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December 31, 2011  | by: Jasmina Cuevas

Gearing up for the end of 2011, all I have been hearing people say is, “2012 is going to be my year!” But plenty actually made a big splash in 2011 especially quite a few of Hip-Hop artists.

Some artists reinvented themselves and surprised everyone with some fresh material. Other artists were new to the Hip-Hop game and set a new level of music to be mastered. Either way moments were created, memories were logged and history was made. Hip-Hop wears the crown for 2011.

Here are the top Hip-Hop albums, mix-tapes, singles and of course the top ten artists I chose that are already in the running to take over 2012:

Top Hip-Hop Albums of 2011

-Watch the Throne: Kanye West & Jay-Z

-Undun: The Roots

-Ambition: Wale

-Cole World: The Sideline Story: J. Cole

-The Dreamer/The Believer: Common

-Section .80: Kendrick Lamar

-Take Care: Drake

-TM103: Young Jeezy

-Camp: Childish Gambino

-Finally Famous: Big Sean

-When Fish Ride Bicycles: The Cool Kids

-Rolling Papers: Wiz Khalifa

-Lazers: Lupe Fiasco

-Hell: The Sequel: Bad Meets Evil (Royce Da 5’9 & Eminem)

Top 5 Hip-Hop Mix-Tapes of 2011

-Fear of God:Pusha-T

Nostalgia, ULTRA

-LiveLoveA$AP: A$AP Rocky

-TINC: Death Comes in 3′s: Fabolous

-Nostalgia, ULTRA: Frank Ocean

-Mania!: Pac Div

Top Ten Hip-Hop Songs of 2011

-Ni**as in Paris: Kanye West & Jay-Z

-Nasty: Nas

-Lotus Flower Bomb: Wale featuring Miguel

-No Hands: Waka Flocka featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale

-I’m on One: DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil’ Wayne

-My Last: Big Sean featuring Chris Brown

-Gucci Gucci: Kreayshawn

-Racks: Y.C. featuring Future

Top Ten Artists on the Roster for 2012

-Franck Ocean

-Kendrick Lamar

-J. Cole

Machine Gun Kelly

-Black Cobain


-Machine Gun Kelly

-Mac Miller

-The Weeknd

-Maybach Music Group: Wale, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Teedra Moses, Masspike Miles & Stalley


Top Hip-Hop Moments

T.I. is released from Prison, AGAIN

J. Cole is nominated for a Grammy

Beyonce & Jay-Z create a future superstar

Shady 2.0 BET Cypher (Hi Rihanna!)

Rick Ross surviving not one but TWO seizures

Wiz Khalifa performed “Black and Yellow” for the Steelers vs Jets AFC Game

Tyler the Creator won MTV’s Best Artist of the Year

Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” became one of the most performed hip-hop songs on youTube


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