2012 was an amazing year for music. Hip-hop was lost and found, rap beefs ran rampant, and pop is actually popular again. Many new artists like Kendrick Lamar and Trinidad James gave hip-hop fans conversation fodder to last for days, and R&B artists dipped their creative minds in many different genres and concepts, proving that the genre is still alive and well.
2013 is right around the corner and so are a few amazing and highly anticipated albums. Take a look at the first 12 albums that have heavy buzz and a release date to go with it.