Who Will Rule 2011?


They have my vote for 2011 already.

You’ll have to excuse my absence for the past few weeks. I ended up making a return trip to my former stomping grounds in Los Angeles, where I spent most nights sleeping in my old bedroom. Rather than stay online most of the day like I do out East, I actually decided to spend a little more time trying to soak up whatever sun I could get, drinking more than I should, venturing to Las Vegas where I would get solicited for, in one slovenly gentleman’s words, “the jumpoffs,” getting a tattoo and simply remembering how it is to not have to be strapped to a laptop for about 14 hours a day.

It also helped that my mother doesn’t even know how to spell “WiFi,” much less have Internets access.

Alas, with the new year now upon us most people have returned to our hustle and bustle of our daily nine-to-fives, and as is the case around this time of the year your favorite publications and websites are wrapping up their “best of 2010” lists. While virtually every list should be taken with proverbial grain of salt, they do provide for some interesting conversation, as well as provide fodder for incessant e-barbs and constant cyber jabs. In a way though, this is what I feel keeps hip hop both refreshing and culturally relevant after all these years: the constant discussion and challenge to better itself as it ages. Without any form of debate, rap would probably be as boring as it was, say, a few years ago when the only people moving units were a far-past-his prime 50 Cent and a bunch of one-off Southern ringtone rapsters.

Whatever happened to Webbie anyways?

Anyways, year-end lists also accompany the “next up for the new year” index, where most of us inaccurately try to predict which rapster’s name will escape from our mouths the most in 2011. The stoned stylings of Wiz Khalifa garnered plenty attention last year as did the sporadic yet lyrically dense, verbal assaults of hip hop nomad Jay Electronica, while Drake and J. Cole seem on the verge of being some of the best things hip hop has to offer for the next decade or so. But let’s keep it real: the same artists who have put rap in a chokehold for the last five, ten, fifteen and twenty years will still have some form of input this year, from the random-ass guest appearance on the current hot song of the moment to the bizarre YouTube video to shilling expensive products we have no reason buying but will do so anyways.

*Eyeballs empty Ciroc bottle*

The last couple years have seen a shift in hip hop’s sound and aesthetic, and I’m equally anxious and excited to see what transpires this year. However, I do expect to do the cooking dance to some wanton nignorance provided by our beloved bamma rappers too. Some things just don’t change.

  • D-90

    Tech N9ne gonna run the game in 2011

    • XtaC13

      HELL YEAH!!! Strange all day baby!!!

  • jonny bizness

    Me personally i hope j cole,jay e release classic albums but this year will be dr dre’s sales wise i hope he does come thru with a classic but under pressure got me thinking otherwise and obviously the jay/kanye collab album after mbdtf anything can happen. Kanye is a powder keg which can go off at any time.My last prediction is that the g.o.o.d fri formula pairing Mc’s that wasn’t likely together will be the en vogue thing for 2011 ie buckshot with rozay

  • T

    Although I know he prefers not to have the spotlight, I wanna see my boy Blu gaining more exposure.

  • Kiij

    LIL B DA BASED GOD WILL RUN THE GAME. THANK YOU BASED GOD.

    • swype-matic

      Shut the fuck up.

  • Dismathis

    9th Wonder finally will get the recognition he deserves… j cole and curren$y should blow the game open

  • DC Nick

    Kendrick Lamar will take 2011, and notable others will be Wale, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, and Big Sean

  • bamerican

    Big K.R.I.T is about to blow up like Chernobyl and drop a gem in 2011. The fact that he is affiliated with Wiz and Curren$y will only aid in his mainstream success. Plus, he’s one of the most promising southern lyricists in the game.

  • Q

    it’s gonna be a cole world in 2011

  • http://www.TrackHustle.com/buybeats.php Indy Fontaine

    I feel you on that. Nobody can pick who is going to have a breakout year in 2011. I hope an unknown artist comes up from left-field and takes the game by storm. I also want to see Kendrick Lamar get more shine in 2011. I love that Average Joe track.

  • qwerty

    @bamerican: You retard, Chernobyl never blew up, there was only a fucking leak.

    J.Cole and Dr. Dre will rule 2011

    • ZuluBoy Wonda

      co-sign, on that J.Cole and D.R.E… The Game won’t release the Red album… one of 50 Cent low budget movies will pay-off his movie deal . The Carter IV? don’t think it’s gonna drop too.

    • bamerican

      I see someone went to wikipedia to find out what Chernobyl was and took it upon themselves to be overly accurate. It was a reference to an Outkast song, smart ass. How about blitzkrieg? is that more suitable?

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    Who Will Rule 2011?

    My guess? The same exact people who ran it last year.

    ^ yep…UNIVERSAL RECORDS

    if Cole, KRIT, Wiz, CyHi, Big Sean, hell even Lil’ B don’t get support (FANS BUYING UNITS), don’t get butthurt when cats come around and dart the board comments up…y’all the ones crying about it’s your time, well prove it and make your faves stand tall.

    Jay Elec will demand more of the attention of the rap music heads…I’m even predicting Cole won’t do Cudi #s…

  • hittamann

    SAIGON… the greatest story never told………FeB 15 will rule 2011

  • Shane

    J. Cole, KRIT, Kendrick Lamar (along with all of top dawg Ent) are bout to run shit.

    also….Jon Connor is going to get more and more exposure, and Drake of course..hope his second album is good.

  • Overlooked

    Nas is going to remind everybody why he is G.O.A.T

  • http://PIMP pimp

    There was a power surge at Chernobyl which resulted in a reactor rupture and a series of large explosions to ensue.

  • j

    Dre, Em, and Slaughterhouse! Shady/Aftermath Bitches

  • annie

    COLE WORRLDD IN 2011!! haha no doubt bout that.
    let’s hope that Dre also makes a decent come back

  • Herb

    Ya’ll will need to TAKE CARE in 2011, Drake will once again be EVERYWHERE with XV gettin more exposure

  • 3263

    I hate to say it but Young Money will take over in 2011. Every song you hear will have either Drake, Niki, Wayne or T-Pain on it.

    • T

      Nah I disagree. Young Money was 2010. Their bullshit won’t drag on to 2011.

  • billy

    Lupe Fiasco anybody? L.A.S.E.R.S coming out March 8th, and if it’s anything like “The Show Goes On” it could be better then My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Also, Mac Miller is going to blow up, along with another young white rapper you might not have heard of, Chris Webby. Look him up on Facebook.

    BUT LUPE IS GONNA RUN SHIT IN 2011! L.A.S.E.R.S for LIFE!

  • screagle

    GIBBS

  • yoprince

    “In a way though, this is what I feel keeps hip hop both refreshing and culturally relevant after all these years: the constant discussion and challenge to better itself as it ages.”

    huh?

  • Mike

    Forget these other so called rappers. If Andre 3000 return to the game this year, it’s over with. Drake, Wayne, etc, or anybody else in hip hop can’t see 3000 lyrically.

  • willy

    dr. dre detox and the whole aftermath …. just watch

  • sam

    Hopefully Blu, if not I’m crossing my fingers for Jay Elec, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Wale and Curren$y. I have high hopes for Stalley, Curt@!n$, Joell, Slaughterhouse and CyHi too.

  • caino

    l aint really fussed who the TI’s decide to big up in 2011.

    But me l’m looking out for Lupe, Curren$y, Pac Div, and anything from Slaughterhouse !! yeah !

    2011 support the art !

  • http://twitter.com/artisarts artz

    Tory Lanez and then Artz!

  • pdubking

    TM 103 on da way…. Jeezy bout to take ova in 2011….cte or nothin nigga

  • Nunya

    All I can say is…look in the opposite direction. 2011 should be good for the lesser, unknown regions/emcees; as long as media doesn’t shun/hate/block/ignore.

    Kendrick Lamar, K.R.I.T. and J. Cole – along with a couple cats no one knows. I won’t name them, cause then everyone cries & hates.

  • teddy

    Lupe, Raekwon, Wiz Khalifa, J.Cole, Drake,

  • Joe Money

    This Kat From Gadsen Records Name TyQuan Thomas Hes About Come Up This Year Hes a Throwback look him up

  • DavySupafly

    THIS is BIG K.R.I.T.’s Mothafuckin’ year, y’all niggas need to stop sleepin’ on this dude he spits that mothafuckin’ fire, I’m seein’ this guy blowin’ this year.

  • iCook

    #BasedGod will run 2011-12 His #Cooking skills are unmatched he murdered button on wax and hes probably f*cked tahiry

    F*ck MY B*TCH #BASEDGOD
    #SWAG!!!

  • http://xxl biged

    slaughterhouse !!!!!!!!! with shady and dre there should be no stoppin em. lyrically better than anyone from nwa could blow up if they are promoted right

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