For the rest of the year, we'll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2012. You can see what our listeners voted for as their Top Albums of 2012 here.
Larry Mizell Jr.'s 2012 Top Ten Albums
|Kendrick Lamar||good kid mAAd city||Aftermath/TDE|
|Main Attrakionz||Bossalinis & Folliynes||Young One|
|Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso||Exalted||BSBD Music (self-released)|
|THEESatisfaction||Awe Naturale||Sub Pop|
|Killer Mike||R.A.P. Music||Williams Street|
|OCNotes||Pre Future Post Modern Love Songs AKA Alienbootybass||self-released|
|The Physics||Tomorrow People||self-released|
|Jarv Dee||Dopamine||Cloud Nice|
|ScHoolboy Q||Habits & Contradictions||TDE|
Mike Ramos's 2012 Top Ten Albums
|10||Key Nyata||Phonkilation/Two Phonky||Self-Released|
|9||Metro Zu||Mink Rug||Self-Released|
|8||Kool A.D.||51||Veehead/Greedhead (Self-Released)|
|7||Killer Mike||R.A.P. Music||Williams Street|
|6||Gucci Mane||Trap Back||1017 Bricksquad (Self-Released)|
|5||Kendrick Lamar||Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City||Top Dawg/Aftermath|
|4||Main Attrakionz||Bossalinis & Fooliyones||Young One/Green Ova|
|3||Lil B 'The BasedGod'||White Flame||#BASED (Self-Released)|
|2||Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death||Lord of the Fly/Exalted||BSBD Music (Self-Released)|
|1||Chief Keef||Back From the Dead||Glory Boyz Entertainment (Self-Released)|
Larry Mizell Jr. is the host and Mike Ramos is the fill-in host of Street Sounds, on the air every Sunday evening from 6PM-9PM
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