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Best Hip-Hop Song – 2012 Music Awards

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As we look back on 2012, there were a couple of standout hip-hop tracks that defined the the year. Some were brought by the fresher faces of the game, others surprisingly released through rappers’ comebacks. All in all, we want to know what your favorite track was during these past 12 months. It’s time to take part in’s inaugural Best Hip-Hop Song awards. Let’s go.

First off, the young Harlemite Azealia Banks brought her sass and clever linguistics as she rap and sang over house style beats on her addictive and fun track ‘212.’ Schoolboy Q‘s ‘Hands On the Wheel’ featuring A$AP Rocky was a rebellious big bass track, which gave weed smokers and brew specialists a jam to rock.

Rapper Future brought back Auto-Tune, rapping about searching for the right woman on ‘Turn On the Lights.’ And Nicki Minaj brought sheer confidence and personality, killing her track ‘Beez In the Trap’ with the help from 2 Chainz.

Juicy J‘s ‘Bandz A Make Her Dance’ wasn’t just a stripper anthem but made its way to the top of the Billboard R&B/Hip-hop charts, with its hard bass — the song became a party favorite. And 2 Chainz gained his first platinum single on ‘No Lie’ featuring Drake, another Mike Will Made It-produced track to hit the top of the charts this year.

‘Pop That’ by French Montana was another popular club banger, or anywhere that social gatherings convened, as the track sampled Uncle Luke’s ‘I Wanna Rock,’ and also featured anyone who is anybody including Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne.

One of the more insightful tracks on this list, ‘Daughters’ by Nas, was a risk obviously as more rappers seem to be stuck in nightlife mode, but the rap veteran had nothing else to prove and brought an honest release for this one that everyone had to respect.

Kendrick Lamar‘s ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ was catchy, had club appeal, but was intelligent all at the same time, showcasing why he’s at the top of everyone’s newcomers list. And last but not least, ‘Mercy,’ by G.O.O.D. Music, sold over two million copies to date, showing that folks just can’t get enough of a team of braggadocios lyricists.

Who has got your vote for 2012′s Best Hip-Hop Song? Vote for the song you believe should take home’s Music Award below! Remember you can vote once per hour until the poll closes on Jan. 15, 2013, at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!

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