Label: Epic
Released: April 24

Ah, one of the most polarizing acts of 2012. To those who love Death Grips, a lot of the appeal has to do with the idea of Death Grips just as much as the music of Death Grips. They're a rap group with a punk mentality and a big middle finger for the mainstream.

Things got complicated when they signed with a major label then sabotaged their own deal with an added "fuck you" in the form of an erect penis on the cover of their second album, which they leaked themselves. But their major label debut, The Money Store, captures that reckless aesthetic that forced its way into the conversation and stands as one of the most interesting hip-hop albums of the year. -Jacob Moore