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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

9. Future, Pluto

Label: Epic
Released: April 17

Playing into hip-hop's ever-popular obsession with outer space, Future shocked fans with the success of his debut, Pluto. His bravado is on full display throughout every track, their addictive hooks, and unconventional beats. Records like "Turn On The Lights" and "Neva End" show how he's able to master love songs and ballads, but he also succeeds on heavier, street tracks "Tony Montana" and "Same Damn Time." A strong reliance on Auto-Tune means that sometimes his voice sounds harsh, and other times, paranoid. Future's ability to create a distinct mood and a personality with nothing more than vocals should be commended. -LN

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