After coming off another impacting year with both full length, extended play, and single releases from the likes of M-Phazes (Phazed Out), Rah Digga, Torae, The Artifacts, Blu, Apathy & Celph Titled and Royce da 5’9″, Skillz and Diamond D, we’re eager to make 2013 our biggest year to date. While the finishing touches are getting placed on our highly anticipated label compilation Unearthed, we’re pleased to announce new singles which features the likes of Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, Sean Price, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Maffew Ragazino and more, along with a series of extended play releases from Guilty Simpson x Small Professor, Sean Price x M-Phazes, and Nottz, to name a few.
That being said, we figured it would be fitting share many of the audio and visual highlights of the past year that occurred ‘outside the mine,’ with the first annual year-end wrap up via Takin’ Mines. Picks include top 10 videos, top 20 mixtapes, top 50 songs and top 25 albums of the year. Feel free to let us know what you think by sounding off in the comment section.
The Internet has taken a lot of flack from the music industry. But among the countless advantages our handy little browsers do offer, it has certainly boosted the popularity of music videos. 2012 lit up our laptop screens with some incredible cinematography–even for some of the previous year’s best records (No Church In The what now?) Some are visually breathtaking, some are emotionally moving and some are just downright ridiculous. Click here to view.
As Hip-Hop and the Internet march merrily through the future hand in hand, the importance of the mixtape only grows. As its original definition of a collection of unmastered freestyles becomes archaic, the mixtape game has served as an essential platform for both fresh faces and established MCs alike to raise and reward their fanbase–and, boy, were we treated this year. With much scrutiny and even more head scratching, here we present to you our top 20 mixtapes of 2012.
Whether it was Chief Keef and Young Chop helping drill rap to its finest hour, Nas rewriting Hip-Hop history (again), or Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre teaming up to give the world a taste of that classic West Coast flavor, it’s safe to say that 2012 has had a soundtrack as good as any. With offerings from everyone from ScHoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky to Oh No and AZ to Rick Ross and Gunplay, start the countdown of Takin’ Mines’ top 50 songs of 2012.
With the year’s music videos, mixtapes and songs rated and ranked, we bring you our list of the most prized offering of any calendar year: the studio album. The retail release will always be top dog–and this year was a prime example. The album format has helped a number of artists cement themselves as serious contenders in the game (Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill), while aiding others in adding to their legacy (Killer Mike, Sean Price). After a whole lotta tough decisions, we present to you our top 25 albums of 2012.