Top 10 Albums of 2011: Numbers 10 and 9
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.
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