T.I. Names His Top Five Favorite Albums Of 2012

posted Friday December 28 ,2012 at 01:43PM CST | 66 comments

T.I. Names His Top Five Favorite Albums Of 2012

T.I. runs down a list of his favorite LPs from the year.

As the year comes to a close, T.I. looked back on 2012 and picked his five favorite albums. During an interview with Rap-Up.com, Tip picked some expected choices - B.o.B's Strange Clouds, Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city - and named a few that missed the top of critics' lists.

Starting out, he named his Grand Hustle signee B.o.B's sophomore album as one of his top LPs. "The first one I can think of is B.o.B's Strange Clouds," he said. "It's his sophomore album and oddly enough, I think this album was in some ways better than his first one. I think that he has definitely showed growth and evolution in his creative spirit. So I hear it and I acknowledge it and I salute it."

The King of the South also went the standard route and chose K. Dot's major label debut, explaining that he raps like he has an old soul. "Kendrick Lamar's project was something that I expected it to be good, but I never expected it to be that good. So I think that the thought or the fact of the matter that he took me by surprise so much is probably what propelled him so far up over the top of my favorites. It sounds like he's in the present but speaking with a voice from the past. He got a mid- to late-'90s flow on him, but his subject matter is present day. And his skill set is futuristic. That just provides for a wonderful collection of strengths that allow me to like him so much."

Additionally, T.I. settled on Meek Mill's Dreams & Nightmares, G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer and, of course, his own album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head. Watch him explain his choices below.

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  • sam snead
    Nas-life is good Big Krit-live from the underground Kendrik Lamar-GKMC Lupe fiasco-F&L part 2 vol.1 Game-jesus piece
  • Anonymous
    "wu-block was better than dreams and nightmares" Not gonna argue with you there, but both are still duds.
  • yeaaahh
    1.) T.I. - Trouble Man 2.) Frank Ocean - Channel Orange 3.) Mumford & Sons - Babel 4.) B.o.B - Strange Clouds 5.) Big Boi - VLADR
  • nuggets
    TI is the only artist that put his own work into his top albums of the year....shitty.
    • chrome
      so the fuck what his album was fire. if you don't like it go jump off a bridge.
  • nuc
    Dawg doesnt even give a nod to Killer Mike Southern Album of the Year , that's undebatable. its damn near rap album of the year.
  • Anonymous
    kendrick lamar - good kid maad city frank ocean - channel orange lupe fiasco - food and liquor 2 passion pit - gossamer macklemore - the heist
    • yeaaahh
      Great list!!
  • Anonymous
    jesus piece wu block life is good trouble man dreams and nightmares..not in this order
    • Anonymous
      Wu Block? Come on dogg. Be serious.
    • Anonymous
      wu-block was better than dreams and nightmares
  • Francois
    My personnal favorite. Not saying they're necessarily all better than other albums that came out this year. Just my favorite Kendrick Lamar- good kid mAAd city Ab-Soul - Control System The Alchemist - Russian Roulette Kevlaar 7 - Die Ageless Stu Bangas & Vanderslice - Diggaz With Attitude
  • meek album was trash
    top 5 Kendrick - good kidd maad city Nas -life is good Wu-Block - Wu-Block Freddie Gibbs - BFK (More like a free album than mixtape) Lupe - Food N Liquor 2
  • Eighce Ready
    Mac Mall's "The Rebellion Against All There Is" is the best album of 2012. That is if U like real Hip Hop that actually has something to say.
  • Heavy Chevy
    Who gives a fuck what this rat listens to?
    • ETK
      the dumbass who chooses to comment anyway?
    • andre 3000
      your mother.
  • Anonymous
    Fuck your opnion, Tip. Still hating on Esco, snitch ass nigga. We bout to get the rats back jumpin
    • pill
      ya mother's a rat you fuckin' crack baby.
  • cas
    hahahaha! Kendrick's album is better than anything TI has ever put out.. I'm tired of these old rappers creating mediocre albums.. Just fuck off! It's really not contributing to hiphop. Did he seriously just name B.o.B. as an album of the year? Do cocaine till you OD you worthless piece of shit. Or go back to prison where you belong..
    • smokey robinson
      you a damn lie if kendrick's album better than tip's lay off the crack homes.
  • iBwizzle
    My Top 5 Albums of 2012 1. Lecrae - Gravity 2. Trip Lee - The Good Life 3. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head 4. Chief Keef - Finally Rich 5. B.O.B - Strange Clouds
    • Anonymous
      LOL @ both b.o.b. and chief keef
  • chris
    and ti pussy they both pussy niggas
    • x
      you mother's pussy stink.
  • kay
    ja rule win beef thts funny didnt 50 cent and EM kill this why he still rappin
  • chris
    ja rule is pussy and is trash and niggas only like his recent shit because he is underground everytime a nigga gets big almost everybody hates
  • Looney Tune
    ALL OF U ARE SLOW! CAN U NOT READ .. IT SAYS "T.I's TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2012" .. YOU PEOPLE MUST BE FROM DOWN SOUTH!
    • room2roam
      i was wit u until the down south comment..then u brought to light that you have idiot tendencies as well
  • Fuck Bankhead
    This nigga judging now??? The fuck he thinks he is???
    • BP
      he's not allowed to have favorite albums now? wtf
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule sold drugs when he was younger.
    • Anonymous
      now he sells his booty in jail for pudding cups
  • Anonymous
    Ja rule bigger boss than rick ross right now
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule is the biggest boss in the game.
    • Anonymous
      Is Jeff your guardian angel?
  • Anonymous
    PIL 2 by Ja Rule, 6 mil sold and this nigga avoidin' to talk about ja rule. WOW!!!
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule is the hottest artist out right now, I don't see how could have TI miss his fucking album PIL 2. PIL 2 six mil sold, nigga!!!!
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule february 2013, death of TI's career.
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule gonna blast on this whack ass nigga
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule gonn kill yo ass in beef, bitch...
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule's PIL 2 should have been on that list, come on son!!
  • Anonymous
    this bitch didn't name ja rule as one of his favorites? Fuck this nigga!!!
  • Anonymous
    i fucking hate TI now for not naming ja rule as one of his favorites, fuck this bitch made nigga
  • Anonymous
    ja rule is the biggest boss in the game, probably the biggest boss in the world.. how could you NOT name Ja Rule? You bitch made punk
  • Anonymous
    TI is a bitch for not naming ja rule as his favorite