RHH: Top 100 West Coast Hip Hop Albums Of 2011?

Alright, here it is, the Top 100 West Coast Hip Hop Albums of 2011. Overall it was a pretty good year for West Coast Hip Hop, continually showing why we make the best music around. A few things about the list. I included albums from California, Oregon, Washington and West Coast Canada. I included Canada mainly... show more Alright, here it is, the Top 100 West Coast Hip Hop Albums of 2011. Overall it was a pretty good year for West Coast Hip Hop, continually showing why we make the best music around. A few things about the list. I included albums from California, Oregon, Washington and West Coast Canada. I included Canada mainly because a lot of West Coast Canadian rappers, especially from Vancouver, have close ties with rappers from the West Coast US. If you don’t like it, simply remove the Canadians on this list and make it a Top X (however many) West Coast Hip Hop Albums of 2011. “Albums” here actually include traditional albums, “EP’s”, and “mixtapes”. These days its almost impossible to tell the difference. I only included works that include four or more separate songs. I thought four was a good cut off number. There were a few remix projects I liked that I didn’t include mainly because the remixers weren’t from the West Coast and the vocal material was old. Defining “Hip Hop” is also nearly impossible, especially regarding the West Coast, which is one of the reasons why I like it so much. Here I only include works with vocals, so no pure instrumental albums here. I listen to beat tapes with a completely different mind set. That being said, I do include albums by West Coast producers. I mainly define “Hip Hop” here as involving rapping, which itself is a controversial term these days. Choose for yourself. I was looking over my Top 150 List of 2010 a couple days ago and it would be completely different today, so this list is really only valid for today only. Also, you should really just divide the list into five different “tiers” as most of the albums can be switched with albums within 20 albums of them at any point in time. That being said, this list should give you a good idea of what I enjoyed during 2011. I also stand by my Top 10. Ngafsh brought us classic Project Blowed while Open Mike showed us the direction in which the Blowed is moving. The offbeatness of Malkovich Music and Thirsty Fish (while offbeat in very different ways) shows how “excintric” and “weird” can produce some dang good music. Blue Scholars and Paranoid Castle’s albums should really be listened to straight through while sitting down, they both hit hard. Cleen’s album is West Coast boom bap at its finest. Beltaine’s Fire’s album is everything a political rap album should be, honest and a recognition that music is still important (even though I disagree with nearly everything Lynx is spitting). Awol One and Factor pushed the limits once with a strangely quirky yet dark piece of work. Finally, Flash Bang Grenada took two generations of alternative L.A. Hip Hop, mixed it with dirty synth pop and hipster, anti-hipster and anti-anti hipster sentiments and created a masterpiece for centuries to come. I’ll probably be re-posting this list throughout the upcoming days, but please star this as it took some time. Word.

100. The Buddha - Sahtyre
99. Friends With Help - Friends With Help
98. Higher Learning 2 - Fashawn
97. B Boy Prophecies - Tabernacle MCz
96. Swan Storm - Xczircles
95. Quiet After The Storm - Aamir
94. Granite Pedigree EP - Phesto
93. I Am Lock - Locksmith
92. I Found My Backpack Pt. 2 - Mistah Fab
91. Man The Ship - Gajah
90. Veneris Nigrum - Hellfyre Club
89. The Red Album - Game
88. Feel Like A Star - Himself
87. Customized Music - BeOND
86. Only This One Counts -Neila
85. Born Again - LMNO
84. Red X Tapes - Opio & Equipto
83. Solved - MC Frontalot
82. Versus - Zumbi
81. Heroes In The Nation Of Healing - The Grouch & Zion I
80. The California EP - Scarub
79. Love And Rockets Vol. 1 - Murs
78. Optimus Rhymes Is Dead - Optimus Rhymes
77. Airport 5 - Moka Only
76. Nome De Plume - Bukue One
75. I Love Haters - Luckyiam
74. Black Up - Shabazz Palaces
73 Cracks In The Vinyl - Planet Asia & Madlib
72. Club Soda Series 1 - Factor
71. Space Cadalack - Cadalack Ron
70. Galaxy Of Dreams - Sunspot Jonz
69. The Neighbor Visitor - White Mic
68. God Is Good - Blu
67. Longmile Buggedness - Ron Contour
66. The Hierophant - Casual
65. Two Headed Dragon - Gajah & Graves33
64. Moses & Aaron - Tabernacle MCz
63. Future's Past: A Collection of Rejected Excellence - Co$$
62. The Skrill Walton EP - Illmaculate
61. Power Plant (Guerilla Kingz EP) - Freestyle Fellowship
60. New Kind of Sexy - Watsky
59. The Book Of David - DJ Quik
58. The Cliff Notes EP - L'Roneous
57. Ghetto Merchants - Slumlordz
56. Walk Into A Bar - Prometheus Brown & Bambu
55. Lava Lamp EP - Mr. Brady
54. Culture Shock - Animal Farm
53. Martian Xmas 2011 - Moka Only
52. ALR Elite - Acid Lab Records
51. Project Roach - Boac
50. The Child Star - Awol One & Nathaniel Motte
Update: 49. The West Wing - Riddlore 48. Holy Scriptures - Ellay Khule 47. Eviction Notice - Wax 46. Before I Awoke - Co$$ 45. Overtime - LMNO 44.Notes Of The Righeous Outlaw - L’Roneous 43. Open (Vocal Version) - Blu 42. Black Jack Parsons - Subtitle 41. All I Know Is That - The Saurus 40. Embedded - Locksmith 39.... show more 49. The West Wing - Riddlore
48. Holy Scriptures - Ellay Khule
47. Eviction Notice - Wax
46. Before I Awoke - Co$$
45. Overtime - LMNO
44.Notes Of The Righeous Outlaw - L’Roneous
43. Open (Vocal Version) - Blu
42. Black Jack Parsons - Subtitle
41. All I Know Is That - The Saurus
40. Embedded - Locksmith
39. They’ve Got My Number Down At The Post Office - Art Vandelay
38. I Ruined These Songs For You Too - Intuition
37. Instrument Of Emotion - Co$$
36. Redline Radio - Headnodic
35. Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them - Blu & Exile
34. The Promise - Freestyle Fellowship
33. Sophie - Lostribe
32. No Hoax (Final and Complete Version) - Onry Ozzborn
31. Short Changed - Bambu
30. Goblin - Tyler The Creator
29. Sleepwalking - Co$$
28. A Girl and Her Gun - Candy’s .22
27. Exmilitary - Death Grips
26. Left For Dead - Input & Broken
25. Hold On For Dear Life - Onry Ozzborn
24. s.h.a.r.k. BRIEF - Subtitle
23. Crickets - Chief & Moka Only
22. Fallin Angels - Sungodsuns
21. Beat The Skin -
Update 2: 21. Beat The Skin - Alpha MC 20. Extended Nightmares Getdown - Open Mike Eagle 19. The Green Tape - Illmaculate & G-Force 18. Firewire - Lateef The Truthspeaker 17. Therapy At 3 - Eligh & Amplive 16. Mykology - Myka 9 15. He THink He Rapgod - Casual 14. I Stopped Caring In 96 - K-Flay 13. Golden Era - Del Tha Funky... show more 21. Beat The Skin - Alpha MC
20. Extended Nightmares Getdown - Open Mike Eagle
19. The Green Tape - Illmaculate & G-Force
18. Firewire - Lateef The Truthspeaker
17. Therapy At 3 - Eligh & Amplive
16. Mykology - Myka 9
15. He THink He Rapgod - Casual
14. I Stopped Caring In 96 - K-Flay
13. Golden Era - Del Tha Funky Homosapien
12. Diversity - Acid Reign
11. Prometheus - Hellfyre Club
10. Ayatollah Presley - Malkovich Music
9. Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes - Open Mike Eagle
8. The Invivisble - Ngafsh
7. Champagne Nightmares - Paranoid Castle
6. Anarchitecture - Beltaine’s Fire
5. Watergate - Thirsty FIsh
4. The Landmark - Awol One & Factor
3. View From The Balcony - Cleen & Elephant Gerald
2. CInemetropolis - Blue Scholars
1. Im Gay - Lil B

Once again, please star this ya dig? Top 100 East Coast coming up next if we reach enough stars/interest...

(Props to Lush One, Ryan The Remedy, and all the other dudes who barely missed the list)
Update 3: shoutout to trylemma btw tbh
Update 4: the people actually thinking this is my list
Update 5: the people actually thinking this is my list *
Update 6: welp, i see u cant use great signs.

this isnt my list btw*
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