known as Joe Budden hadn't dropped a mixtape since 2010, so this joint was long overdue. Stepping away from his Mood Muzik series, Joe Budden decided to give us some new free music while we waited for his album No Love Lost which is set to drop in a few weeks. Joe Budden delivered as per usual, nothing surprising about him making this list.

Standout Track: Off 2 The Races

Joey Bada$$ - 1999

Joey Bada$$ - 1999


17 year old Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ might have been the biggest surprise of 2012. Dropping his 1999 mixtape, he brought everybody back to what most call the "golden age" in Hip Hop. Joey was reminiscent of a young Nas throughout this entire mixtape, and proved he is one of the new faces we need to look out for in 2013.

Standout Track: Waves

Rockie Fresh - Driving 88

Rockie Fresh - Driving 88


Another pleasant surprise this year was Rockie Fresh. Before later signing to Rick Ross' MMG label, Rockie Fresh dropped his mixtape at the top of the year, and took everybody by surprise. Well, maybe not everybody. In fact, Rockie had already gained a pretty solid fan base before dropping this project, but this one in our opinion took him over the top. This is still one of our most played mixtapes right now, it truly doesn't get old. Look out for Electric Highway dropping in a few weeks.

Standout Track: No Fear

Big K.R.I.T. - 4Eva N A Day

Big K.R.I.T. - 4Eva N A Day


Big K.R.I.T. made a name for himself by dropping album-like mixtapes, so you already know the same is true for this tape right here. A lot of people feel this was way better than his debut album, and I wouldn't be able to disagree. Due to sampling issues in Hip Hop these days, the mixtapes often wind up being better than the albums. No complaints here though, we'll take it.

Standout Track: Temptations

Wiz Khalifa - Taylor Allderdice

Wiz Khalifa - Taylor Allderdice


Wiz Khalifa is also another guy who made a living off mixtapes. Wiz was focused more on his debut album in 2011, so he made sure to deliver something big for the fans in 2012 on the mixtape side of things. Taylor Allderdice was just that. Wiz finds himself speaking on the same topics as usual, but once again finds a way to make it interesting.

Standout Track: Mary 3x

Fabolous - The S.O.U.L. Tape 2

Fabolous - The S.O.U.L. Tape 2


Loso kept quiet most of 2012, before eventually dropping the follow up to 2011's S.O.U.L. Tape on Thanksgiving. The second installment was just as good as the first, maybe even better. Fab brought along the perfect collaborations for this project, had an excellent beat selection, and delivered punchlines like only he can. I think I speak for all of us when I say, we're ready for Loso's Way 2

Standout Track: For The Love

Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2

Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2


Meek Mill shook the game up in 2011, and in 2012 he made sure to do more of the same. Before eventually dropping his debut album, Meek delivered the second installment in his Dreamchasers series. Dreamchasers 2 raised the bar from what he started the first time around, and many believe this should've been his actual album. You know how that goes though, nothing new to see here. Not to say Dreams & Nightmares was a disappointment, but many would agree that this mixtape was his best work of the year.

Standout Track: Amen (Feat. Drake) / Burn (Feat. Big Sean)

Rick Ross - Rich Forever

Rick Ross - Rich Forever


Rick Ross dropped this mixtape at the top of the year, and it still remains better than almost everything that followed it throughout the year. Rich Forever without a doubt should've been his album, give or take a few records. God Forgives, I Don't definitely left a lot of us disappointed, while Rich Forever gave us EXACTLY what we've come to expect from Rozay. Let's hope in 2013 he gets it right this time around.

Standout Track: Stay Schemin (Feat. Drake & French Montana)

Big Sean - Detroit

Big Sean - Detroit


And that leaves us with Big Sean, who dropped mixtape of the year in our opinions. Even Jay Electronica praised it during his drunk Twitter rant over the holidays, saying this should've been his sophomore album, and we couldn't agree more. Front to back, this is his best piece of work to date. Even those who aren't huge fans of Sean's brand of music seem to like this one, and how could you blame them? We look forward to seeing more great projects like this from him throughout his career.

Standout Track: 24 Karats of Gold (Feat. J. Cole)

5 Responses to “The 15 Hottest Mixtapes Of 2012”

  1. Brady
    January 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Live Love A$AP should definitely be top 15

  2. AARON
    January 12, 2013 at 3:39 am

    HABITS & CONTRADICTIONS?

    • admin
      January 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      That was an album. We will be putting out our top albums list soon, stay tuned.

  3. CARLOS
    January 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Young Sinatra:Undeniable Logic should be in the top 5

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