Best Of 2011: Hip Hop

MAGNET’s Elliott Sharp picks the best hip-hop releases of the year.

1. CURREN$Y Weekend At Burnie’s (Warner Bros.)
2. STALLEY Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) (SMC)
3. JAY-Z + KANYE WEST Watch The Throne (Def Jam)
4. SHABAZZ PALACES Black Up (Sub Pop)
5. MAIN ATTRAKIONZ 808s & Dark Grapes II (self-released)
6. BIG K.R.I.T. Return Of 4Eva (self-released)
7. RICK ROSS God Forgives, I Don’t (Maybach)
8. EVIDENCE Cats & Dogs (Rhymesayers)
9. TYLER, THE CREATOR Goblin (XL)
10. ACTION BRONSON Dr. Lecter (Fine Fabric Delegates)

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12 Comments

  1. M
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    7. RICK ROSS God Forgives, I Don’t (Maybach)

    So this is really embarrassing for you guys, huh?

  2. Eric T. Miller
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Not really. When we went to press with the print issue, the album was scheduled for this year, though we knew it might be pushed back. We kept it on the list for the web, so there wouldn’t be two different MAGNET hip-hop lists.

  3. dv
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    But how did you hear an album that wasn’t ever released?

  4. JustinLamar
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Where is Kendrick Lamar Section 80?????? Who made this list?

  5. Posted December 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    SECTION 80

  6. Tudda Buck
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I dunno bruh Section 80 should be in there …….but good choice “Weekend @’s Burnies “was super creative!!!!

  7. Kareem
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    How do you put an album on a best of list that has only two singles released from it? The actual album isn’t even out yet. All we have is the album cover, “I Love My Bitches”, and “You The Boss”, lmao. Rest of the list looks good, though.

  8. Posted December 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Yea, I’m have to agree with Justin and Franco, I’m a huge Spitta and Stalley fan, but you have to have Section 80 on that list. IMO was album of the year. I also think A$AP Rocky LIVELOVEA$AP should also be on this list. That was easily better than anything Rick Ross put out this year. Also was better than Goblin, which I don’t believe was even as good as his mixtape.

  9. Rob
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    SHABAZZ PALACES. thank you.

  10. Posted December 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    this is the most irrelevant list. one album wasnt even released. you dont have section .80, take care, radioactive, but you have tyler the creator and some other clowns on here.

  11. imnap
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    picking the best rap album is like picking who’s the best presidential nominee in the republican party. in other words “who is the tallest dwarf?”

  12. imnap is right
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Rap is a bad thing and ppl shouldn’t like it and make family guy level snarkery about it becuz its just easier to act like ur above others that like something then trying to engage something unfamiliar.

    Shout out to Magnet magazine for a well thought out list that includes rap albums no one has heard even the artist himself. You guys are very dedicated to the exploration of next level rap music