Label: M.A.F.E. Music
Released: February 21

Without question, BJ The Chicago Kid's Pineapple Now-Laters was one of the most slept-on releases of the year. To be fair to the listening public, the album did drop in February, which likely caused most folks to forget about it by the year's end. But by doing so, they've discredited one of the finest modern R&B/soul efforts of 2012.

Additionally, how can anyone forget about Kendrick Lamar's show-stopping performance on "His Pain II"? It's no wonder that BJ went on to ink a deal with longtime R&B/soul powerhouse Motown over the summer. -AM