Best Hip-Hop Album (Mainstream) of 2011
Over the course of 2011, the buzz surrounding J. Cole turned from upbeat to deeply ambivalent, with heads hotly debating whether the Roc Nation standard-bearer could really deliver on his early hype. That all stopped in September, when debut set Cole World: The Sideline Story was unleashed upon the record-buying populace. Hailed as one of the most impressive rap debuts in recent memory, the set did numbers to match its critical plaudits, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 and achieving Gold certification before the year was out.
The Throne “Watch the Throne”
Watch the Throne was not a perfect album, but Kanye and Jay-Z' historic collaborative project made a crater size impact on hip-hop culture this year. This was the one album you were legally obligated to have an opinion about if you claimed to care about hip-hop. From its style to its slang to a #1 debut, this is the album that came to define the year. When crowds are lining up to hear you play a song like Ni**as In Paris fourteen times in a row, you know you've made an album that matters.
- T.I. ft. Young Thug, Lil Wayne & Jeezy - About The Money (Remix)
- Lupe Fiasco ft. Nikki Jean - Haile Selassie
- Every Logic Song We’ve Ever Featured
- Shady XV: Eminem is Dropping a New Album & I Don’t Care
- S1 Confirms Kanye West Working on New Album, Songs Are “Feel Good” #A3CProAudio
- 5 Fresh Songs You Might Have Missed (10/20)
- Heat Check: How Do You Feel About Drake’s “How About Now”
- 10 Must Have Hip-Hop Downloads of the Week (10/17)
- All 72 of Drakes Billboard Top 100 Songs
- DJBooth Announces Our New Top Prospects…
- The Best Hip-Hop & R&B Songs of 2014 (Ongoing)
Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.