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Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and more underachievers: 2012’s most disappointing albums


Overhyped debuts. Ridiculous side projects. One novelty act that just should’ve stayed in 2011. There were a lot of albums in 2012 that just missed the mark. Some completely crashed and burned and some just didn’t live up to expectations. Either way, it seemed like it was necessary to keep it real and give some tough love to these high-profile releases that will soon be making their way to a budget bin near you.

Here are the 10 most disappointing albums of 2012. Download at your own risk…

– stereo williams

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  1. vanny on December 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

    nicki minaj should not be on this list… no other female artist has done what she has done and that is make such a versatile and unique album with POP-RAP-R&B etc and how can you say the music was bad when she had 3 of the pop tracks on the top 20 not to mention starships broke record on billboard,.. selling 800,000 copies so far since its release 8 months ago and 1,400,000 world wide how is the album an underachiever,most of these dudes that be rapping and release albums they albums barely go gold… this album was a decent album and most of the songs are really good songs for example “marilyn monroe” some people did not even give the album a chance because she went a little popand that is ridiculous!!

    • Jason on December 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I totally agree, i’m not a fan what so ever, but she is a very smart women that knows how to play her cards right. For that i have respect for her.

      • Shar on January 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

        THE LIST WAS NOT ABOUT WHO WAS SMART IN 2012, it was about LAME ASS MUSIC from artists in 2012 and she made the list, as she should every damn year!

    • Pretty Prinny on December 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm


    • Tanya on January 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

      That’s fine that you think she is talented, but even talented artists (and she is not one that I consider to be in this category, I think she’s annoying, recycled, and oh did I say annoying???) have their moments and every album isn’t always their best. The list is just saying that whatever she produced this year was, well garbage, AS IS ALL HER MUSIC ACTUALLY!

    • Tyrone on January 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      I love Nicki Minaj!!!!!!!!!! But i really was expecting more of her rap side in the album, I like Starships, Va Va Voom, and Marilyn Monroe but i really like her rapping alot more. She should of done a double disc, because she only really gave 8 rap songs in Roman reloaded, the rest were pop. But i really loved that she did the re-up because she raps in 7/8 of the re-up and they are all great. But the point is that the album wasnt horrible, but the fans and critics were wating for more songs like Did it on em’, Roman’s revenge, Itty Bitty Piggy, Go Hard, Playtime is over, theMonster Verse, and ect

  2. Willie Williams on December 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Nicki Minaj Ablum Was Good Most Female Rappers Couldnt Touch Her Except Missy Lil Kim Eve For Example She Had Songs Good Like Champion Masquerade Va Va Voom Hov Lane And Many More Nicki Is Hot Now But When Someone New Comes Out And Take The Light From Nicki All Of Yall Gonna Be Saying The Same Thing Nicki Is The Biggest Female To Ever Do It Pop Rap RNb What Else Is She Gonna Do

    • janet on December 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

      i have to disagree with you by you saying that eve and lil kim are better than nicki NEVER..lil kim never evolved as a female rapper all she talked about was sex on her songs and her image was overly sexual.. and well eve only released a couple of albums and she did not do that good and has not released an album in 11 years, NOW i believe nobody can be as good as missy she is hands down the best, but nicki is also an amazing MC the way she can switch up her style and spit that crazy fire! and how also she can keep it cute and do the barbie thing its just dope!

  3. sightunseen on December 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    they were all wack especially nikki minaj. y’all need to pick up some jean grae and blue rhapsody instead of chicken head music

  4. Roman Gerson Jeune on December 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Roman Reloaded was great. It’s an album that takes you on a journey from start to finish. There was a theatre cut, rap cuts, dance cuts, relationship cuts, reggae cut, and empowering parts. It was a mixtape ALBUM.

  5. OWDIC on December 29, 2012 at 5:06 am

    ONIFC- not really a Taylor, but the 4th listen of this album uncovers some really good tracks. The delivery is ground breaking and will set the stage for the future. You don’t always get high on the first hit.

  6. Trey on December 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    The fact that Nicki is number one on this list is absolutely ridiculous. Yea, a #1 album is definitely dissapointing. Starships being of the best selling songs of 2012 is dissapointing. Yeas, you guys are so right…

  7. Romansslave on December 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    After the pinkfriday era she giant allot of pop fans it would be just ludicrous to totally ignor them …

  8. evan on December 30, 2012 at 3:08 am

    i think roman reloaded was he best. the only reason she would b on this list is because of te controversy over her switching to pop even tho she just expiremented. iether way there were good songs on thwre. and she did the re up to make it even better so… Abd Cruel Summer being on here is anothwr disgrace thats just WTF lol

  9. Joe on December 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    All you have to do is listen to any unoriginal rap album this year or the last 10 to realize how bad hip hop & pop are now. All of the pop songs are overhyped club beats with the accelerating drum whereas hip hop Is the same slow boom drum, clapping and rat a tat tat crap with lyrics such as nigga and bitch. Real original an the pinnacle is Nicki Minaj with classic crap as “bees in the trap”