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!

Release:
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

Release:
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

Release:
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

Release:
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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