2011 has been a very interesting year for hip-hop/rap music to say the least. With gangster rap on its way out the door, there is a new class of rap (emo-rap, backpack rap, internet rap, commercial rap, etc) that has taken over the airwaves. It’s not cool to be a gangster anymore. The lines of pop and mainstream music have blurred with the addition to hip-hop rhymthms and culture to reach a wider audience. Hip-hop meet gentrication.
Down below, you will find the list for the top 10 hip-hop artists of 2011. Thank you for the wonderful year.
Honorable Mention (No particular order):
Eminem, Young Jeezy, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Curren$y
Curren$y is a constant & diligent worker in hip-hop. With Covert Coupe, Verde Terrace, Weekend at Bernies, Return to the Winner’s Circle, and putting out a cd for his JET LIFE crew, he deserves to be mentioned as one of the top artist.
9. Big Sean
Signed with Ye and the GOOD Music label, The Luis-Vuitton Sean Don had a great year. Boi!!
6. Rick Ross & the Mayback Music Group
Commericial rap is back. Rick Ross is leading the commercial rap with his label making a lot of noise in 2011. Wale did numbers, Meek Millz did features, and Stalley and the rest of the gang is next up. Ross & MMG because 2011 made them codependent. Can anybody do anything without a cosign these days?
5. Wiz Khalifa
Roll Up & Black & Yellow – too bad the Steelers didn’t win the Superbowl in 2011. Anyways, Wiz went strong in shows, sales, singles, and the whole sha-bang. He had the Internet going CRAYZAY
2. Jay-Z & Kanye
Any group of people who can perform a song 6-plus, even 8 times and still have people screaming for more deserves a spot at the top for 2011. Watch the Throne would’ve killed hip-hop, but sorry to say rap is a young man’s sport these days.
A Jewish & Canadian & Child TV Star & Affluent rapper? Doesn’t sound too appealing when you look at hip-hop, but Drake is the bridge between pop, r&b, and rap nowadays. Drake is leading the pack for artists ion 2011. Venturing away from Weezy for a fresh start in 2012 should only lead to better things for the young rap star phenom.