There are several rap albums and mixtapes that have generated a significant buzz in the first quarter of 2012. If you haven’t paid close attention to the newest releases in hip-hop, we have compiled a list of a few that deserve your attention.–amir shaw

Here are the 10 hottest rap albums and mixtapes you should own today.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents music, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.