Things have changed since the days of Yo! MTV Raps. As professional camera gear becomes cheaper and more accessible, and with the free marketing potential of YouTube, more and more artists are producing quality music videos. They don’t necessarily need a budget of millions or major label support to put out dope visuals anymore. They don’t need heavy rotation on BET to get noticed, either.

Here you’ll find a mix of both major label and independent productions, and you may come to find that, as is often the case in Hollywood, some of the more modest entries are actually better than those with blockbuster status.

You be the judge, though. Be aware that there is a bit of overlap here from our Sexiest Videos of 2012 list, and that these videos aren't necessarily ranked in order from best to least best.