XXL to Count Down Best of 2011


It’s that time again. With the year coming to a close, XXL will begin counting down to 2012 by celebrating the best of 2011. The year-end blow out is set to kick off on Monday December 12 through the new year.

Look for XXL to list the best songs, albums, mixtape and verses, among other music categories, in addition to breakdowns of the year’s best fashion trends and Eye Candy’s baddest chicks of 2011.

XXL also teamed up with DJ Holiday to release, Holiday Season: The Year in XXLence—a mixtape featuring some of the calendar’s hottest tracks. The tape will premiere exclusively on xxlmag.com on Monday, December 19.—XXL Staff

  • canadasmost

    best albums of 11 goes as such . 1. bad meets evil hell the sequel .2. the carter 4.3. watch the throne . 4 take care . 5 goblin.6. radioactive .7.the red album .8. success is certain .and i have a sinking feeling slaughterhouse is going to make 2012 there bitch .

  • Dortiz

    Naw the best hip hop albums (major releases) are:

    *Love, Live A$AP – A$AP Rocky but it was a mixatpe

    1. Watch The Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West
    2. Lasers – Lupe Fiasco
    3. Camp – Childish Gambino
    4. Take Care – Drake
    5. Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang – Raekwon
    6. Tha Carter IV – Lil’ Wayne
    7. The R.E.D. Album – Game
    8. Bad Meets Evil – EM & Royce
    9. Goblin – Tyler The Creator
    10. Rolling Papers – Wiz Khalifa
    11. Cole World: The Sideline Story – J. Cole
    12. Finally Famous – Big Sean

  • canadasmost

    man i forgot about lasers , shaolin vs. wu tang , j. cole and big sean . that childish gambino shit was also dope . i think tech n9ne also deserves some love .ghostface killahs apollo kids also deserves a mention .

  • slamball

    Lasers was not the 2nd best album of the year. Fact.

    1. Watch the Throne
    2. Take Care
    3. Hell: The Sequel
    4. Goblin
    5. Tha Carter IV
    6. The R.E.D. Album
    7. Cole World: The Sideline Story
    8. Radioactive
    9. All 6′s and 7′s
    10. Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang

  • Mohammed

    1. Return of 4Eva
    2. Section. 80
    3. Cole World: The Sideline Story
    4. Undun
    5. Greatest Story Never Told
    6. Cats & Dogs
    7. REKS
    8. Watch The Throne
    9. Take Care
    10. Elmatic

  • jussayin

    top 10 mixtapes of 2011 in no particular order

    2 chainz – tru realigion
    lupe fiasco – friend of the people
    gilbere forte – eyes of veritas
    gilbere forte – some dreams never sleep
    pusha t – fear of god pt 1
    big krit – return of 4 eva
    frank ocean – nostalgia ultra
    kendrick lamar – section 80
    iggy azalea – ignorant art
    juicy j – rubber band business
    the weeknd – house of balloons

  • Mick Takeshi

    Tech N9ne was left off of every list so far. Terrible.

  • itschasetrustme

    1. Watch the Throne
    2. When Fish Ride Bicycles
    3. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    4. undun
    5. Nostalgia, ultra (I know it was a mixtape, but it deserves the spot)
    6. Section.80
    7. Return of 4eva
    8. Shaolin vs. Wu-tang
    9. Goblin
    10. Camp

  • Grizzy

    if carter 4 is anywhere near your list… its already invalid… that shit was WEAK AF…
    1. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
    2. J.Cole – Cole World: Sideline Story
    3. Em & Royce – Bad Meets Evil
    5. Jay & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
    6. Crooked I – In None We Trust EP
    7. Los – The Crown Aint Safe
    8. Drake – Take Care

  • http://www.twitter.com/daswagsicksnake DA SNAKE

    1. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
    2. Tyler The Creator – Goblin
    3. MMG – Self Made Vol 1.
    4. The Throne – Watch The Throne
    5. Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel
    6. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
    7. Drake – Take Care
    8. The Game – R.E.D Album
    9. Tech N9ne – All 6′s and 7′s
    10. Yelawolf – Radioactive

    • Bird

      I realize you probably have a limited knowledge of Hiphop (not an insult). Everything you have listed is a major or mainstream release except Tech and maybe Tyler. No “Section 80″ by Kendrick Lamar? “Cats and Dogs” by Evidence? Or what about the Phonte, Saigon, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, and J. Cole albums?
      Wayne at #1???? Not even in the top 30. Step you Hiphop game up and turn off your radio!

  • Swag-Surfer

    1. Watch The Throne- Jay-Z and Kanye West
    2. Finally Famous- Big Sean
    3. Cole World The Sideline Story- J. Cole
    4. Take Care- Drake
    5. C4- Lil Wayne