Top 10 Albums of 2011: Numbers 8 and 7
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 second week, we will go over numbers eight and seven. They are…
8. Finally Famous – Big Sean
Dating back to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday’s in the fall of 2010, it’s been a good 12 months for G.O.O.D. music. Being a fan of Big Sean’s “Finally Famous” mixtapes, I was really anticipating this album. Overall, definitely a solid album. Loved the very J. Cole styled intro on the album with the piano and quick few bars. What separates this album from being a “mainstream” type album, which I’m sure I will be reading about in the comments, is the unique style that Big Sean has. I think we could make a dictionary for all of Big Sean’s jargon and made up words. I thought the features were perfect as for whom he had on the album, and they didn’t dominate the song. I guess you can argue Kanye on “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” but I think that song is fairly split. He put out a definite club banger in “Dance (A$$)” and a hit single in “My Last.” Big Sean gives you a lot of different flows on this album which I think is his best quality as a rapper. I like to call it the “unorthodox” flow, which I believe he mastered and shares the unorthodox flow crown with Yelawolf. The only bad part about this album is the fact that it was released in the beginning of the summer. With all the great music that’s been released recently, it’s kind of hard to give it any play right now. Still cracks my top 10 of the year.
Favorite Track: Don’t Tell Me You Love Me- I’m a big fan of music that I can relate to personally. I think this is Sean’s deepest song on the album and speaks the damn truth in it too.
7. Carter IV- Lil Wayne
Cue the controversy and hate filled comments. There are going to be the Stan’s that think this is top 3 of the year, and the haters that don’t think this should be on MY list at all. Let me explain myself here people. Top 10 album? I believe so. Let’s go back to what I said about Game’s R.E.D. album having too many features. Carter IV sounds too much like a compilation album. Three songs (The Interludes) that he doesn’t even rap on included. “How to Love” might be my least favorite song of all time so that’s going to knock it out of my top 5 in itself, “6 Foot, 7 Foot” became as annoying as “A Milli” did, and if you’re going to try to throw a jab at someone then don’t be so subtle about it. Phew, got that out of the way. Now, what I liked about the album? The songs he does have on his own are solid. “Blunt Blowin” and “Megaman” stand out to me as solid solo tracks on this album. “John” will still get me amped up every time and “How to Hate” might be my favorite song on the album. One thing that I’ve been saying about Weezy for the last 3 years is that I wish he didn’t over expose himself so much. I’m just not excited to hear what he has to say anymore. He was EVERYWHERE at one point, and still kind of is. Carter IV did exceed my expectations a bit, but they weren’t high to begin with. Overall, it was an above average album that had quality production and some “mixtape Weezy” type flows on it. I was just thankful it was nothing like “Sorry 4 The Wait.”
Favorite Track: Megaman- Love the beat, love the flow. The bass hits hard in the whip so that’s always a plus haha
WRITER’S NOTE: Remember that I factor in a lot of things when deciding my top 10. Try to take your blinders off and realize that not everybody is going to have the same top 10 albums.
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