Top 100 Songs of 2011

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    Top Songs of 2011
    Every year has its own distinct soundtrack. There are the songs that mark moments, seasons, and stars. These days, with so much music flooding the 'net and the airwaves, it takes something special to craft a song with staying power. Everyone has personal favorites; this particular list isn't about best, though. Here, <em>XXL</em> looks back at the Top Songs of 2011: From inescapable songs of the summer to breakout singles to undeniable mixtape cuts that picked up momentum on radio and in the clubs, these are the tracks that helped to define 2011. —<em>XXL Staff</em>
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    100. Pharoahe Monch ft. Phonte & Styles P “Black Hand Side,” <em>W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>March 3, 2011<br />For the third single from his first solo album in four years, Pharoahe Monch teamed up with two like-minded vets Styles P and Phonte for “Black Hand Side.” The three rhymers teamed up to tell socially-aware tales rooted in their experiences, looking to uplift those around them and their communities. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sb49FN_AKwg?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/sb49FN_AKwg?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    99. YG “Patty Cake,” <em>Just Re’d Up</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>February 1, 2011<br />Originally leaked in 2010, 2011 was truly the year for YG’s “Patty Cake.” Exhibiting similar qualities to “Toot It and Boot It” which first put the California rapper on the national map, this cut was a radio-ready, fun-filled anthem. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/aPOttLW-csc?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/aPOttLW-csc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    98. Jay Electronica ft. Jay-Z & The Dream “Shiny Suit Theory,” <em>Unreleased</em>(2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: November 15, 2011<br />Jay Elec threw this Hov-assisted super lyrical heat out there for the public to enjoy and announce his new allegiance with Roc Nation. Although, listeners can’t find it on iTunes, it’s a true rap fan’s absolute delight.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XcE_dZ986uI?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/XcE_dZ986uI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></strong>
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    97. Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf “2.0 Boys,” <em>Unreleased</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong>March 2, 2011<br />Shortly after appearing on the March issue of <em>XXL</em>, announcing their joining of forces, the newly formed Shady 2.0, consisting of Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf, liberated this coming out party. Not surprisingly a lyrically-inclined banger, the wordplay display showed that the six-man squad was going to be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the year and beyond. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4uB4HRp8tBk?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/4uB4HRp8tBk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    96. Mobb Deep ft. Nas “Dog Shit,” <em>Unreleased</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>April 4, 2011<br />The second track that Mobb Deep dropped following Prodigy’s release from prison early in the year, “Dog Shit” reunited the duo with their Queen brethren Nas for the first time in a decade. The trio picked up where they left off, not missing a beat on the Alchemist and Havoc-produced gutter track, littered with eerie keys. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/exwhUGaw1pY?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/exwhUGaw1pY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    95. Diggy Simmons “Copy Paste,” <em>Untitled Debut</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>May 27, 2011<br />The first official single from Diggy’s first official album, “Copy, Paste” offered a glimpse of the young rhymer’s skill, as he strung together solid bars and crooned the hook himself. The 2011 <em>XXL</em> Freshman still doesn’t have a date for his debut, but this single, which peaked in the Top 25 on the <em>Billboard</em> Rap Songs chart, was a step in the right direction, and one that he complimented with R&B features and a follow up single. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qU9HdAduDvY?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/qU9HdAduDvY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    94. Pusha T, “My God,” <i>Fear of God</i>
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> February 12, 2011<br />G.O.O.D. Music producer Hit-Boy specifically produced this masterpiece of a beat for the Clipse MC and Pusha knew exactly what to do. The song will be forever be remembered as one of Push’s shining moments. Amen.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Clo0U1BMR5I?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Clo0U1BMR5I?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
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    93. Yelawolf ft. Gangsta Boo & Eminem “Throw It Up,” <em>Radioactive</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> November 11, 2011<br />Yela’s in-your-face riot-starter featuring Gangsta Boo and Shady himself, was a fierce cut that not only marked Boo’s return, but cemented Catfish Billy as one not to overlook.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Hg4DoQN0dvQ?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/Hg4DoQN0dvQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    92. Red Café ft. Ryan Leslie & Rick Ross, “Fly Together,” <em>ShakeDown</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> September 13, 2011<br />Red Café’s debut major label Bad Boy album has been in limbo for quite some time, but he seems on his way to climbing himself out of that hole, thanks in large part to this single. With a verse from Rick Ross and a hook from Ryan Leslie, the Brooklyn native heated up New York radio in late 2011, as the song hit No. 22 on the <em>Billboard</em> Rap Songs chart. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/_p8DT5jeoww?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/_p8DT5jeoww?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    91. Styles P ft. Rick Ross & Busta Rhymes “Harsh,” <i>Master of Ceremonies</i> (2011)
    Official Release Date: August 16, 2011<br />Styles invited Ricky Rozay to join him and fellow New York rap vet, Bussa Buss on this futuristic, yet traditional East Coast-sounding collabo. The result was the exact opposite of the song's title. In other words, smooth as silk.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/bBmsrj2kOIo?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/bBmsrj2kOIo?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
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    90. Wale ft. Rick Ross “Tats on My Arm,” <em>Self Made, Vol. 2</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 3, 2011<br />With a thumping beat and an electric keyboard playing throughout, Wale teamed up with Rick Ross to drop this buzz single that will likely serves as the lead single to Maybach’s second collaborative album. With 2011 as Wale’s best year to date, it’s no question as to why the former <em>XXL</em> Freshman was tapped to make this street smash. He’s got ambition.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LG3ZdeDRPoo?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/LG3ZdeDRPoo?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    89. Yelawolf ft. Kid Rock “Let's Roll,” <em>Radioactive</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> November 21, 2011<br />Yelawolf makes his own lane with this Kid Rock-assisted record, taking listeners to Alabama and back in his pickup. Let’s rooooll!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4r0pQytinNE?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/4r0pQytinNE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    88. Lil Wayne ft. Jadakiss & Drake “It’s Good,” <i>Tha Carter IV</i> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> August 24<br />Rap fans were shocked when this song leaked prematurely. Did Lil Wayne just diss Jay-Z? Did he threaten to kidnap Beyoncé? Will this start a rap war between Hov’s Roc Nation and Weezy’s Young Money? What’s Jada got to do with this? Birdman, Jr. couldn’t have bought better publicity for his upcoming album at the time. Ultimately, the song didn’t result in any battles between the two rap powerhouses, but boy was it exciting.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YVE6rf7cZNc?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YVE6rf7cZNc?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
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    87. Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg ft. Bruno Mars “Young, Wild & Free,” <em>Mac & Devin Go To High School</em> Soundtrack (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 4, 2011<br />After a rough version of this early Snoop and Wiz collabo leaked in February, word spread that the two professional chiefers were working on a project and a movie together. The official version dropped—with Bruno Mars on the hook— in October. The lead single to the soundtrack to their <em>Mac and Devin Go To High School</em> flick, the song was what was expected from the pairing and the title: a carefree take on partying and having a good time. The track hit No. 10 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Wa5B22KAkEk?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/Wa5B22KAkEk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    86. Drake “Club Paradise,” <em>Unreleased</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>September 10, 2011<br />As he was building anticipation (which was already there) for his sophomore album, <em>Take Care</em>, Drake took to his blog one late night in September to let loose three new joints, one of which was “Club Paradise.” Though the song didn’t make the album, it still made ripples, offering the same rapping and singing balance over gloomy production that would mark the album. Drizzy even named his tour after the song (or maybe he named it after the club in Toronto for which the song itself was named). <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EfGOqrXcm_Y?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/EfGOqrXcm_Y?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    85. Big K.R.I.T. ft. Ludacris & Bun B “Country Shit (Remix),” <i>Return of 4Eva</i> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 28, 2011<br />After winning over fans with his incredible 2010 mixtape, <i>K.R.I.T. Wuz Here</i>, the 2011 <i>XXL</i> Freshman recorded the audio version of a victory lap with this remixed version of the tape’s stand out cut, “Country Shit” with Southern legends, Ludacris and Bun B. Not only did the track validate the Mississippi rapper/producer’s undeniable talent, it also added legs to a banger that deserved play in both the cities and the suburbs across the U.S.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9G49Tdw4KDw?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9G49Tdw4KDw?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
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    83. Kendrick Lamar “HiiiPoWer,” <em>Section.80</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>April 12, 2011<br />The lead single to Kendrick Lamar’s lauded summer iTunes release <em>Section.80</em>, “HiiiPoWer” was a well-received song named after the Top Dawg rapper’s movement. Over a melting production by J. Cole, the 2011 <em>XXL</em> Freshman balanced lyricism, conscience, history and hunger. The single, which picked up on Satellite radio, helped the album hit No. 1 on the <em>Billboard</em> Heatseekers chart. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ep0hay4Qw54?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/ep0hay4Qw54?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    82. Drake ft. Lil Wayne ”The Motto,” <i>Take Care</i> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> <b>November 1, 2011<br />Drake chose this bouncy bonus cut for his third official single from <i>Take Care</i>. The sparse track, which features a lone bass line and some hyphy 808s, provided the perfect backdrop for Drizzy and Lil Wayne to try out some new melodic flows and offer advice to listeners: You Only Live Once. <br /><object style="height: 620px; width: 25px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IBrJ6UnNJgw?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IBrJ6UnNJgw?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object> </b>
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    80. Wiz Khalifa ft. Chevy Woods “Taylor Gang,” <em>Cabin Fever</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> February 17, 2011<br />Wiz repped his set well on this simple, yet catchy chant record. Taylor, Gang. Taylor, Gang. Though excluded from his debut, <em>Rolling Papers</em>, the track took on a life of its own and Wiz performed it during the BET Hip Hop Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. <br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/09iAlDwZqzs?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/09iAlDwZqzs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    79. Maybach Music Group “Pandemonium,” <em>Self Made, Vol. 1</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> January 5, 2011<br />One of the earliest collaborations between Rick Ross and his two new Maybach Music Group cohorts Meek Mill and Wale, “Pandemonium” first dropped in January but ended up making it’s way onto <em>Self Made, Vol. 1</em>. The song offers the typical high-energy of the crew, and each rapper displays what they can do lyrically, as well. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TUeLNimOjmk?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/TUeLNimOjmk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    78. Drake “Dreams Money Can Buy,” <em>Unreleased</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>  May 20, 2011<br />On the heels of his scene-stealing guest appearance on DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One,” Drake leaked this Noah “40” Shebib” gem—initially rumored to be the intro to <em>Take Care</em>—setting the tone for a series of releases (“Marvin’s Room,” “Free Spirit,” “Club Paradise”) to build anticipation for his blockbuster sophomore album. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LcO7zUqJ2sI?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LcO7zUqJ2sI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    77. Machine Gun Kelly ft. Waka Flocka “Wild Boy,” <em>Rage Pack</em> (2011)
    <strong>Original Release Date:</strong> September 27, 2011<br />Cleveland’s tatted-up bad boy and Atlanta’s East side wild child teamed up to make a song that would only be fitting for them. “Wild Boy” shows off MGK’s Twista-influenced flow and Waka’s Southern rap style. With a beat catered to both artists, it’s clear only these two could produce this theme song.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/A_J7kEhY9sM?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/A_J7kEhY9sM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    76. Don Trip “Letter 2 My Son,” <em>Drop That 178</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 18, 2011<br />Dedicating this heartfelt single to his son, Don Trip chose to release a track based on something real and not the typical imaginary lifestyle portrayed in most rap songs. Aside from speaking on a personal situation, Trip educates the male population on what happens when you don’t wrap it up. “Thinking that I loved her when I shouldn’t of even liked her,” it doesn’t get any deeper than that.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TTy2lOLmkN8?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/TTy2lOLmkN8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    75. Young Jeezy ft. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 "I Do," <em>Thug Motivation 103: Hustlaz Ambition</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> November 18, 2011<br />The blaring <em>TM103</em> star-studded single became an instant favorite at the album’s previous listening session a few weeks ago. A month later, it’s arguably one of Jeezy’s best singles to date. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/_h22bztFU_s?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/_h22bztFU_s?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    74. Wale ft. Rick Ross and Jadakiss "600 Benz," <em>Self Made, Vol. 1</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> April 5, 2011<br />Released as another Maybach–branded single—an ode to an elite, luxury car—“600 Benz” brought together Mr. Folarin, Rozay and Jadakiss to drop a top-of-the-year street heater. Whether it’s a Maybach or a Benz, Wale and Ricky have music sales in extravagant mobility covered.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/fZW1STjbKSs?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/fZW1STjbKSs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    73. Rick Ross “I Love My Bitches,” <em>God Forgives, I Don’t</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 7, 2011Rick Ross "I Love My Bitches," God Forgives, I Don't (2012) Fans craving a Rick Ross/Just Blaze collaboration were cruelly teased on MMG's "Self Made"—a JB-produced track on which the Bauwse introduced his crew without dropping a single bar. Rozay more than made up for it on one of two leaks to lead off his upcoming fifth album. Though the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You the Boss” peaked at No. 83 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, the Just-manned, “I Love My Bitches” fulfilled his core fan base’s yearning. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/aWyWcV_UOLI?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/aWyWcV_UOLI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    72. Pusha T ft. Tyler, The Creator “Trouble On My Mind,” <em>Fear of God II: Let Us Pray</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>July 12, 2011<br />After the March release of his mixtape <em>Fear of God</em>, Pusha T began the summer by heating things up in anticipation of his follow up. Linking with Tyler, the Creator, who himself had just released his debut album, <em>Goblin</em> a couple months prior, Pusha bridged the generational gap as the two imagery-experts traded verses over a Tyler beat. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2GKL_ZoJQjc?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/2GKL_ZoJQjc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 71. rick-ross-drake-3
    71. Rick Ross ft. Drake “Made Men,” <em>Unreleased</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> January 4, 2011<br />Rick Ross bookends a solid Drake verse on this movie-like, braggadocios track, also giving fans a taste of their sound together. The song didn’t end up on either of their official projects, as Drizzy didn’t drop until November, and Rozay only came out with his group album this year. Still, this track shines if for no other reason that Aubrey’s Rihanna line. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zl1KS5KOoV0?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/zl1KS5KOoV0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 70. common-blue-sky-3
    70. Common ft. Makeba Riddick “Blue Sky,” <em>The Dreamer, The Believer</em><em> (2011)</em>
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 4, 2011<br />“Ghetto Dreams” with Nas and subsequent news of a Comm/Godson collabo album may be the talk swirling around this particular project, but this inspiring cut is certainly a formidable record in its own right.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6ZkkFYfh8V0?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/6ZkkFYfh8V0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 69. nice watch
    69. J. Cole ft. Jay-Z “Mr. Nice Watch,” <em> Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: September 15, 2011<br />So, what Cole wants, Cole doesn’t always get. The upstart MC crafted “God’s Gift,” for his debut album with the intent of giving his fans the long-awaited second collaboration between himself and his boss, Jay-Z. But weeks prior to the release of the LP, Young Simba was resigned to the fact that Hov might not even make an appearance on his project. But the boss man got his Mariano on and saved the day with a scorching 16 for “Mr. Nice Watch,” including a dial-friendly: “I got a Hublot, I call Tebow, strap that bitch with a Gator band.” Ugh.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/22st8ORI8RU?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/22st8ORI8RU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></strong>
  • 68. jeezy
    68. Young Jeezy ft. Lil Wayne "Ballin," <em>Unreleased</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> April 12, 2011)<br />With <em>Thug Motivation 103</em> in limbo, Jizzle resurfaced with this Wayne-assisted banger. Though it wound up being cut from <em>TM103</em>’s final version, the track momentarily restored faith that Jeezy’s LP would finally drop soon, at the time of its release.)<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5tYMAwN73Lw?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/5tYMAwN73Lw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 67. the race wizkhalifa1
    67. Wiz Khalifa “The Race,” <em>Rolling Papers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 8, 2011<br />Yet another cut off <em>Rolling Papers</em> that found its way onto the charts this year—peaking at No. 66 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100. The track features Wiz’s growing penchant for sing-songy hooks over a melodic beat provided by I.D. Labs.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/87P3UiUUyB0?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/87P3UiUUyB0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 66. rack city
    66. Tyga ”Rack City,” <em>Well Done 2</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> December 6, 2011<br />Though it only officially dropped last week, Tyga's latest single leaked months ago. Far less sugary than the album’s first official single, “Far Away,” Tyga heads to the strip club on this cash-heavy joint that made it onto iTunes before the year ended. Rack city, bitch; rack, rack city, bitch! <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/SCFnewbghps?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/SCFnewbghps?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 65. bigsean061511
    65. Big Sean "I Do It," <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: May 8, 2011<br />Over the chest-pumping No I.D. produced single off his <em>Finally Famous</em> debut, Sean delivers a triumphant single as he flexes his lyrical wit and cunning wordplay.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hzKIEmWlGP0?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/hzKIEmWlGP0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 64. jeezy fame
    64. Young Jeezy ft. T.I. "F.A.M.E," <em>Thug Motivation 103: Hustlaz Ambition</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> September 29, 2011<br />The slow paced Justice League production allowed enough legroom for Jeezy and Tip to dish out their emotions and fire back at the public’s criticism. Tip delivers arguably one of his best verses since returning home from prison.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9CiXZ23Unec?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/9CiXZ23Unec?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 63. house party
    63. Meek Mill ft. Young Chris “House Party,” <em>Dreamchaser</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 19, 2011<br />Coming as one of the first records to show that Philly’s finest didn’t need his MMG crew to stand on his feet, Meek Mill showed why he’s a star with this track. House parties will never be the same.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7HDDafuqhKM?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/7HDDafuqhKM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 62. kirko1-e1306452759761
    62. Kirko Bangz “Shawty What Yo Name Iz,” <em>Procrastination Kills 2</em>
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> April 13<br />Originally included on his first mixtape, 2009’s <i>Procrastination Kills</i>, Houston upstart Kirko Bangz reintroduced the slow, stand out cut earlier this year after signing with Warner Bros. And the video, which dropped last April, has amassed over one million views on YouTube. Awlready!<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UHZFYUAXUH8?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/UHZFYUAXUH8?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • 61. wiz khalifa roll
    61. Wiz Khalifa “Roll Up,” <em>Rolling Papers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> February 3, 2011<br />Following the massive breakout success of “Black and Yellow,” fans and critics were curious to see how Wiz Khalifa would follow up. “Roll Up,” the second single from the Taylor Gang general's Atlantic Records debut, <em>Rolling Papers</em> was just that. A pop-laced green and girls anthem, the song was heavy on Wiz carrying a tune, and charted at No. 2 on Rap Songs, No. 7 on R&B/Hip-Hop, and No. 13 on the Hot 100. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UhQz-0QVmQ0?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/UhQz-0QVmQ0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 60. Bad Meets Evil "Fast Lane"
    60. Bad Meets Evil “Fast Lane,” <em>Hell: The Sequel</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 3, 2011 <br />Em and Nickle 9 show time apart has done little to diminish their chemistry on the lead single to the Detroit duo’s EP. Though more substance than flash—Em and Royce take turns rhyming their asses off—the single peaked at No.32 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iqCSLJD0AgQ?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/iqCSLJD0AgQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 59. round of applause
    59. Waka Flocka ft. Drake “Round of Applause,” <em>The Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 14, 2011<br />As Atlanta’s most recent strip club anthem, “Round of Applause” shows that Waka Flocka has once again found a way to supersede airwaves from North to South. Coming with a hot beat and his unique brand of lyrics to match, it’s clear the Brick Squad member isn’t going into retirement any time soon. With Drake lending a verse, this song found a wide range of appeal. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/3kd82LSXcNw?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/3kd82LSXcNw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 58. purple swag
    58. A$AP Rocky “Purple Swag,” <em>LiveLoveA$AP</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> July 5, 2011<br />Borrowing Houston’s chopped and screwed sound, A$AP Rocky’s “Purple Swag” sparked the new age Harlemite’s buzz. Premiered via a viral video—in which a blonde white girl lip-syncs the n-word, the track laid the foundation for Rocky to ink his $3 million deal with Polo Grounds Records. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZPxsPr23MMY?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/ZPxsPr23MMY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 57. warning
    57. Uncle Murda "Warning,” <em>Unreleased</em>
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> July 29, 2011<br />It’s the siren that had NYC, and clubs throughout the country, on tilt for months. The Brooklyn MC, Uncle Murda delivered an instant banger that was hard to overlook. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qKg8p65yGW4?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/qKg8p65yGW4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 56. Future "Magic"
    56. Future “Magic,” <em>True Story</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> August 18, 2011<br />Rap fans may have been chanting “Tony Montana” every chance they could get this year, but Future’s hypnotic “Magic” was able to bubble onto the radar, too, smashing the clubs and ensuring that the dreaded ATLien was more than a one trick pony.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/I_WdIuAXnzA?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/I_WdIuAXnzA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> 
  • 55. French Montana
    55. French Montana “Shot Caller,” <em>Coke Boys 2</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> June 17, 2011<br />After his “Choppa Choppa Down” and its remix had New York City buzzing, French Montana came back with another street smash, “Shot Caller.” Just a few months after the song dropped, and the same day that he went up to <em>106 & Park</em> to debut the video, the Bronx soldier announced that he signed to one of the game’s biggest shot callers, Diddy, as he inked a deal with Bad Boy.<br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IhQbEYAhGzw?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/IhQbEYAhGzw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 54. wale bait
    54. Wale “Bait,” <em>The Eleven One Eleven Theory</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: August 17, 2011<br />This record that started out as a regional hit helped cook up buzz for not only Wale’s <em>The Eleven One Eleven Theory</em> mixtape, but the D.C. MC also used it as a springboard to power the first-week sales (164,000) copies of his album <em>Ambition</em> (which included bait as a bonus cut) a few months later. Recently, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Trey Songz joined forces for the official remix. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UKQ_sCGYpwI?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/UKQ_sCGYpwI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 53. common-nas-ghetto-dreams
    53. Common ft. Nas “Ghetto Dreams,” <em>The Believer, The Dreamer</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>July 6, 2011<br /> A backpacker’s dream. The Windy City veteran and the QB poet finally connected after years on this Preemo-esque soundscape provided by No I.D. Nasty Nas brought out the Southside in Com Sense and the two traded sharp bars and witty punchlines. The record didn’t crack any charts or notch any awards, but it earned Common something more valuable: respect in the streets. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Qiudw2Rg2v4?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/Qiudw2Rg2v4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 52. red nation
    52. Game ft. Lil Wayne “Red Nation,” <em>The R.E.D. Album</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> April 12, 2011<br /> Talk about a sample! To power his No. 1 album off first-week sales, Game hit hard with this Weezy-assisted single that sampled “Kernkraft 400,” which is often played to rally crowds at sporting events. And that’s, B’s up, hoes down!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jSAwWrbdoEQ?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/jSAwWrbdoEQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 51. YU-Mad-Birdman-feat.-Lil-Wayne-Nicki-Minaj-Explicit
    51. Birdman ft. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj “Y. U. Mad,” <em>Bigga Than Life</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> September 13, 2011<br />Coach Birdman adds another heater to his résumé with two of his YMCMB all-stars, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, in tow. Stunna actually holds his own next to his fire spitters and sets the tone with menacing opening bars. “Man, fuck y’all niggas, get down or lay down/shoot up anything except a school or a playground,” he spits. The song is the first release from Birdman’s <em>Bigga Than Life</em>, due out next year.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UFkcPposv-A?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/UFkcPposv-A?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 50. flexin-ti-krit
    50. T.I. ft. Big K.R.I.T. “I’m Flexin’,” <em>Trouble Man</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> October 4, 2011<br />Though he had jumped on the remixes to a few songs since he came home from jail in the fall, T.I. mounted his official return with “I’m Flexin’.” Cracking No. 66 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, this also marked the first time that the King of the South and one of the leaders of the New South, Big K.R.I.T. (who produced the track), worked together. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/roY6RseK5cw?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/roY6RseK5cw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 49. maino5
    49. Maino ft. Roscoe Dash, “Let It Fly,” <em>The Day After Tomorrow</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>May 23, 2011<br />When in search of a radio smash, rappers who tapped Roscoe Dash in 2011 usually had some success. The talented hook-man lent one, as well as a verse, to Maino for this single from the Brooklyn brawler’s upcoming sophomore album. Though the album has been pushed back a couple times and still hasn’t dropped, the song was well-received, charting on <em>Billboard</em> and igniting a remix with Meek Mill, Wale, Jim Jones, Ace Hood and DJ Khaled.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xlXjKiViTho?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/xlXjKiViTho?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 48. drama6
    48. DJ Drama ft. Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, & Roscoe Dash “Oh My,” <em>Third Power</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> April 7, 2011<br />The synthesizing club banger off DJ Drama’s <em>Third Power</em> had a tight grip on the summer with its Loso and Wiz feature, but it was Roscoe that outshined the line up with his potent hook. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ClHOXSAunAw?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/ClHOXSAunAw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 47. no sleep wiz-rolling-papers-tour-3
    47. Wiz Khalifa “No Sleep,” <em>Rolling Papers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 22, 2011<br />Wiz followed up his breakout hit, “Black and Yellow,” with this woozy number, which scored him his second Top 10 hit. Backed by Benny Blanco and Details’ production, the pride of Pittsburgh kicked a laid back refrain about the high life. Pun intended.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/KuVAeTHqijk?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/KuVAeTHqijk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 46. strange clouds
    46. B.o.B ft. Lil Wayne “Strange Clouds,” <em>Strange Clouds</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>September 27, 2011<br />Ready to launch another assault on the mainstream with his sophomore album, B.o.B made his first solo attempt since his debut with the Lil Wayne-assisted “Strange Clouds,” a single that shares a title with his upcoming album. Debuting at No. 7 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, it quickly became clear that the former <em>XXL</em> Freshman hadn’t lost his touch. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9g1CgvXhCo4?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/9g1CgvXhCo4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 45. lloyd-banks
    45. Lloyd Banks ft. Jeremih “I Don’t Deserve You,” <em>H.F.N. (Hunger For More) 2</em> (2010)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>June 17, 2011<br />To follow up the success of “Start It Up,” from his debut album's sequel, Lloyd Banks took a softer approach, enlisting Jeremih and creating a ladies-leaning song with “I Don’t Deserve You.” Making ripples on both radio and the <em>Billboard</em> Rap Songs and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, the release showed a still lyrical, but less ferocious side of the Punch Line King. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xcVaPa3I1H8?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/xcVaPa3I1H8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 44. trey2
    44. J. Cole ft. Trey Songz "Can't Get Enough," <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> August 30, 2011<br />As one of the few tracks released on Cole’s debut album to be produced by someone other than himself, “Can't Get Enough” brought the North Carolina MC and his Virginia brethren Trey Songz together for an upbeat cut for the ladies that the fellas could get on board with, too. The second single from his debut album, the song cracked the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/p0L4lA6bS2E?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/p0L4lA6bS2E?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 43. Wale-Lotus-Flower-Bomb
    43. Wale ft. Miguel “Lotus Flower Bomb,” <em>Ambition</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 11, 2011<br />Building off the success of “That Way,” the Jeremih-assisted smash off of MMG’s <i>Self Made</i> compilation, Wale recruited the singing talents of Miguel for his own solo track aimed at hip-hop’s female fanbase. Funkmaster Flex didn’t have to drop a bomb on this record for it to explode on radio.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZKvhkcJDbzY?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZKvhkcJDbzY?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • 42. did it on em
    42. Nicki Minaj, “Did It on ‘Em,” <i>Pink Friday</i> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 7, 2011<br />Nicki returned to her mixtape roots on this Bangladesh-produced fan favorite off of <i>Pink Friday</i>—arguably the most unabashedly hip-hop record on the album. Showcasing her awe-inspiring ability to talk shit, Ms. Minaj attacks her competitors, proudly declaring that if she had a penis she “would pull it out and piss on ’em.” With that said, please do it again Nick.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xzXDSWz3Nbw?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/xzXDSWz3Nbw?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • 41. lupeperformpt7
    41. Lupe Fiasco ft. Skylar Grey “Words I Never Said,” <em>Lasers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> February 8, 2011<br />The Skylar Grey-enhanced single off Lupe’s latest album came with real and honest lyricism. Not hiding his dislike for the government or American politics, the Chi-Town artist used the controversial <em>Lasers</em> single to provoke thought through sheer expressive talent. Lupe took it back to real hip-hop with words he did say.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/22l1sf5JZD0?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/22l1sf5JZD0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 40. nasty
    40. Nas “Nasty,” <em>Life Is Good</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> August 9, 2011<br />Still steaming from guest spots with Mobb Deep (“Dog Shit”), Raekwon (“Rich and Black”) and Common (“Ghetto Dreams”), a rejuvenated Nas took it back to the essence on this stripped down Salaam Remi production. Spitting rapid fire flows, the Queensbridge legend made it clear that he’s as nasty as ever 20 years into the game. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/758FnQWOKdw?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/758FnQWOKdw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 39. tooshortwiz copy
    39. Wiz Khalifa ft. Too $hort “On My Level,” <em>Rolling Papers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>May 28, 2011<br />A follow up to his radio-geared “Roll Up,” which was a follow up to his organically grown breakout hit “Black and Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa came back with a harder approach for “On My Level.” Getting an assist from Too $hort, Wiz used a Jim Jonsin-produced beat to craft a party anthem that would reach No. 10 on the Rap Songs chart and crack the Hot 100, as well, helping his rise to new levels continue. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hmP7TYtDVUU?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/hmP7TYtDVUU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    38. Jay-Z and Kanye West “H.A.M.,” <em>Watch The Throne</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> January 25, 2011<br />Jay-Z and Kanye West agreed that this Lex Luger-laced track was too over the top in its heavy synthetic, orchestral sound that even ventured to bring opera to hip-hop. However, one could argue that if it weren’t for this record, that Hov and ’Ye wouldn’t have honed in on what became a successful <em>Watch the Throne</em> album.<br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zgzGlBlYo-w?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/zgzGlBlYo-w?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 37. ace-hood-chris-brown
    37. Ace Hood ft. Chris Brown, “Body 2 Body,” <i>Blood Sweat & Tears</i> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> July 11, 2011<br />For the follow up single to his blockbuster street anthem, “Hustle Hard,” Ace did a complete 180 and appealed to the ladies. With a sleek, sexy composition from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and radio- friendly hook from Chris Brown, the 2009 <i>XXL</i> Freshman made another anthem, but this time it was for the bedroom.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mw7gAApbdeo?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mw7gAApbdeo?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • 36. welcome to my hood rmx
    36. DJ Khaled ft. Ace Hood, Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Game, Jadakiss, Bun B, and Waka Flocka Flame “Wecome to My Hood (Remix)” <em>We the Best Forever</em>(2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: March 14, 2011<br />The complaint is Khaled’s anthems all sound the same. But damn, if that same sound still isn’t good. The Miami radio jock and record executive recruited a slew of artists for his latest remix making this wax assembly popping like a Sunday night at LIV.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/SXp_Qws1fjE?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/SXp_Qws1fjE?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object></strong>
  • 35. fast-lane-shoot-1
    35. Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars “Lighters,” <i>Hell: The Sequel</i> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> July 5, 2011<br />Taking a break from their more dark, hardcore subject matter, Eminem and Royce Da 5’9” made sure to include this more easily accessible song on their collaborative EP. As forecast, the song—which focuses on each artist’s varying struggle for success—became a huge hit, peaking at the No.4 position on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YWt4wmZ_EMI?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YWt4wmZ_EMI?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • 34. Lupe-Fiasco-post
    34. Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz “Out of My Head,” <em>Lasers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 4, 2011<br />With Trey Songz on the hook and Lupe handling the bars, the Chi-town MC scored a second Top 40 hit to help propel <em>Lasers</em> towards his second gold plaque. La-sers!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/x3NaVE73lpc?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/x3NaVE73lpc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    33. Dr. Dre ft. Eminem & Skylar Grey "I Need A Doctor," <em>Detox</em><em> (TBD)</em>
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> January 27, 2011<br />Right after “Kush,” Dre gave everyone hope that the mythical <em>Detox</em> project would soon see the light of day. With Eminem anchoring the Alex Da Kid-production, the single would garner a 2012 Grammy nod for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Rap Song. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VA770wpLX-Q?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/VA770wpLX-Q?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 32. grove street party
    32. Waka Flocka ft. Kebo Gotti “Grove St. Party,” <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> February 15, 2011<br />The fourth single from Waka's rambunctious debut <em>Flockaveli</em>, “Grove St. Party” again showed that the dreaded Atlanta representative knew how to make a hit. With a simple and catchy hook to go with entertaining if unsophisticated bars, the song hit No. 10 on the Rap Songs chart and had a solid run on radio and in the clubs. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Ace Hood all remixed the record for their own parties. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YaM6_yiUchw?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/YaM6_yiUchw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 31. work-out-video-jcole
    31. J. Cole "Work Out," <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> June 15, 2011<br />J. Cole digs in the crates and successfully transforms Kanye’s ’04 “The New Workout Plan” and Paula Abdul’s ’88 “Straight Up” into an irresistible radio and club jam. It was slow picking up, but once the Roc Nation signee’s fans came out and gave him a No. 1 album, the song began to pick up even more. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/yP668COyOjo?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/yP668COyOjo?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 30. spend it 2 Chainz 2
    30. 2 Chainz ft. T.I. "Spend It (Remix)," <em>T.R.U. Realigion</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> July 18, 2011<br /> As the first single released from Codeine Cowboy, “Spend It” solidified the ATL MC’s transformation from Tity Boy to 2 Chainz. Serving as the A’s “get money poster child,” 2 Chainz reinvented himself and his music the moment this track hit the airwaves. Once he came home from his bid, T.I. jumped on the remix, certifying the song and Tity 2's heatwave.<br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/KwITwXEBJjk?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/KwITwXEBJjk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 29. that way
    29. Wale ft. Jeremih & Rick Ross “That Way,” <em>Self Made, Vol. 1</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> August 30, 2011<br />By far the most mellow song from the Maybach Music Group compilation, this cut picked up for Wale on radio, and ended up as a bonus track on his solo album, <em>Ambition</em>. The smoothed out jam is one for the ladies, and peaked at No. 4 on the <em>Billboard</em> R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/C_0PnbdDhTQ?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/C_0PnbdDhTQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    28. Drake ft. Nicki Minaj “Make Me Proud,” <i>Take Care</i> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: October 13, 2011</strong><br />Beaming with positivity and an inescapably catchy hook, Drake’s woman empowering second single off of <i>Take Care</i>, became the album’s highest charting single so far—peaking at No. 9 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100—which made Baby very proud.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/g4-d2i7ahtc?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/g4-d2i7ahtc?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • 27. ass-2
    27. Big Sean ft. Nicki Minaj “Dance (Ass) Remix,” <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>October 18, 2011<br />With the video to the side, Sean turned heads when he hooked with the Black Barbie to jump on his undeniable party jam. Not only did it mark Nicki’s return to guest appearances, but it also jumpstarted the promo run for her forthcoming LP. Meanwhile, it certified Sean with another club smash.<br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7xXt1RYDcrs?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/7xXt1RYDcrs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 26. lilwayne
    26. Lil Wayne “How to Love,” <em>Tha Carter IV</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> June 13, 2011<br />At first listen, this record wasn’t everyone’s instant cup of tea. But as time progressed, Wayne added yet another double platinum Top 10 <em>Billboard</em> record to his catalog. It was his “Lollipop” of <em>C4</em>: a poppy, crossover hit that set the stage for close to a million in first-week sales. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ghcUthLxLzE?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/ghcUthLxLzE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 25. 9 piece
    25. Rick Ross ft. Lil Wayne, “9 Piece,” <em>Ashes to Ashes</em> (2010)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 10, 2011<br />When two of hip-hop’s biggest powerhouses team up, you know it’s going to be a hit. This Lex Luger-produced track made its way to <em>Billboard</em>’s Top 20 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart and earned repeat radio play from coast to coast. The original version that appeared on Rozay's <em>Ashes to Ashes</em> mixtape last Christmas featured T.I. (and was a heater in its own right), but the version with Weezy is what really took off.<br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/KIcxI3D-sdk?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/KIcxI3D-sdk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 24. Future
    24. Future, “Tony Montana,” <em>True Story</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> September 19, 2011<br />Atlanta’s latest on fire MC landed in the top 20 of <em>Billboard</em>’s Hot Rap Tracks chart. Hitting the streets to heat up the summer, “Tony Montana” was an undeniable and helped Future secure a deal with Sony. The Jessy Terrero-directer clip—filmed in the Dominican Republic—added to the song's cachet. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CNdySYdVe0E?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/CNdySYdVe0E?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    23. Mac Miller, "Donald Trump," <em>Best Day Ever</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 17, 2011<br />From a <em>XXL</em> Freshman cover appearance to having the No.1 album in the country (and doing so independently), Mac Miller has certainly had a lot of best days ever. Over a playful, cartoon-ish beat, the 19-year-old Pittsburgh MC introduced his own brand of party music. Without any radio play, the song became Mac's launchpad, amassing an astounding 38 million views on YouTube. Even the Donald noticed—bigging up Mac for the success of the song and crowning him the next Eminem.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/74TFS8r_SMI?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/74TFS8r_SMI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 22. yonkers
    22. Tyler, the Creator “Yonkers” <em> Goblin</em>(2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: February 10, 2011<br />Uploaded to YouTube a week before the Odd Future front man made his breakout late night debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, “Yonkers,” with its brooding chords and black and white cinematography became a viral sensation and propelled Tyler to stardom. On the strength of his self-produced single, Tyler went on to score a VMA for Best New Artist. Swag!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XSbZidsgMfw?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/XSbZidsgMfw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></strong>
  • 21. Kreayshawn-Gucci-Gucci
    21. Kreayshawn “Gucci Gucci,” <em>Life With Loopy</em> (2012)
    <strong>Official Release Date: June 14, 2011<br />Powered by the viral success of its accompanying video, “Gucci Gucci” was largely ignored by radio and didn’t strike a dent on the Billboard charts. But the film school dropout and her White Girl Mob chanted the anti-basic bitch anthem with cheeky glee and eventually laughed all the way to the bank—Sony inked the Oakland rapper to a reported $1 million deal for her recording services and she later was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award. That shit Kreay!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6WJFjXtHcy4?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/6WJFjXtHcy4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></strong>
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    20. Lil Wayne ft. Rick Ross “John,” <em>Tha Carter IV</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 24, 2011<br />Lil Tunechi offers up another lyrically dense verse with Rozay riding shotgun. The song’s striking resemblance to Ross’s “I’m Not a Star” didn’t matter much. The cut—Wayne’s second single off <em>Tha Carter IV</em>— peaked at No. 22 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 singles chart and was certified gold. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cjZeKdAXfu8?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/cjZeKdAXfu8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 19. seankanye
    19. Big Sean ft. Kanye West and Roscoe Dash “Marvin and Chardonnay,” <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> July 12, 2011<br />No one-hit wonder, here. Big Sean dropped the second of three consecutive Top 40 hits with this party anthem. The song wasn’t only a win for Sean, but for Roscoe as well—as he continued his quest to become hip-hop’s next hook man du jour.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/KKX1aCrNd94?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/KKX1aCrNd94?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 18. marvins room
    18. Drake “Marvin’s Room,” <em>Take Care</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> June 9, 2011<br />Drizzy Drake continued his onslaught of hot music with this ultra personal cut reminiscent of his <em>So Far Gone</em> days. Though only a promotional single—the first leak that made <em>Take Care</em>’s final cut—the single peaked at No. 21 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/s2fmEZ3-W5I?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/s2fmEZ3-W5I?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    17. Lil Wayne ft. Drake “She Will,” <em>Tha Carter IV</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>August 12, 2011<br />The tantalizing T-Minus production allowed the proper stage for Drizzy to croon his soothing hook while Wayne talks his shit over this drunken strip club anthem, which worked its way up to certified gold status. The fourth <em>C4</em> single, the song peaked at No. 1, 2, and 3 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rap Songs, and Hot 100, respectively. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ti3CKuU3FRs?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/ti3CKuU3FRs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 16. give me everything
    16. Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer “Give Me Everything,” <em>Planet Pit</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>March 21, 2011<br />Say what you want about the pop-lead direction that Pitbull has taken his music since earlier this decade, when he was emerging with other Florida-bred artists like Rick Ross; that won’t change the success he’s seen in his new lane. Pit’s biggest smash to date, “Give Me Everything” is four times platinum in the U.S., hit No. 1 on over 10 different <em>Billboard</em> charts around the globe, including the Hot 100. The song became a huge dance hit, and lasted throughout the year, unavoidable at nighttime hot spots.<br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EPo5wWmKEaI?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/EPo5wWmKEaI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 15. Drake-Headlines-First-Single
    15. Drake “Headlines,” <i>Take Care</i> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> July 31 <br />To kick off the hysteria for his highly anticipated sophomore album, Drake made sure to drop a song that would get people talkin’. Not only did the track address all of Drizzy’s doubters, but it also signaled his return to the charts, debuting at No. 13 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cimoNqiulUE?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/cimoNqiulUE?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • 14. lupe-fiasco-the-show-goes-on-video
    14. Lupe Fiasco “The Show Goes On,” <em>Lasers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 26, 2010<br />Although it was released in 2010, Lupe’s triumphant first single off his highly anticipated <em>Lasers</em> LP blew up this year, garnering a platinum certification. Over a pop/rock sampling beat, Lu throws shots at his record label and hip-hop’s detractors, citing himself as an example of positivity within the culture while trying to uplift kids in the hood or facing other struggles growing up. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ba4bIWELLaM?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/ba4bIWELLaM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 13. moment 4 life
    13. Nicki Minaj ft. Drake “Moment 4 Life,” <em>Pink Friday</em> (2010)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong>  December 7, 2010 <br />Nicki was expected to hit big with a pair of poppy singles (“Check It Out,” “Right Thru Me”), but it’s with her third single—an introspective rags to riches tail— that the Southside Jamaica Queens femcee finally cracked the Top 20 of the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 singles chart. The song peaked at No. 13 and the cut’s video—featuring Nick and Young Money brethren Drake getting married and simulating a kiss—sent the internets into a frenzy. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/D7GW8TYCEG4?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/D7GW8TYCEG4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 12. Hustle_Hard_Remix_lilwayne
    12. Ace Hood ft. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross “Hustle Hard (Remix),” <em>Blood Sweat & Tears</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 10, 2011 <br />Although everyone from Young Jeezy to Lil’ Kim to Trey Songz released their own versions of Ace’s Lex Luger-produced street smash, the Florida-bred MC chose Ross and Weezy for the official remix. Released months after the original, which appeared on Hood’s 2010 mixtape, <i>The Statement</i>, this menacing banger continues to give Ace spins on radio and in the club to this day. Unfortunately, most DJs focus solely on Wayne’s stellar verse, instead of the entire track.<br /><object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8o-fFVU25wk?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8o-fFVU25wk?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • 11. TupacBack_isneach
    11. Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross “Tupac Back,” <em>Self Made, Vol. 1</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> April 5, 2011<br />Meek and Rozay—who handles the hook—take turns referencing all things ‘Pac and Death Row on the addictive lead single to MMG’s <em>Self Made</em> compilation. The single inspired countless freestyles, including tributes to fallen greats like The Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YgdQrO4_HRc?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/YgdQrO4_HRc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 10. racks
    10. YC ft.Future “Racks” <em> </em><em>Racks</em> Single
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong><strong> April 5, 2011<br />This auto-tune smash introduced the world to these two Atlanta rhyme slingers, both of whom inked recording contracts this year. An onslaught of remixes kept “Racks” fresh throughout the year and with the Superbowl around the corner, best believe your favorite NFL player will toss a few thou up in the air for your favorite stripper’s favorite stripper’s favorite song. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/r5w21_Vphbg?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/r5w21_Vphbg?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></strong>
  • 9. 6 Foot 7 Foot (Explicit) ft. Cory Gunz(RaHuL {tHe HuNk}).mkv_snapshot_04.01_[2011.03.12_19.18.39]
    9. Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz “6 Foot 7 Foot” <em>Tha Carter IV</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> December 16, 2011<br />For his first post-prison solo effort, Weezy recruited Bronx bomber Cory Gunz and the Young Money top dawg also proved he could still handle bars like a biker. Over Bangladesh’s rollicking production, a clean Lil Wayne didn’t let a lack of syrup stop him. The record didn’t top the charts or earn the Martian a Grammy nod, however, it heated him back up as it built anticipation for his chart-topping <em>C4</em>.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/c7tOAGY59uQ?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/c7tOAGY59uQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 8. my last
    8. Big Sean ft. Chris Brown “My Last,” <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> March 1, 2011<br />After making a name for himself in the mixtape circuit with his <em>Finally Famous</em> series, Big Sean made a splash on mainstream radio with an assist from Chris Brown. As the story goes, Sean penned the hook and originally planned to croon the chorus himself before Breezy heard the record and offered to lend his vocals. The pairing resulted in a bullet on Billboard’s Rap Songs chart as the track made its way to number one. Boyee. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EeTPi2a2Ld4?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/EeTPi2a2Ld4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 7. super bass
    7. Nicki Minaj “Super Bass,” <em>Pink Friday</em> (2010)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 13, 2011<br />Though initially released as a bonus cut, Nick’s syrupy single—the fourth release off <em>Pink Friday</em>—wound up becoming the Harajuku Barbie’s biggest hit to date.  Peaking at No. 3 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, the song—which was certified triple platinum—spawned renditions ranging from kid ballerinas on <em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</em> to emerging cover duo, Karmin, featuring The Roots’s Questlove. <br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Dn2WQ-i4WGA?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/Dn2WQ-i4WGA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 6. all of the lights
    6. Kanye West ft. Rihanna “All of the Lights,” <em>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</em> (2010)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> January 18, 2011<br />Immediately one of the fan-favorite's on Kanye's acclaimed <em>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</em>, “All of the Lights” became the project's fourth and, ultimately, most successful, single. The feverish cut peaked at No. 18 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 and No. 2 on both the Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. According to album credits, the song featured vocals from not only West himself, but also Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Tony Williams, The-Dream, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Elly Jackson (of La Roux), Alicia Keys, Elton John, Fergie, Ryan Leslie, Drake, Alvin Fields, and Ken Lewis. The track was nominated for Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2012 Grammys. A remix featuring Lil Wayne, Drake and Big Sean hit the 'net in March.<br /> <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HAfFfqiYLp0?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/HAfFfqiYLp0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 5. otis-jay-z-kanye-west
    5. Jay-Z & Kanye West “Otis,” <em>Watch the Throne</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong> July 20, 2011<br />Hov and ‘Ye introduced their collabo LP with a little too much bluster via the Lex Luger-powered “H.A.M.” But then Yeezy tapped on the MP a few times and chopped up Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” like he was a master chef and suddenly the duo were back in business. The back-to-basics track was cheered for tag-team delivery, high energy sample work and its lack of a traditional chorus. Despite it’s F.U. radio appeal, the song peaked at No. 12 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 chart and eventually earned The Throne a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap song. Now that’s hard as a muthafucka!<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/BoEKWtgJQAU?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/BoEKWtgJQAU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 4. Chris_Brown-Look_at_me_Now-music_video-feat-Lil_Wayne-and-Busta_Rhymes
    4. Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes “Look At Me Now,” <em>F.A.M.E.</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date: </strong>February 1, 2011<br />This rapid-fire song from early in the year steadily proved to have the staying power to last for months. With Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Busta Rhymes all spitting quick-tongued verses, the catchy, danceable cut soared to No. 6 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, and No. 1 on both the Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The song spawned innumerable unofficial remixes, with everyone from rappers to singers to unknowns looking to flex their lyrical chops and keep up with the speedy precedent that Busta Rhymes set. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8gyLR4NfMiI?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/8gyLR4NfMiI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 3. rick-ross-meek-mill
    3. Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross “Ima Boss” <em> Self Made, Vol 1.</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 23, 2011<br />Ricky Rozay may be running things as evident by the crew he assembled on his MMG roster. But Philly rhyme slinger Meek Millie and his producer Jahlil Beats proved they got some serious mettle of their own with his potent track. Meek spits like his life is on the line and him delivering will be the only thing to get his ass in the big chair. Ross matches his recruit with casual cool in his verse and together they put the pressure on DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One” and Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas in Paris" for banger of the year. Where’s the muthafucking crown? <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/V1cxP2nCBdU?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/V1cxP2nCBdU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 2. Rick-Ross-Drake-Lil-Wayne-and-DJ-Khaled
    2. DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross “I'm On One,” <em>We the Best Forever</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 20<br />DJ Khaled earned his first Top 10 single courtesy of an addictive Drake hook and stellar verses from Drizzy, Rozay and Weezy. Produced by T-Minus and Noah “40” Shebib, the track spawned countless remixes, dominated clubs and radio throughout the summer and is still a mainstay on playlists nationwide six months after its release.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Dn2WQ-i4WGA?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/Dn2WQ-i4WGA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 1. niggas in paris
    1. Jay-Z and Kanye West “Niggas in Paris,” <em>Watch the Throne</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> September 13, 2011<br />Hov and ‘Ye took balling to new frontiers on this unorthodox bouncy track produced by Hit-Boy. A club smash, the single recently cracked the Top 10 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 singles charts—currently standing at No. 8 without a video or much of a promotional push. The song's been working itself. The Throne's routinely been closing their Watch the Throne tour stops by performing the momentous song several times—recently treating Chicago to eight encores. “Paris” has also spawned its share of remixes and some of the track's lines (what's Gucci? and that shit cray!) have been added to hip-hop's daily lexicon. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FfM_wS7qYfY?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/FfM_wS7qYfY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>

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  • Devonta Bledsoe

    why wasn’t Kendrick Lamar Hiipower not higher on this list

    • Hube

      what a bad year..like 5 of these were good songs.fuck

      • http://myspace.com ak47

        5 good songs? you’re straight retarded

        • JoeyFuckinMeatHands

          no dudes right, go compare this list to the smoking section list, this list is just like turning the radio on.

    • Gia

      it is..?

    • spowers

      exactly what i was thinking man. this is definitely a popularity contest because no way in hell is gucci gucci and racks better than hiiipower.

    • Mr SonShine

      1st Kendrick Lamar .

      whats with the list? the dog needs to be on it wont be a list without him.

      “DMX ft Busta Rhymes – Otis” is better off on this top 100 songs of 2011 then the original by Jay-Z and Kayne..

    • http://twitter.com/OvaDose_Goon bryant

      Thats what im saying,, kendrick a monster

    • Daniel

      Cuz Kendrick Lamar ain’t nuthing but a lil bitch and has big ears

    • http://www,hotta.com ginni

      fuck men Kendrick Lamar Hiii-Power and Nas Nasty then Common Blue Sky real Nigga shit fuck Jay-z and Kanye’ why are they on the first place Tech N9ne should be here i mean non on this mainstream rappers are better they whack

  • Dortiz

    A$AP Rocky – PESO best song of 2011.

    • $yk

      @ xxl staff…

      y’all OD’d on this one…

      like you couldn’t drop 25 a day and then the last day let the votes accumulate? Ain’t NO WAY I’m running thru 100 cuts at one time…

    • Alex

      ASAP Rocky: ‘peso’ or ‘out of this world’ should of been on the list

  • Connoisseur Of REAL Music

    Niggas In Paris!! WTF!! Decent Song,…But Better Than Alot of The Other Stuff….I THINK NOT!!! My Vote Go To The Big Homie Mr. Don Trip (Help Is On The Way)!! Now That’s A Good Song & XXL You Shoulda Put The Original Version On This List Instead Of The Remix,Only Cause It ain’t Been Out That Long!!! #NOTCH

    • po

      n’s in paris is only 2 versus dawg….

  • Sam

    HiiiPower isnt here????????
    Rigamortis isnt here?????
    Sacrilegious by Q isnt here????
    wheres the Black Hippy love?

  • Mr. 306

    Hey I dont think you guys sucked Wale and Big Seans dicks enough. Not a single track from album of the year Success Is Certain by Royce. And several songs from last year? All of the Lights was so fucking 2010, and Pink Friday was old by January. Horrible list.

  • http://facebook.com/KidPistol Kid Pistol

    HiiiPower WAS on the list..why is everyone tripping..

  • Nicks

    Obviously Fast Lane. The only track that has lyrical fire. Em’s and Royce’s punchlines on that one is.. unbelieveable.

    • Jermzface

      That’s what I voted for, that song is pure heat and gets me pumped up every time I hear it.

    • http://XXL CHAD

      YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT !!! FAST LANE IS THE BEST.. BUT MOST WONT AGREE NOR LISTEN CAUSE OF A RACE ISSUE LOL . ” OTHERS WORDS IF YOU DONT GIVE ME HEAD THEN IMA HAVE TO TAKE IT !!” NICEST VERSE IVE HEARD ALL YEAR.

  • http://twdrapreviews.blogspot.com that white dude

    no murder to excellence? that shit was waaaay better than half the songs on this list

  • zhalpz

    so glad they put “dog shit” on here, song was fire

  • Dogwithoutabone

    Trouble On My Mind was over a Neptunes beat.

  • cain

    Hey were’s

    Jay-z & Kanye west

    ” Ill’est mother fucker alive “

  • the snuggler

    How is Kreayshawn higher than both Kendrick Lamar and Tyler. the Creator?

  • Dexter Morgan

    Nas-Nasty should be on the list.

  • fastflipper

    way too much **** riding for the ymcmb

    its ridiculous

    21. Kreayshawn “Gucci Gucci”

    i hope is a joke too….!!!!!!

  • 12nigga12

    “the city” didnt even make the list? while all the wack ass YMCMB shit made the list? Superbass made number 7? How much more mainstream can you get. So much bullshit…

  • BC

    xxl couldn’t ride the ymcmb or the mmg dick any harder. where’s the black hippy love? kendrick fucking killed 2011.

    • BC

      i’m starting to think this site is run by 16 year olds

      • iamhiphop

        lmao was thinking the same shit homie

        • po

          this is pop songs of the year.. where is hip hop list?

  • APHILLYATED!

    Vote for Meek Milly, king of the rap game!!
    #mmgoverall

  • iamhiphop

    this is the worst list ive seen in a min…r u kidding me xxl…ive read this mag for ever now..but honestly the content is just crap…watered down hiphop n mostly just rnb passed off as hiphop…what happened to really hiphop…this is should be coming from mtv not xxl…. xxl is suppose to know real hiphop… ur no longer getting my loot im just gona buy other mag after this… u got some clowns wrking there n writing this shit

  • Pugz

    I love how Kendrick gets 3rd place based of people votes… smh should’ve had 5 songs on here. Idiots.

    • Remy

      This is crap XXL, Kendrick should’ve had like 5-6 songs, all high. Where is ADHD? Poe Mans Dreams? or fucking Keisha’s Song? Maybe you guys sould just shut down the magazine, its clearly distracting you from you’re full time job of riding Lil’ Wayne or Big Sean’s dicks.
      FML

  • T-RO

    Where all the Technicians at? So u got a couple songs of Tha Carter 4 but all ya’ll kno Tech and Andre 3 stacks killed that shit. And nothin off “All 6′s n 7′s”? “Worldwide Choppers” had it buzzin for a while. Kendrick Lamar killed that shit w/ Rigamortis. That Jay-Z and Kanye album flopped bit time. That was the biggest letdown of 2011. Diggy Simmons? Young Jeezy- Ballin? HAHA!

  • Hartwell

    Seems pretty clear all xxl cares about is young money and GOOD Music singles.. No murder to excellence.. Big sean ft nikki ass remix is in the top 30 ? you kidding me

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  • CaponeMOB

    THE FACT that XXLMAG even compiled a top 100 rap songs is AMAZING to me. compiling a top 100 rap song in this era of hip hop is like judging the special olympics. no matter who wins in the special olympics,at the end of the day YOU STILL are RETARDED,or are physically handicapped.

    i would say veterans like jay z,PUSHA T,mobb deep..ect are the only thing worth judging, the rest is special olympics catergory. 90% of these songs i dint even hear NO ONE bumpin on the streets or on the net.

    i think XXLMAG dint even do reaserch,they just thru random songs on there, im pretty sure theres ALOT of songs that people are looking for in the list that are not there. so what was the criteria for being on the top 100 list? cuz judging by the artist and the songs on there, JUICY J should be on that list.he’s hotter then ever right now and the nigga been in the game for 20 yrs. RESPECT THE VETS.

  • Swag Doctor

    OFWGKTA

  • shanhzilla

    flog gnaw bitches

  • pussyclart pete

    i love munging to that yonker beat doe

  • BAunique

    Whoever is in charge of this needs to get off the crack pipe. this is garbage.

  • FoxxDawson

    Yonkers is #1 right now. Ha I know all of you hate on Tyler the Creator but he is by far the best artist in this list. BY FAR the only people that come close are Em, Jigga, and Kanye. Yonkers isn’t even Tyler’s best and it’s still bestin the others. I personally think Analog and She are better than Yonkers and all these other songs.

    • Jakeemthunder

      ok….I love OF more than probably anyone on this site…and for you to say…1. That Tyler is better than ALL of the rappers mentioned…false…I didn’t vote for Yonkers because Hiiipower is on this list…Kendrick Lamar is a better rapper than Tyler and you know what? Tyler would probably agree..2. She and ANALOGS!!!! are better than Yonkers? WHAT!?! how about u go listen to Goblin one more time and go to the track titled “window” and then explain to me how lyrically, you think Analogs…is better than Yonkers…you’re an idiot…GOLFWANG nigga OFWGKTADGAF

      • FoxxDawson

        Ha Tyler isn’t the best rapper but he is definitely the best artist and the only one really progressing music with in hip-hop not just rap. Second, Tyler even admitted he hates the Yonkers beat and I wasn’t talking about lyrically when I said Analog, Analog has a fucking sick beat and song structure. and the real truth is Bastard was better than Goblin, and Earl is better than all of the people on this list and he’s only 17. haha these faxies and so upset that OF can actually back up their shit with talent and not just shitty connects in the industry.

  • p

    vote for tyler faggots

  • RedNation

    Hold up now how the hell did Otis get 5th when Fast Lane was 60th. Fast lane was possibly the most lyricly sick song of the year, or 2.0 boys, both were better than Otis and the beat was better. Thats just messed up. XXL couldnt care less about the song or how good it was, its how pop it sounds and how it gets on in the charts

    • FoxxDawson

      first off they don’t number them how they ranked, they had to list them in some order, sorry they put numbers next to them and also I love Em and all but come on, Otis has a lot better beat than Fast Lane, plus that music video sucked like most of Em’s videos. I am a huge Em fan really but Bad meets Evil doesn’t progress music, Watch the Throne does-end of story.

      • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

        Progress music? Like how, is it feeding kids in africa? Did it start a musical revolution? Nope. GTFOH with that dumb ass shit, all that album was is two over rated rappers on a cd, stealin money from dumb asses pockets who think it was the best idea since sliced bread. WTT was a let down, bad meets evil clowned all over it. jay, ye step your game up-way up.

        @ at the dude that who said tyler the creator is the best rapper ever, go back to your basement goblin.

  • jaime B

    OFWGKTA ALL DAY!!

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Well since like 90 of these songs has Ross and Waynes wack asses on them guess Im going to vote for the minority, which is a song that has actual rappers Like Royce and Em.

  • mike

    OFWGKTA

  • Jesus Christ

    I don’t know why people are complaining that artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West are over-rated, but then claim to say that Royce da 5’9″ and Eminem are the best rappers on the list. First-rate hypocrisy, musically. Especially since Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky fucking destroyed 2011. Oh well.

    • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

      Thats because your in the minority, and my opinion falls into the majority as far as opinions go.Em murdered Jay its documented. Not hipocrisy. Just look at the majority of the comments about how bad most of these songs suck, that should tell you something. I can go on all day about how much better they are lyrically.Than Jay and Kanye, and 90 percent of the rest of the rap scene.

  • derrick howard

    NO SLEEP by Wiz…… WTF???? That is one of his worst tracks this year…

  • bosh

    OFWGKTA

  • Jakeemthunder

    “Visions of Martin Luther starin’ at me…”

  • Q

    where the FUCK is my man Tech N9NE…

  • CarlosVee

    Rack City, Gucci Gucci, Machine Gun Kelly, Rick Ross, Young Jezzy, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka Flame and the whole YMCMB ?
    This list filled with horrific music and untalented people.

  • po

    damn wat is happening to hip hop … this yr sucked. look at these pussy ARTISTS

  • po

    no bruno mars? he is the hardest & hottest in the game now ! hahahahahahaa!

  • po

    jews & freemasons are taking over hip hop WTF

  • no

    ok everybody calm down, i dont like a lot of this (e.g. im on one at 2) any more than you do but honestly you already know this would really just be the most popular songs of the year as soon as you clicked on it so dont complain.

  • hesh dood

    sdvbbg

  • dave

    Nice Yonkers goin up :D:D

  • Sinclair

    Could easily have cut off like…..50 of these tracks in terms of Hip-hop, seems like a lot of people are forgetting what hip-hop is and it’s more popularity instead of the truth of what the top 100 are, you know a real hip-hop track when you hear it, because you should instantly think yeah, this sounds 90′s or at least early 2000′s. That’s what I say.

    • FoxxDawson

      I wish someone would make some Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik type shit again, or some Blackstar shit. OF is good tho and Tyler is winning by far-it’s no contest

  • Bread

    yo evrerybody go to ebonic20 on youtube…………….its the meek mill challenge

  • jake

    UMMM WHERE THE FUCK IS WORLDWIDE CHOPPERS??

  • Mikey P

    WHY IS HOPSIN NEVER NOMINATED

    and

    -2.0 Boys

  • KillingthemSoftly

    Surprised J Cole – Lost Ones ain’t on this list … smh

  • http://im-a-walking-paradox.tumblr.com Thurnis

    OFWGKTA

  • Pacer

    Hiipower at 83??

    Thats embarassing. This was drop of the year hands down.

  • Nic

    Holy shit XXL you have officialy turned me against you. whackest fucking list ever, dont know how many YMCMB songs are on the list when they mostly suck, get your shit straight

  • I.R.A-N.W.A

    Slaughterhouse hell ya

  • Dj Ken

    No love for bad meets Evil or what ? Where is fastlane ?

  • ng

    Fastlane #60 ????? Fuck

  • isad

    yonkers#1

  • http://xxl basedgod

    why no lil b?

    XXl no swag!!!!

  • http://xxl GolfWang

    GolfWang is here to stay fuck the others!!!!!

  • http://xxl Michael

    The best mix tape of 2011 return of 4eva!!!!

    Best song dreamin!!!!

  • http://xxl pat

    why so many ymcmb and mg crap!!!!
    Come on xxl you can do better..

    OFWGATA
    GolfWang

  • http://xxl EARL

    Vote for tyler the creator or go suck a couple pimple covered dicks!!!!!

    OFWGKTA
    WolfGang fuck ymcmb,mmg and all the other shit

  • Twan Fanucci

    “HiiPower”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • g dub

    man where is Big K.R.I.T. Dreamin’ or The Vent even The Complex Showed big homie sum love, them 2 songs went hard and if ya doin’ top 100 mixtapes put Return of 4Eva the #1 mixtape of the year

  • where@

    Wheres david dallas at? “caught in a daze” easily one of the best of the year

  • jevaughn

    i cant believe tyler the creator has the best song by a landslide.. thats cray!!!

  • beasleyrockah

    All of the Lights wasn’t this year. A few of these songs weren’t this year.

  • WubbyG999

    No Tech N9ne? He put out 2 albums that are better then almost this whole list

  • brains

    the fuck worldwide choppers isnt there

  • yup

    voted F.A.M.E and I’m not the biggest Jeezy or T.I. fan but that song was real as f*ck!

  • grizzy

    thats such a fkn shame they have such lame ass wack rappers on this list but they dont have consistent real rappers like kendrick lamar, j. cole, los higher on this… like really tyler leading this poll ???? such a fkn shame… HiiPower was handds down the best-… well best “mainstream” song on this list… fuck rap… these people would recognize true rap if tupac hadnt died smh… rip

  • Jake

    Super bass was fucking terrible.

  • Arapwithoutrhymes

    Earl sweatshirt should be first, FUCK this shit

  • Slightly Disappointed

    I would appreciate a Curren$y song or two. Covert Coup was one of my favorite mixtapes of the year. Gibbs had a nice run as well.`I do appreciate the Jeezy & KRIT love on the list.

  • WETRIPPYMANE

    So we going to act like Juicy J didn’t come out with two fire mixtapes?? He had at least 5 songs that made me want to slap my neighbors and employers. That’s a good thing.

  • Dric Flair

    Damn, no Cam, get the fuck outta here !!! lol Yea right!!!! but I’m feelin Jeezy’s Fame track though. biggest let down of the year goes to jay and kanye

  • KillThemAll

    This list is complete garbage… most of these songs aren’t even hip hop like fucking marvins room is here? OFWGKTA

  • Okay.

    Kendrick Lamar should win….
    But I’m definitely fine if Tyler the Creator does.
    Too many shitty songs on the list.

  • PA ALLL DAY

    YONKERS WHOSE VOTING FOR THIS STUFF

  • laddabee

    Rack City !!!

  • Gee Khalifa

    it must Wiz Khalifa ‘No Sleep’

  • WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!?!

    THIS LIST IS FUCKIN SHIT! how the fuck did niggas in pair get before all the them song im hella mad fuck xxl LMAO!

  • umm

    yonkers looks like it has a boner

  • J. Max

    Maybach Music MMG Taking over the game, haters can’t see you. Little Niggas Fall Back ! Broke Niggas Kick Rocks ! Simp Niggas Go Somewhere and Play ! Get off Jay Z & Yeezy Shit I got all they albums something most ya’ll don’t ! Watch Out For Miami Heat 2012

  • Hod_guy

    Best song of the year was “All Black Everything”, best song from a very dissapoint album, I was force to vote for a song they had listed which was Black hand side by Pharoah Monch (Great Song in it’s own right)

  • Misael

    Tyler does it again. OFWGKTA

  • CJ

    So no Childish Gambino? Freaks and Geeks and Bonfire were sick. Also, where was Rigamortis? and Jeezy getting too much love on this list.

  • ark

    What a shitty list. There is like no independent hip hop on here. XXL is the new MTV….wack!

  • Joe

    Yonkers isnt even tylers best song from goblin what about she and nightmare

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  • Nessa

    Soo, i didn’t finsh listening, what was #1?

  • Two Oh

    Fast Lane

  • Two Oh

    Eminem’s fan base are not on this site at all… Neither are Waynes. Eminem & Wayne have the largest fan base in hip hop history if they had their fan base on xxlmag.com em and wayne would have atleast 70% of the votes

  • theron

    flower bomb

  • RAJ

    horrible list Kendrick Lamar’s whole album should have been on the list and there was no Tech N9ne in sight of this list, i guess 2 albums of good music isnt enough to be better than Gucci Gucci

  • Trip

    this needs 2 be renamed “most popular radio hits of 2011″ cuz this is an embarresment of a list if ive ever seen one

  • Tyshaw11

    horrible list..

  • Aztec

    O shiettt i voted for Yonkers by tyler, but i didn’t think he had so many fans on a website like this

  • Unknwn

    Why isnt Tech N9ne on there?

  • ZD3

    Wow. Where’s Apathy? Or Rashad & Confidence? This sight fails when it comes to recognition of realness. The best song on this list is the new Nas for bringing it back to what this game is supposed to be about.

  • truehiphopfan

    Man Fuck this!! Nas Nasty only had 2% votes!! What’s wrong w/ the world?

  • FRENCHIE

    NIggas in Paris is a fu**** banger

  • Brenden Jackson

    Ok half these artist dont need to be on here , well actually 85% of them dont . This is why the Rap game is effed up . We have these no talent artist who just make “songs”. They have no meaning to the songs , YC , YG , Future , Kirko Bangz , SUCK !!!! Rap is about lyrics , a story , a message , not about what u do in the club or how much weight u push . Hip Hop is somewhat dead in my opinion .

  • Matt

    14 songs with Wayne in them, 13 with Drake, and 12 with Ross. Get the fuck outta here. I don’t think XXL sucked Young Money and MMG’s dicks enough. Oh wait…

  • Buster

    This list and now website/magazine is no longer creditable

  • 9-1-1

    fucking dickriders here. whoever made this list obviously has no taste in good hip hop and just goes with whats popular. where’s Tech N9ne, Common, Kendrick, Bad Meets Evil, etc.? there were only about 7 good songs and none of them is even in the top 20.

  • SwaggX360

    A$AP AND NAS NIKKUH

  • Oshkosh

    No Childish Gambino? I lost all respect.

  • JoeyFuckinMeatHands

    where is any song from big krit?? return of 4eva is top ten. smh.

  • HAL 9000

    Death Grips- “Taykon (Death Yon)”

    TRIPLE SIX FIVE FORKED TOONNNGGGUUEEE

  • http://facebook.com/insaneslayer95 Insane Slayer

    Eminem, Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse – Shady 2.0 is the best! Shady Records will bring the good old school rap back!