2011 Top 10 ListTau (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.