SOHH Whatcha Think: Will 2011 Be Considered A "Golden Year" For Hip Hop [Click Here & Speak]

Friday, Sep 9, 2011 1:00AM

Written by J. Bachelor

Certain years come and go. Sure, you have your club banger here or your street anthem there, but there are certain eras in which the rap Gods smile down and artists are inspired to produce stellar work. As we begin to close out the year, is it safe to say 2011 can be considered a 'Golden Year' for rap music?

[The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

By no means are we through, as artists such as Phonte, J. Cole and Drake are slated to release projects between now and December. But let's take a look back at a few tracks that made 2011 a standout year for this genre we all know and love.

How To Love

Proving that his appeal really can stretch beyond random bars and double-cup rap, Weezy scored one of his biggest hits yet with this ode to strip club mami's and club scene sista's. Love it or hate it, "How to Love" helped push rap even further into new territory.


Watch The Throne was one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, and its single "Otis" -- along with its uber-scaled down video -- reminded us that Hip Hop can still be fun, while remaining flashy and epic.


Ahh yes. One of 2011's sleeper hits. Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun combined forces for an album that took Hip Hop back to Timbaland boots, impromptu cyphers and raw lyrics. Just when you thought real rap was all but exctinct, leave it to these legendary artists to deliver rhymes for the spirit.

Ghetto Dreams

Nas and Common, two of the best to ever do it, kicking rhymes about a topic they both know well: Ghetto dreaming. Nas took it back to his nasty days as Com Sense gave us more of that soulful street style that has made him a rap favorite for nearly two decades. The track may be about dreams, but it definitely woke n*ggas up. Bravo.

Of course, these are just a handful of amazing pieces of music that were released over the past several months, but what say you? Will we look back at 2011 as a 'Golden Year' for rap music?

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

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