Best Male Rapper – 2012 TheDrop.fm Music Awards
Another year, another countdown. It's time to place your votes for TheDrop.fm's Best Male Rapper of 2012. All of the nominees had quite a phenomenal year.
In 2012, no artist was more prolific than 2 Chainz. According to Grantland, the Atlanta rhyme-spitter appeared on over 90 songs. Wow! The artist formerly known as Tity Boi also dropped his gold-selling debut album, 'Based on a T.R.U. Story,' which garnered him a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. Truuu!
TDE/Aftermath artist Kendrick Lamar had one of the best albums of the year with 'good kid, m.A.A.d city.' On the 2012 LP, the in-demand rapper narrates his life growing up in his Compton neighborhood.
Rick Ross was the Bawse for the last 12 months. The Miami don established his Maybach Music Group empire with top-selling releases from Wale and Meek Mill. Not only that, he dropped his fifth effort, 'God Forgives, I Don't.' Moving forward, Rozay will merge his MMG label with Atlantic Records in 2013. So expect to see more Ross, Wale and Meek to come.
Young Money superstars Drake and Lil Wayne also had a fruitful year. Drizzy had everyone saying the ubiquitous phrase "Y.O.L.O." in 2012. He also headlined a successful Club Paradise Tour earlier in the year and made some noise with his posthumous Aaliyah collaboration. Meanwhile, Weezy launched his Trukfit clothing line and dropped a couple of singles in preparation for the release of his new album, 'I Am Not a Human Being II.'
Wiz Khalifa also had a big year with his second album, 'O.N.I.F.C.' but he will have an even bigger 2013 when he becomes a new dad -- his fiancee Amber Rose is expecting.
One of the big surprises of 2012 was Christian rapper Lecrae's album 'Gravity.' The collection boasts uplifting anthems and socially-conscious themes over beats that could easily be placed on a Lil Wayne album. Lecrae is a formidable artist that deserves attention beyond the secular community.
Who's got your vote for 2012′s Best Male Rapper? Vote for the artist you believe should take home TheDrop.fm’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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