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2012 in review: Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean bring fresh sounds to L.A.
2012 in review: Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean bring fresh sounds to L.A.

Click through the gallery above to view my top 10 albums of 2012. On or near the top of many of 2012's best albums lists -- mine are listed above within a clickable gallery -- are two Angelenos: Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. They earned their praise, Ocean with his Grammy-nominated "Channel Orange," a genre-busting slice of L.A. life that highlights the singer-songwriter's myriad talents, and rapper Lamar with his "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," a lyrically thrilling, musically urgent document of working-class street life. Within both is a buzzing city built on dreams but filled with nooks, enclaves and trapdoors. Their experiences of Los Angeles...

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