As 2011 comes near a close, rap newcomer Diggy Simmons has named his Top 5 favorite albums over the year, ranging from projects by West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar to R&B singer Beyonce.
Diggy also showed love to British singer Adele by including her 21 album in his Top 5.
“My top five albums of the year, one would definitely be, of course, Watch the Throne,” Diggy revealed in an interview. “These are all out of order. That would probably be number one anyway, if I was doing them in order. I was excited about that since they announced it [in August 2010]. Those are my two favorite hip-hop artists. … 21 by Adele was a great album that came out this year. I hope that her voice gets better. She’s so talented. Section 80 by Kendrick Lamar. That was just a great classic album in general. … 4 by Beyonce was a dope album as well. There’s a lot of cuts on there that I like — and Take Care by Drake. There’s some great cuts on there too. So it’s just been a great year for music in general. I’m happy that music is just coming back around and there’s just a whole lot of different sounds and every genre has something special in itself so I’m happy.” (Rap-Up TV)
Renowned publication TIME recently placed Watch the Throne in its Top 10 albums of 2011.
1. Adele, 21 2. Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials 3. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne 4. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake 5. Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, Ultra 6. tUnE-yArDs, W h o k i l l 7. Caitlin Rose, Own Side Now 8. The Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part II 9. Civil Wars, Barton Hollow 10. Black Keys, El Camino (TIME)
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint effort also made it into Rolling Stone‘s Top 10 list.
1. Adele, 21 2. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne 3. Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What 4. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues 5. Radiohead, The King of Limbs 6. Lady Gaga, Born This Way 7. The Decemberists, The King Is Dead 8. Wilco, The Whole Love 9. Wild Flag, Wild Flag 10. Robbie Robertson, How to Become Clairvoyant (Rolling Stone)
Earlier in the year, Diggy Simmons named his SOHH Top 5 Dead or Alive.
“I’m gonna start it off with Lupe Fiasco. I want to put Andre 3000 in there as well. Then I’m gonna name Kanye West. Big L. And for the final one, I’m going to name Canibus.” (SOHH Top 5 Dead or Alive)
Check out Diggy Simmons’ interview down below: