Top Ten Albums of 2011: Numbers 6 and 5
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 six and five. They are…
6. Radioactive – Yelawolf
Making my top 5 was tough as hell. In my opinion Yela definitely put out a top 5 album, but in just a tough year as far as competition goes. Shady Records rookie put out a solid debut album. Radioactive gives you a great sense of “Growin’ Up in the Gutter” of the dirty south. I was never too big into hardcore southern rap, but the flow and lyricism of “white dawg” (as Eminem would call him) is too dope not to like. Not only does he give you great material and help you get that southern feel, but Yela gives you great insight to his own personal life on “The Last Song.” He isn’t afraid to show his creativity and experiments with rock music in songs like “Slumerican Shitizen.” He touches on controversial material about the state of our society in “Made in the U.S.A.” and the problems with the music industry in “Radio.” The biggest surprise to me in this album was not only can this dude spit lyrics over bass heavy, southern beats like we are used to, but he makes high quality songs in general. Just more proof that Shady 2.0 will be a force to reckon with in 2012.
Favorite Track: Animal (Feat. Fefe Dobson) – Love the beat, and it’s classic Yelawolf flow. Puts this beat in a body bag and Fefe Dobson seems to be the perfect feature.
5. Ambition – Wale
M-M-M-M-Maybach Music! Sorry, just felt the intro to this paragraph wouldn’t be right without that. Pretty safe to say that I loved this album from start to finish. Wale’s “poetic flow” is one of the best in the game right now. I’ve always been one to say that his lyrics won’t “wow” you, but his delivery will. I thought the features fit just perfect on the album as well. Great party and dance songs like “Slight Work” and “Bait.” The slower, more in depth songs like “White Linen,” “Sabotage,” and “Lotus Flower Bomb.” What made me the happiest about this album was the fact that he didn’t overload it with the whole MMG roster. No pointless features just to give his team some recognition. I thought the Meek Mill and Rick Ross features were perfect on the track “Ambition.” Honestly, the worst part about the album was the promotion for it on Twitter. Wale was annoying the crap out of me haha. Solid album all the way through though.
Favorite Track: DC or Nothing – An intense beat, with an intense flow. Wale does a great job telling a story in this track and definitely the most serious he is on the album.
It’s hard for me to respond to every single one of you so I figured I’d take the time to right a little note here. It’s not that I think any of the albums you guys all mention aren’t top ten material. I give you my list of what I think the top ten albums were of the year, and I read EVERY single comment of what you guys agree or don’t agree with. It seems like everyone has a completely different opinion and I love that.
When I write blogs that reflect more on music, or in depth personal experiences as a whole, it means a lot to see that people can agree with me. Things like “Top Ten” or whatever is hard to get everyone to agree. To be honest, I’m ecstatic that not everyone agrees, because you guys that read my blogs and comment on them open my eyes to other things I wasn’t aware of before. So don’t go around saying “this is wrong,” but just give your opinion on what YOU think should be there. Thanks for reading and feel free to drop your Top 10 in the comments.
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