Must-Cop: 25 Best Hip Hop Albums of 2011 (Part One)

Must-Cop: 25 Best Hip Hop Albums of 2011 (Part One)

The Tribe & Big Cats! – Forward Thinkers Movers Shakers

Label: The Tribe and Big Cats!

January 25

Minnesota trio The Tribe and Big Cats! team up for their newest effort, Forward Thinkers Movers Shakers. The group bares the torch of Minnesota’s name-brand, home-grown hip hop sound, crafting personal and sharp rhymes with sample-driven percussion.

Big K.R.I.T.- Return of 4Eva

Big K.R.I.T. - Return of 4Eva
Label: N/A

March 28

Big K.R.I.T. delivers on his latest free offering. The southern rapper continues to redefine the region with his brand of street-savvy, yet conscious and relate-able rhymes.

Download: Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4Eva

Blueprint – Adventures in the Counterculture

Label: Rhymesayers

April 5

Blueprint’s newest effort marks a clear transformation for the Ohio MC. Adventures in Counterculture proves to be a floozy-like adventure in genre and sound, illuminating a renewed sense of artistry for an artist that’s been fairly quiet as of late. After facing numerous setbacks accounted largely to sample complications, Blueprint reemerges with a record — largely sample-free — that bends the expectations of listeners and leaves even the most die-hard hip hop fans with a new-found appreciation for the art of experimentation.

Random Axe – Random Axe

Label: Duck Down

June 14

One of the most highly-sought-after releases for 2011 delivers the work of Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson all under one disc. The trio certainly didn’t disappoint; although the final product did surprise some listeners. Black Milk laced the album with mostly light and thin beats which served as a stark contrast to the gravelly and guttural spewings of the album’s rappers. Either way, the project delivered.

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