2012 was an interesting year for music, with a wildly eclectic lineup of great albums, ranging from the confessional Channel Orange from Frank Ocean, to the epic, (Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! From Godspeed You! Black Emperor), and a bunch of great albums in between (Jack White and Fiona Apple, I am looking at you). But even with all those options considered, this decision is still pretty easy for me. As soon as I heard this album in March I knew, and I said it back then. While there was a good deal of great music funneling out of speakers and phones in 2012, none where as genre-bending and all encompassing as Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius’ collaboration on their rock-inspired side project, WZRD. That album had everything, truly. And I consider it the best album of the year for a multitude or reasons, though the main reason being just how important the album is. Yes, that’s right, I said important. Not only is this album pitch perfect, but it is culturally profound. Read on to find out why.