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Top 10 Albums of 2011: Numbers 10 and 9

November 30, 2011 · Posted in lists, reviews · 72 Comments 

As we close out the year 2011, and we look back on the albums that came out this year, we realize it was a great year for music. Some new faces made their debuts, while some of the more familiar ones released more quality music. Too soon to call any of them a classic, we’ll just settle with listing them in order. Over the next 5 weeks (to the end of the year) I, Mike Da Silva, will give you the Top 10 albums of 2011. Two albums each week and a brief summary of each.  Keep in mind this list does NOT include mixtapes. That is a separate countdown, because I can already see the comments now. With this being the first week, we will go over numbers ten and nine. They are…

10. The R.E.D. Album – Game

I think The Game had like 3 different mixtapes that was supposed to lead into this album over two years before he finally got it right. I think it did him more harm than good, but overall a pretty good album. He brought out a star-studded cast to help him out on this album though. For hip-hop fans it’s always great to be able to hear a bunch of your favorites on one album. My only beef with that is the fact that that seems to take away from Game himself. I do like how he seems to take on the style or “persona” of the featured artists on the song. This seems most evident in “Martians vs. Goblins” where you get a very Tyler, The Creator/ Wolf Hailey feel from Game. The production on the album is great and Game always does a good job having a few real “west coast” beats on his albums. I put it at 10 because with the build up we had for this album, it needed to fall nothing short of GREAT. I thought it was just good. Still had to be on my top ten though.

Favorite Track: The City (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) – Just love the energy in this song from Game. Kendrick Lamar is the perfect feature and is next in line to carry that torch from their city. Great track.

9. Goblin – Tyler, The Creator

I think it’s safe to say we haven’t had an album with this much shock value since Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP” back in 2000.  Get past the fact that the lyrics are borderline offensive, psychotic, and just downright disturbing and you see talent. I remember the first time I watched the “Yonkers” music video I was kind of disturbed but mildly intrigued. I went on to listen to it over and over and actually really started to enjoy this Odd Future movement. We needed something like this. In a time where originality seems so scarce, Tyler wasn’t afraid to be himself and put out an album that HE wanted. Even when all the big names started to co-sign him he still didn’t care. In the first track he says “You guys caught me, I’m not a f**king rapist or a serial killer. I lied.” That reminds me of the intro to Eminem’s “Criminal” where he says “a lot of people think that.. what I say on records or what I talk about on a record, that I actually do in real life”. Songs like “Radicals,” “Tron Cat,” and another song that demands a sort of action from a certain type of person push the limits of what’s creative, and what’s offensive. Personally, I believe people need to lighten up and realize we still have a first amendment in this country. Yeah, hard to believe right?

Favorite Track: Tron Cat – I’m all about the shock value and this track is full of it. Just love the eery voice singing in the beginning and how the beat goes in. Tyler has some great punch lines that leave me thinking, “Wait, can he say that?”

Top 10 Albums of 2011 according to Mike Da Silva.

Follow me on Twitter: @TheMikeDaSilva

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72 Responses to “Top 10 Albums of 2011: Numbers 10 and 9”

  1. mojo on November 30th, 2011 11:30 pm

    R.E.D album made me a game fan

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  2. rico on November 30th, 2011 11:34 pm

    Very sad to see red album last. 300x better than goblin. Game is a rap legend this album deserves to be top 5 at least.

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  3. Meskmo on November 30th, 2011 11:35 pm

    Ohh Cm’On ,, Tyler, The Creator Better than game ?? R.E.D. Album is Fucken Amazing …..
    But i am waiting for the FULL list .. Ty KHH :)

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  4. B on November 30th, 2011 11:47 pm

    Tyler made the top 10? I know everyone has different opinions, but to place him higher than Game is a big mistake.

    I also think Goblin was horrible, easily replaceable by something else. And Tyler is just a copy of Hopsin, which indeed is better than Tyler.

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    Charlie Martinez Reply:

    @B,

    Worrrrrrrd.

    Hope to see Take Care and Radioactive at top 5.

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    d bags Reply:

    @B, yea comparing tyler to em was not true at all, i understand it wasn’t the talent he was comparing just the controversy, but don’t you need a buzz to create that? tyler has no buzz cause he’s garbage. hopsin is waaaaaaaaay better than this wanna be….. wish em would hopsin

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  5. matty boi on December 1st, 2011 12:20 am

    @B, why is red album on this list it was horrible and almost completly lead by features guest verses and well produced beats game is garbage but i guess as a overall album its mediocre but game himself is trash lame ass ryhmes and dissin lil b

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    MC Reply:

    @matty boi,

    No doubt! Just like EVERY Game album, FULL of guest appearances… All of which make his Albums worth listening to… but for real, Definitely not top 10 material

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    B Reply:

    @matty boi,
    Don’t get me wrong i never really listened to Game like that until this year i been more focused ob music. I’m just saying Game isn’t as bad as Tyler. He isn’t one of the best but he definitely isn’t worse than Tyler. Tyler is just wack beats and garbage lyrics.

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    B Reply:

    @matty boi, wow i got to retype this. smh

    Don’t get me wrong I know Game isn’t one of the greatest. I don’t listen to his music like that but I gave him a chance this year with all the hype. Giving almost every album this year the same chance I don’t believe Tyler with his wack beats and garbage lines did better than Game. I’m just not a Tyler fan and I am an Eminem + Hopsin fan so i’m not just hatin or anything.

    Again everyone is entitled to their opinions so I can understand if you disagree.

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    B Reply:

    @B,

    darn is there any way for me to delete the double post?

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  6. MosDef on December 1st, 2011 12:46 am

    if i see other wack mainstream albums over games like big seans or mac miller then im done checking this list out lol if Games number 10 then khh must have a pretty good list..

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    B Reply:

    @MosDef, Mac Miller is Garbage so i agree. Big Sean deserves a number on the list but not above Game.

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  7. Eryn on December 1st, 2011 12:48 am

    I swear if Section 80 isn’t top 5, then Conrad didn’t kill Michael

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  8. Joking on December 1st, 2011 12:59 am

    #coleworld

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  9. Iknow on December 1st, 2011 12:59 am

    #coleworld

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  10. reverbnation.com/dmaineevent1 on December 1st, 2011 1:12 am

    Game is top 3/4 on my list.. like for real Goblin??? I know its opinion I respect that but no RED is a great album top to bottom

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  11. R on December 1st, 2011 1:15 am

    R.E.D. Album should be in top 5 in my opinion. I do fuck with Goblin though

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  12. Lil Wayne Is Just Whack Now on December 1st, 2011 1:18 am

    R.E.D. album wayyyyy better then Goblin all I kno is if I see Carter 4 at number 1 i’m gonna kill myself lol

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    tart Reply:

    @Lil Wayne Is Just Whack Now,
    worddd

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  13. messi on December 1st, 2011 2:03 am

    carter four better not be on this list

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  14. kay on December 1st, 2011 3:11 am

    red album 10….real rap or hip hop whatever u call it is dissapearing for good. i thought khh was one of the last places to appreciate good rap music guess i was wrong because red album was a great album and i know lil wayne will get top 3 probably number 1 which is depressing

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    What you need to realize is how long were we waiting for the RED album to drop? How many times did it get pushed back and how many beefs did he have to try and start to get any sort of press for the thing? Don’t get me wrong its a good album but most of the more memorable things from the album is the features that are on it. Tyler did everything on his own through his own label with no single. There is a lot more that goes into my selection than the music. I was impressed with the buzz Tyler created on his own with his own set rather than having all my favorite rappers on one album. RED needed to be nothing short of a classic to not at least disappoint me a little bit and it was most certainly not instant classic material. That’s why is at 10. Lucky its there in the first place.

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    kay Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva, maybe my comment was a little unfair because we all have our own tastes in music, i do agree game hyped the album up a lot but it couldnt of been that hyped up only selling just under 100 thousand copies even though i thought there were a few really good songs on it but come to think of it they nearly all had features on them, as for tyler i think he did great this year winnin young artist of the year aswell, i dont have any problem with him being 9 but i wudnt put him any higher anyway.

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  15. YMCMB on December 1st, 2011 3:14 am

    CARTER 4 AND TAKE CARE!!!! YMCMB!!! STOP HATING! CARELESS WORLD!!

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  16. YMFan4life93 on December 1st, 2011 3:25 am

    1. Carter IV
    2. Take Care
    3. WTT
    4. F.A.M.E
    5. Cole World
    6. Rolling Papers

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    TONe Reply:

    Very typical that u would put c4 and take care on top 2….smh….. C4 would be like number 6 in my opinion and drake in the top 3!

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    thechosenone Reply:

    @YMFan4life93, it’s not called FAME its TM103
    waynes good but theres other artist out there that killed it this year

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  17. Royal Swagness on December 1st, 2011 3:31 am

    Game nor Tyler the Creator should of been in the Top 10.

    You better not have Drake’s Take Care high on your list. That’s a R&B Comtemporary album, both the sections in Target & Best Buy said so.

    Tha Carter IV better not be on here, with the same recycled punchines & 13 features with all those people. I got confused, was it Weezy’s album or a DJ Khaled album. I don’t mean that in a good way either.

    I hope to see on the list
    Cole World:Sideline Story
    Watch The Throne
    Bad Meets Evil
    Ambition

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Hate to break it to you but Take Care will be high on the list and Carter IV will also be on this list. Take care is hip hop as well as R&B. Although Carter IV does seem like a compilation album it still was a solid album. The other albums you named I agree with. Don’t worry, you all have the right to make your own list. These don’t reflect the views of KHH, just mine. Hate when people say “better not” see this and that. Its my list, I write it, you read it, and give your opinion. Don’t tell me mine is right or wrong. Thanks for reading though.

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    Royal Swagness Reply:

    You killin me Mike. Ha ha. I just didn’t like Weezy or Drizzy’s album. Weezy’s to me was complete trash but at least Drizzy had a few joints worth playin over again. “The Ride” & “Lord Knows”.
    @TheMikeDaSilva,

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Haha I feel you bro. I didn’t mean to direct all that at you. Just clicked reply to the nearest one because people are so quick to say what’s wrong and what’s right ya know? But I respect everyone’s opinion. That’s what makes these blogs and websites successful is the arguments and all that. Not that anybody is ever right or wrong, but the fact that we all have different opinions and reasons behind why we enjoy the things we do. I meant it though when I said thanks for reading. It means a lot that people take time out of their day to read some shit that I wrote regardless if they agree with it or not. Appreciate that bro.

    MosDef Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva, Mike your fired from khh..having take care n Carter 4 high list???lol your saying its your list n you write n its all good but last time I remember this was khh not mikehiphop not saying this in a disrespectful way but since your getting techincal figured I should too. But hey its your blog you do what you want..oh n I BETTER not see Carter 4 top 3

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Hey man, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I was given the opportunity to express my views and opinions on a global stage and I’m thankful for that. Your ONE opinion isn’t going to impact me and my views as much as my opinion shouldn’t impact yours. What I do here is give you guys something to read and argue about and I think I’ve done a pretty damn good job. I’ve read your comments in the past and for the most part you’ve agreed with me. I think no differently of you or any of our readers when they go against my opinions. That’s what these sites are made for bro. Thanks for reading, and for the record I don’t remember saying Carter IV will be high on the list. You’re just gonna have to wait and see haha

    MosDef Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva, haha Aright man. Wasnt trying to offend khh at all im always checking your guys shit out so keep up the good work.

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  18. Brandon on December 1st, 2011 3:38 am

    I hate to say it, RED Album should be lower than CarterIV.. that was such a disappointing album

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  19. Dusty on December 1st, 2011 4:25 am

    How often are you going to be coming out with the rest of this list?

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    I’ll be putting out two albums a week until the last week of December.

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  20. daniel on December 1st, 2011 4:30 am

    so far i agree with TheMikeDasilva

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  21. ElMonarca029 on December 1st, 2011 4:50 am

    KHH, keep doin your thing this is the best Hip-Hop site around. Let the haters hate!

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  22. Jon on December 1st, 2011 4:51 am

    “Top 10 Albums of 2011 according to Mike Da Silva.”
    That’s the best part man, you made sure you said that. hahahaha. i’m waiting for the rest of the list though.
    CLASS ACT:
    “Its my list, I write it, you read it, and give your opinion. Don’t tell me mine is right or wrong. Thanks for reading though.”
    lmAOOO

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    B Reply:

    @Jon, Ha I know I did the same thing!

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Haha appreciate it bro. Thanks for reading and numbers 8 and 7 will be coming out next week.

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    paul smith Reply:

    I’m new to writing these blogs/replies/opinions or whatever you call them but I have been coming to this KHH site since I first discovered it. I like reading everybodys opinions but sometimes it goes too far. I mean how you gonna say “I better” not see this or that on this list when it ain’t your list that’s on here. Nobodys doing anything to appreciate you. Its all opinions. Either you like or you don’t. I’m not trying to start beef or anything because cyber beef isn’t my thing. Its just funny how when someone states their opinion and you go on saying “I better” see Tha Carter IV or Take Care on the list when it had nothing to do with satisfying your need of what you want to see or let me put this way “better” not see. I honestly thought Tha Carter IV was good. I mean how can you blame wayne for trying to give you something to listen to what he has so far. Maybe he didn’t want it a classic album even tho it was suppose to be, how do you ever know if he is gonna pop out with something that’s gonna make be like “damn that dude went hard. Thought he fell off but I was wrong” do you know how many times he has done that? One too many. Wayne is who he is. Now Drake…you gotta give him credit whether his album was “soft” or “wack”…that dude spat his ass off on Take Care. He tried hard to make that album tough the way HE wanted it to be.

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    wowzer Reply:

    @paul smith, you are sick,and make better sense next time

  23. Wes on December 1st, 2011 5:51 am

    Section 80 better be top 10.. If not, this shit is dumb!

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Section .80 is a mixtape bro. I knew everyone was going to say that, hence me specifying in the intro that this is a list of ALBUMS.

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    T Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva,

    yoo section .80 was an album i brought it in best buy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section.80 if u need proof

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Damn, good looks on the info. I always considered it an album.

  24. peanut on December 1st, 2011 6:14 am

    i like the list so far, i assume that c4 and take care will be on this list.
    they would be 1 and 2 on mine

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    Wes Reply:

    @peanut, Dumb nigga.

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    peanut Reply:

    @Wes, dumb nigga? oh okay so I’m dumb for stating my opinion. its not like i said they were better then any other albums. i just said they would be 1 and 2 on MY klist. if u don’t like that then don’t reply to my comment…

    stop trolling and stfu

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  25. MOTM on December 1st, 2011 7:10 am

    1.WTT, 2.ColeWorld, 3.Section80, 4.Camp, 5.Ambition, 6.Take Care, 7.Radioactive, 8.?????

    9999999999. The Carter 4 . . . Lmao

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  26. kp on December 1st, 2011 7:42 am

    1. Section .80 like Mike said about Tyler, created his own buzz did the whole album by himself basically not many Features, EVERY track was SOLID..Section .80 had no competitors, lyrically K-Dot killed it.

    2. Cold World – Took me a while to actually like the album, at first couple of listens I was disappointed but then later on I kept listening and he kept it consistent on every aspect. I wish he had more bangers on the album and different melodies or beats, I know he wants to show he can produce and rap but all the beats were almost the same.

    3. Camp – I don’t care what you people think about C4 and Take Care, don’t believe the hype. Childish Gambino is VERY underrated, not going to lie I didn’t see this coming until I listened to the album like 5x straight. He tells great stories and many people can relate. He gets to subjects about race (like Kendrick Lamar in a way) and his metaphors are very witty that you have to listen closely to catch his shit. Created his own buzz never once used his ACTING JOB as a booster for his hiphop career and did very well.

    4. Watch The Throne – I was going to pick this as # 5 but Drake didn’t deserve it just yet. Ye and Jay killed the collabo scene with this album, slightly different but I feel that’s what we needed in this age of hiphop. No more Nicki’s and GaGa’s, 2 top lyricist to work on a album together. Kayne doesn’t dissappoint in selecting catchy but classic beats. Jay always keeping his lyrical content a step above everyone and Ye just helping you realize he made it to the top with the fashion that I will never see nor heard of.

    5. Take Care – Drizzy Drake came through but I expected more. Thought there would be more songs like Headlines and Club Paradise. Drake still had great songs/verses but it gets boring on how he just raps about money and girls like ALLLL his features hes on. Go back to singing for the ladies.

    6.Ambition – Wale had a lot of hit and misses in my opinion on this album

    7?. Radioactive I can’t really rate since I didn’t give it a listen but from judging from everyone hes a top 5? He prob a tie with #6

    8. Carter 4 – Yeah I don’t care over the hype of Wayne but seriously he only had 4 good songs on the album and the rest is not his best. He’s a entertainer and not a rapper anymore. He doesn’t know what to rap about and the generation of what he USED TO BE is gone! the guns and all that hes reppin…yeah he’ll end up like T.I.

    Don’t get mad over anything I wrote, we all Agree to Disagree..I’m sure there’s some other albums we have missed but I bet this is going toward mainstream music. Plus your favorite rapper might be “You just LOCAL” *Steel’s Voice” from the movie “Juice” ahaha

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    Kim Reply:

    @kp, cant believe u’re rankin c4 as nb 8 :O!? im sry but it dsn make any sense weezy has done a gr8 job!!! and he has written sick verses … wise lyricism … i think he deserves to be the top 1!

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    Kp Reply:

    @Kim, I feel that it’s inconsistent and he has good lyrics but the album isn’t a album. He is only good at makin singles now a days, other artist deserve to be higher.

    I think if I listened to that Royce and Em Wayne album wouldn’t be on the top 10, prob top 15

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  27. Phenomenal. on December 1st, 2011 8:13 am

    I hope sales don’t have a big influence on this Top 10. Because if Bad Meets Evil and WTT are not in the top 3, there’s something wrong.

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  28. Sampz on December 1st, 2011 8:38 am

    1. Carter 4 – Wayne done his thing as usual people who don’t rate this album clearly didn’t listen properly. Yall gone say I’m dickriding, well no, I just opened my ears to the creativity. Punchlines on point beats on point, jay z diss. What more u want? Nearly milli sold in a week. Give credit where its due.

    2. Take care – Drake went in simple as that. Every1 who callin it soft or wack. Listen to lord knows “I don’t make music for niggaz who don’t get pussy”. So I feel for you haters.

    3. Cole world – Cole keeps impressin me I’m yet to hear a song which I don’t like. Can’t wait for the next album release.

    4. Bad meets evil – Just when I thought eminem was done with rap after recovery he brought out bad meets evil. Better than watch the throne easily hands down.

    5. R.E.D – Realest rapper about. He tells it as it is tune after tune. This album impressed me dunna why he’s number 10.

    6. Watch The Throne – Biggest disapointment of the year for me. Beats amazing lyrics let down. For kanye and ye you would expect a lot better.

    7. Ambition – Wale recently has made me appriciate him more since this album. Definantly a well deserved top ten. Expect a lot from him next year.

    The rest I have not heard but going by others judgement and my music preferance I’d finish the list…

    8. Section 80 9.Radioactive 10. Goblin

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    Sampz Reply:

    4. I didn’t mention royce so there it is.
    6. I meant Kanye and jay*

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  29. Jonathan on December 1st, 2011 9:36 am

    My fav album of the year was Cole World: sideline stories…..I think take care was a good album not great, I personally like radioactive more lol, I didn’t like carter 4, nd wtt was good……I’m just waiting for slaughterhouse album sometime in 2012!, everybody with ymcb, or mmg or w.e…shady 2.0 taking over

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @Jonathan, I forgot about bad meets evil, though I expected a bit more from them…but it was a tough album

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  30. Alexdarealist on December 1st, 2011 9:39 am

    In my opinion
    1Trill O G
    2Ambition
    3Watch tha throne
    4bad meets evil
    5Cole world
    6take care
    7R.E.D
    8rolling papers
    9Carter 4
    10camp
    What yall think?

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  31. SWAG on December 1st, 2011 5:23 pm

    IF U PUT CARTER 4 ON HERE IM LEAVING THIS SITE…SWERR DOWNNNNN

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  32. wayne on December 1st, 2011 6:33 pm

    take care – too many hits in here
    carter4 highest selling album! – too many jamz- blunt blowin,how to love, nightmares of the bottom, john, its good, 6’7,how to hate, just too many good songs
    bad meets evil
    ambition is better than cole world!

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  33. Lax on December 1st, 2011 10:01 pm

    1. Bad Meets Evil
    2. Success Is Certain
    3. Take care
    4. Carter IV
    5. Dunno because all the other albums didn’t catch my attention

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  34. HEREIT on December 1st, 2011 10:54 pm

    1. WTT (Here are Kanye and Jay-fuckng Z. What else do you want?)
    2. Take Care (Y’all already know how is blowing this album right now)
    3. Cole World (Amazing Cole)
    4. RED album (I wasnt a Game fan but this album dont need explanations why is here)
    5. Hell the sequel (Eminem is one the greatest rappers so 5 isnt bad)
    6. Section80 (Kendrick amazing us)
    7. Goblin (fck u Tyler)
    8. Carter IV (Dissapointed, Weezy is weak in here)
    9. Ambition (7/10 really)
    10. Finally Famous (Ugliest)

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    ThatGuyC Reply:

    @HEREIT,
    I agree with tis dude except I’d put Ambition and Section.80 higher

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  35. Mr. Propane on December 2nd, 2011 4:20 am

    1) WTT
    2) Cole World
    3) Lasers
    4) Finally Famous
    5)

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  36. paul on December 2nd, 2011 4:21 am

    don’t see why people hate carter 4 so much… def top 10 people are being haters

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  37. Mr. Propane on December 2nd, 2011 4:24 am

    5) Bad Meets Evil
    Take Care (in my opinion is more R&B than Hip Hop) was pretty good but should not be on the list or if u must put it on the list… at the bottom.
    C4 was slightly slept on… it was an “ok” Album… i’ve heard Wayne do much worse before.

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  38. SHADADDY on December 2nd, 2011 3:16 pm

    - what ya’ll think about my top 5 ?!
    - take care ( its fucking insane, really)
    - WTT ( it speaks for ot self)
    - Cole World (..)
    - C4 ?! it.was.o…..k .
    & 5 …………………………….i dunno the rest didn’t get my attention, ya know ?!

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  39. ephy on December 4th, 2011 12:44 am

    Does All 6′s and 7′s have a chance I think it was a great album smh most of yall dnt even mention it

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