Digitalis’ Brad Rose gets hit up for a lot of year-end lists, so we decided to do something different. I know he’s VERY into rap music, so we had him put together a list of his favorite hip-hop albums and mixtapes from 2011. This is my pick for list of the year, seriously.
1. Big K.R.I.T. “Return of 4eva”
One of the best albums of 2011, period.
2. Main Attrakionz “808 & Dark Grapes II”
They’re really starting to live up to the ‘best duo in the world’ tag.
3. Juicy J & Lex Luger “Rubba Band Business II”
4. Mondre M.A.N. “M A N”
See #2 above.
5. Danny Brown “XXX”
The more I listen to this, the better it gets. Nobody else sounds like Danny Brown.
6. Freddie Gibbs “Cold Day in Hell”
First time he’s put together an entire release that’s this good and this consistent. Bodes well.
7. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire “Lost In Translation”
New York’s finest. Gets even better with repeated listens.
8. G-Side “Cohesive… The One”
Forgot this came out in 2011 since it was out January 1st, but it’s the best thing G-Side has done, easy.
9. Schoolboy Q “Setbacks”
His fellow Black Hippy comrade, Kendrick Lamar, got a lot more press this year (and don’t get me wrong, “Section 80” is great), but I prefer “Setbacks.”
10. A$AP Rocky “LiveLoveA$AP”
I’m probably not as enamored w/ this as a lot of people I know, but it’s still pretty damn great. Killer beats, too.
+1 to grow on: Squadda B “Back $ellin Crack”
It’s only been out five days so I haven’t had time to fully digest it, but cursory listens have me way impressed. Further evidence that Main Attrakionz will own 2012.
Bonus: Best Track – “Thuggin” by Madlib & Freddie Gibbs.
No contest. There’s not a single album I’m more excited about in 2012 than the promised full-length from these two.