The BIG List: 66 Most Important Hip-Hop Songs of 2011 (Pg. 7)


"Peso" - ASAP Rocky 

That pretty motherfucker ASAP Rocky earned his spotlight—and reported $3 million deal with Polo Grounds Music/RCA—thanks to this chopped-and-screwed favorite.

"Preacher" - Saigon Feat. Lee Fields & The Expressions

In limbo for damn near five years, Saigon’s fabled debut finally dropped in February. This pulpit-challenging cut is perhaps the real-talk LP’s most controversial, accusing church leaders of extorting its people in the name of religion. Talk about spitting truth to power.


"Rack City" - Tyga 

A late-in-the-year bloomer, this 808s-powered Drake leftover will continue racking up spins well past the release of Tyga’s 2012 sophomore album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King.

"Racks" - YC Worldwide Feat. Future

Auto-Tuned to inhuman extremes, you couldn’t even mention this guilty pleasure without air-stacking your hands, palms down.

"Rigamortis" - Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar spits heat rock over a brassy Willie B production from Section.80 that Busta Rhymes later stunted on. Try to keep up at your own demise.

"Roll Up" - Wiz Khalifa

The follow-up to "Black and Yellow," this mushy, sing-songy dedication to a special lady has built-in puff-puff puns in the hook. Stoners need love, too!


"She Will" - Lil Wayne Feat. Drake

It’s hard to believe The Alchemist or Havoc didn’t have a hand in this Mobb Deep-reminiscent production. Still, Drizzy and Weezy connect over a moody T-Minus backdrop for yet another successful collabo.

"Spend It" - 2 Chainz

This club staple—recently remixed by T.I.— reigned in Atlanta for months before going nationwide, allowing Titi Boi to reintroduce himself as 2 Chainz, an ATL heavyweight.

"Strange Clouds" - B.o.B Feat. Lil Wayne

Dr. Luke laced B.o.B with a hard, bouncy beat to tear apart aside Lil Tunechi.

"Super Bass" - Nicki Minaj

Blending pop and electronic, the Queen B(arbie) catapulted to superstardom with this bubbily, Taylor Swift-approved clip-on for Pink Friday’s re-release.

"Sweet" - Common

Who pissed Common off? While Com’s bullets have no names (::cough:: Drizzy ::cough::), all his shots connect as he beats his chest over No ID’s intense snares and vocal snippet. Ain’t nothing sweet about these bars. 

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“I’m thrilled that Los Angeles will be home to Obama Boulevard,” said Council President Wesson. “Our history is important and this is one way that we will ensure that America’s 44th President’s legacy is shared for generations to come for Angelenos and visitors alike.”

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You can cop tickets for the free event here.

Attendees must enter their ZIP code and there is a six-ticket limit per household.

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