iHipHop’s Best Of 2011

 |  December 31, 2011
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Headlines of 2011

 

Nate Dogg Dies at Age 41

Mr. Cee Gets Bagged Piping a Tranny

Retweet If You’re White And You Rap 

Gucci Mane’s Ice Cream Cone Face Tattoo 

Rick Ross Suffers Two Seizures In One Day 

Why Drake Doesn’t Fit In With Young Money

Heavy D Dies at Age 44

Wiz Khalifa Offically Booed Up

Lil B Comes Out With Album Titled I’m Gay

The Jimmy Henchman Saga

Ray J Has an Indoor Pool and an Outdoor Pool 

Styles P Screams On Radio Host…

Throwback Hip-Hop Footage: A Collection of Videos, Interviews & More

Smoking Weed & Rapping Is Harder Than It Looks

Glory Hole Swag At Sony Studios

 

Albums Of The Year

 

The Roots undun 

Kendrick Lamar Section.80 

Action Bronson Dr. Lector 

Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch The Throne

Childish Gambino Camp

M.O.P. & Snowgoons  Sparta

Big Sean Finally Famous

Game R.E.D. Album 

Common  The Dreamer, The Believer

Evidence  Cats & Dogs

REKS  Rhythmatic Eternal Supreme

Apollo Brown Clouds

Smoke DZA  Rolling Stoned

Jet Life  Jet World Order

Curren$y Weekend At Burnies

Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang

Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 

Action Bronson & Statik Selektah Well Done

Saigon Greatest Story Never Told

Pharoahe Monch  W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

 

 Best Mixtapes Of 2011

 

Big K.R.I.T Return Of 4eva 

A$AP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP

Elzhi elMatic 

Danny Brown XXX

Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes

The Weekend House Of Balloons

Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra

2 Chainz T.R.U.REALigion

Asher Roth Pabst & Jazz

G-Eazy The Endless Summer

Skyzoo The Great Debater

Freddie Gibbs Cold Day In Hell

Curren$y & The Alchemist Covert Coup

Fashawn Higher Learning 2

Meek Mill Dreamchasers

 

Videos Of The Year:

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rookies Of The Year:

 

 

Tyler, The Creator: Back in the beginning of the year, the hip-hop world couldn’t get enough of OFWGKTA and Tyler The Creator’s wild antics had a lot to do with it. However, all the juvenile bullsh*t aside, you can’t deny that the Odd Future frontman can hold his own on the mic.  Dude murdered vets like Pusha T and Game on their own joints, dropped one of the hottest songs/videos of the year and he has a couple accolades to show for it.  With that said, there’s no denying that his commercial debut, Goblin, wasn’t for everyone…

A$AP Rocky: There’s no question that the summer of 2011 belonged to Harlem’s pretty mothaf*cka thanks to dope visuals for the songs Peso and Purple Swag.  A$AP was able to carry that momentum into the Fall with the release of his highly successful mixtape Live.Love.A$AP, which displayed an innovative Houston influenced style of rap unlike anything that has ever really came out of New York.

Action Bronson: While Tyler The Creator dominated the start of 2011, and A$AP Rocky gained a giant buzz throughout the past couple of months, Action Bronson has stayed consistent throughout the year kicking things off with the critically acclaimed Dr. Lector, and wrapping up 2011 with the Statik Selektah produced Well Done, both of which made our top albums of the year list. It’s looking like 2012 is going to be a big year for this food loving MC.

 

 

Team Of The Year:

Maybach Music Group – This year Rick Ross really proved why he is indeed the biggest boss we have seen thus far. Ross added the likes of Wale and Stalley to an already stacked MMG roster that features Rozay himself, Pill, Triple C’s and 2011 XXL Freshman Meek Mill who started buzzing heavy in the streets this year thanks to his hit single “Ima Boss.” MMG really solidified their brand in May by dropping a successful compilation album titled Self Made Vol. 1 featuring all the label’s members and the project spawned a number of chart topping bangers like “Tupac Back” and “600 Benz.”  Not only that but Wale also released his MMG debut which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and sold just over 160k its first week. Mercedes may have decided to stop producing the Luxurious vehicle this year, but if Ross and company keep making moves the way they did in 2011, then people will continue to be familiar with the Maybach moniker and the success it represents for years to come.

Honorable Mentions…

Young Money: With the release of Drake’s sophomore effort Take Care and Wayne’s Carter IV, both now platinum, it’s safe to say that YMCMB had a pretty good year.  Young Money isn’t slouching as the crew is continuing to prosper with successful radio singles from their first lady, Nicki Minaj, while building their stable with new additions such as rap game veteran Busta Rhymes.

Jet Life: The Jets really made some major moves on the low towards the end of 2011 by signing Smoke DZA and Mikey Rocks of the Cool Kids. Curren$y released a number of projects this year including a compilation album of his own that featured himself, Young Roddy, Trademark Da Skydiver and the rest of the Jet Life crew.

 

 

 

  • Cwossen

    Heeeeyyyyyyy! You forgot about The Weeknd’s “The Knowing”, dir. Mikael Colombu

  • Bavery

    No jcole for one of the top albums of the year?most of the stuff on this list was cool though the weirdest one had to be the mister cee thing.