Kendrick Lamar Names His Favorite Album Of 2012

Kendrick Lamar picks his top record from the past 12 months.

Kendrick Lamar has revealed which album he considers his favorite of 2012.

During an interview with Rap-Up.com, K. Dot said that aside from his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, he considered Nas' Life is Good as his top LP of the year. "Nas, yup yup. Life is Good. Crazy album," he said.

He also touched on his unexpected collaboration with Dido, "Let Us Move On," explaining that she reached out to him and he was immediately on board.

"She basically reached out and said she wanted to work with me. It's Dido," he said. "You can't say no to that. Incredible artist. Once I got the word, I immediately got in the studio."

As for his storied collaborative album with J. Cole, fans might have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on a joint LP. "Everybody's asking for that. I just finished my album, of course he's going back in on his second album. We should find a time and meet him and lock in."

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86 Comments

  • musicphenom91

    listen to my swimming pools mix on youtube that I made on Virtual DJ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5EiWSzyAio&feature=player_detailpage

  • Anonymous

    nas dope kdot dope

  • anoy

    wat are some really good albums this year??

  • Malone

    No one in their right mind want to be alone.. . . Sincerely Yours -Malone

    • Malone

      I tried already. I didn't work. Hey you and I should be friends. How about you and I grab a beer sometime and talk about which girls we would like to smash or our future plans. I believe I can find a friend in any one. I believe I have already found one in you sir. You have a nice day sir. Sincerely Yours -Malone

    • stringer

      God you're such a faggot. Fucking kill yourself.

  • lisawebster7

    uptil I saw the receipt ov $6892, I didnt believe that my cousin was like actualie taking home money parttime from their laptop.. there mums best friend started doing this for only 10 months and as of now repayed the debts on their house and got a new Saab 99 Turbo. go to..WWW.youtubeFiveFlagsAmerican.qr.net/jWpF/watch?v=ZymVvmuR7U

  • VIV

    "AYO I BUCK NIGGAZ 50 CROSS THE FACE MAKIN NIGGAZ BLEED/ SELLIN CRACK AND ADDERALL IN BAGGIES THATS WHAT NIGGAZ NEED/ FECES IN THE BACK SEAT COVERIN THE SMELL OF MY WEED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • VIV

    UGGHHHHHH FFUUUUUUUCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NIGGA WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!! FUUUUUUUUCKKKK.!!!! AYO THIS KENDRICK NIGGA STRONG KIDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOP FIFTY ALL TIME NIGGA NO GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO FUCKING GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS NIGGA TOUGH THO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I BE LISTENIN TO THAT O.D., SECTION80, AND GOOD KID MAD CITY ALL AT ONCE NIGGA!!!!!!! NIGGA FUUUUUCKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fossie

    Cold 187 -The only solution, album of the year!!

  • VIV

    BIG FUCKIN BODY NIGGA ILL BUCK NIGGAZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BO BO BO BO BO BO BO BO BO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NIGGA GOT ME WANTIN TO FUCK ON SUMN NIGGA!!!!!!!!!!! MY DICK LONG KID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG DICK MAD CITY NIGGGA!!!!!!!! UGH MAKE ME WAN BUCK A NIGGA OR SUMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • VIV

    NIGGAZ BLEED JUS LIKE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BOY

    KenDICK LAME-ar brought out the KIGN of HIP HOP himself, Lil Wayne to the 106 concert. He HAD TO show respect to the Almighty ALLAH of HIP HOP. For that, Ill give this footlocker-worker-pinhead-looking nigga a 1 and a half star to his GKMC album. LONG LIVE WEEZY!

  • BAWSE

    GREAT CHOICE FOR ALBUM OF THE YR #KDOT NAS LIFE IS GOOD

  • SDK

    LIG 5 GKMC 5 TROPHIES 5 DICE GAME RARE CHANDELIERS BROTHER ALI MOURNING... THE HEIST WU BLOCK CONTROL SYSTEM TOP 9

  • Anonymous

    LIFE IS GOOD AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MOI. CHUUUCH!

  • Anonymous

    nas k.dot number 3 ..... don't know to be honest

  • subz

    i agree!, thats my fav lp also, the album is so relevant, kendrick is my third lp this year.

  • illone

    HIPHOPDX, please invoke the following on every post. Regex rxReplaceNonsense = new Regex("\n+"); post = rxReplaceNonsense.Replace(post,"\n");

  • Youngindy21

    He's right. Life is Good is probably the best rap album from 2012. In my opinion the only other good rap albums are the ones that were nominated for the Grammys. Of course there was also Food and Liquor II and GKMC but I can't really think of any other great rap albums from this past year.

    • yelabear

      There are a lot of good albums/mixtapes in 2012 here some: Apollo Brown x Oc - Trophies, Apollo Brown x Guilty Simpson - Dice Game, Archetype - Red Wedding, Action Bronson & Party Supplies - Blue Chips, El-P - Cancer 4 Cure, Blu & Exile - Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them Aesop Rock - Skelethon Oddisee - People Hear What They See Pacewon & Mr. Green - The Only Number That Matters Is Won and a lot more...

    • Dashing

      Co-Sign that Lupe album sucks!!!!!! Rap music, Control System, Life is Good, GKMC, GFID, top 5 best albums of the year.

    • Anonymous

      RAP Music and Control System and not F & L II because Lupe hasn't been good for half a decade

  • Anonymous

    We need a K. Dot/ Esco track

  • Malone

    Falling skies... . . . Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • Almar

    I Agree With kendrick, hands down the best album this year.

  • Anonymous

    NAS GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME

  • Malone

    Leave it to Beaver .. he'll get it done properly.. . . . . Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • Anonymous

    MALONE EAT A FAT FUCKIN DICK

  • Malone

    Hey Malone. Get a like you selfish prick. Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    Good Kid m.A.A.d City and Life Is Good - the two best hip hop albums of 2012. Mic tyson and Action Bronson's weren't bas either.

  • sam snead

    this grammy-nas next grammy- kendrik lamar unless something crazy comes out

  • Malone

    Is that all there is? . . . . Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • Simone

    Ja Rule is weak as hell lol

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule's going to punch Kendrick Lamar's teeth out for forgetting about the Mighty RULE. Then ask Shyne join him on a diss track.

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule's PIL2 sold over 6 million copies but HHDX are haters and didn't want to report that. PIL2 album of the year bitch ass niggas. RULE!

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule going to show these bitch ass punks what real hip hop is when he gets out of prison.

    • Deez

      Ja Rule was put to rest by Eminem, D12, 50 Cent & Dr. Dre in 2003. Also I would consider Ja Rule a "bitch ass punk" considering the fact that he's in prisom. Hahaaaaa too funny. Trinidad James gets more attention than Ja Rule.

  • Anonymous

    Black Vodka > anything on Life Is Good and Good Kid m.A.A.d City. RULE! It's Murda!!!

  • Anonymous

    PIL 2 album of the year and very slept on. RULE!

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule > Nas and Kendrick. PIL 2 album of the year.

  • Anonymous

    Man fuck Kendrick's overrated self. Ja Rule's PIL2 is hands down album of the year. That album is perfection! Fuck anyone who disagrees.

  • youngsta

    why nas kendrick? he an old ass nigga and life is good is one of the worst of the year, along with overrated slaughterhouse and old ass washed up prodigy. k. dot should've picked waka or meek, hell, even ab-soul's album was amazing. personally, i think gkmc is album of the year.

  • Malone

    Mangina and cum.. not just some cum... a lot of it. p.s. - I hope we cross the shores of the jordan river soon. . . . . . Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • Anonymous

    Hip hop fans the fucking worst. You niggas can't give props to one album without downgrading the next album. This is why hip hop suffers. Anyway this is my order. Nas-LIG(still bumps that) Jesus Piece(Game impressed) GKMC(Not as good as section 80 but stil great) Quarter on the loose(bit repetitive but still great) Forver in a day(Different style for me but was feeling it) I didn't get into Killer Mike Shit, Brother Ali shit, and Ab-Soul shit, or a couple other niggas shit. I heard niggas shit like Sean Price(solid), Wu-Block (solid)and a few others. But overall they not fucking with the shit i place above. Still got to get in the Ab-Soul, Killer Mike. Also if Asap album(Love Asap) came out 2012(i think it drop 2011) i put that up there too.

  • Anonymous

    This malone guy is a bitch made nigga and every nigga knows Ja Rule's album PIL 2 is the best thing that came out this decade. Peace out.

  • WDELH

    I stay with We Don't Even Live Here by P.O.S. Great album.

  • Malone

    Barney the dinosaur... . Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • ShinbrigGoku

    #1. Either Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, M.A.A.D City," or Brother Ali's "Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color," #2. Killer Mike's "R.A.P Music" #3. Aesop Rock's "Skelethon" #4 Nas "Life is Good" #5 Ab-Soul's "Control System"

  • ASEE

    KILLER MIKE - RAP MUSIC

  • Sir

    Queens Story alone is better then the whole gkmc album.

  • shh

    WHY?..LUPE 1.HE BEAT OUT "CRUEL SUMMER" 2.ALL BLACK CASE...NO SONG TITLES 3.HE WAS THE "first" FALL album to do 6-digits sales 4.LUPE FIASCO...and THE RISE of CHIEF KEEF.....PO3-A-TR33

  • shh

    *smile......LUPE FIASCO'$ FandL 2.... 2013....GK,MC....and GSNT2....a "SAI" of RELIEF!....PO3-A_TR33

  • Omar Tha King

    GKMC and Life is Good are both whack. Album of the year is Based on a T.R.U. Story by 2 Chainz.

  • Anonymous

    thats right life is good nas still going strong and never souled out to the new hip hop of today stood true to himself 91 to 2013...

  • Anonymous

    straight up Nas is killing it! Life is Good is easily the best album of the year.

    • Anonymous

      actually backroom freestyle is intentionally like that, its part of the story of GKMC. Nas is my favourite mc but GKMC was a better album.

    • Essay

      The second anon is a teenage kendrick stan. Those 3 songs aren't even bad. You're just one dude...You speak as if you're speaking for everyone. The only song I ever hear people complaining about is "Summer On Smash" and that's because it didn't fit. It's still, as you said, not a bad song. Jay-Z had pop songs like "Izzo", "Jigga That Nigga", "Hola Hoveto", "Girls Girls Girls" on The Blueprint album and that was called classic. Why can't this album be a classic or a album of the year, too? People never give Nas props for anything these days. What you're doing is nitpicking minor shit to complain about...I guess to justify your love for Kendrick dick.

    • ETK

      another nigga who says an LP ain't album of the year by naming two forgettable tracks from it yeah that's a nice compelling argument homie. are you gonna make a case as to how GKMC is an immaculate album from top to bottom? good luck on that one Life is Good deserves its merits

    • comachonvargas

      Reach out being terrible? No way... listen to that first verse again... that letter to the firm sample is ridiculous and his wordplay in the second verse is so nice [i.e. bracelets golden egyptian faces white wine spritzers in switzerland on vacation... that is some absurd tongue twisting for real]... why does his subject matter have to jive perfectly with the hook anyways when it comes to his braggadocio raps? You Wouldn't understand is the same thing... he goes from his hood relations in the first verse to braggadocio in the second and third and his verses are solid [though he has many better ones on the album]... regardless the Buckwild production is the best on the whole album [even better than NO ID on where's the love and salaam on a queens story]... criticizing that one for thematic inconsistency is off base Theme incoherence the major flaw of Summer on Smash? Hardly... its a braggadocio track look at the fucking title of it for god sake... the track would be just fine absent the abysmal Miguel hook... THAT is what is the serious flaw is there and IMO is really the only suspect track on the whole disc GKMC is a very solid album. Bitch don't kill my vibe, money trees, poetic justice, maad city, sing about me, recipe, art of peer pressure, compton are nice... but kendrick has some seriously corny lines and some god awful hooks... the 'dick get big as the eiffel tower so I can fuck the world for 72 hrs' hook on backseat is laughably bad... how do you say that once let alone repeat it three times? That alone is worse than summer on smash IMO... his voice can be robotically irritating/corny at times [sing about me hook, a little bit on BDKMV]... and his mid-verse ad-libs on backseat are terrible [BIATCH; OKAY]... the hook on swimming pools dilutes an otherwise outstanding beat... the hook on real doesn't get it done... the pharrel contribution is weak making good kid average... etc. Kendrick is nice but he is more comparable to a sophisticated Devin the Dude than Nas... and there are so few holes on LIG that GMKC just does not to LIG [there are 3-4 songs on LIG that are better than any songs on GKMC IMO] ONE

    • Anonymous

      ^how was ho off topic on summer smash. another COO COO typing, go get ur brain checked out.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah with such terrible songs as Summer on Smash (would be a decent song if not for NaS' horrible/ sometimes off topiclyrics,) Reach Out (just doesn't work well, and again NaS is off topic compared to the hook), and U Don't Understand GKMC is the album of the year. Also don't get me wrong, NaS is one of my favorite rappers and I like/own LIG but come on, if you are judging by the standard edition (which is how all critics judge) its just nowhere near AOTY. The Deluxe tracks are awesome though.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed with Kendrick on this. Life Is Good is my favourite album this year, perhaps alongside Food & Liquor II.

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