#BestOf 2011: Special Mention – Urban Sounds


The Odd Future collective dominated the hip-hop world with Tyler, The Creator taking the lead on their assault over the mainstream, but its their R&B counterpart Frank Ocean the one destined for big things next year. Many other new rappers mastering the art of the mixtape, began to generate a big buzz (Danny Brown, Big K.R.I.T and Lil B among others), stealing a big part of the spotlight from more senior colleagues such as The Roots or DJ Quik. In more conventional waters, retro Soul was still going strong with both new discoveries (Charles Bradley) and veteran artists (Raphael Saadiq) jumping into the bandwagon.

10-RAPHAEL SAADIQ
Stone Rollin'
(Demon)
9-MELLOWHYPE
BlackenedWhite
(Fat Possum)
8-KILLER MIKE
Pl3dge
(Grind Time)
7-CHARLES BRADLEY
No Time For Dreaming
(Daptone)
6-BIG K.R.I.T.
Return Of 4 Eva
(SMC)
5-LIL B
I'm Gay (I'm Happy)/Mixtapes
(Based World)
4-DJ QUIK
The Book Of David
(Mad Science)
3-THE ROOTS
Undun
(Demon)
2-DANNY BROWN
XXX
(Self-Released)
1-TYLER, THE CREATOR
Goblin
(XL)

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