Headlines in hip hop over the past twelve months have been mired in beefs, and prison sentences.  2012 was an unfortunate year for rappers who had not bothered to pay the Tax Man in year's past.  Artists of time's past made headlines, as some people do not want to let legends rest, and other artists still in the game made some poor decisions.  Big names from different labels just seemed to be unable to co-exist, which was most evident at this year's BET Awards.  Twitter was integral to many stories with some of hip hop's best abusing the unfiltered social media site, and venting their rage, and tweeting in appropriate pics.

Here are 20 of the top stories that gathered the most attention in the year of 2012 with beefs, fights, charges, and prison all being major factors.