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Rap-Up’s 10 Best Albums of 2011

It’s one thing to put out a great single, but it’s even harder to compose an album that will stand the test of time. 2011 was a strong year for duos (The Throne, Bad Meets Evil), emerging talents (Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd), and superstar acts (Beyoncé, Chris Brown, and Rihanna).

Drake took a gamble with the emotive Take Care and it paid off, J. Cole lived up to the hype with his celebrated debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, Frank Ocean turned his free album Nostalgia, Ultra into one of the year’s best, and Adele outsold everyone while earning praise from critics.

Find out which 10 albums rocked our world in 2011.

10. Rihanna – Talk That Talk

Talk That Talk

9. Chris Brown – F.A.M.E.


8. The Weeknd – House of Balloons

House of Balloons

7. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80


6. J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story

Cole World: The Sideline Story

5. Beyoncé – 4


4. Drake – Take Care

Take Care

3. Adele – 21


2. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra

Nostalgia, Ultra

1. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

Watch the Throne

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