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’11 Best Singles: #1 Meek Mill x Rick Ross “Ima Boss”

Meek Mill and Rick Ross made 9-to-5ers feel like the H.N.I.C. with last year’s inescapable, “Ima Boss”. Fuck a blog dog, Jahlil Beats’ triumphant horns were responsible for nearly every party in 2011. Operating like a hip-hop Stockton and Malone, Meek creates a perfect assist for his mentor, “Got so many shades they thought I had a lazy eye” before closing the track with a game-winning third verse. Who took a loss? Not MMG. Previously: #10 Wale x Miguel “Lotus Flower […]

’11 Worst Albums: #2 Snoop Dogg Doggumentary

Respect due to Snoop for releasing free music each and every Tuesday for months. We enjoy that type of stuff on these Internets. But when he finally released his eleventh album Doggumentary, it did more than disappoint. This might be the worst edition to the Dogg’s legendary catalog. Things never get going over an overwhelming 21 tracks. Unwanted guests and horrendous production are prevelant. “Wet” left radio in a drought and “Platinum” with R. Kelly was far from even sounding […]

’11 Best Singles: #2 DJ Khaled Ft. Drake x Rick Ross & Lil Wayne “I’m On One”

It is safe to say, Khaled Khaled knows how to make a hit. With T-Minus, 40, and Kromatik handling the production duties, Khaled rounded up three of the game’s top MCs for this summer’s undisputed anthem. On the slow-rolling instrumental, Drake sets the tone showcasing his vocals. Don’t get it twisted though. Drizzy gets back on his rap shit before setting up Rozay, who then later passes the baton to Tunechi for the final stretch. Still and all, it’s Aubrey’s […]

’11 Worst Albums: #3 Lil B I’m Gay

Lil B got the attention he wanted last spring after ceremoniously naming his album, I’m Gay. Unfortunately, his publicity stunt backfired like a double barrel 12 gauge. B’s production palette is noteworthy, but that’s where it stops. From beginning to end, I’m Gay is marred by off kilter ramblings and incoherent verbiage. Simply put: the boy can’t rap. Just goes to show that short-term decisions breed long term ramifications. Straight up.

’11 Best Singles: #3 The Throne “Niggas In Paris”

Folks of all races skated to one song and this one song only. Over Hit-Boy’s heavy drums and electrifying bridge, Jay and Ye displayed their balling antics on tilt that made even the poorest man wanna dig in his pocket to cop a bottle of bubbly. The Will Ferrell Blades Of Glory-sample during the break was actually quite fitting since we needed a time out from all the kinetic energy. Thankfully the bars were as strong as the bounce. From […]

’11 Worst Albums: #4 Lil Kim Black Friday

Yeah I know this was technically a mixtape but since Kimmy was selling this crap and PayPal ganked me not once but twice, I say it counts. Y’all remember the fuckery this disaster caused early last year but how many have you have ever taken the time to listen to this 76 minute CD in full. Well I have and I still haven’t recovered. I’ll never get that time back! Whether she’s murdering herself on Minaj’s track (“Pissin On Em”), […]

’11 Best Singles: #4 Bad Meets Evil “Fast Lane”

Just in case anyone forgot Eminem and Royce Da’ 5’9″ could rap, “Fast Lane” was a great reminder. Released under their Bad Meets Evil banner, “Fast Lane” is a Stan’s wet dream. Over an aggressive soundbed, Em and Nickle bob and weave through pockets of syllables and complexities. By the end of the closing bell, their sparring match is best summed up by Royce’s line: “Me and Shady deaded the past, so that basically resurrected my cash flow“. Jackpot!