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Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Usher Make Time's Best of 2012 Lists

Island Def JamThe "Best of 2012" lists just keep rolling in, and Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean manage to leave their mark on yet another round-up -- Time magazine's.  

Time calls Kendrick "the most promising artist in hip-hop," thanks to his good kid, m.A.A.d city album debut.  The release takes #2 on the 2012 albums list.  "Lamar has absorbed so much from every major MC you can name that he is able to evoke any era or region of rap within a few seconds of his delivery, and his words can resonate powerfully...," the magazine writes.

As for Frank's Channel Orange debut, Time ranked it #3.  The magazine raves about Frank's singing and storytelling abilities.  But his eclectic style also gets props, with Time pointing out that "there are hints of Prince and Elton John" on the album.

At #9 on the Time albums list is Azealia Banks' 1991 EP, followed by Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music release, at #10.

As for the year's best songs, Usher's "Climax" tops Time's list.  And Nicki Minaj's brash "Roman in Moscow" track, which was a teaser for her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album, is #9.

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