10 Favorite Local Hip-Hop Tracks of 2012

Categories: That Was 2012

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Kyle DaShawn
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It's been a mighty big year for hip-hop music in Arizona, most notably with the explosion of the locally-produced platinum hit "Mercy" by Kanye West. Producer and New F-Os member Lifted helped direct ears towards our corner of the map for his work on the massively popular track, but he hasn't been the only one putting in quality work in the Valley. Here's a look at some of our favorite hip-hop beats provided by Arizona's own.

See also:

- 12 Favorite Local EDM Mixes of 2012
- New Year's Eve Guide 2013
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- Top 10 Reissues and Compilations of 2012
- Jason Woodbury's 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012

Trap House, "Jhessye"

The city was rocked late last year when 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley went missing. Phoenix-based rapper Trap House responded to the disappearance with a tribute track condemning media coverage of the case in a release early this year. Trap pulls no punches in his denunciation saying, "We knew about Kim Kardashian/And how Dick Cheney's shooting was an accident/And how America's become so passionate/Except when it come to young, black Africans." It's a strong message aimed at a channel that continues to be under scrutiny for how it handles headlines.


See also:

Trap House Releases New Track, "Jhessye" For Missing 5-year-Old Jhessye Shockley

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Futuristic, "La La La"

There's a certain kind of silliness to this tune by Tempe rapper Futuristic.

Dominated by a playful synth whirl, the self-described "goofy-ass dude" perfectly translates personality to melody with this AKT Aktion-produced song. "I need a Caucasian girl with a booty as big as Coco's," he says jokingly. One of 17 tracks off of the February release, Dream Big, Futuristic is clearly having fun while taking the title of his record very, very seriously.

See also:

Futuristic: Tempe Rapper Isn't Afraid to Dream Big

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19 comments
AllDayRuckoff
AllDayRuckoff

@MegaRan @PHXmusicdotcom 2 Songs/Artists per page? That hurts

kaliq777
kaliq777

@MegaRan @phxmusicdotcom ~ They refuse to acknowledge I exist lol ~

PHXmusicdotcom
PHXmusicdotcom

@Shoezard @MegaRan Duly noted, Brian. Thanks for the feedback.

PHXmusicdotcom
PHXmusicdotcom

@kaliq777 @MegaRan "They" are always trying to cover more cool shit -- send some tracks to music@newtimes.com, Kaliq. Best in the new year!

MegaRan
MegaRan

@kaliq777 but truthfully I feel "fighting" should be on there, no question

MegaRan
MegaRan

@kaliq777 @PHXmusicdotcom LOL man that's how I feel about every other AZ hip hop entity. #welcometomyworld

AllDayRuckoff
AllDayRuckoff

@PHXmusicdotcom @MegaRan still worth it though to look/listen through... Good choices!

kaliq777
kaliq777

@PHXmusicdotcom ~ all music available for stream at http://t.co/LlbmiXay. I submitted my project for review to that email last month ~

kaliq777
kaliq777

@MegaRan ~ Maybe next year haha ~

AllDayRuckoff
AllDayRuckoff

@PHXmusicdotcom it definitely tuned me in to some new artists as I'm not from the area

PHXmusicdotcom
PHXmusicdotcom

@Shoezard @MegaRan Thanks, Brian. I wasn't being any kinda sarcastic. I mean it -- the feedback helps us know what folks think.

PHXmusicdotcom
PHXmusicdotcom

@kaliq777 Groovy. This is a good track! Way good.

MegaRan
MegaRan

@kaliq777 dropped too late lol

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