SOHH Whatcha Think: Who's Put Out The Hottest Album In 2011 So Far? [Click Here & Speak]

Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 12:00AM

Written by J. Bachelor

D*mn, time sure does fly. Seems like just yesterday I got out of the joint. Stood up in front of that judge, and told him who was who, and what was what. Wait, no. That's not my life. That's the opening scene to the 1993 Al Pacino crime-drama Carlito's Way.

Either way, its hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2011. Osama got hit with the choppa. Dallas snagged the Championship and The Rapture pulled a Detox on the entire world. But what else happened? Oh yeah. A bunch of rappers released albums. But who's had the hottest one thus far? Let's examine 3 highly rated albums that dropped within the first half of the year and see how they measure up. 

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]

Curren$y (Weekend At Burnies)

Artist: Curren$y

Album: Weeked at Burnie's

SOHH Score: 8.0

Mark it as another successful outing for Curren$y. Whilst lyrically he may not have distinctively made the jump to the next level, his construction of songs still exerts a slickness and quality that some of the more accomplished rhymers are in need of. Productions on hand are sublime, metaphorically sending listeners on their own cloud far away - and when switching to the cruising vibes, equally compositions are as effective. Whilst the Pilot Talk series still triumphs over his later releases, Weekend At Burnies
reassures Jets fans that the N.O free spirit is dopeness personified.(Soul Culture)

SOHH What: What can I say? Curren$y knows his lane, and he rides it comfortably, giving listeners cruisin' music from beginning to end. Even if you don't partake in the (ahem) herbal remedies mentioned throughout Weekend at Burnie's its hard not to embrace #JetLife, as Spitta poetically embraces everything young, fly and flashy.

Royce Da 5'9 & Eminem (Bad Meets Evil)

Artist: Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5'9)

Album:Hell: The Sequel

SOHH Score: 8.0

Bad Meets Evil is a pairing years in the making that piggybacks off of Eminem and Royce Da 5-9's previous collaboration of the same name. It also signifies the closing of a discordant era for two emcees that started as young, hungry hopefuls and friends long ago, but found themselves on divergent paths. With the full circle turn, fans of hip-hop are being treated to Hell: The Sequel. The release brims with dense, lightning-fast, deviant rhymes that run the spectrum of style and pattern. (Planet Ill)

SOHH What: Ever since hearing Em & Royce go bar-for-bar on 1999's The Slim Shady LP I've been waiting for this album, and while I still feel that the project's a decade overdue, better late than never, right? Slim's frantic energy on this album, combined with Royce's signature slick wordplay definitely make this project one of my favorite releases of 2011 thus far.


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Artists: Maybach Music Group

Album:Self Made Vol. 1

SOHH Score: 8.0

Self Made is one of the best rap label/group albums released in a while. Everyone in the group seems to be on board with the movement to the fullest (even if they don't have their Maybachs yet). Let's just hope MMG serves us with a mixtape in the near future, but this right here is definitely the main course. BAWSE! (Blunt Reviews)

SOHH What: When I first heard that D.C. artist Wale had signed to the Maybach Music imprint, I was skeptical. Truth is, I still am. Ross has a unique way of making his style blend well with the most lyrical M.C.'s but I thought that this union may have been ill-advised. But the truth is, it somehow works. While Self Made has its fair share of bangers, I can definitely see this album becoming forgotten amongst the slew of projects that are yet to arrive before the year's end.

Be clear, this list is not all inclusive. Artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Raekwon, Smif-n-Wessun, Joell Ortiz and Big Sean also released an album between January and June 2011. And with the Jay-Z/Kanye collaboration project around the corner and upcoming releases by Drake and Lil Wayne, there's no telling who will eventually hold the title of 'Album of the Year.'

Only time will tell.

SOHH Whatcha think?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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