BDTB Presents: Favorite Releases of 2011

We decided a few weeks ago to put together a list of our favorite projects this year. Locally, globally, hip hop, eclectic, and instrumental wise. We also want to state that this is by no means a “best of” list, just the projects that Jay Diff and myself were bumping and/or feeling the most. We each chose 25 hip hop releases, 10 eclectic and/or instrumental releases, and came together and chose a few local projects. We suggest you check out anything we post, but being said, we REALLY suggest checking out these projects:

= we both selected it
g = seangevity chose it
d = jay diff chose it

Favorite Hip Hop Releases:
Action Bronson – Well Done () [Buy]
Big K.R.I.T. – Return of Forever () [Free]
Common – The Dreamer, The Believer () [Buy]
Danny Brown – XXX () [Free]
Grumpy Old Men – Sunday Skool () [Free]
Kendrick Lamar – Section 80 () [Buy]
Mighty High Coup – Boom Rap () [Buy]
Pac Div – The Div () [Buy]
Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. () [Buy]
Phonte – Charity Starts at Home () [Buy]
Random Axe – Random Axe () [Buy]
Skyzoo – The Great Debater () [Free]
The Roots – undun () [Buy]
Torae – For The Record () [Buy]
9th Wonder – The Wonder Years (d) [Buy]
Astronote – Weapon of the Future (g) [Free]
Charlie Smarts – LowBottomMe (g) [Free]
Co$$ – Before I Awoke (g) [Buy]
DTMD – Makin Dollas (g) [Buy]
Elzhi – Elmatic (d) [Buy]
Evidence – Cats & Dogs (g) [Buy]
Exile – 4trk Mind (g) [Buy]
Fabolous – The S.O.U.L. Tape (d) [Free]
Game – The R.E.D. Album (d) [Buy]
J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story (d) [Buy]
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (d) [Buy]
Laws – Yesterday’s Future (g) [Free]
Local Nobodies (Sulaiman & Mathien) – One (g) [Free]
Luckyiam – I Love Haters (g) [Buy]
Meek Mill – Dreamchasers (d) [Free]
Rapsody – For Everything (d) [Free]
Saigon – Greatest Story Never Told (d) [Buy]
Statik Selektah – Population Control (g) [Buy]
TiRon & Ayomari – A Sucker For Pumps (d) [Buy]
Thurz – LA Riots (g) [Buy]
Wale – Eleven One Eleven Theory (d) [Free]

Favorite Eclectic/Instrumental/Other Releases (Not Hip Hop):
Iman Omari – Energy () [Free]
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do () [Buy]
14KT – 14 Killa Tape (g) [Free]
Apollo Brown – Clouds (g) [Stream/Buy]
Eric Lau – Quadrivium (g) [Stream/Buy]
Eric Roberson – Mister Nice Guy (d) [Buy]
flaKo – Carving Away The Clay (d) [Stream/Buy]
Frank Ocean – Ultra Nostalgia (d) [Free]
Hawthorne Headhunters – Myriad of Now (g) [Stream/Buy]
J*DaVeY – New Designer Drug (g) [Buy]
Jhene Aiko – Sailing Sounds (d) [Free]
Nicolay & The Hot at Nights – Shibuya Sessions EP (d) [Stream/Buy]
Nikkiya – Speakher (d) [Free]
Mecca:83 – Life Scetches (Volume 1 & 2) (g) [Stream/Buy]
Radio Galaxy – We Come In Peace (d) [Stream/Buy]
Sunclef – The Tesseract (g) [Free]
The Weeknd – House of Balloons (d) [Free]
Vlooper – COPYCAT (a Dilla Tribute) (g) [Free]

Favorite Local Hip Hop Releases: – Soul Cinema [Free]
Blake Allee – My Best Friends Are Machines [Free]
Future5ive – Somewhere in August [Free]
J.Brookinz & Grey Granite – Gateway 2 [Free]
Hinx Jones – Frozen Liquor [Stream/Buy/Free]
Mr. Kinetik – Sounds of Soul [Stream/Buy]
Mr. Kinetik & Rusty Redenbacher – The Professor & The Hustler [Free]
Roskoh Deyvis – Welcome to the Wiz [Stream]
Scoot Dubbs – The Time Has Come EP [Free]
Skittz – Rhymestrong [Stream/Buy]
The Proforms – Atavism [Buy]
Tony Styxx – It’s Bigger Than Me [Stream/Buy/Free]

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