1. Killer Mike - "Burn"
Came out early in 2011 and nobody topped it since.
2. Blueprint - "Radio Inactive"
Blueprint's rebirth in 2011 was an awesome surprise. He's basically been touring all year, but an album this good needs that kind of treatment.
3. Kendrick Lamar - Hiii Power
2011 was definitely Kendrick Lamar's year. One of the few runaway success stories in hip hop that was 100% deserved and awesome.
4. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire ft. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown, EL-P - The Last Huzzah
Add Necro on the beat and this is just an overdose of good things. Video of the year finalist, too.
5. Open Mike Eagle - Dishes
His album Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes was Top 5 material. This cat is a serious talent.
6. Blu ft. Edan - Ronald Morgan
Holy shit. I don't know if No York even technically came out yet but damn, what an album.
7. Ka - Cold Facts
Came from out of nowhere, now has my full attention based on this flawless song.
8. Nas - Nasty
9. Zilla Rocca ft. Has-Lo - Full Spectrum
Powerful song, breathing new life into a classic concept over an exceptional Dr. Quandary beat.
10. P.L.O. - The Heat (American Language Remix) feat. Has-Lo, Zilla Rocca & Curly Castro
Facemelter. Yeah, this is the same artists twice in a row, but this song has been in heavy rotation.