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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2011

2011 was a good (if not great) year for Hip Hop, and if you were able to ignore the mainstream there was plenty of diversity and quality in terms of albums released. Pop rappers like Drake, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Kalifa all had multi-platinum sellers, as did Jay-Z and Kanye West with their Watch The Throne collaboration. Best-selling doesn’t necessarily mean best though, as you will see below. For this list, we have ranked OUR 40 favorite albums released in 2011 (not included are EP’s, mixtapes or instrumental albums). What do YOU think?

Also read: Greatest Hip Hop Albums 1986 – 2018

1. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

best hip hop of 2010s decade

Rating: 9.5/10

2. CunninLynguists – Oneirology

best hip hop 2011

Rating: 9.5/10

3. Rashad & Confidence – The Element Of Surprise

Rating: 9/10

4. The Roots - Undun

Rating: 9/10

5. Danny Brown - XXX

Rating: 9/10

6. Phonte - Charity Starts At Home

Rating: 8.5/10

7. Doomtree – No Kings

Rating: 8.5/10

8. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Rating: 8.5/10

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

Rating: 8.5/10

10. Common – The Dreamer / The Believer

Rating: 8.5/10

11. Evidence – Cats & Dogs

Rating: 8.5/10

12. Murs - Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation

Rating: 8/10

13. Thurz – L.A. Riots

best hip hop album 2011

Rating: 8.5/10

14. J-Live – S.P.T.A. (Said Person Of That Ability)

Rating: 8/10

15. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Rating: 8/10

16. Superstar Quamallah & DeQawn – Talkin’ All That Jazz

Rating: 8/10

17. People Under The Stairs – Highlighter

Rating: 7.5/10

18. Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown – Daily Bread

Rating: 7.5/10

19. Apathy – Honkey Kong!

Rating: 7.5/10

20. Random Axe – Random Axe

Rating: 7.5/10

21. Has-Lo – In Case I Don’t Make It

Rating: 7.5/10

22. Qwazaar & Batsauce – Bat Meets Blaine

Rating: 7.5/10

23. R.E.K.S. – Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme

Rating: 7.5/10

24. Killer Mike – PL3DGE

Rating: 7.5/10

25. Action Bronson – Dr. Lecter

Rating: 7.5/10

26. Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Gonna Eat That?

Rating: 7.5/10

27. DC The Midi Alien – East Coast Avengers Present Avengers Airwaves

Rating: 7/10

28. Royce Da 5’9″ – Success Is Certain

Rating: 7/10

29. The Doppelgangaz – Lone Sharks

Rating: 7/10

30. Malcolm & Martin – Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Rating: 7/10

31. Talib Kweli – Gutter Rainbows

Rating: 7/10

32. ScHoolboy Q – Setbacks

Rating: 7/10

33. Atmosphere – The Family Sign

Rating: 7/10

34. KRS-One & Bumpy Knuckles – Royalty Check

Rating: 7/10

35. 9th Wonder – The Wonder Years

Rating: 6.5/10

36. J. Cole – Cole World: A Sideline Story

Rating: 6.5/10

37. Blaq Poet – Blaq Poet Society

Rating: 6.5/10

38. Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – Well Done

Rating: 6.5/10

39. Joell Ortiz – Free Agent

Rating: 6.5/10

40. Tech N9ne – All 6’s & 7’s

Rating: 6.5/10

Honorable Mentions

  • J. Rawls – The Hip Hop Affect
  • Kool G Rap – Riches, Royalty, Respect
  • Edo. G – A Face In The Crowd
  • Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
  • Tyler, The Creator – Goblin
  • Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told
  • Pusha T – Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray
  • Strange Fruit Project – A Dreamer’s Journey
  • Blue Scholars – Cinémetropolis
  • Pseudo Intellectuals – Dope Grindwork
  • Beneficence – Sidewalk Science
  • Rapper Big Pooh – Dirty Pretty Things
  • Stalley – Lincoln Way Nights
  • Pac Div – The DiV
  • Quelle Chris – Shotgun & Sleek Rifle
  • Mohammad Dangerfield – Mohammad Dangerfield
  • Serge Severe Back on My Rhymes
  • Ugly Duckling Moving at Breakneck Speed
  • Exile – 4TRK MIND
  • The Away Team – Scars & Stripes
  • Astronote – Weapon Of The Future
  • DTMD – Makin’ Dollas
  • One Be Lo – L.A.B.O.R.
  • yU – The Earn
  • Clan Destined – Self Titled
  • Vakill – Armor of God
  • Curren$y – Weekend At Burnie’s
  • DJ Quik – The Book Of David
  • M.O.P. – Sparta
  • Chef Raekwon – Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
  • Game – The R.E.D. Album
  • Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
  • Tech N9ne – Welcome To Strangeland

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