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Dj Premiere’s Top 25 Albums Of 2011

January 7, 2012 · Posted in lists · 57 Comments 

Dj Premiere puts his blogging hat on, and delivers his annual top 25 albums of the year list. I already know a lot of you will start creating drama down in the comments, but understand it’s Premier’s list. It’s his opinion so chill. Full list after the jump.


25. Large Professor & Neek The Exotic – Still On The Hustle
24. Edo G – A Face In The Crowd
23. Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz – Heavy Metal Kings
22. Greneberg – Greneberg
21. Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – Well Done
20. Apathy – Honkey Kong
19. The Away Team – Scars And Stripes
18. Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
17. Torae – For The Record
16. Bumpy Knuckles & Statik Selektah – Lyrical Workout
15. Common – The Dreamer, The Believer
14. Maffew Ragazino Sr. – Rhyme Pays
13. Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel
12. Drake – Take Care
11. Statik Selektah – Population Control
10. Random Axe – Random Axe
09. Malcolm And Martin – Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
08. Royce da 5’9″ – Success Is Certain
07. Phonte – Charity Starts At Home
06. 50 Cent – The Big 10
05. Reks – R.E.K.S.
04. M.O.P. & Snowgoons – Sparta
03. Evidence – Cats & Dogs
02. 9th Wonder – The Wonder Years
01. Game – The R.E.D. Album

Honorable Mentioning: Fresh Vetz “Fresh 2 Def”, Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R.”, Raekwon “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang”, Rasheed Chappell “”Future Before Nostalgia”, Sadat X “No Features”, Showbiz & KRS-One “Godsville”, Skyzoo “The Great Debater”, The Regiment “The Panic Button”, The Roots “Undun”.

Voila. Sorry Elzhi, Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun, J-Live & Tyler, The Creator

Closure Note From DJ Premier:

For all of you dumbfucks that are late or not hip to my yearly list, this is my own list of what I was bumpin’ for my enjoyment in 2011… Even though there were so fuckin’ many LPs that came out, I wish we had time to do Top 40 but fuck that… So if you don’t like my list, make your own… I ain’t mad atcha… Hate it or love it, I don’t give a fuuuuuck !!!

Note for DJ Premier for ’09

I judge my list based on dope beats, dope rhymes, scratchin’ and cutting, creativity, uniqueness, originality, and overall packaging of the product’s integrity. I don’t care if you sold a million copies, that does not make it dope. I went through more than 60 LP’s released in ’09 on major and indie labels over and over to get it as close as i possible could to being satisfied with the list so here it is along with the list.

“Be Glad or Be Mad” -DJ Premier

Comments

57 Responses to “Dj Premiere’s Top 25 Albums Of 2011”

  1. Mark on January 7th, 2012 6:30 pm

    Hows Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80 not up there?

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  2. Wu Shit on January 7th, 2012 6:44 pm

    Its funny how 50 cent fucked them all up with just one mixtape. Im still bumpin that shit. Section 80 should be on the list and dont get me wrong im a big the game fan but his album was just good but not the best album.
    FOR ME was Common – The Dreamer, The Believer the best album .

    peace from germany

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  3. YMCMB fan on January 7th, 2012 7:04 pm

    where is Carter IV by Lil’ Wayne?

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    John Reply:

    @YMCMB fan, a million copies dont make it dope!

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    Towaway Reply:

    @John,
    ^this

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    K@rD@$ Reply:

    @Towaway,
    00.Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV

    youngmoney Reply:

    @John, i know it makes it great

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    angel Reply:

    @YMCMB fan, lil wayne is number 26

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  4. Spartan23R on January 7th, 2012 7:09 pm

    Where is Cole World?

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    DuggyDaSpitta Reply:

    @Spartan23R, that’s what I’m looking for.

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    Mark Reply:

    Heard that, Cole World:The Sideline Story & Section.80 should have been up there Also Wale – Ambition

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  5. JC on January 7th, 2012 7:14 pm

    The Carter IV sucked dick. The music on best albums is actually hip hop not just rhyming a bunch of bull shit words. The only high points the C4 had were the features by Andre 3000 And Tech.

    I’m not sure how it’s even possible for Tech N9ne’s All 6′s and 7′s to not be on this list. By far the best album dropped this year. Quit sleeping on him.

    Also Atmosphere’s The Family Sign was incredible. Still jamming that album months later.

    Kendrick should be on here as should Cole World. If Take Care made this list, then its a travesty that Cole World and Wale’s Ambition did not.

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    Kog Reply:

    @JC, Look, another Wayne hater. The article didn’t mention anything Lil Wayne, yet you find a way to hate lol. If you hate the album why bring it up lol. Carter IV sold more than your bank account. It was a decent album tho.

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    E Reply:

    @Kog, hhahaha sold more than ur bank account… thats funny… Wayne was creative with it. as a Wayne fan is kinda shitty but again thats his opinion

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  6. steve on January 7th, 2012 7:31 pm

    i know its his opinion but this list is wack imo

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  7. Mr. A on January 7th, 2012 7:57 pm

    I don’t know why people are saying his list is wack and he should included others
    This guy is a Hip-Hop vet
    He’s probably my favorite producers and I consider him to be the Nas of producers
    Instead of whining like a little bitch cuz you’re unfamiliar with these underground artists
    Search up these albums and listen to em
    If you like hip hop, you’ll love these.

    Personally, I love this list
    It’s much better than the usual lists with Take care, Cole World, and Watch The Throne in the Top 3

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Mr. A, finally someone that makes sense! i dont love the list but i fuck with. thought the roots and saigons should have made the top 25 as well as rashad and confidence album. But overall his list is pretty solid aside for games number 1 lol

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    Mr. A Reply:

    @MosDef, hahah yeah I’d have to agree on that
    The thing is he says it’s what he bumped to this year
    And there are a few songs off that album which I still can’t stop listening to
    So I see where he’s coming from with that

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    RiggsDaBoiWonder Reply:

    @Mr. A,
    I haven’t heard of none of these dudes on the list. BUT I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU! I will look up these dudes. Everyone’s mad because they’re dude didn’t make the list. Premo is a vet, they should take his word if he think dudes are dope. Wayne, Ross, and drake and the rest of theyre “crew” can’t be the Best. Have you noticed that they have a big circle. Wayne, Ross, Birdman, Ace Hood, Khaled, Drake, Meek, the whole YMCMB MMG thing. They all on each other songs with no originality really. They don’t compete with each other and they be on each other dick.

    But besides that, Imma go look up some suggestions.

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    MosDef Reply:

    @RiggsDaBoiWonder, yo man there’s good music out there that you will def enjoy. Saigons album was dopee. Evidence was dopee as well. Rashad and confidence, reks album, statik selektah is like a mini premo on the boards so his beats are really enjoyable for me. Check it out you wont be disappointed

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  8. Dreamvillain91 on January 7th, 2012 8:39 pm

    Top 3 albums of 2011 Kendrick Lamar – Section 80, Jay & Ye – Watch the Throne, & J.Cole – Cole World

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  9. Magruder on January 7th, 2012 8:52 pm

    Horrible list

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  10. deontre lewis on January 7th, 2012 8:57 pm

    Tha carter 4 should be up there? And atleast at 5 and under ..that was a great album from the best RAPPER ALIVE CUS AINT NOBODY FUCKIN WIT WEEZY AND Y IS WATCH THE THRONE SO FAR UP? THEY SHOULD GET 1 or 2 this nigga is dumd WTT is a instant CLASSIC

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  11. deontre lewis on January 7th, 2012 9:07 pm

    Top ten list:
    10.Royce :success is curtain
    9.50 cent :the big ten
    8.em and royce:bad meets evil
    7.Common: the dreamer
    6.game:red
    5.Drake:take care
    4.evidence :cats and dogs
    3.J cole:Cole world
    2.lil wayne :CARTER4
    1.yay and jay z: WTT

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  12. WakaFlocka on January 7th, 2012 9:31 pm

    Top Ten Albums
    Numerio Dis: Tech N9ne- All 6′s and & 7′s
    Number 9: The Dreamer – Common
    Ocho de numerio: Ambtion – Wale
    Lucky 7: The Crown Ain’t Safe – Los
    Sexy 6: Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne (remember it had 6’7 and John on their; great records)
    Number 5: The RED Album – Game
    Final Four: Cole World – J. Cole
    Number Three in Spanish: Take Care – Drake
    Two: Section.80 – Kendrick Lamar
    Numerio Uno in English: Watch the Throne – Kanye and JayZ

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    Mattyice Reply:

    @WakaFlocka, I like that list

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  13. Sampz on January 7th, 2012 9:35 pm

    Yh I wonder why no ones hating on the game? In the other posts too many people were saying how red album was shit how red album had too many features. Game realest rapper to do it, end of.

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  14. Cmilli on January 7th, 2012 10:04 pm

    His list sucks IMO..but if that what he likes oh well

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  15. MosDef on January 7th, 2012 10:17 pm

    I fuckkk with his list. Atleast he doesn’t have all mainstream BS on it. Thought cats and dogs was sick as well as recks album. Thought rashad and confidence the element of surprise should have been up there but.oh well

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  16. Omg Lol on January 7th, 2012 10:35 pm

    His list isn’t that good.. No Lamar, Cole, Saigon, Jay Rock, Tech… He also goes ahead and adds in 50 Cent’s The Big Ten mixtape. If you are going to add mixtapes, I would definitely add Big K.R.I.T. with his Return of 4 Eva.. It was almost like an album. It’s his opinion but coming from a man that’s a vet in Hip-Hop and calling us dumbfucks, I’d expect a better list. The RED album isn’t the best album at all.. Fuck his list.

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Omg Lol, he has the roots honorable mention as well

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    Omg Lol Reply:

    @MosDef, Yeah he does. I guess he wasn’t feeling those albums like I was. Still a good list but that #1 album is complete bullshit. The features outshined Game most of the time. That can’t happen on your own album. I would have liked a response as to why he picked each album in their place like KHH did tho..

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Omg Lol, yaa that’s true. Game album wouldn’t make my top ten. Yo did u hear/liked that rashad and confidence album? My opinion shit is one of the tops from the year..if u haven’t yet u should check that shit out. Not comparing them but it reminds me of that blu n exile shit

    Omg Lol Reply:

    @MosDef, Heard it, good album, def need more stuff like that. This is a good list but Take Care, Big Ten, RED Album and some just wouldn’t fit on a list of mine if I had one..

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Omg Lol, ya I feel you on that. I think I read premo didn’t put saigons album on the list cause he thought it was a 2010 album. That explains not making the list. I was shock not to see it on his list especially since saigons album had very good production from just blaze, since premo is big on production.

  17. ill Wid It on January 7th, 2012 10:40 pm

    Wtf no J.Cole no wonder why this nigga washed up

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  18. Don't Trip on January 7th, 2012 11:10 pm

    Section 80 & Cole World should have made it, but I aint trippin, not my list.

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  19. Jackie on January 8th, 2012 12:03 am

    No J.Cole? and The Game is #1, wtf is this guy deaf or stupid?

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  20. Chad on January 8th, 2012 1:03 am

    Where is Wale and J.cole????? And common should be much higher and where the hell is Section 80.

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  21. Jason on January 8th, 2012 1:09 am

    Your list sucks!!!…

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  22. Jason on January 8th, 2012 1:11 am

    No Jcole??.. Kendrick Lamar??.. Wayne??.. Wale?…

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  23. cain on January 8th, 2012 1:51 am

    I DONT AGREE WID HOW DIS LIST WAS DONE THO ……..SERIOUSLY IT NEED REDOING

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  24. randomaana on January 8th, 2012 2:16 am

    oh my god this is the worst top 25 2011 list i have ever seen. smh, why did they think we would want ur opinion anyways might as well let me make a list and post on here

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    Mr. A Reply:

    @randomaana, you clearly don’t know who DJ Premier is.
    Look him up
    AND LOOK UP THE ALBUMS THERE
    Don’t hate
    Cuz when this guy dies half of you bitch ass retards will realize he was a producing legend and start to love him and everything about him

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  25. MSD on January 8th, 2012 2:20 am

    Wayne’s The Carter 4
    Tech’s All 6′s and 7′s
    Snoop & Wiz’s Mac & Devin Go To High School
    Cole’s Cole World
    Lamar’s Section.80
    Common’ The Dreamer, The Believer
    Wiz’s Rolling Papers
    Snoop’s Doggumentary
    T-Pain’s Revolver

    they should be on the list
    —————————————————————————————————–
    these are what you consider the best not some artists we don’t even heard there names before

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  26. matty boi on January 8th, 2012 2:36 am

    why is game here that album was laughable trash and he used to be one of my favorite artists

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  27. GetOverIt on January 8th, 2012 3:08 am

    There aren’t many rappers out these days worth a shit so for him to even be able to pick 25 is pretty good in itself…and he picked legit albums for 2011.

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  28. GhanaBoy on January 8th, 2012 3:21 am

    if opinions were a crime this niga should be fucked in the ass till he bleeds to death..WHERE THE FUCK IS COLEWORLD? SECTION 80? fuck his opinion…

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  29. Royal Swagness on January 8th, 2012 4:08 am

    I’ll glad Royce Da 5’9 made someone’s list. Success is Certain to me is the slept on hip hop album of 2011.

    Kendrick Lamar not making the list isn’t a shocker, I only like a couple of songs on Section 80.

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Royal Swagness, ER is my jam on success is certain.

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  30. Timar on January 8th, 2012 5:29 am

    haha he was bumpin a lot of wack shit

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Timar, bet u didn’t even listen to half those albums..

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  31. curt on January 8th, 2012 7:30 am

    no big krit? no xv? not tech n9ne? no kendrick lamar? no Childish gambino? I guess that’s why hip hop is purely opinion……..

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  32. curt on January 8th, 2012 7:36 am

    and come on man. Not to be a stan or anything. But you can’t put the big ten before bad meets evil. they’re both good but I just don’t think the big ten should be that far up. It’s like he’s still ridin on it cause it just came out

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  33. BS on January 8th, 2012 1:32 pm

    Wiz Khalifa hahahahaha, wiz is now pure pop teen garbage
    T-Pain hahahaha

    I would add
    Reef The Lost Cauze & Snowgoons – Your Favorite MC
    The Roots – Undun

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  34. kay on January 8th, 2012 8:10 pm

    i dont know why everyone wants there top 25 on everyones top 25 list! if u want UR LIST and are going to throw a fit at everyone with a different opinion make ur own list and only look at that that way you can be happy! and btw RED ALBUM WAS AMAZING….

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  35. EltonLuigi on January 8th, 2012 8:37 pm

    Everybody is entitled to his/her own opinion,RED is a Classic and Preemo is about to be a Legend.

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