Top 25 Albums of 2011

Incredible, record shattering, inspiring, contagious, controversial, emotional, political.
2011 brought an abundance of greatness to our ears. The tracks stuck on repeat, the concept albums in your CD changer since release day, the pivotal party beat in your playlist you wait for like Christmas morning.
Thinking back, every genre set off a lightbulb to in my mind. Hip Hop seems to be the reining champ for play counts in the library of 2011. For Canada, Drake delivered his sophomore LP and we were introduced to The Weeknd with a  trilogy of brave mixtapes. Adele broke world records with 21, while Coldplay’s still going strong with their 5th full-length. In with the Indie was a dominant theme this year. Memorable TV scenes, Sportsnet highlight packages, Aritzia, you name it.
Twenty-eleven was a fantastic year in music, whether you’re an artist or listener.

Counting down my top 25 records of 2011 after the jump

Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 3

Sorry for the tardiness, Boxing Day pre-occupied much of my day, not too mention wings + beer post sales. But here we are, some features off The Weeknd’s trilogy finale, Jeezy’s TM:103 and the beautiful Lana Del Rey’s latest single. Enjoy.

Bei Major – Trouble (Remix) [feat. J. Cole, Wale, Trey Songz & T-Pain]

Young Jeezy – OJ (feat. Fabolous & Jadakiss)

The XX – Open Eyes (Demo)

The Weeknd – D.D.

Lana Del Rey – Off To The Races

Nicki Minaj – Stupid Hoe

Young Jeezy – Leave You Alone

The Weeknd – XO/The Host

B.o.B. – Play The Guitar (feat. André 3000)

The Weeknd – Next