2011 Top 10 List

Tau (The Way it Was, The Way it Is)
  • CunninLynguists - "Oneirology " (APOS Music)
  • People Under the Stairs - "Highlighter " (Om Music )
  • Big K.R.I.T. - "ReturnOf4Eva" (Self Release)
  • Nujabes - "Spiritual State" (Hydeout )
  • J-Live - "S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability)" (Triple Threat)
  • Blu - "No York!" (Sire)
  • Blu - "Open(theInstrumentalLP)" (Nature Sounds)
  • The Roots - "undun" (Def Jam)
  • Exile - "4TrkMind" (Soulspazm)
  • Talib Kweli - "Gutter Rainbows" (3D)
CunninLynguists the top spot without question, the rest slot in depending on the day. Haven't heard an album of theirs I don't immediately love yet.

Guess it was the year of Blu otherwise, especially considering 1 or 2 more releases by him could be on this list (j e s u s, Amnesia). And of course The Roots put in a late entry with the recently released undun which certainly didn't disappoint. Elder statesmen Kweli, PUTS and J-Live held it down with more new solid material, and definitely keep a look out for Big K.R.I.T. in the near future.

One word to describe 2011: Dope (Musical to be specific)

A prediction for next year: Mayans are right, enjoy your last year on Earth everyone.

 
 
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