Even though 2012 has come to a close, that isn’t stopping many publications from reminiscing about the biggest and best artists of the year. Now, in a recent interview with VladTV, the likes of DJ Premier, Cassidy and others name their favorite acts of 2012.

VladTV reached out to a host of Hip Hop figures to discuss the biggest breakthrough acts of 2012. Legendary Gang Starr producer DJ Premier named Flatbush up-and-comer Joey Bada$$ as his favorite new act of last year, comparing his rebellious attitude to that of N.W.A. and Public Enemy.

“I like Joey Bada$$,” Premo said. “I like rebel attitudes because I was really a hardcore Public Enemy, N.W.A., middle fingers up type of dude.”

Philadelphia veteran Cassidy also weighed in on the top act of 2012. Surprisingly, however, Cassidy’s choice for the artist of the year is his current foe Meek Mill, adding that Meek’s ascent to worldwide stardom from the local Philadelphia scene is deserving of recognition and praise.

“The best rapper this year, other than myself, I have to pick Meek Mill,” he said. “He’s from Philly, my city. He’s done it big. I remember bringing up Meek Mill’s name ‘cus he had it popping in my city, and people wasn’t even familiar with him. Now, it’s like everybody in the world’s talking about him. That’s a huge accomplishment.”

Check out the full interview below.

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