Top 10 Best Guest Appearances of 2011

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    Top 10 Best Guest Appearances of 2011
    In 2011, for the first time in years, cameo king bragging rights were pretty much up for grabs. Nicki Minaj dominated the guest appearance circuit leading up to her <em>Pink Friday</em> debut last year—grabbing the baton from her Young Money brethren Drake, who was the game’s most sought after MC the prior year. But in ‘11, even cameo Gods Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne—who both appear on this list—didn’t quite monopolize the guest star lane. This year, standouts include a hungry West Coast upstart and a missing-in-action Southern rapstress. <em>XXL</em>’s year-end countdowns continues with the Top 10 Best Guest Appearances of 2011.—<em>XXL Staff</em>
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    10. Gangsta Boo on Yelawolf’s “Throw It Up,” <em>Radioactive</em> (2011)
    Keeping up with Eminem and Yelawolf is no easy feat, but former Hypnotize Minds First Lady, Gangsta Boo pulled it off. Seemingly resurfacing out of thin air after years on the milk carton, the Memphis rapper sets up Yela's "Throw It Up" with a riotous chorus before delivering a menacing verse between Wolf and Em's. On paper, this collaboration looks like a horrible typo, but make no mistake about it, the odd merging makes for one of the most entertaining songs of the year.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VtNDlu0NhCk?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VtNDlu0NhCk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    9. T.I. on 2 Chainz’s “Spend It (Remix),” <em>T.R.U. REALigion</em> (2011)
    T.I.'s been spitting like he's still paying dues as of late. Perhaps because his last LP, <em>No Mercy</em>, was underwhelming, per the general consensus. Eager to show he hadn't lose a step, a fresh-out-of-jail Tip commandeered several hot records, including the remix to 2 Chainz's "Spend It." Tip’s in <em>Trap Muzik</em> form here as he effortlessly flaunts a series of cadences. He still got it. It’s the kang, bitch!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9DacPvV6Ttc?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9DacPvV6Ttc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    8. Andre 3000 on Young Jeezy’s “I Do,” <em>Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition</em> (2011)
    Jizzle’s “I Do” was an event. Initially slated to feature Andre 3000 and Drake, the final version paired up Dre and the Jigga Man for the first time. The two vets didn’t disappoint, but it’s Three Stacks who took center stage. Spinning Jeezy’s concept, Andre recites unorthodox vows with lines like, “Crazy I tell you this in the middle of a club/Where words tend to get thrown around lightly like like like love/Friend, rock star and so and so’s a genius/So him vow to never utter him do unless him mean it.” The last of Dre’s six guest appearances in 2011, the verse should hold his fans down ‘til he appears on B.o.B’s album in March of next year. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VWiwU1RVcLU?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VWiwU1RVcLU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    7. Jay-Z on J. Cole’s “Mr. Nice Watch,” <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> (2011)
    J. Cole never stood a chance. Four bars into his cameo on signee J. Cole’s “Mr. Nice Watch,”—the last verse on the song—Young Hov had already outshined his young pup. “I got a Hublot, I call it Tebow, I strap that bitch with a gator band/Y’all niggas ball halftime, y’all niggas like the Gator band/Y’all niggas need a timeout, who got these niggas all wound up/Cock sucker I’m 730, Y’all know where y’all niggas gon’ wind up?” he rhymes. Hovi, you did it again!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6cuIbvUMP9Q?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/6cuIbvUMP9Q?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    6. Kendrick Lamar on Game’s “The City,” <em>The R.E.D. Album</em> (2011)
    Beware of Kendrick Lamar. Lately, the Compton lyricist has been on a tear, mercilessly embarrassing MCs on their own tracks. It all started on Game's "The City." K. Dot delivers a potent hook—though it comes off more like a short verse placed between Game’s three verses. The track ends with Kendrick delivering another hook before blacking out for 16 bars a capella.<br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WC53fokyM8w?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WC53fokyM8w?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    5. Busta Rhymes on Tech N9ne’s “Worldwide Choppers,” <em>All 6’s and 7’s</em>
    With C. Breezy's "Look at Me Now" still in heavy rotation, Busta turned things up a notch with his verse on Tech N9ne's "Worldwide Chopppers"—a posse cut on which Tech, Yelawolf, Twista, a few international MCs, and of course, Busta, took turns cramming words into rapid-fire flows. To let the Internets tell it, upon the track's premiere on <em>XXL</em>'s Channel Live on Ustream—Bus's "Choppers" was quite possibly the best of his career. Time only will tell. In the meantime, call it a comeback.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CSQUfTBcOu4?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CSQUfTBcOu4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    4. Nas on Lil Wayne’s “Outro,” <em>Tha Carter IV</em> (2011)
    Like Busta, Nas delivered a memorable guest verse 20 years after his breakthrough guest appearance—in this case, Main Source’s “Live at the Barbecue.” Sharing mic time with Bun B, Shyne and Busta Rhymes, Nas dropped a clever verse in which he boasted of inspiring Eminem and Kanye West and being Nasty like “gas from a fat man’s intestines.” Released with Nas’s own single, “Nasty,” already garnering spins, the verse built more anticipation for the Queens MC’s next LP, <em>Life Is Good</em>.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GIYQVfwty5c?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GIYQVfwty5c?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    3. Lil Wayne on Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard (Remix),” <em>Blood, Sweats and Tears</em> (2011)
    Lil Wayne’s no stranger to stealing the show, but on Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard (Remix),” Birdman, Jr. did so in an unusual fashion. Relying on a subdued flow, the typically cartoon-ish Weezy wasted no lines as he offered comical pop culture references (“Swagger just dumb, call it Kelly Bundy.”) and hilarious sexual boasts (“I’ll fuck that bitch ‘til she short-winded.”).<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4Hl0DUsUf6c?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4Hl0DUsUf6c?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    2. Drake on DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One,” <em>We the Best Forever</em> (2011)
    "I'm On One" may has well have been Drake's track. Actually, it sort of was. According to the track's producer, T-Minus, Drake recorded his part first and then sent the song to Khaled. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross laced their verses next. But it's Drizzy who shines—spark plugging the cut with four bars of singing before transitioning into fast paced raps ranging from the OVO rapper being a fixture in gossip blogs' rumor mill to his royal ambitions. "I just feel like the Throne is for the taking," he offers to close his verse. Many believed the line was a subliminal dig at Jay-Z and Kanye. Drake then delivers the year's most undeniable hook. His commanding presence over DJ Khaled's most successful single to date helped the song dominate radio and clubs all summer and is still in heavy rotation. The song was certified triple platinum certification.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qE0_bqPQvX4?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qE0_bqPQvX4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    1. Busta Rhymes on Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now,” <em>F.A.M.E.</em> (2011)
    Busta Rhymes never fell off. But, the Dungeon Dragon had been relatively quiet on the guest artist front in the past few years. Then, 20 years after his scene-stealing guest verse on A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario" made him arguably the most sought after collaborator in hip-hop history, Bussa Buss did it again; he jumped on a song and made it his with one verse. This time, Buss took over Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now”—which also featured Lil Wayne—with a dizzyingly fast, yet crystal clear verse only a tongue contortionist like Buss could deliver. The verse exposed Busta to a younger audience, reignited his buzz, opened the floodgates to more guest appearances and set the table for him to sign to Cash Money. Look at him now!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/_p9I5ipJFs0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/_p9I5ipJFs0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>

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  • Chris

    No Tech N9ne on Wayne’s ‘Interlude’? No Hopsin on Tech’s ‘Am I a Psycho?’

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    3K EASILY

  • Brian

    Nas’ Outro verse by far. That went soo hard.

    • Dead President

      Nas runnin’ rings round niggas. Kendrick verse was AIIGHT he cool but please come on, no disrespect but he dont compete with true lyricists like Nas. or 3 stacks for that matter. even jay. those niggaz – thats another level.

  • Chucky

    BURIED ALIVE.

    • mahaji

      agreed

  • Yeah Ok

    “Lets get one thing straight dat my crown neva tested!!!” Nasir hands down!!!!!!

  • Tay

    For me itz between Kendrick Lamar and Nas

  • Will

    TBH, I’d of put TI- Niggas in Paris remix over the Spend it Remix

  • esco lets go

    nas on common’s ghetto dreams was dope as fuck

  • land lord

    NASTY NAS!!!!

  • Eh

    1. Kendrick Lamar on The City
    2. Nas on OUTRO
    3. (not listed) Tyler on Martians Vs Goblins

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Ill do all of you all one better.
    Nas on the Beastie Boys song ” Too Many Rappers”. He clowned most of the current rappers and up and comers.

  • Chris S

    I do, I do, I do, I do, I do…

  • russell

    TI’s verse on B.o.B.’s mixtape track “Boom Bap” is verse of the year. I don’t think a lot of ppl have heard it tho.

  • Jakeemthunder

    If you think Kendrick’s verse isn’t better than ANY of these other options….ur a retard…

  • http://xxlmag.com Blake

    I guess Tech N9ne has been doin to much for them. LOL!They dont wanna give Tech to much shine and make all these little mainstream Pussys get butt hurt!!

  • Tarek

    Tech N9ne on Lil Wayne’s Interlude???? UHH?????? XXL, WTF. and Commons album totally deserved a XXXXXXLLLLLL

    • http://mywoods.tumblr.com Dat boy

      You are so right. XXL is really slacking..

  • SunnyDiesel

    Kendrick on “The City” gave me goosebumps. Nas is my favorite of all time, but give me K.Dot’s verse this time

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/features/2011/12/top-10-best-guest-appearances-of-2011/#respond TRUTH

    KENDRICK!!!!

    also drake on I’m on one & Bussa Buss on Look at me now

  • CaponeMOB

    NAS BY FAR is the BEST guest apperance of the year,why is this even a debate? the nigga is 20yrs DEEP in the rap game and he still spittin better then your favorite rappers. i know is just opinions on here,but C’MON some things are just undisputed.

    that being said,im surprise they got gangsta boo on that list but NO tech N9ne? WOW who comes up with these crazy fuckin list’s? middle age white dudes?…SMH

    • Dead President

      hahaha tru that blud

  • Jarome

    OMFG xxl, STOP ridin Young Money and Chris Browns dicks! I am so sick of reading about look at me now everywhere I go, that track fucking sucks! It is terrible.

    • Meller

      Wooord Jarome! SMFH!

  • http://www.twitter.com/itsdabidnessyo Bizzy

    Honestly it was very tough for me to choose between Kendrick and Nas. I went with Kendrick because the fact that they cut the beat and made his verse an acapella turned it into a whole new experience.

  • astens

    busta on tech n9ne’s worldwide choppers is by far the best guest appearance. listen to it!

  • igotacos

    kendrick not only had the best feature of the year, but that same song held the best verse and hook of the year

  • Thrill Murray

    After hearing Kendrick Lamar on Game’s “The City” I went and copped everything that cat has dropped. He killed that track. Tech Nas & 3 Stacks next best on this list IMO

  • LGC

    Nas went Nasty on Outro.
    KDot on The City
    also loved 3000 on The Real Her

  • jjgaudet

    gansta boos verse was dope fuck all other women rappers its was quickest verse ive heard from a female

  • Stay Frosty

    Chose Nas because he really showed up this year. Just feature after feature, song after song he sounds rejuvenated and I hope he can carry this energy onto his next album.

    And because Freddie Gibbs on Scottie Pippen wasn’t on here.

  • Mikey

    3 Stacks and Tech N9ne on Tha Carter IV interlude both belong on this list!

  • swisha

    jay’s verse on mr.nice watch was ok, wayne did his thing on the hustle hard remix but i think it is between busta on look at me now or nas on the outro