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DJ Premier’s Top 25 Albums of 2011

Like every year DJ Premier presents to you his top 25 albums of a year, also in 2010 he did that. There’s always a big commotion around it but check out Premos top 25 of 2011:


25. Large Professor & Neek The Exotic – Still On The Hustle
24. Edo G – A Face In The Crowd
23. Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz – Heavy Metal Kings
22. Greneberg – Greneberg
21. Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – Well Done

20. Apathy – Honkey Kong
19. The Away Team – Scars And Stripes
18. Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
17. Torae – For The Record
16. Bumpy Knuckles & Statik Selektah – Lyrical Workout
15. Common – The Dreamer, The Believer
14. Maffew Ragazino Sr. – Rhyme Pays
13. Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel
12. Drake – Take Care
11. Statik Selektah – Population Control

10. Random Axe – Random Axe
09. Malcolm And Martin – Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
08. Royce da 5’9″ – Success Is Certain
07. Phonte – Charity Starts At Home
06. 50 Cent – The Big 10
05. Reks – R.E.K.S.
04. M.O.P. & Snowgoons – Sparta
03. Evidence – Cats & Dogs
02. 9th Wonder – The Wonder Years
01. Game – The R.E.D. Album

Honorable Mentioning: Fresh Vetz “Fresh 2 Def”, Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R.”, Raekwon “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang”, Rasheed Chappell “”Future Before Nostalgia”, Sadat X “No Features”, Showbiz & KRS-One “Godsville”, Skyzoo “The Great Debater”, The Regiment “The Panic Button”, The Roots “Undun”.

Voila. Sorry Elzhi, Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun, J-Live & Tyler, The Creator.

Closure Note From DJ Premier:

For all of you dumbfucks that are late or not hip to my yearly list, this is my own list of what I was bumpin’ for my enjoyment in 2011… Even though there were so fuckin’ many LPs that came out, I wish we had time to do Top 40 but fuck that… So if you don’t like my list, make your own… I ain’t mad atcha… Hate it or love it, I don’t give a fuuuuuck !!!

Note for DJ Premier for ’09

I judge my list based on dope beats, dope rhymes, scratchin’ and cutting, creativity, uniqueness, originality, and overall packaging of the product’s integrity. I don’t care if you sold a million copies, that does not make it dope. I went through more than 60 LP’s released in ’09 on major and indie labels over and over to get it as close as i possible could to being satisfied with the list so here it is along with the list.

“Be Glad or Be Mad” -DJ Premier

DJ Premier’s Top 25 of 2010
DJ Premier’s Top 20 of 2009

Related: Best DJ Premier Beat of 2011

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56 Responses to “DJ Premier’s Top 25 Albums of 2011”

  • Comment from MicDem

    no Soulkast?!?…that’s strange :/

  • Comment from Whoa!

    yeaahee yeaaeee

  • Comment from Jean Ferrat

    SirBiatch is right.

    for the dicksuckers complaining : “what do you critize his list?” let me explain sth.

    Primo’s list, from my perspective, shouldn’t be a list composed of LP coming from friends…we talk here about legacy. In five years time, 1O years time anybody landing on that blog page should be able to think : “it’s a list from Premo, if i want to show friends what hiphop is supposed to sound like (as would say AG) those albums are landmarks to the hiphop culture”.

    all i am seeing here is compromise…to what? ask Premo, not me. someone said he is a DJ, so basically that DJ judges that from everything he has heard last year, the top 25 are from US.

    where is the houselight? where does he show us the way?

    again, check my previous posts, Premo’s personality speaks for itself. even though being down with the dope beat-making, he is loved by the mainstream (maybe not the industry but by the artists definitely yes). he has nothing to prove to himself or to us, he pulled the weight when needed and he makes us shut the fuck up.

    however he has his addiction on being worshipped by all. for years i see his fan base spitting at Jay (for good reasons)but he still want his 5 min of shame on mtv with him.

    on one hand he is complaining about the industry, on the other he sticks with the industry. so his dual personalities make him unique, but it’s easy to detect when he acted like an underground cat, or like someone who want to please the kings.

    we are here on this blog interested in his underground side, and we are out of rage when we see lists like that which are not matching what we think legacy should be.

    I’m not bad, not mad Preem. i have read your list, have forgotten it immediately. Unlike ur mixtape backs in the days, no one will share this with friends, so you won’t make history with it. hopefully for us you have made history, in a splendid manner, and this is ONLY what we will keep sharing with the next generations.

    Make some noise for Preem, one love

  • Comment from bangyahead

    disappointed.. but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.. so I won’t trip but what I will say is.. not putting rashad & confidence even in honorable mention was a huge mistake.

  • Comment from mikeeee

    naw… I dont understand how Elzhi- Elmatic is not on here…. it makes no sense. anyone whose heard that damn tape knows that man is the truth.. premos just buggin cuz Will sessions was fuckin with his beats and elzhi was doin nas almost better than nas.

  • Comment from MAGNUS

    Tech N9ne’s All 6’s and 7’s deserves to be in the top 5. Good list for the most part though!

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