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Top Ten Albums of 2011: Numbers 6 and 5

December 14, 2011 · Posted in Music, reviews · 60 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 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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Comments

60 Responses to “Top Ten Albums of 2011: Numbers 6 and 5”

  1. MAC on December 14th, 2011 10:02 pm

    so you are considering section.80 a mixtape? it was definitely top ten album and at this point cole world, WTT, take care, and bad meets evil pretty much have to be your top four

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Because I was informed last minute that Section .80 was actually an album instead of a mixtape I made some adjustments. You’ll see next week.

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva, I thought it was a mixtape till now lolz

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    yzeeh Reply:

    @Jonathan, Top 4 albums left is easy!!! WTT Cole World, Take Care, Section.80… no order…

    kay Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva, theres still bad meets evil i assume that will be there although i would understand if it wasnt coz it wasnt a proper album

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  2. ElMonarca029 on December 14th, 2011 10:07 pm

    Man, this sucks! -.-

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  3. MosDef on December 14th, 2011 10:33 pm

    Section 80, cats and dogs, undun, are all top albums of the year. Then probably Commons shit too. I knw this is your list but its allll over the place with some ok albums n some wack shit. Interested to see the top three…what it looks like so far tho its going to be mainstream BS…

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    Deezy Dru Reply:

    @MosDef, Common premiered his album last night.Great material,amazing Beats & poetic lyrics that common always has for the people.Common and No I.D. made a masterpeice.It’s like the “Be” for 2011(and 2012,came out a little to late)

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    Deezy Dru Reply:

    @Deezy Dru, *masterpiece(Spell check)

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Deezy Dru, that shit is tiff man.the production on it is on point. No I.d came through. I liked the intro leading up to ghetto dreams. I feel like the album was well balanced, singles didn’t change his deep lyrics, came with raw common sense shit and easily makes my top 3. Support real hiphop.

  4. its all dark around on December 14th, 2011 10:34 pm

    radioactive sucked

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    Romulo Reply:

    i agree 100%

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  5. R on December 14th, 2011 10:36 pm

    Radioactive better than R.E.D.? Sheeeeiiiiiiittttt!

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    rey734 Reply:

    @R, yea thats what I said but too each there own.

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  6. Leo on December 14th, 2011 10:40 pm

    Waleeeee! :)

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  7. Jonathan on December 14th, 2011 10:44 pm

    I like the list so far, radioactive was a good album Idk why some ppl r hating, I like bad meets evil a lot and WTT, But I think those are the only two collaborated albums out there so Idk how that would affect your list, in my opinion I would love to see Cole World:

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @Jonathan, sidelines story number one, love the album, can go listen to every song without skipping a track, and j.Cole did it on his OWN, with 0 promo lol

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Jonathan, Cole world was cool. But undun takes album of the year by far my opinion next to section 80

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @MosDef, undun was a good album, nd to be honest I thought section 80 was a mixtape till like two days ago lol… That cd is crazy good… I’m just a bid j.Cole fan lol

  8. Treach on December 14th, 2011 10:45 pm

    Pusha t fear of god 2 way better than both of these,so is third power

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  9. Treach on December 14th, 2011 10:55 pm

    10-ferrari boys-gucci,flocka
    9-Goblin,tyler
    8-Red,the game
    7-Tha Carter 4,wayne
    6-dj drama third power,
    5,pusha t,fear of god2
    4Bad meets evil,
    3Watch the throne,
    2Section 80
    1,cole world

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    d bags Reply:

    @Treach, the fact you put gucci, waka, and tyler on a top 10 list of any sorts other than the 10 worst, says your opinion should not be taken seriously

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  10. TNyKwist on December 14th, 2011 11:38 pm

    Yelawolf over Tha Carter IV, Finally Famous AND Goblin!? the fuck?

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    Pabo Reply:

    Radioactive was an exceptional album and definitely a surprise for me. I didn’t dig the southern beats but the album was definitely top notch.

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    Jriver Reply:

    @Pabo, Yelawolf is wack

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    Listen to Charlie Reply:

    @Pabo,

    Word.

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  11. Pabo on December 14th, 2011 11:41 pm

    I can dig you’re list so far; I’m wondering if Welcome to Hell won’t be on it since it’s techically not an album it’s an EP. I consider it the best of the year or at least top 2. Can you adress this question?

    Looks like there are spots for; Watch the Throne, Cole World, Take Care, and Section .80 possibly. Assuming Bad Meets Evil isn’t in the running because it’s an EP.

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  12. Royal Swagness on December 14th, 2011 11:51 pm

    I like Ambition by Wale. #5 is a good spot for it. The theme & most of the beats were classic
    . Glad it’s higher than TBC4 aka tha bullshit carter 4.

    Didn’t listen to Radioactive by Yelawolf so I can say nothin about that.

    Bad Meets Evil shouldn’t make it. Liked it but it was a 9 track EP not LP. So Mike Da Silva you don’t need it on your list man.

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  13. riphop on December 15th, 2011 12:18 am

    Ambition deserves the credit, well done Wale.

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  14. Charlie Martinez on December 15th, 2011 12:23 am

    Yela:
    I love to see Radioactive here. Yela did a great job with his album. He really put a lot of effort on it and most important, RADIOACTIVE IS LYRICAL. Only thing I didn’t like much about it was that hast too many features, bur I rather here a Rapper’s album with singers features than a Rapper “singing” with auto.tune (And by no means I’m referring to Drake, but yes to Wayne and some others).

    Wale:
    Haven’t heard most of the album, I expected more from him, cause all the promotion, but still I know it’s a good album. I just heard DC Or Nothing because you suggested it, and I totally love that track.

    Predictions:
    #1 Album: Take Care – Drake.

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    carter Reply:

    @Charlie Martinez, Speak the truth!

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  15. chris on December 15th, 2011 12:28 am

    How is it possible that not only Wale, but Yelawolf both had a higher spot on the top ten albums than Lil Wayne did. Tunechi is the best rapper alive and Carter 4 was possibly the best album of the year next to Take Care and Sideline Story. This just makes no sense in my opinion. I mean no other album sold even close to a million copies in the first week so i dont even understand if it can be a debate. Lil Wayne can’t be touched

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    ninon Reply:

    @chris, First off sales dont mean nothing! Second, lil wayne best rapper alive hahahaha thats a stupid opinion, Third carter 4 is a lame album wayne is overrated his songs are the same all the time. Yelawolf and Wale are lyricists something your man weezy aint!
    DID u know lil wayne does not write his own music? you cant be the best when you dont even make your shit #FAIL

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  16. JWADE on December 15th, 2011 1:12 am

    J.Cole has to be #1 solo album

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  17. chad on December 15th, 2011 1:18 am

    I actually liked Ambition better than take care and WTT. Even though imma huge fan of jay, ye , and drake i think lyrically wale did better. But drake abulm the beats and how he flows on them makes me listen to it alot. Jay and Kanye rapped about the same subject over and over except in a few songs like murder to excellance and no church in the wild.

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  18. ThatGuyC on December 15th, 2011 2:09 am

    5. Cole World
    4. Take Care
    3. Ambition
    2. Section.80
    1. Watch The Throne

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  19. Magruder on December 15th, 2011 2:30 am

    I think it is too early to say what cd is n the top 10 and u still got Common and Jeezy(supposedly) coming out on the 20th. Those two albums could be easily better than Tyler the Creator album or even Game album..

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    JWADE Reply:

    @Magruder, True

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    Deezy Dru Reply:

    @JWADE, TM103 leaked yesterday,It’s good but its not as great as I would have hoped.He took the Wale/Lupe/J. Cole feature which sorta pissed me off and a few of the tracks were mediocore but other than that it was pretty good.(Better than Tha Carter IV)

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  20. Immortal on December 15th, 2011 3:00 am

    How are all of you forgetting about All 6’s & 7’s by Tech N9ne

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Immortal, cosign! All 6’s and 7’s is legit. So many good albums only thing getting me upset is the list being so predictable.

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  21. Freezy on December 15th, 2011 5:20 am

    COLEWORLD #1 U already know it

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  22. Barbara on December 15th, 2011 5:41 am

    i hope camp is in your top 4 because childish gambino is an underated rapper. If you listen to his mixtape culdesac or his untitled ep it’s better than most of the hiphop that is playing right now

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  23. M.S.D on December 15th, 2011 5:43 am

    Yelawolf & Wale Better Than Lil Wayne, Game, Tyler The Creator ??!!!

    You Crazy ? Mad Or Something ?

    You Are Saying That The Best Rappers Is Not Better Than The Weak Rappers!!

    I Guess No.1 Will Be Lil Chuckee !!

    Think Again

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    Deezy Dru Reply:

    @M.S.D, And you sir are an Idiot.

    Wale & Yelawolf have better flows and more complex world play than Weezy & Tyler(Game too but his album was better than those 2 put together).

    And what are talking bout.Wale and Yelawolf aren’t weak.If anything,The other two are weak.Weezy has been on a downward spiral since TC3 and Tyler’s flow doesn’t fit with the beat most of the time(And I same most of the time,He has a few tracks but thats about it).

    And why are you putting spaces in the middle of your comments.Makes you seem like a sophisticated asshole.And no Lil Chuckee won’t be on the list for 2 reasons.1)he don’t put out an album & 2)He’s garbage

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    ninon Reply:

    @M.S.D, U mad, weezy and tyler are not close to Wale & Yelawolf, They prolly have more fans but they all stupid like you then that explains

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  24. M.S.D on December 15th, 2011 5:46 am

    And Tyga, Bow Wow Albums Coming Soon & They Will Be Better Than Those two Albums

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  25. Cop Em' (Sole Collector name) on December 15th, 2011 6:56 am

    Take Care XO

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  26. E on December 15th, 2011 9:06 am

    my top 5 !

    Take Care, Carter 4, Wale, Tyga when it comes out then Cole.

    TAKE CARE thou…

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  27. MosDef on December 15th, 2011 9:34 am

    just heard common sense album and top 3 for sure! maybe album of the year nominee..Top 3 undun, section 80, the dreamer the believer no specific order. top 5 add wtt and cole world

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  28. big tookie on December 15th, 2011 10:10 am

    fuck yal dumb ass maafakas hating on wale questioning how he managed a high spot than lil wayne.like it or not carter iv was below expectations,ambition on the other hand above expectations so yal pussy niggas get the fuck off mikedasilva’s neck.

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    Deezy Dru Reply:

    @big tookie, I agree with you but it wasn’t above expectations for me.I loved Attention Deficit better.I felt like he lost some of the soul that AD had but still Ambition was better than what most of these dumb asses think should have been higher than it(Especially the Carter IV & Goblin)

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    big tookie Reply:

    wale bin one of the most underated rappers in the game bt his hardwork and ambition paid off cause his album was quite a solid project and the numbers he did were quite impressive.

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  29. K Dutch on December 15th, 2011 4:45 pm

    # 1 Cole World
    # 1 Section 80
    # 3 Watch the Throne
    # 4 W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
    # 5 All 6’s and 7’s

    i don’t put Drake in it because I don’t like his style.
    I think these albums are the best of 2011.

    I haven’t heard Common’s album yet. That album can make it probably top 5.

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    MosDef Reply:

    @K Dutch, common sense album will def make top 5. He came through. Your list is pretty cool. I would put 1. Undun 2. Section 80 3. The dreamer, the believer 4. Wtt 5. Cole world 6. All 6’s and 7’s 7. Cats and Dogs 8. Camp 9. Ambition 10. Red

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    d bags Reply:

    @K Dutch, i def like the tech 9 album on there! idk about top 5, but i’d agree top 10…. but i totally forgot about tech and his album was awesome… he gave hopsin a huge push in the right direction, only song i didn’t like was the one with wayne, and thats cause the content was stupid and i know most people wouldn’t say this but it was TOO vulgar, like over the top and unneeded graphic lyrics, but the rest of the album was fire and huge props for giving tech the props he deserves

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  30. peanut on December 19th, 2011 4:01 am

    no way that radioactive was better then c4 or goblin

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  31. box on December 24th, 2011 11:22 pm

    where is number 4 and 3 ??

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  32. Omg Lol on December 28th, 2011 8:51 pm

    Dead list.. Should have known lol

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  33. Mr. Propane on December 29th, 2011 2:47 am

    He started his list wayyy to early. They still have a couple albums that just came out.

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