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Top 10 Mixtapes: 2011

Justin Ivey: There were plenty of high quality mixtapes released in 2011, but the one thing Jeremiah and I could agree on was that nothing topped Elzhi’s outstanding Illmatic tribute, ELmatic. A lot of “sequels” made their way onto my list from the likes of Killa Kyleon, Young Gully, Dee-1 and Tommy Nova. Portland emcee Luck-One manage to outdue himself just a few months after he dropped his album True Theory with the mixtape offering King Of The Northwest. Two years after he rocked over a variety of East Coast beats on Backpack Dreams & Hip Hop Wishes, Max Minelli return with some classic West Coast instrumentals on California Dreams. Many of the the honorable mentions easily could’ve made their way onto the top 10 as well so make sure you don’t sleep on those either!

Jeremiah Martinez: The number one and number two spots on my Top 10 Mixtapes of 2011 list were the only two that were easy, the rest of this list took a lot of thought and went through many revisions. Most mixtapes get one or two spins before they make their way off my iPod and lost in the deep abyss that is my external hard drive.  This list is basically a list of the mixtapes that still have not made their way to that deep abyss and have gotten many plays throughout the year. Some are your traditional mixtapes while others straddle that fine line between free album and mixtape but, all are dope and don’t get skipped when they start playing.  If there are any on this list that aren’t in your library I suggest you do yourself a favor and cop them.

Justin

  1. Elzhi – ELmatic
  2. Max Minelli – California Dreams
  3. Killa Kyleon – Candy Paint & Texas Plates 2
  4. Young Gully – Hustla Movement 4
  5. Gods’Illa – CPR The Blend Tape
  6. Luck-One – King Of The Northwest
  7. Freddie Gibbs – Cold Day In Hell
  8. Dee-1 – I Hope They Hear Me! Vol. 2
  9. Tommy Nova – The Chosen One Pt. 2
  10. Aleon Craft – Mothership Decatur

Honorable Mentions

  • Laws – Yesterday’s Future
  • Money Making Jam Boys – The Prestige
  • Fiend – Life Behind Limo Glass
  • K. Gates – The Shaikdown
  • Locksmith – I Am LOCK
  • School Of Sharks – Blood In The Water Vol. 1
  • D-Risha – Big Trouble In Houston Texas
  • The Rap Pack – Suit Music Vol. 1
  • Nio Tha Gift – Rebel With A Cause
  • Mistah F.A.B. – I Found My Backpack

Jeremiah

  1. Elzhi – ELmatic
  2. Skyzoo – The Great Debater
  3. Camp Lo & Pete Rock – 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s
  4. DJ House Shoes Presents Rapping With Paul White
  5. One Be Lo – LABORhood Pt. 1
  6. Buckwild, Celph Titled & DJ Pizzo – Buck’s Wildest Beats
  7. YC The Cynic – Fall FWD
  8. J. Rocc – Cold Rocc Stuff
  9. Exile – Intro To The Outro
  10. Get Busy Committee – Opening Ceremony

Honorable Mentions

  • Nametag – Classic Cadence Vol. 3
  • J. NiCS – Southern Niggas Ain’t Slow: The Tribute
  • Rapsody – Thank H.E.R. Now
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