Watch the Throne is a collaborative studio album by American rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, released on August 8, 2011, by Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc Nation, and Def Jam Recordings. Before the album, Jay-Z and West had collaborated on their respective singles and with West as a producer on Jay-Z's work. As longtime friends, they originally sought out to record a five-song EP together, but the project eventually evolved into a full-length album. Recording sessions took place at various locations and began in November 2010. Production on the album was led by West himself, alongside a variety of high-profile record producers including Mike Dean, Swizz Beatz, Sak Pase, Jeff Bhasker, The Neptunes and Q-Tip.
Section.80 is the debut studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on July 2, 2011, by Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from GLC, Colin Munroe, Ashtrobot, BJ the Chicago Kid, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and vocals from late singer-songwriter Alori Joh. The production was mainly handled by Top Dawg in-house producers from production group Digi+Phonics, along with THC, Tommy Black, Wyldfyer, Terrace Martin and J. Cole. The concept album features lyrical themes delivered by Lamar such as racism and medication tolerance. The album's lead single, "HiiiPoWeR" was released on April 12, 2011.
Take Care is the second studio album by Canadian hip hop recording artist Drake. It was released on November 15, 2011, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. It serves as a follow-up to his debut album Thank Me Later (2010). Recording sessions took place from 2010 to 2011, with production that was primarily handled by frequent collaborator Noah "40" Shebib, alongside T-Minus, The Weeknd, Boi-1da, Just Blaze, Jamie xx and Drake himself, among others. For this album, the recording was more cohesive than Drake's debut album. While expanding the sonic aesthetic from his debut album, Take Care features an atmospheric sound that was characterized by a low-key musical elements and incorporates R&B, pop, electronica and post-dubstep styles. Drake's lyrics mostly eschew boastful raps for introspective lyrics that deals with topics such as failed romances, relationship with friends and family, growing wealth and fame, concerns about leading a hollow life, and despondency.
Cole World: The Sideline Story is the debut studio album by American rapper J. Cole. The album was released on September 27, 2011 under Dreamville Records and Roc Nation with distribution from Sony Music. The album is his first studio release, following three successful mixtapes. Production was handled mainly by Cole himself, with some production from high-profile producer No I.D. It includes features from Trey Songz, Drake, Jay-Z, and Missy Elliott. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 218,000 units sold in the first week following its release. The album has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The R.E.D. Album is the fourth studio album by the American rapper Game; it was released on August 23, 2011, by DGC Records and Interscope Records. Recording sessions for the album took place from 2009 to 2011 at Ameraycan Recording Studios, Pacifique Recording Studios both located in North Hollywood, California, Encore Recording Studios in Burbank, California and at Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. According to Game, Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams and Mars (of production group 1500 or Nothin') will be serving as executive producer's on the album. Game also worked with a wide range of record producers during the album's recording sessions, including Boi-1da, Cool & Dre, DJ Khalil, DJ Premier, Don Cannon, Hit-Boy, Maestro, Streetrunner and The Futuristics, among others.
Tha Carter IV is the ninth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released on August 29, 2011 through Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal Republic Records. Recording sessions for the album began in late 2008, shortly after Lil Wayne's sixth studio album, Tha Carter III (2008) was released to strong sales and critical acclaim: however, the sessions were put on hold, as Lil Wayne claimed he did not want to follow an album he held in high regard so quickly with another, potentially inferior release. In the interim, Lil Wayne released his two other albums in 2010: the largely rock-themed Rebirth, and I Am Not a Human Being. The latter was reportedly composed from unreleased material from the original Tha Carter IV sessions, as the album was released whilst Wayne served a prison sentence at Rikers Island prison for illegal possession of a weapon, and was thus unable to record any new material: this also meant Tha Carter IV's recording sessions were once more put on hold.
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is the eighth and final studio album by the American hip hop band Beastie Boys, released on April 27, 2011 through Capitol Records. It was originally planned for release on September 15, 2009 under the title Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1, as the first installment of a two-part set. The release was delayed after band member Adam "MCA" Yauch was diagnosed with cancer. After a two-year delay, only one album has been released and the plan for a two-part album has been abandoned in light of Yauch's death on May 4, 2012.
Long. Live. ASAP (stylized as LONG.LIVE.A$AP) is the debut studio album by American rapper ASAP Rocky; it was released on January 15, 2013, by ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records. The album features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., Santigold, Overdoz, Yelawolf, Florence Welch, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Joey Badass, Gunplay and ASAP Ferg. The album's production was handled by Rocky himself (under the pseudonym LORD FLACKO), Hector Delgado, Hit-Boy, Clams Casino, Jim Jonsin, T-Minus, Danger Mouse, 40, Skrillex and Emile Haynie, among other high-profile producers.
Rolling Papers is the third studio album by American rapper Wiz Khalifa. It was released on March 29, 2011, by Atlantic Records and Rostrum Records. The album features guest appearances from Too $hort, Curren$y and Chevy Woods. Rolling Papers was supported by five singles: "Black and Yellow", "Roll Up", "On My Level", "No Sleep" and "The Race". The album has been noted by music writers for having a pop rap style.
The Dreamer/The Believer is the ninth studio album by American rapper Common. It was released on December 20, 2011, through Warner Bros. Records alongside Common's newly launched Think Common Music Inc.. Common's longtime friend and frequent collaborator No I.D., handled the album's production entirely himself.
Camp is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Childish Gambino. It was released on November 15, 2011, by Glassnote Records. Upon the releases of four of his mixtapes and three of his independent albums, he then signed a deal to Glassnote Records and begin the recording sessions for Camp, marking it as his first album on a major record label. Camp was co-produced in its entirety by long-time collaborator Ludwig Göransson. Camp received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, the album received an average score of 69, based on 27 reviews. In the United States, the album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200, selling 52,000 copies in the first week.
Charity Starts at Home is debut solo album by Little Brother and The Foreign Exchange member Phonte. The album was released on September 27, 2011, with first week sales reaching nearly 8,000. Charity Starts at Home was met with universal acclaim and given a rating of 89 on Metacritic.
Undun is the tenth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released on December 2, 2011, by Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place at several recording locations in Philadelphia and New York City. Production was handled primarily by Questlove, record producer and drummer for the band. Undun incorporates neo soul and indie music elements. It is an existential concept album about the short, tragic life of fictional character Redford Stevens, set in urban poverty, and is told through a reverse-chronological narrative.
Finally Famous is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Big Sean. It was released on June 28, 2011, by GOOD Music, with the distribution by Def Jam Recordings. It marks the first official release of this Finally Famous series, following by the release of his mixtape trilogies; including Finally Famous Vol. 1: The Mixtape (2007), Finally Famous Vol. 2: UKNOWBIGSEAN (2009), and Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG (2010). Preceding the album's release, with the support of his three singles: "My Last" featuring Chris Brown, "Marvin & Chardonnay" featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash, and "Dance (A$$)".
W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) is the third studio album of American hip hop artist Pharoahe Monch released on March 22, 2011 under Duck Down Records. Producers include Lion's Share Music Group, Exile, Marco Polo, M-Phazes, Mike Loe, Fatin "10" Horton, Diamond D, Samiyam, and Fyre Dept.'s Adam Deitch and Eric Krasno, while vocal features are contributed by Idris Elba, Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Showtyme, Styles P of The LOX, Phonte (formerly of Little Brother), Mela Machinko, Mr. Porter, Jean Grae, Royce da 5'9", Citizen Cope and Jill Scott. Scratches are provided by DJ Boogie Blind of The X-Ecutioners.
Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang is the fifth studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan-member Raekwon, released March 7, 2011, on Ice H20 and EMI Records. Guests for the album include Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Lloyd Banks, Method Man, Nas, and Rick Ross, among others. The album debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 29,000 copies in its first week. It produced two singles, "Butter Knives" and the title track. Upon its release, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang received positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented Raekwon's performance and commended him for his musical direction.
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, who performs as Kendrick Lamar, was born in Compton, California, on June 17, 1987. After writing stories as a child, he put to music some lyrics about the rough Compton streets he grew up on. He rapped under the name K-Dot, releasing a series of increasingly popular mix tapes, which brought him to the attention of hip-hop super-producer Dr. Dre. Lamar's debut major-label recording, good kid, m.A.A.d City, was released to great acclaim and impressive sales for an up-and-coming recording artist. He continued to receive an array of accolades for his 2015 Grammy-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly.
Kanye Omari West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 8, 1977. He left college to pursue a musical career, producing tracks for Jay-Z while polishing his demo. He released The College Dropout in 2004. It sold 2.6 million copies and won Best Rap Album. His follow-up releases have been equally successful and West has become a celebrity famous for his outrageous and entertaining statements
Famed hip-hop artist Drake was born to a mixed-race couple in Canada in 1986, and raised Jewish. He came to fame playing wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks in seven seasons of the popular teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation. In 2006, Drake began circulating mixtapes of his raps, and signed a record deal in 2009. His hit songs include "Every Girl," "Best I Ever Had," "Money to Blow" and "Take Care."
Producer and MC J. Cole was the first artist signed to Jay-Zs Roc Nation label. Born in Germany but raised in North Carolina. After waiting outside Jay-Z's office, he eventually was able to give him his demo. This lead to a chance to contribute to Jay-Zs 2009 effort The Blueprint 3. That same year he released the mixtape The Warm Up, while 2010 saw the appearance of the Friday Night Lights mixtape, with Cole handling most of the production. In 2011, Roc Nation released his official debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted on top of the Billboard 200. The title of his 2014 release, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, was the address of Cole's childhood home in North Carolina.
Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (born November 20, 1983), known professionally as Future, is an American hip hop recording artist. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Wilburn first became involved in music as part of the Dungeon Family collective, where he was nicknamed "the Future". After amassing a series of mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a major record label deal with Epic Records and A1 Recordings, which helped launch Future's own label imprint, Freebandz. He subsequently released his debut album, Pluto, in April 2012 to positive reviews. His second album, Honest, was released in April 2014, where it surpassed his debut on the album charts.
Born Shawn Corey Carter in New York City on December 4, 1969, Jay Z grew up in Brooklyn's drug-infested Marcy Projects. He used rap as an escape, appearing for the first time on Yo! MTV Raps in 1989. After selling millions of records with his Roc-a-Fella label, Jay Z created his own clothing line and founded an entertainment company. He wed popular singer and actress Beyoncé in 2008.
The Wonder Years is the fourth studio album by producer 9th Wonder. It was released on September 27, 2011 through his own label It's A Wonderful World Music Group. The album was entirely produced by 9th Wonder himself.
Ambition is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Wale. It was released on November 1, 2011, by Maybach Music Group and Warner Bros. Records. It is the follow-up to his debut album, Attention Deficit, which was released in 2009. The album features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Lloyd, Ne-Yo, Big Sean, Miguel, Meek Mill, Kid Cudi, and Jeremih. The album was supported by four official singles— "Chain Music", "Bait", Lotus Flower Bomb" and "Sabotage", along with the promotional singles "Bad Girls Club" and "Focused". Ambition received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 164,000 copies in its first week of release. As of June, 2013, the album has sold over 482,000 copies in the United States.
Hell: The Sequel is the debut extended play (EP) by Bad Meets Evil, an American hip hop duo composed of Royce da 5'9" and Eminem. It was released on June 13, 2011, in some countries, by Shady Records and Interscope Records and it was released on June 14, 2011 in the United States. The EP focuses on hardcore hip hop and midwest hip hop. It contains songs such as "Welcome 2 Hell", "Above the Law" and "Loud Noises" featuring Slaughterhouse; these tracks includes the violent lyrical content, while trying to maintain a humorous tone. "Fast Lane", "A Kiss" and "The Reunion" features the sexual themes. "I'm on Everything" featuring Mike Epps, is a humorous song about drugs, while "Lighters" featuring Bruno Mars, and "Take from Me" features its focus on more serious themes such as success and music piracy.
Elmatic is a mixtape by Detroit rapper and former Slum Village member eLZhi. The album is a tribute and a remake of Nas' 1994 classic debut Illmatic. Elmatic was initially released as free download on May 10, 2011, and was later officially released via iTunes on December 20, 2011, with two extra tracks included. The album was acclaimed by critics and praised for its lyrics and production, many publishers and websites have named it on their top list of the year.
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