The 30 Best Chicago Mixtapes Of 2012

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Words by Ty Kidd (@TYKIDD), Alex Russell (@andfeedingyou), Leland Bonner(@LelandBFresh), Marisol Vélez (@pinqyring), Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive)

With the year coming to a close, it’s safe to say that Chicago was the best city for rap music in 2012. Of course we’re biased, but many of hip-hop’s best new artists and producers derived from Cook County. After spending many years underground, 2012 was definitely our time to rise above the surface.

Back in July, we did a Top 10 Chicago Mixtapes Of The Year (So Far) list, so it was only right we returned with a year end edition. Plenty of new projects were added, with some rising and others falling within the rankings. With so much product in the market over the past 365, we couldn’t just highlight 10, so we wanted to profile 30 of our favorite mixtapes. A lot of great music was made this year, so you’re forgiven if you didn’t get a chance to sift through it all — but that’s what we’re here for.

Disclaimer: This list does not include DJ compilation mixtapes, label mixtapes, or projects that were pieced together with loosies. These are single artist or group mixtapes only. Projects that were for sale on iTunes were not included, nor were major label releases. We also kept it to one project per artist.

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15 Comments on "The 30 Best Chicago Mixtapes Of 2012"

  1. Black

    What the fuck does it matter that Castro and MMM were dropped close together. They were separate full CD’s. If quality of beats and rhymes count then both deserve to be top 10. Castro should be #1 hands down. Both were more cohesive than Durks joint. Yall a fucking disrespectful with this shit. Yall been lost my guys, but yall just lost me forever with this dumb ass shit. How do you rate this shit? Beats, rhymes, originality, cohesion? I’m waiting on an answer…If you had an answer i’d stick around but i know you don’t.

  2. unknown

    Rated R is dope record on that Jeremih mixtape. Ask any chick what their favorite song on that mixtape and they will tell you “Rated R”

  3. 10day shooda been #1 for sure, and yeah acid rap is gonna be huge.. castro should be #2 and drillmatic shoulda been up there and maybe even sloane peterson and community service shoulda been included

  4. THE PROFESSIONAL

    WATCH THE HOTTEST VIDEO IN THE CHI RIGHT NOW! DID THOSE GUY REALLY DO THAT AT THE END??? WATCH COMMENT LIKE SHARE!!! THANKS!!!

  5. THE PROFESSIONAL

    WATCH THE MARDI GRAS ANTHEM SHOT ON LOCATION IN N.O. MARDI GRAS 2013 WE TTU!! MIGHT EVEN SEE SOME BOOBS AND OTHER “THINGS”

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