The BIG List: 66 Most Important Hip-Hop Songs of 2011 (Pg. 8)


"That Way" - Wale Feat. Jeremih 

Underrated crooner Jeremih helped kickstart Wale’s MMG rebirth with a smooth, lady-friendly record from the underrated Self Made, Vol. 1 compilation.

"The City" - The Game Feat. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar adds The Game to his body count, after completely stealing the show on this standout from The R.E.D. Album.

"The Motto" - Drake Feat. Lil Wayne

With a bounce that’s virtually made for the strip club, Drake’s digital bonus cut from Take Care wins with a clever Wayne guest verse and real talk acronym: Y.O.L.O. (You only live once).

"Tony Montana" - Future Feat. Drake 

Future continues hip-hop’s longtime obsession with Scarface by mentioning the name of Al Pacino’s character a hypnotizing 52 times. The breakout single helped Future become a new mouth of the South and one of rap’s most exciting rookies.

"Tupac Back" - Meek Mill Feat. Rick Ross

Armed with some of year’s catchiest opening bars (“Tupac back/I’m two glocks strapped/Rolling down in Philly, this the new Iraq), Meek Mill’s national breakthrough stirred up ‘Pac stans who felt the MMG young’un was likening himself to Mr. Shakur. All eyes have been on Meek ever since. 


"Words I Never Said" - Lupe Fiasco Feat. Skylar Grey

After nearly two years of sitting on the shelf, Lupe Fiasco decided to record a single raising 9/11 conspiracies, criticizing the Gaza strip bombings and calling the war on terror “a bunch of bullshit.” Well played, sir.

"Work Out" - J. Cole

J. Cole purists and rap blog snobs hated this first official single from Cole World: The Sideline Story. Yet cleverly flipping Kanye West’s “The New Workout Plan” and Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up,” the one-night-stand ode gave young Jermaine his first gold plaque—even after being relegated to his debut album’s “bonus track.”

"Worldwide Choppers" - Tech N9ne Feat. Busta Rhymes, Ceza, D-Loc, JL of B. Hood, Twista, Twisted Insane, U$O and Yelawolf) 

Tech N9ne unites spitters of different nations—and tongues—for this multilingual cut from All 6’s and 7’s.


"Yonkers" - Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, the Creator and his Odd Future crew became the music industry’s new great hype when this shocking video hit the Internet. The visual—which depicted Tyler eating insects, hurling and ultimately, hanging himself over a grim, sparse backdrop —was crowned video of the year by @KanyeWest, less than two months into 2011. 

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Kerry Lathan, Man Injured In Nipsey Hussle Shooting, To Be Released From Jail

Kerry Lathan, a man recently jailed for violating his parole who was wounded during Nipsey Hussle’s shooting, is set to be released from jail, KTLA reports. The 56-year-old was arrested at his halfway house for allegedly associating with a “known” gang member.

Lathan, Hussle's friend, was receiving clothes at The Marathon Store where the fatal shooting took place on March 31. Because of Hussle's Rollin 60s Crips affiliation, authorities arrested Lathan and placed him in the Men’s Central Jail for violating his parole.

Before this occurrence, Lathan was released from prison after serving 25 years. “I’m in a wheelchair, but now they’re trying to send me back for life for just being there. Gang association. And I was sitting there with an activist, a peace maker, a person representing the community,” he said, per The New York Daily News reports. Lathan was convicted of murder in 1996.

“He’s very, very grateful,” Lathan's lawyer, Lauren Noriega, said. “He is very eager to get home. He was away for 25 years, so his children and grandchild don’t really known him and he wants to reunite with his family and live a low-key life.”

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Trailer Released For Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five Flick, 'When They See Us'

Ava DuVernay's last work of cinematic excellence is coming pretty quickly. The writer and director's forthcoming film When They See Us has officially released the trailer. The Netflix film, which takes a look at the true story of the Central Park Five—five black teenaged boys who were falsely convicted for the 1989 rape of a white female jogger—is set to hit the streaming platform on May 31.

The four-part series will follow the lives of Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Jr., Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise over the course of 25 years, allowing viewers to follow their perspectives from accusation to conviction to exoneration to their eventual settlement in 2014.


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When They See Us boasts a laundry list of talented stars, including Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, and Marquis Rodriguez.

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Wendy Williams' Estranged Husband Reportedly Fired As Executive Producer From Talk Show

Wendy Williams’ estranged husband, Kevin Hunter, was reportedly fired as an executive producer on her eponymous talk show, Deadline reports. The news follows a tumultuous time for the host, who allegedly filed for divorce due to Hunter’s reported infidelity.

Since 2011, Hunter served as an executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show. Nationally syndicated and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, the company issued a statement on Hunter’s departure. “Kevin Hunter is no longer an Executive Producer on The Wendy Williams Show. Debmar-Mercury wishes him well in his future endeavors,” a spokesperson for the company told Deadline.

Williams tearfully admitted on her show in March that she relapsed and was living in a sober house. Prior to that, she embarked on a brief hiatus from the show due to health concerns as she was recovering from a fractured shoulder. The show then took another hiatus because of her bout with Graves disease.

Hunter recently spoke out publicly about the divorce and has expressed remorse for what he did to their marriage. “I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans,” Hunter told PEOPLE. “I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs.”

“Twenty-eight years ago I met an amazing woman: Wendy Williams. At the time, I didn’t realize that she would not only become my wife, but would also change the face of entertainment and the world," he said. "I have dedicated most of our lives to the business empire that is Wendy Williams Hunter, a person that I truly love and respect unconditionally."

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