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Top 10 Albums of 2011: Numbers 4 through 1

December 30, 2011 · Posted in Music, reviews · 84 Comments 

Just wanted to start by saying I hope you all enjoyed this holiday season and wish you the best of luck going into the new year. I realize I didn’t post numbers 4 and 3 last week. Well, working 11 hour shifts at a mall during the holiday season 7 days a week leaves you little time or inspiration to sit behind a computer. So my apologies for that. Let’s finish off this list and give credit to some honorable mentions.

 

4A. Hell: The Sequel – Bad Meets Evil

I decided to split up number 4 into two parts. The first part of Number 4 is simply because of the fact that this is technically an EP. It’s not a mixtape though so I had to put it in my Top 10 albums of the year. The EP lived up to my expectations. The chemistry between Em and Royce makes it seem like the beef they had never happened. The way they change verses and lines back and forth with such ease is fantastic. They do a great job at painting the picture and each contributing to the story of the song. Although they both held their own, I feel as if Royce came for people’s necks now that he was finally put into the limelight. Glad to see that everything came full circle and these guys continued what they both started together.

Favorite Track: Above The Law – Love the energy in this track. Eminem just spits with absolute fury and precision. Royce outshines him lyrically in this song though. Both just burying this track. Love it.

 

4B. Section .80 – Kendrick Lamar

Not only did I learn about this album back when I first started blogging for KHH, but I was also informed that it is indeed an album, NOT a mixtape. Shout out to you guys for that one. Regardless, this was making my top 5. The production will not wow you, but Kendrick’s delivery and message behind each song will. An intelligent human being that has talent to use his powerful words in poetic form and then rap them with such ease. That’s K Dot in a nutshell. He has the power to single-handedly change the outlook of Compton rappers. While Game gets angrier, Kendrick is getting bigger.

Favorite Track: Poe Man’s Dreams: This is that song that you listen to when you’re buzzin, chillin with your boys, and zone in on every lyric. The beat is set up for that EXACT moment, and the words too.

 

3. Watch the Throne – Kanye West & Jay-Z

I just think that it’s extremely cool that two huge names in hip hop said they were going to do something that seemed like a fantasy, and then did it. And we didn’t even have to wait forever for it. Or still waiting for it (“cough” Detox “cough.”) I was very impressed and they gave us exactly what we should have expected. Sorry if it wasn’t Kanye of ’04 or Jay of ’96. Up-tempo, braggadocious, sophisticatedly ignorant, top-notch production, limited features, great chemistry. I seen N**gas in Paris 6 times in a row in Boston and if you can make a track that will make me wild out after SIX times in a row, you did your job.

Favorite Track: Gotta Have It – Shortest song on the album, but it is just too swagged out to not love. Both of them extremely on point, and Jigga with double entendre’s for days.  Banger approved also.

 

2. Cole World: Sideline Story – J. Cole

It was just two years ago that I saw this kid from Fayetteville, North Carolina perform 3 songs as an opening act for Jay-Z. He’s come a long way. Certified radio hits in “Mr. Nice Watch” and “Work Out” as well as party bangers. Nas-esque story telling abilities. Did a great job on doing his own hooks and production on the album as well. You would never be able to tell that this was a debut album.

Favorite Track: Lost Ones – The deepest song on the album. It’s our generation’s “Brenda’s Got a Baby” and Cole does a great job playing both roles of the man and woman in the situation. A+ work on the story telling.Take Care – Drake

1. Take Care- Drake

If you read my review of this album, you will see why I have it at number one.  As much as I enjoy songs that put me on my feet, or let me zone out, I enjoy ones that I can feel more. There was a lot of lyrics on this album that I related to directly. Speaking on emotions, and past experiences. I can play the album right through without skipping a song. A good mixture of singing and rapping on here, which is Drizzy’s killer combo that can’t be reenacted by anybody else in the game right now. The only disappointment for me on this album was the pushed back release date. Other than that, it got my album of the year.

Favorite Track: Lord Knows – Reminds me of “Light Up” from his debut album. Just spitting bars with no hook. A cameo from the boss Richard Ross is always a plus in my book also.

 

Honorable Mentions

Childish Gambino – Camp

 TM 103 – Young Jeezy

The Dreamer, The Believer – Common

Undun- The Roots

 

Overall, a great year for hip hop. Great music from a lot of the new faces, and the veterans in the game. Whether you agree with my list or not (we all know most of you don’t haha) I’m sure we can all agree that hip hop is continuing to head in the right direction. Let’s toast to 2012 being another great year for music, and life in general. And to seeing 2013, ha!

What’s your top albums of the year?

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Comments

84 Responses to “Top 10 Albums of 2011: Numbers 4 through 1”

  1. Towaway on December 30th, 2011 12:20 am

    Couldn’t agree any more besides 4A

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    Jonathan Reply:

    4a deserved to be number 1

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  2. JWADE22 on December 30th, 2011 12:22 am

    Cold Worldddddd

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  3. Alex on December 30th, 2011 12:23 am

    Doesn’t ”Light Up” have a hook?

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    Mr. Propane Reply:

    @Alex, It does. It goes something like “Who woulda thought… “

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  4. illadelph_meek mill on December 30th, 2011 12:23 am

    move over drizzy comin for tht number 1 spot!!

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  5. RS on December 30th, 2011 12:24 am

    Take “Take Care” out and that list is pretty much perfect imo

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  6. e on December 30th, 2011 12:25 am

    TAKE CARE!!!!! DUH

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  7. michael on December 30th, 2011 12:25 am

    TAKE CARE #1 Hell yea !

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  8. Polo505 on December 30th, 2011 12:25 am

    Common who?

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    Deezy Dru Reply:

    @Polo505, Common had one of the best comeback,scratch that,Best albums of the year. Whether you’re a Drake fan or Common fan(I’m both,f**k a beef),You would have enjoyed the album.Only people who wouldn’t have liked it would’ve been the ignorant bling bling blinded idiots of today that are obsessed with swag.You need to listen to album before come back and ask “Common who” again.

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  9. Cam Newton on December 30th, 2011 12:28 am

    Cole should of been #1 tho!

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  10. Markos on December 30th, 2011 12:32 am

    This shit cray. I’d put Take Care after WTT and Cole World in the number 1.

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  11. reyy on December 30th, 2011 12:33 am

    great review ; bad meets evil i think should have been alil higher. overall it a very good review!

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  12. TooPhenomenal on December 30th, 2011 12:34 am

    Not sure I agree with 4A being where it was, but I liked the way you described J. Cole’s story telling ability, as Nas-esque, that’s probably one of the best ways to describe it, seeing as he is signed to the Roc, all in all, good list, mad props.

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  13. Jonathan on December 30th, 2011 12:36 am

    I would’ve love cold world number 1, but the list is great, no complains

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  14. Jbass on December 30th, 2011 12:40 am

    undun by the roots as an honorable mention. WHAT

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  15. Wanky on December 30th, 2011 12:46 am

    had the same top 3 but in a different order

    Take Care # 3

    Cole World # 2

    WTT #1

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  16. NSPIN on December 30th, 2011 12:50 am

    not even an honorable for Blue Slide Park surprised otherwise no real big arguments on the list

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  17. Tones on December 30th, 2011 1:02 am

    I love this list and definitely agree with it except for The Game, I didn’t like the album so much, I would put Childish Gambino’s album at 10, he made that whole masterpiece by himself, with no features, no co-sign, and absolutely 0 promotion, he barely mentioned his own album on twitter, as for Yelawolf I loved the album and it was different and creative, I enjoyed the southern feel, brought a new pace and feel, and for Tyler I like Odd Future and him but it doesn’t belong here, creative and tons of shock value but his older work is better, Common deserves that 9 spot, beautiful album he released, for the rest of the list couldn’t agree more, loved this in deep look at all these albums

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  18. J.A.M on December 30th, 2011 1:07 am

    whoever wrote this article obviously is easily swayed by commercial success..take care is not even top 5!!!! R.E.D album is def top 5!

    1) Sideline Story
    2) WTT
    3A) Section .80
    3B )R.E.D Album
    5)Hell: The Sequel

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    J.A.M Reply:

    @J.A.M, totally forgot to say I have yet to hear Common’s album, which is why i didn’t put his album on the list..It will prob be in my top 3

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    Fayettenam Reply:

    @J.A.M,

    Yeah I agree with this list. And R.E.D. does deserve more recognition.

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  19. AlexZUNO on December 30th, 2011 1:08 am

    My opinion Section.80 should have been 1. Best album of the year. Drake was good but not on the level that Kendrick is. Sideline Story was a great album just didn’t like the production value on it. WTT should have either been tied with SECTION.80 for number one or 2 cause the production on WTT was preposterously great and it was just over all a great album. But good list nonetheless except for the number one in my opinion.

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  20. jose on December 30th, 2011 1:34 am

    where the fuck is lil wayne ?!

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    Dfinity Reply:

    @jose,
    buried, like his career after Da Drought 3.

    terrible, overhyped punchline rap doesn’t deserve a top 10 spot. not to mention the fact that the features carried C4..

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    tart Reply:

    @jose, exactly where he belongs

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    illadelph_meek mill Reply:

    I believe he was either number 7 or 8 on the list@jose,

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  21. Omg Lol on December 30th, 2011 1:51 am

    Whoever wrote this list should rename it “Best Mainstream Hip-Hop Album of the Year.” To be honest, I wish the term Hip-Hop shouldn’t be used now.. Take Care #1? Really? Fuck out of here.. I hope you edit it or something.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing one of the other bloggers make a list tho. Make it based around the quality of the album because C4, Finally Famous and Goblin should not be mentioned. I’ll put Take Care top 5, but not top 3 or number 1..

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Omg Lol, yo bro check out 2dopeboyz top albums if you want a good legit list. There list was pretty on point.

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  22. Chuck on December 30th, 2011 2:11 am

    Drakes album was good but no way in hell it was better than WTT….at all

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  23. Fayettenam on December 30th, 2011 2:30 am

    No way Take Care is even top 3 or 5. Cole, Kendrick, Eminem & Royce, WTT all killed it. Either one of those could be #1 but Take Car was not even close.

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  24. B.J on December 30th, 2011 2:34 am

    I agree with everything but Take Care. Switch Take Care with Cole World and then that list would be perfect. Cole World is album of the year with Take Care in Second and Watch The Throne third. Other than that, great list and keep up the good work.

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  25. carter on December 30th, 2011 2:47 am

    TAKE CARE WILL ALWAYS BE #1.
    DRAKE IS ONE F THE REALEST PEOPLE IN YMCMB.

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  26. sayk on December 30th, 2011 2:49 am

    @NSPIN, probably cuz BSP was garbage. I was a huge mac fan til that, KIDS was his debut to me with BDE feeling like a sophmore effort – all in all tho it comes down to opinion, good list with alot of nice names but mine looks completely different, no game, no drake, no tyler.

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  27. MAC on December 30th, 2011 3:27 am

    don’t know if i agree 100 percent with the order of the list, but your best tracks on each album were spot on and helped me check the albums i hadnt given a chance like radioactive

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  28. Lord knows on December 30th, 2011 3:30 am

    I couldnt agree more with your list but wtt would hav been my no 2..

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  29. MosDef on December 30th, 2011 3:48 am

    No offense to this list..but this list is embarrassing. I know its your list but to have section 80 4? The roots n common honorable mention is a joke! Agree with some of the guys here this is jus mainstream albums of the year.
    No cats n dogs, w.a.r, Saigon, phonte or tech nine?? Now I knw now to check for good reviews here. The roots honorable mention??? Cant believe it lol the wholeee concept of the album is amazing black thought andddd ?uestlove did there thing. Section 80 beaten by wtt Cole work n Drake? Cmon!lol

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    Omg Lol Reply:

    @MosDef, Agree with you sir.

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Omg Lol, according to this list red album Carter 4 goblin finally famous even Cole world take care wtt are better than undun lmao wow. I’m pretty sure they didn’t listen to that album since they didn’t review it. I mean red album Carter 4 better than commons??? So many good albums in 2011 and not even half of this list makes my top ten.

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    Omg Lol Reply:

    @MosDef, Undun is amazing.. Evidence, Saigon, Common, Talib Kweli, Tech N9ne, Pharoahe Monch, Phonte, etc. all released better albums than this list itself. There are others I forgot, but these should be on the list. They shouldn’t also be on as an honorable mention too.. I hope I can read some site that posts a better list tho.

    MosDef Reply:

    @Omg Lol, w.a.r was dope! Id take evolve and black hand side fave tracks. Cats and.dogs strangers and red carpet were bangers!but undun agree with u amazing. I’m not there biggest fan althought I have things fall apart, how I.got over and now undun. The whole story behind the album is great. Very well put together album and to know its a live band? Props to black thought tho he brought his heat. Id put apathy album on my.top ten too.

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  30. Mr. Propane on December 30th, 2011 4:00 am

    To be honest… the top 5 needs to be re-arranged. I wouldn’t give Take Care #1. It wasn’t better than Sideline Story nor Watch the Throne.

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  31. bdizzle on December 30th, 2011 4:00 am

    top ten:
    10- Goblin
    9-Ambition
    8- Red Album
    7-Take Care
    6- Camp
    5-Finally Famous
    4- Dreamer/Believer
    3- Section 80
    2- Cole World: Sideline Story
    1- Watch the Throne

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    Chris Reply:

    @bdizzle, u sick in ur head if carter 4 not in that top 3

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    Chuck Reply:

    the carter 4 was just incoherent thoughts on hot beats…..

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  32. Immortal on December 30th, 2011 4:05 am

    Why is the (mostly) r&b album #1?? Its a cole world all day!

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  33. Royal Swagness on December 30th, 2011 4:56 am

    I can tell Mike Silva has been working overtime at the mall. This top 4 is bs. Better yet 80% of your opinion is bullshit mike. Your opinion shouldn’t count.

    WTT will go down as the most legendary collab in today’s hip hop history.

    Bad Meets Evil is a battle of a legendary rapper & an underground spitter coming together will something the came is missin. Bars.

    J.Cole is a young wise man who’s man focus isn’t about baller like 80% of most rappers, he’s is a great storyteller.

    Wale actually delievered a classic. Wale. He gave the streets, ladies, & lyricist listeners something to listen to.

    Drake gets to beat all these guys with that Emo, feminine, woo is me type album designed for depressed women and light skinned niggas to bop to with each other also the skinny jean and emotional men. Next do better.

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    It’s Mike DaSilva kind sir. Feel free to slander my opinion as you always do, but at least spell my name correctly. Thanks for reading.

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    Royal Swagness Reply:

    I’ll spell your name right and give you props when you actually create a list with some common sense.

    2 4th places ? That’s so stupid, you only did that to protect Tha Carter 4 and The Red album’s bullshit to be a little higher on your so called list that accidently guessed to be public on this elite site.
    @TheMikeDaSilva,

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Word. Well appreciate the input fam. I’ll be sure to just continue doing my own thing. Thanks.

    RS Reply:

    @Royal Swagness,

    Seriously what is your problem?

    You’re not a troll.

    You’re clearly not educated.

    And

    Every single post I’ve read of yours on this website has been utter garbage.

    Please stop slandering the people who put the time and effort into making these posts and next time think about actually contributing to them instead of attempting to destroy them.

    FYI: You can’t call someone else’s opinion 80% bullsh*t when yours is 100% bullsh*t.

    MosDef Reply:

    @Royal Swagness, eventho I agree with you in some parts. That was pretty fucked up man lol yo Mike don’t trip bro. Appreciate your time!

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    Listen to Charlie Reply:

    @Royal Swagness,

    “I’m hearing all of the jokes, I know that they tryna push me
    I know that showin’ emotion don’t ever mean I’m a pussy
    Know that I DON’T MAKE MUSIC FOR NIGGAS WHO DON’T GET PUSSY
    So those are the ones I count on to diss me or overlook me”

    This list was great!
    Obviously it’s impossible to be 100% agree with someone else, but overall Mike did a great job.
    I woulda take C4 out.
    Also, I’m a HUGE EMINEM FAN, actually I could say he is my favorite artist + Hell The Sequel was a GREAT ALBUM, strictly hip-hop! But you I couldn’t be more agree with Drake’s #1 spot.
    Take Care was such a great album. The EMOTION in it is priceless. I could go days listening to it without getting bored. Actually I’ve being listening to it daily since the album leaked and it hasen’t get old, so you gotta give credits for that.

    Congrats to Mike for the list!
    Greetings from Barranquilla, Colombia.
    http://www.youtube.com/ListenToCharlie

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Listen to Charlie, that whole Drake quote was pointless. I knw people that don’t listen to hiphop jus rock and get plenty of pussy. So yaa that line makes no sense.

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    Lord knows Reply:

    @Royal Swagness, nigga why dont you create your own blog and have us all come around and agree to your shit.you did not only spell mike’s name wrong your game is spelt as came and main is spelt man…i bet your depressed black skinned sister and bitch(if any is dumb enough to roll with such a sadist as you)loves drake

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  34. ryan on December 30th, 2011 4:58 am

    btw, its cole world***

    and WTT was soooo overly produced. fuck that number 1 shit, everyone who says that is being biased. kanye and jay are good, but stop! THEY ARE NOT THE BEST!

    but i agree, take care was more R&B than hip hop. but whatever, its still one of the best albums that have been out in a long time.

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  35. Chris on December 30th, 2011 6:04 am

    I can’t fucks with none of y’all on this one how the hell could you say c4 doesn’t belong on this list and it sold and was way better than most of those albums on there really? C4 killed wtt till this day ive seen no one give Wayne his props where props are deserved he’s one the best if not the best rappers alive and I’m not dick ridin or any of that shit ive heard those albums to but let’s be real some of those dudes on this listen 3,4 years from now do u think they can come up with a classic like this man has in the works not all I’ve never seen such hard work put in music and not praised smh if you ask me carter 4 is #1 period

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    Mr. Propane Reply:

    @Chris, You kinda rite. C4 is better than some give credit, but if you wanna be real about it… it wasn’t better than WTT or Cole World. Honestly, they have a few mixtaoe that were better.

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    Mr. Propane Reply:

    @Chris, You kinda rite. C4 is better than some give credit, but if you wanna be real about it… it wasn’t better than WTT or Cole World. Honestly, they have a few mixtapes that were better. Im just saying.

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    chad Reply:

    @Mr. Propane, Ha Carter 4 was good because of the features of it. No verse by wayne really stands out. Andre 3000 and Nas had the best verse on the whole thing

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  36. bee on December 30th, 2011 6:06 am

    Where the fuck Carter 4 go ……..

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  37. ElMonarca029 on December 30th, 2011 6:57 am

    You’re Killin’ Me: Killerhihop. “Blue Slide Park” by Mac Miller deserve to be in this top… Just Sayin, this album is dope!

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  38. reverbnation.com/dmaineevent1 on December 30th, 2011 8:40 am

    It’s this one Bloggers opinion the same way you have you’re own opinion, he has his own he can call you wrong if he wanted to as well. But truthfully nobodys wrong because it is not a yes/no, right or wrong situation it is a 100% opinionated topic. About a 90% chance nobody will have the exact same top 10.

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  39. Tee on December 30th, 2011 9:06 am

    I felt Ace Hood’s album,it did it for me at some point

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    e Reply:

    @Tee, i agree. Ace hood should have gotten a honorable mention.

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  40. Alicia on December 30th, 2011 10:07 am

    C4 doesnt belong in the top 4. Hell no. Just because he sold almost a million copies doesnt mean anything. People will buy anything wayne puts out. These are more classical albums with LYRICS not nice ass metaphors some of with he took from old songs but people who only listen to bs wouldnt understand that. I do think Blue Side Park should be in the top 10 at least and ambition

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  41. carter on December 30th, 2011 10:16 am

    1Cole World
    2Hell: The Sequel
    3Section.80
    4Undun
    5Step Brothers (EVEN though it was a mixtape idgaf)
    6Watch the Throne
    7Jet World Order
    8The Dreamer, The Believer
    9Ambition
    10Finally Famous

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  42. KuRtY bOY on December 30th, 2011 11:15 am

    Wtf drake #1?? I just fucking new it they will put him 1st. KHH is fucking drake stans
    Cole world suppose to be number #1
    Then WTT
    FucK You

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    SANETALLA Reply:

    @KuRtY bOY, Cmon! thats the list of one of the KHH’s bloggers. That is HIS opinion. im not agreeing with him either but no need to get angry at somebody else’s opinion !!!!!

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    e Reply:

    @SANETALLA, haha for real. This is someone opinion everybody got their opinion for top album! Wtt wasnt all that.. respect thou

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  43. youngmoney on December 30th, 2011 12:41 pm

    Stop being on jcoles sack he should of been 10B ymcmb

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  44. SANETALLA on December 30th, 2011 1:07 pm

    1- Cole World
    2- WTT
    3- Section 80
    4- Take Care

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    SANETALLA Reply:

    1- Cole World
    2- WTT
    3- Section 80
    4- Take Care
    5- Camp

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  45. Manjula ~ RaDiAnX on December 30th, 2011 6:19 pm

    TAKE CARE man Its TAKE CARE !!!… This is the fucking best album ever !.. No offence !

    Thanks for the post KHH..
    KHH on top !

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  46. fuk waka on December 30th, 2011 6:42 pm

    shut the fuk up ppl! even tho im a big em fan and did kinda like take care..
    WTT should have been numba 1! HANDS DOWN! i dont care about the rest of the list!

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  47. chad on December 30th, 2011 8:42 pm

    My list mixtapes included
    1.Common the dreamer,the believer
    2.Wale Ambition
    3.Section 80 K-Dot
    4.Fabolous There is no competition 3
    5faboloous Soul Tape
    6Wale Eleven one Eleven Theory
    7Cole World J.cole
    8Drake Take care
    9 MMG.Self Made volume 1
    10. kanye and jay WTT

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  48. OVOXO on December 30th, 2011 9:39 pm

    Favorite Track: Drake-Well Be Fine (Feat. Birdman)

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  49. pete on December 31st, 2011 6:34 am

    1) Cole World
    2) Take Care
    3) Hell: The Sequel
    4) Self Made
    5) WTT

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  50. ymcmb on December 31st, 2011 3:29 pm

    yh yh yh take care on the top !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in your face cole
    hahahaha sucker ,ymcmb won’t give the #1 place to rocnation

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  51. M.D on December 31st, 2011 11:52 pm

    Brrrrr killerhiphop i have been slave ”SpY” 4 yr site 4 da whole year u made ma year till next year GOD BLESS Ya.

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  52. Xavier on January 1st, 2012 12:09 am

    Whats up with MMG’s Self Made Vol.1 ?

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  53. Chuck on January 4th, 2012 4:32 am

    Take care does not belong at 1 when the majority of his album was r&b and last time I checked I thought this post was forTop 10 rap/ hip-hop Albums?? tf

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  54. G20 on January 16th, 2012 8:47 pm

    Still none of these beat Kanye’s fantasy

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