We’re only a few months into 2011 but we’ve already been blessed with some really strong music releases.  Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Saigon and Pharoahe Monch have set the bar high for the remainder of this years hip-hop releases. If you haven’t heard them yet make sure you go and cop them.

Raewkon–Shaolin vs Wutang

The Wutang Chef’s fifth solo album keeps the grit of this signature “Cuban Linx” franchise but invites unusual suspects like Rick Ross, Black Thought and Raheem DeVaughn to create a new and unique experience for his fans.

Talib Kweli–Gutter Rainbows

This is the album most fans were expecting when Reflection Eternal’s Revolutions Per Minute dropped in 2010.  With production by 88-Keys, M-Phazes and Ski Beatz is more raw and less experimental than the RPM but it is no less satisfying. Talib is still lyrical potent but feels more relaxed on the mic.

Saigon- The Greatest Story Never Told

The running joke for years was that Saigon’s title was a self-fulfilling prophecy. With every delay fans of this Just Blaze-produced  story thought it would never actually get told. But thankfully Saigon came through with the near flawless debut that everyone was hoping for. Even though 3/4 of the album is almost five years old it proved timeless in subject matter and sound.

Pharoahe Monch-W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

The Queens-bread lyricist and singer pulls out all of the stops on his third solo project giving fans the “rappity-rap” album they’ve been wanting from him since his 1999 debut Internal Affairs. Styles P, Royce Da 5’9, Jean Grae and Jill Scott complete this warning from the future.

Keep checking back to see who we add to this  list throughout the year!

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