XXL Readers Pick Best of 2011

best of 2011

Putting together year-end lists is always difficult, yet fun. It’s exciting to look back on the last 12 months to debate and crown the best and worst, but it’s also often a challenge come up with the order. To cap of 2011, XXL compiled more than a dozen lists, from the Top Songs to MVPs to Biggest Comebacks. Readers also got a chance to weigh in by voting in the polls. Here, check out what XXL's readers picked for the Best of 2011. —XXL Staff

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What was the best album of 2011?


What XXL Said: Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch The Throne
XXL Fans Voted: Yelawolf, Radioactive (41%)
Total Votes: 28,172

What was the best mixtape of 2011?


What XXL Said: Big K.R.I.T., Return of 4Eva
XXL Fans Voted: Wale, The Eleven One Eleven Theory (32%)
Total Votes:13,839


What was the hottest beat of 2011?


What XXL Said: Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Niggas In Paris” (Produced by Hit-Boy)
XXL Fans Voted: Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Niggas in Paris” (Produced by Hit-Boy) (34%)
Total Votes: 4,130

What was the catchiest hook of 2011?


What XXL Said: Drake on DJ Kahled’s “I’m on One”
XXL Fans Voted: Drake on DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One” (27%)
Total Votes: 4,395

What was the best guest appearance of 2011?


What XXL said: Busta Rhymes on Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now”
How fans voted: Kendrick Lamar on Game’s “The City” (21%)
Total votes: 2,912


Who made the biggest comeback in 2011?


What XXL said: N/A
How fans voted: Wale (37%)
Total votes: 2,740

Who was the top DJ of 2011?


What XXL Said: DJ Khaled
XXL Fans Voted: DJ Ill Will (51%)
Total Votes: 5,374