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HipHopDX’s Top 10 Mixtapes Of 2011

While putting together our year-end lists, the staff at HipHopDX voted on what we thought were the top 10 mixtapes of 2011. After deciding what made the cut, editors asked me to write captions to sum up each nominee. The graphic above highlights Big K.R.I.T.’s Return of 4Eva, Elzhi’s Elmatic and Danny Brown’s XXX, but there were other great projects as well. Read below for an excerpt:

After netting solid stats during a rookie season that saw the likes of Drake and B.o.B dominate the charts, Big K.R.I.T. used ReturnOf4Eva—his second free release since last year’s phenomenal K.R.I.T. Wuz Here—to stake his claim as the real future of the south. Avoiding the fly-by-night nature of many new southern emcees’ focus on formulaic club bangers, this emee/producer he opts for the balance displayed by legends like Outkast and UGK. Using a digestible approach to ably cover the topics of heading a household (“King’s Blues”), strippers (“Shake It”), discrimination (“Another Naïve Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism”) and rattling sound systems (“My Sub”) with equal skill and conviction, K.R.I.T. is exactly what Hip Hop needs. His official Def Jam debut, Live From The Underground, can’t come soon enough.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the list. What do you guys think is missing? Several readers thought Lloyd Banks’ Cold Corner 2, Jon Connor’s Season 2, Meek Mil’s Dreamchasers, and Wiz Khalifa’s Cabin Fever should have either been in the Top 10 or honorable mentions.