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Battle For The Throne Comes Down to the 4th Quarter

October 27, 2011 · Posted in reviews · 84 Comments 

Man, what a year so far. Somebody lit a match underneath hip hops ass in 2011. We’ve had major releases from some big names in the game and some of the newer faces, and we’re only a third of the way through. Hip hop isn’t Lebron James though. Three quarters isn’t enough. It’s who comes out on top at the end of this highly competitive fourth quarter that we’ll see who REALLY has the throne right now. Let’s break this bitch down to the camps battling for the 2011 throne: 

Roc Nation

I know I’m not alone in saying the fact that WTT didn’t leak is some impressive shit. It may have been the first time in a decade that I was completely unaware of what an album was going to sound like until the second it came out. They introduced us to “sophisticated ignorance” in that “Otis” video, and overall gave us a great album.  They didn’t think that was enough though and decided to give us a “Watch the Throne tour” also. With their album and J. Cole’s being released end of summer and beginning of fourth quarter respectively, the tour is sure to keep Roc Nation buzzing to the end of the year.

Then you have the explosion of the J. Cole phenomenon. Us Cole World fans have been around from the beginning, but it’s safe to say he had a huge popularity boost and much bigger following this year alone. In a time where kids love songs that are one dimensional, or as I call it “Weed Rap,” it’s refreshing to see the fact that they are appreciating lyricism again. For example, I DJ’d a sweet sixteen last night and they’re requesting songs like “Daddy’s Little Girl” and “Lost Ones.” The fuck? At a party? That’s how you know you’ve made an impact. Cole World.

 

Young Money

The head honcho was back at it this year after a year hiatus due to some time in the pen. The Carter IV proved to be a good album and went on to sell extremely well too. Rumors of Birdman buying 100,000 copies or not, that was some impressive shit. With big hits like “6’7” and “She Will,” Weezy did his part for Young Money’s quest for the throne. Not to mention him AND Drake were features on probably the biggest song of the year, “I’m On One.” Good to have on the resume.

Then you got Drizzy Drake Rogers. It’s quite ironic that his album is being released in the 4th quarter this year though. The NBA 2K12 commercial where he claims the Miami Heat of today is the best team ever is suspect as all hell. They suck in the 4th quarter and haven’t even won a title of any sort. Let’s hope Drake is the opposite. The way Drake has strategically been spacing out his songs to keep his buzz strong and spread out is genius. From “Marvin’s Room” to “The Real Her” I’ve liked what I’ve heard so far. I think “Take Care” will be a great album and be a strong supporting role in Young Money’s quest for the throne. These two guys hold most of the weight on their shoulders due to the quiet year Nicki has had with new solo projects.

 

Maybach Music Group

Say it with me, M-M-M-M-Maybach music! Gotta love a movement that makes music that makes you just say “UNHHH!” Rick Ross is the boss in more ways than one now, overseeing this talented label. He was everywhere in 2011. From appearances on “I’m On One” and “John.” To newer joints like “I’m a Boss” and “Free Spirit.” The beauty of it all is the fact that he puts on his label, and in less than a year they’re on top of the game. I remember back in January when “Pandemonium” came out, Wale tweeted something along the lines of this song is going to be how Maybach’s year will go. Good prediction.

Speaking of Wale, he’s got an album coming out in a week. “Ambition” will prove to be his best work in my opinion. Ross gives him the freedom to make the music he wants to make and releases them instantly. Think of all the freestyles Wale released to us this year. Seems like every week we got something new. Impressive. Mix that with a great mixtape in “Eleven One Eleven” and you’ve got a bunch of hungry fans anticipating November 1st.

Oh, Rick Ross has an album coming out the end of this year too? “God Forgives…I Don’t” will mean that all of my favorite artists will have put out an album in one year. That shit cray. He released his first two singles and reiterated the fact that “I Love My Bitches” and “You the Boss.” His album is looking to be the final major release of all the biggest names in hip hop this year. Luckily God did forgive Ricky Rozay and didn’t take him away from us with all the medical issues he had last week. Scary.  Two full length albums from Maybach’s two biggest names makes them a strong contender for the throne.

PS. Meek Mill’s “I’m A Boss” isn’t doing too bad right now either.

 

I’m going to give Shady 2.0 an honorable mention simply because I believe 2012 will be their year. Apart from the BME EP and the cypher at the BET awards, it’s been a quiet year. I am most certainly highly anticipating Yelawolf’s debut album dropping November 25th, but it’s asking a bit much for him to carry the whole weight of Shady Records on his shoulders to contend for the throne this year. Especially with Slaughterhouse’s project not due till next year. We’ll call this the calm before the storm.

Those are my top three contenders. All have the opportunity to reign supreme in this hip hop thing for the year 2011. Who will be Jordan in Game 6? All I know is I’m excited for all of these new project coming out. Who do you guys think will end up being on top?

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84 Responses to “Battle For The Throne Comes Down to the 4th Quarter”

  1. Tony on October 27th, 2011 2:20 am

    Wheres GOOD Music?!

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  2. Nik on October 27th, 2011 2:28 am

    I think you forgot to mention YM is supposedly releasing a group album in December

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  3. Christian on October 27th, 2011 2:31 am

    GOOD MUSIC off tops, best label in the game..i don’t know what you’re doing KHH

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    Killerhiphop.com Reply:

    Yes, Big Sean dropped an album and Kanye was half The Throne. However what they got coming out in the fourth quarter that can compete with MMG and YM and Cole World?

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    Killerhiphop.com Reply:

    Mike Da Silva is specifically talking Fourth quarter. However even if you take the WHOLE Year. Would you put them above YM and MMG?

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    ManuFbaby Reply:

    @Killerhiphop.com, Why didn’t you speak about Wale’s AMBITION ??! that’s a big oversight

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    ManuFbaby Reply:

    @Killerhiphop.com, sorry i missed the part where it’s written

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    LetMEtalk Reply:

    In all honesty YMCMB is over rated (minus Drake) if he decides to leave *which he will* the whole camp will flop BELIEDAT

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    TIB Reply:

    @LetMEtalk, YMCMB isnt Ova Rated, there just good. They said Green Bay was over Rated bt there 7-0 right now.

  4. Tony on October 27th, 2011 2:31 am

    Where’s GOOD Music? Come on now. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was probably the highest rated rap album of ALL TIME. Plus releasing Watch The Throne, Kanye has had a hell of a year. Than Big Sean released Finally Famous which did really good. Pusha T isn’t doing to bad with his Fear of God mixtapes. Kid Cudi is ready to put his new album which is sure to be fire. Common is coming out with a new album and his song Blue Sky is killin. And you can’t forget CyHi Da Prynce who’s very very underrated. But he’s been killin it too.

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    I think you’re missing the point of the article. Its strictly 4TH quarter. Name me a GOOD music release in the next 2 months. Big Sean and CYHI were beginning of summer. I included Kanye with Jay-Z. 2012 will be their year but at the end of this year these will be the three camps we will be hearing from and talking about.

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    Tony Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva, Watch The Throne is obviously the 4th quarter. Pusha T’s mixtapes have been 4th quarter. CyHi’s mixtapes have been 4th quarter. All Big Sean’s new music and his features are 4th quarter. Common’s single is 4th quarter. Come on now. It’s a great article, but you have to include GOOD Music.

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    Anton Reply:

    you do realize 50’s supposed to bring an album right…

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    MBDTF was last year! I’m talking fourth quarter this year. Big Seams buzz has calmed since the summer and an album being READY to come out is a lot different than an album that IS coming out. Like Shady 2.0 they will be topic of beginning of next year.

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    Tony Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva, Fear of God 2 is fourth quarter. You basically named 2 albums from each label. Want two albums? Watch The Throne & Fear of God 2.

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    Killerhiphop.com Reply:

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy took the Throne in the fourth quarter last year fam (Nov 2010). This year they have been quiet. Trusay, Common’s album will be hot but it has no release date yet. Big Sean was arguable the only notable GOOD Music rep to drop a GOOD album this year.

    I hear you. The Throne was excellent but was it better than the collective force of YM and MMG?

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    Tony Reply:

    @Killerhiphop.com, The thing with YM is they are commercially good. Wayne compared to Jay? Drake compared to Ye? Watch The Throne > Carter 4. MMG is horrible. Wale is their only hope. Meek Mill is doing his thing but he doesn’t have that type of music everyone would listen to. Cudi’s coming out with a new album too.

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    Kog Reply:

    @Tony, Dam seriously get off G.o.o.d Music Dick. The Article states 4th quarter, Pusha T isn’t that major compare to J,cole and Jay z or Wayne and Drake. Big Sean buzz is dying down only thing keeping him a float is Dance(A$$). Meek Mill Dreamchaser had a huge Buzz, Wale Album is the Talking of the town, and Rick Ross is the bawse. Not hating on G.o.o.d Music but dude you are wrong. What makes watch the throne better than carter iv? Same Topic of discussion, Money, Sex, and Love. Watch The Throne was mostly them bragging about their wealth except on Lift Off, and Made in America. Wayne did go out there with Mirrors, How to Hate, and Blunt Blowin. But other than that the same topic.

    J Inough Reply:

    @Tony,
    Drake is the most versatile rapper out. And you’re comparing the best of RocNation and GOOD Music. Carter 4 > Watch the Throne. MMG is the best by far anyway. If you’ve ever listened to Meek Mill, you’d know he’s gonna be big, cuz all 36 songs I got with him on my iPod are fire. And simply, Rick Ross is the biggest boss.

    illadelph_meek mill Reply:

    Isnt good music affiliated with roc nation? I always thought of it as how young money is to cash money@Tony,

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  5. chad on October 27th, 2011 2:33 am

    No one will touch the sales of young money but i agree @ where is Good Music.

    Kanye with WTT. Big Sean blew up even bigger than Cole. Pusha T is comin out with an EP. CyHi was dropping tapes

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    Markos Reply:

    @chad,
    Big Sean sells pale in comparison to Cole World.

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    Killerhiphop.com Reply:

    I’m asking the same question fam. WHERE IS GOOD MUSIC? Nothing major coming in the fourth quarter this year!

    I hear you but “Big Sean blew up even bigger than Cole”!!! Come on now. Big Sean sold 85k first week. Cole sold 214k first week. Both debut albums.

    Trusay WTT was great….with help from Jigga. “Pusha is comin”. Keyword is “comin”. No albums. Cyhi dropping tapes. Yep, 2 mixtapes this year to be exact. Name a song off one of them without Google?

    Look at it collectively fam. GOOD music has had a quiet year compared to YM and MMG. YM has been solid ALL YEAR and MMG about to take Fourth Quarter with Jordan Game 6 albums from Rozay and Wale.

    PS – I love GOOD music but I agree with EricDaKidd with his top 3 camps.

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    kbrian Reply:

    @Killerhiphop.com, I agree. We’ll hear more from GOOD music next year. They’re probably going to pick up French Montana as well! But for now I agree with the tier list presented in the original post.

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    MAC Reply:

    @Killerhiphop.com, Totally valid point. GOOD music has a ton of talent- they just haven’t had that much of a second half impact across the board this year. One thing though, the song Stadium on Cyhi’s Royal Flush 2 mixtape is a really good song that gets overlooked and people should know.

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  6. izzo on October 27th, 2011 2:50 am

    Roc nation easily takes it, jay z, and cole make real music with concepts and messages, Young money shouldnt even be hear cause they talk about the same shit in every song plus there all fake, and much love to Wale and Meek, but rick ross is also a fake ass nigga no matter how good of an artist he is and i dont think Pill has what it takes to step up. and WTF wheres G.O.O.D. music cyhi, big sean, and pusha have constanly been dropping shit and commons dropping his album soon and dont give jay all the credit kanye is half of the throne so if i was you get GOOD here

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    Kog Reply:

    @izzo, I love Roc Nation and YM but why they fake? Cuz wayne stays with the label he came up on, or better yet shouts out the two he grow up in, or better yet help the label grow. Yep all fake. Jay Z state a while ago he would never work with Kanye West, but did an entire album with the dude, but thats not fake. C’mon now. Young Money Talkes about the same shit? ALL RAPPERS DO!. Jay -z and Wayne Brag about their Money. Drake and J.cole talk about real shit. J.cole does get deeper tho. And G.o.o.d music doesn’t have anything major line up in the next two months unless you count Pusha T, but Pusha T comparing to Drake, Tyga, Rick Ross, or Wale c’mon be real. Even if you hate young money you got to love their work ethic. They will hope on a track and help artist be commercial like they are.

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    villz Reply:

    @Kog,
    Ok number one show me where Hov said he would never work with Jay-Z? And number two YES Lil wayne is fake. He talks about having choppers in the car, smoking and drinking. Now this dude is on probation for a long time, unless he is the DUMBEST motherfucker on the face of the planet I doubt he does any of those things. The only knowledge I have of Lil Wayne using a gun is when the idiot shot himself. Also talking about real shit is the same? Talking about real shit is everything not limited to one specific action.

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    Kog Reply:

    @villz, http://rapgenius.com/Game-uncle-otis-lyrics. Click the Line the Game Mention about Jay not working with Kanye West. Lil Wayne talk about having guns in stuff, but Jay did the same thing. Again Most Rapper talk about that. Lil Wayne was what 13, 14, when he shot himself, not idiot but was kind of dumb tho lol. Lil Wayne talks about real shit. Tie My Hands, How to Hate, President Carter, Hustler Musik, etc etc. Rick Ross might be fake but the dude working, putting people on, and has creating a buzz and a name for himself. Also Jay-z Sigining Williow Smith after one hit isn’t smart, but then again he got money so i think he knows when he doing. oh and Real Shit? Tell me on Watch the Throne, all those two dudes talk about was How Rich they are, how cars they got, etc,etc just like wayne. Hell they had a song bragging about themself in the title, Illest Motherfuckers. c’mon and that real shit. Not Saying saying your wrong, or Lil Wayne or Ross is better, but you can’t denied them working. and Whats wrong with Drake, If your favorite artist fuck with him, then they don’t see what you see i guess.

    villz Reply:

    @Kog,
    Dude Kanye knew that already haven’t you heard Last Call (IMO one of the best songs off College Dropout, very underrated). He talked about torwards the end that Jay-Z and EVERYBODY else didnt want him performing because he didnt want to act “gangster”. The guns thing Jay used deal and deal with all that shit hes a crazy motherfucker who shot his own brother. Not saying I condone that or anything but if anyone has a right to talk about that stuff would be Hov not Wayne. I dont like Ross but I’ll give him this he makes some fire ass beats and no one can deny that. And on the topic of WTT, yea thats cool they can do that cuz they dont always talk about that stuff so if they want to do it on an album I say let them they at least do it the right way. BUT TO DO IT IN EVERY ONE OF YOUR SONGS cmon man thats a little ridiculous (even tho Kanye is an arrogant asshole he doesnt really say the same shit on every verse).

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    izzo Reply:

    woah i used to be a huge YM, and ross fan but @Kog is right wayne talks about being a drug dealer and choppers, and being a blood when he is none of that shit, he raps on corn ball beats with the same old metaphor shit. Ross talks about selling dope and being a drug dealer which he never was, and even the younger dudes in the game disrespect him for that shit. And i used to be a HUGE drake fan but he sold out doin the corny beats and shit, i miss the old drake before wayne turned him into this fuckin backpack rapper. And jay z and kanye have been best friends since idk how long he never said that. And yes being real is what hip hop is your either a hip hop artist or you can start takin dancing classes with chris brown, the saviors of hip hop are comin back like Kendrick, Cole, K.R.I.T., Nipsey Hussle, Wale, and everyone in shady 2.0, i dont think ive ever heard these niggas make one fake song

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    J Inough Reply:

    @izzo,
    woah bud you were soundin good until that last part even though I’m a huge Rick Ross and Drake fan. Shady 2.0??? The bitch that made that shit is fake. Eminem used to always say how he raps as an outlet and then he puts shit out like “Love the Way You Lie” and “Lighters”. Thats some gay music. Shakin my head slim

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    izzo Reply:

    i was talkin bout slaughterhouse and yelawolf but i feel what your sayin with Em.
    i hate when he makes sht like that too, and i hate them eminem faggets who worship him but dont even know shit like infinite. but i have to admit that dude is a genious, that bad meets evil ep, every part of that was flawless his delivery, lyrics, flow everything i still have to say that hes still got it

  7. Siddiqi3 on October 27th, 2011 3:03 am

    Y’all niggas need to realize Roc Nation and Shady 2.0 are the realest in the game righ now. No one can fuck with them lyrically. However YM got good flow and production to their music and therefore it sells more. But too be on top of the throne you need to have everything the fans and the lyrics. Roc Nation and Shady 2.0 are the only TWO REAL Competition.

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    kbrian Reply:

    @Siddiqi3, Awesome point, commendations.

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    e.dialect Reply:

    @Siddiqi3, only relevant comment i’ve seen here.. i completely agree with you

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  8. Royal Swagness on October 27th, 2011 3:42 am

    It’s a footrace to the end of the year between Rocnation & Dumb Money, I mean Young Money.

    It’s Watch The Throne & Cole World:sideline story VS Tha Carter 4 & Take Care.

    Once we hear Drake’s Take Care, It’ll make the difference for best camp of the year.

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    Chris Reply:

    @Royal Swagness, and the winner is ymcmb cause carter 4 killed watch the throne..and drakes album is gonna,rape sideline story…

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    LMH Reply:

    @Chris,

    There is a chance that Drake’s album may be better than Cole World. That’s to be determined. But Carter IV better than WTT? Really? You’re hearing the music, but you’re definitely not listening.

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    Dfinity Reply:

    @LMH,
    he’s talking about sales, and he’s right.

    peanut Reply:

    @LMH, the carter 4 did kill WTT. take care will kill cole world. Plus YM has an album being dropped by Tyga and Bow Wow in the 4th quarter. YM is going to remain in the throne…so regardless of ur opinion on c4 v. wtt and take care v. cole world YM still has 4 albums compared to 2…nobody on YM’s level…

    LMH Reply:

    @Dfinity,

    I don’t even want to have this conversation with you if you honestly think album sales=better album.

  9. kbrian on October 27th, 2011 4:01 am

    LOLOLOL. and i quote “the fuck? at a party?” if you can get those two songs (Daddy’s Little Girl, Lost Ones) to teenagers, you know you did something right. That alone is enough for the ROC to conquer the throne. Regardless of sale numbers, that album truly made a huge impact.

    “Niggas actin like they dont give a fuck,
    and i don’t blame em it’s a cole world, so live it up.”

    dreamvilleeeee ROC

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  10. LetMEtalk on October 27th, 2011 4:05 am

    YM full of gimmicks how much longer can Drake hold them down I’m hoping next year SHADY CAMP TAKE OVER BUT FOR NOW SINCE IM FROM DADE MMG BABY

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    Treach Reply:

    @LetMEtalk, the whole shady/aftermath goin tAke over next year

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    LetMEtalk Reply:

    I really hope so

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  11. Chris on October 27th, 2011 4:12 am

    YMCMB….Hands down they do the most got the most hit they got the hit makers yo….oh not to even mention the monster the best rapper alive leading them…the rest eatin they dust…

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  12. Cullen on October 27th, 2011 4:16 am

    @izzo,
    Damn, that comment was so ignorant it lost all its credibility Did you listen to WTT? They talk about black power and having a lot of money. I love haters talking about oh my wtt was sooo much better than c4? Don’t even start that shit. Wayne, by himself outdid “Jay and Ye.” If Drake were to put a verse and a hook/chorus with a wayne verse or two on every song, WTT wouldn’t even be in the conversation. Cole did his thing tho, ill give him props for that.

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  13. Rogelio on October 27th, 2011 4:29 am

    STRAAAAANGE MUSIC!!! The rest are so-so. Wake up people!

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    S.M Reply:

    @Rogelio,

    finaly! some one else who agrees! Strange Music >>>> Every other label.

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  14. Shane on October 27th, 2011 4:30 am

    Also for Young Money you have Bow Wow and tyga dropping albums. Young Money got this hands down. But Roc Nation put up a good fight. and as for MMG they have nothing on Roc Nation, Good Music, YMCMB, or Shady 2.0.

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  15. MAC on October 27th, 2011 4:34 am

    i don’t even like nicki minaj but to say that she is a non-factor is just wrong. mabe her fourth quarter impact isn’t huge but throughout the year superbass sold more than i’m one one and is a huge song and i can’t believe this but pink friday is beating thank me later, my beautiful dark twisted fantasy and may sell more than watch the throne ever will. she is featured on rozay’s single and drake’s make me proud so she definitely is making a lot of noise even if i don’t usually want to hear it

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  16. J on October 27th, 2011 5:15 am

    In all honesty, commercially wise YMCMB takes the throne to that one, but to quality, Roc Nation takes that. YMCMB will always take the throne to commercial because they rap to sell in my opinion. Roc nation had at least Cole who had an album which really told a story. His album was also one of the most anticipated, which could be said for Wayne and Drake too, but that’s already expected cuz they’re heavyweights in their own right. But to gain so much buzz with no help whatsoever? That’s a pretty big achievement in my opinion. And Hov, well he jsut doesn’t care and he’ll rap what he pleases. However, who’s to say #Ambition won’t beat all three albums? And Ross has an ear for AMAZING beats, and Meek is destroying too. It’s pretty much down to what Drake and Wale put out that will determine which one takes it. I like all three labels, but when it come to what i’d rather hear/have on my iPod, Roc Nation takes the cake.

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    shawn Reply:

    @J, couldnt have said it better myself..

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    peanut Reply:

    @shawn, doesn’t matter MMG has ambition and god forgives i don’t…YM has carter 4, take care, careless world, and underrated coming out. thats 4 to 2…YM takes it

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    J Reply:

    @peanut,
    Ok but who’s to say Ambition” won’t be better than “Take Care” or “Careless World” combined? I mean that is Wale’s sophomore album just the same as Drake’s. And personally, I prefer “Attention Deficit” then “Thank Me Later”. Who’s to say it won’t be the same outcome for their sophomore albums? Again, looking at it from a quality standpoint, and not commercial wise, it’s going to be up to Wale and Drake. Underrated doesn’t have that same hype that any of the other albums have, nor do I think he has the potential to match up to the two. Careless World though is a good point, but Meek matches Tyga, in terms of killing things. In the end, I still think it’s either up to Wale or Drake just the same, cuz Quantity does not equal Quality. That’s my two cents

    J Reply:

    @shawn, For second anyways.

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  17. Sivan on October 27th, 2011 6:45 am

    Aslong as AFTERMATH still releasing music the throne is NOT up for offer!!

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  18. Pablit on October 27th, 2011 7:11 am

    I agree with everything even the Honorable Mention. G.O.O.D. Music should be mentioned but not before anyone else on this list. Shady 2.0 earned that honorable mention over them with BME, the BET Cypher, and I’m guessing a decent soph/rookie album from Yela. And they will keep it going all the way through 2012.

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  19. Mr. Propane on October 27th, 2011 7:19 am

    GOOD Music is definatley a conttender in the race for the Throne and should be recognized as such… also RocNation is pretty much in the lead for the Throne right now and MMG is not far behind. Young Money has some artisit that aren’t moving thier own weight so as a whole they kinda lack. Shady 2.0 is on a come up and will probably reign supreme in the year to come.

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  20. Omg Lol on October 27th, 2011 8:09 am

    I like this discussion a lot.. Roc Nation taking the Throne. Cole World > Any album dropped this year. Dollar and a Dream III, Rise and Shine, Breakdown, Daddy’s Little Girl, Nothing Lasts Forever, Sideline Story, Lost Ones, etc.. Album had so much diversity. Sure it was not all perfect, but it damn was impressive. Not too many albums today will be this different (Take Care might but it’s heading the same route as TML with Over = Headlines & Find Your Love = Make Me Proud but it’ll sell for sure..)

    I say tho at the end of the year have a final breakdown to let all the material soak in.. GOOD music dropped stuff earlier this year while these other labels were pretty quiet… How’s that fair for GOOD? I just say let this wait til after 4th quarter is over and we see who managed to take the throne…

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  21. Declan Fogarty on October 27th, 2011 8:12 am

    I didnt read many Comments, But I’m just gonna say taht GOOD should defs still be counted, I know we’re talking 4th quarter, Big sean, not a High contender, which will offend some, and I love him, but J cole blows him out of the water, Half the throne going to Ye of course, CuDi has a New album in December, and Common will Probably Drop his new album before the year ends, 4th quarter winners? I think so.

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    TOUGHTITTIES Reply:

    Cudi isnt part of GOOD anymore, so you cant count him. Kanye was killer with jay, but other than that good music hasnt done anything significant. and dont say the big sean album, that album had 1 or 2 good track and the rest was garbage.

    You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and well GOOD music is only as strong as Big sean and Cyhi.. two rappers who are shit, i believe they should be dropped. quick! but yeezy on the other hand, hes a fucking beast. Lyrically at the top!

    and shout out to shady 2.0, even if it was a quiet year, they still managed somehow to be tied with Rocnation for me! that somehow would be from actual great music !

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  22. Anton on October 27th, 2011 11:42 am

    Aside from the fact that good music ain’t on your list (cuz everbody mentioned that already) you gotta pay some respect to the game (even tho his album could’ve been better, wasn’t nearly as good as l.a.x). You also forget that 50’s supposed to bring out an album somewhere in december which I hope will surprise us all. And uh, just for the record, C4 almost sold twice as much as WTT, and uh “We gon’ be alright if we put Drake on every Hook”.

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  23. Gera on October 27th, 2011 3:44 pm

    Good article, but i think you should look at it at how the individuals work. YM is great, but you didnt mention tyga. Tyga has an album coming out in december. And he had the best mixtape of the year in my opinion ( well done 2). But i have to say that J.cole has the album of the year and Roc nation accomplished ALOT this year. It’ll be close.

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    Ambition Reply:

    @Gera, the eleven one eleven theory by wale blew Well done 2 out of water lyrically. I like tyga bt he has nothin on Wale. Hell well done nd black thoughts 2 is better than Well done 2.

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  24. Trilla on October 27th, 2011 4:38 pm

    If WTT Wasn’t The Album Of Da Year Coleworld No Blanket Was…… Let’s B Honest That Was Waynes Worst Carter But I Can Say Drakes Gonna Hit Hard But I’m Still Thinkin Cole Out Did Himself…… Wale Will Drop & B Outstandin But Won’t Surpass The Two Roc Nations.. As 4 Ross I Heard Is Album Is Legendary

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    peanut Reply:

    @Trilla, oh yeah cole had the best album but it only sold 1/5th of what c4 did and oh wait WTT was the best but it only sold 1/3rd of what c4 did and i guarantee take care will also out sell cole. plus toga and bow wows album. no ones touching YM

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    J Reply:

    @peanut,
    Quantity does not equal Quality.

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  25. Trilla on October 27th, 2011 4:42 pm

    Not 2 Mention Shady 2.0 Are Lyrical Geniuses & Cannot B Tampered Wit Bar 4 Bar it Wud B Suicide…… Shoutout 2 Yeezy & His Crew 2

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  26. Jv on October 27th, 2011 9:16 pm

    Shady records 2012

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  27. Ghetto Bebop on October 27th, 2011 9:29 pm

    Shady 2.0 When they come out they will hit hard.

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    Peanut Reply:

    Yall dumb just for leaving Kendrick Lamar out this conversation !

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  28. J Inough on October 27th, 2011 11:06 pm

    Nobody really commented about MMG, so I will. Rick Ross is the biggest boss and makes bangers like it’s nothing, so prepare for “God Forgives, I Don’t. Meek Mill has been spittin fire and has an amazing flow, and his lyrics are damn good. Wale has been doin a lot lately and his Album “Ambition” will be sooo good. MMMMaybach Music.

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  29. weezyfbitch on October 28th, 2011 2:54 am

    If you go by sales and charts YM rules, if you go by quality Roc Nation, if you go by stupidity MMG.

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  30. Bebo Gritly on October 28th, 2011 4:00 am

    Young MOney

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  31. Michael on October 28th, 2011 4:05 am

    Bruhh, GOOD Music is missing from this. If ur gonna talk about 4th quarter, Common has an album dropping in December.

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  32. edison on October 28th, 2011 4:20 am

    Biggie didnt sell millions and didnt have that many catchy songs as YM. Or other good rappers in the past were not commercially succesful. This is just to show that the rap game needs to change. Roc Nation are innovators tell me how theyre going to drop a song without a hook. and still get positive feedback.
    Roc Nation is the best in my opinion.

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    Kog Reply:

    @edison, wth are you talking about Biggie didn’t sell. He is one of the few hip hop artist to sell diamond. Thats 10 million copies on one album alone. Catchy? “Hypnotize” wasn’t a catchy song? or Big Poppa. Roc nation innovators? Jay Electronica might be. But Jay-Z? Not really. J,cole, not a innovator, he just telling stories like most rappers do.(well the good ones anyway). Willow Smith? dats innovation to you? Songs without hook? Dats been done to death. Hell Wayne did it on the Carter IV, with “Its Good”. Good Rappers do turn out commercially successful.Biggie, Tupac, Dre, Eminem, Jay-z, Lil Wayne, hell Rakim has a gold plague. I respect you for picking Roc Nation, but at least give more back then, “Innovators”. G.o.o.d. Music and YMCMB have innovator the game wayyyy more than Roc Nation at the moment.

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  33. Ruiz on October 28th, 2011 7:01 am

    I feel you Edison. Cole World. But Kendrick Lamar 2012 aha

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  34. RiggsDaBoiWonder on October 28th, 2011 6:34 pm

    Next Year is Roc Nation, GOOD music, Shady, Aftermath ( I see Detox Dropping next year), and Kendrick TDE!( I see that Cole/Kendrick Tape getting some buzz and Black Hippy with their mixtape i heard)
    Young Money and MMG are gonna have alot of features with other people because theyre gonna be the hot ones. and i see half of them on tour because of their albums.

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  35. Ambition on October 30th, 2011 8:19 am

    Wale is sick as jordan before game 6. MMG are the bulls nd Wale is their jordan.

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  36. YMCMB on November 1st, 2011 9:33 pm

    one word- YMCMB !!!!!!!!!!! they have killed every group. period.

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  37. juice on November 17th, 2011 8:18 am

    if ymcmb doesn’t win this is just retarded………

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