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10 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2012

AOL Radio's Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs of 2012 features favorites, new-comers and some great collaborations. Drake and Lil Wayne not surprisingly dominate the list, while breakout stars 2 Chainz, Tyga. and many more find their way to the list. Check out the ten best below to see how many made the list and if they can beat fan favorites like Kanye West. Enjoy the Top 10 Hip Hop Songs of 2012 as chosen by AOL Radio listeners.
Drake (Feat. Lil Wayne)
Drake's first appearance on this top ten list is 'HYFR,' his fifth single from his highly successful 2011 album, 'Take Care.' The Grammy-nominated track features Lil Wayne and was produced by T-Minus. Behind strong beats and rhymes and a catchy chorus, the song climbed up the charts.
Young Money
'Turn On The Lights'
This Pluto single was the fourth single from Future's debut studio album, 'Pluto.' It was a top five rap hit and his most successful to date. The single was produced by Mike WiLL and features two popular remixes. Lil Wayne is featured in the official remix, while Ciara takes part in another one.
'No Worries'
Lil Wayne (feat. Detail)
Lil Wayne bounced back with the successful single, 'No Worries,' which features vocals from Detail. The single is instrument-heavy, featuring catchy, repetitive beats along with strong lyrics from Wayne. Wayne discusses sex, drugs, and violence in a unique manner and Detail takes over the chorus with an auto-tune influenced part.
Young Money
'Work Hard, Play Hard''
Wiz Khalifa
One of the most anticipated albums of 2012 was 'O.N.I.F.C.,' which was released by Wiz Khalifa in December. Khalifa sings about his fortune as he continues to work hard to gain a lot of riches. Khalifa appears as a hippie in the music video and pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The official remix of this song features Lil' Wayne and Young Jeezy.
'Rack City'
Tyga hit it big with 'Rack City,' which was the third single from his second studio album, 'Careless World: Rise of the last Kind.' The platinum single was a top ten hit and helped launch Tyga's career. It remains one of the most played rap songs and falls in at #6 on this countdown.
Young Money
'Swimming Pools (Drank)'
Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar had one of the most impressive rap debut albums with 'good kid, m.A.A.d. city' in 2012. This single was the second from his album and was mixed by Dr. Dre. The song discusses many types of alcohol and expands on the concept story of the successful album. The extended album version details a shoot-out between Lamar's friends and their enemies.
Kanye West (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz)
Kanye West brought out the big guns on this track, bringing in 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Pusha T for this hip-hop hit. The song was the lead single off West's compilation album, 'Cruel Summer.' Heavily sampled in the single is the dancehall track 'Dust a Sound Boy' by Super Beagle. The cross-over hit sold more than two million copies and was praised by critics for its impressive production style and substance in its verses.
Def Jam
'Cashin Out'
Ca$h Out
Ca$h Out is one of the biggest break out artists of the year and has become a big player in the hip-hop industry. Ca$h Out re-released his mixtape, 'It's My Time,' earlier this year and 'Cashin Out' became an instant hit. The popular tune even had cross-over appeal, cracking the top 40 on the Hot 100. A remix exists of the song, featuring Akon, Fabulous, Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti.
'No Lie'
2 Chainz (feat. Drake)
2 Chainz debuted this year with an acclaimed album 'Based ona T.R.U. Story.' This single featured Drake and was produced by Mike WiLL. Over a powerful hip-hop beat, 2 Chainz and Drake release powerful rhymes that make it one of the strongest rap hits of the year.
Def Jam
'The Motto'
Drake (feat. Lil Wayne)
Drake blew up the charts with his huge single, 'The Motto.' It became the 12th single of Drake's to reach the top of the charts. The song remains a hit many months after its release, helped out by vocals from Lil Wayne. The double-platinum hit also started a still relevant movement. The phrase 'YOLO '(You Only Live Once) gained tremendous popularity following this song and was one of the biggest phrases of 2012. There is little doubt that 'The Motto' takes home the Number one spot, as the top hip-hop song in 2012.
Young Money

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