i know i’m totally biased here, but this was a pretty cool video to come across. some of hip-hop’s biggest bloggers discuss the hugest album of 2011. now, while these folks believe that you can’t hate it, i wouldn’t personally take it that far. however, it’s hard to deny the impact that this album has had on the music industry. not only in the way it hits retail, but the way it was record, who recorded on it, the magnitude of two of the biggest rappers actually releasing an album in 2011 (we’re not talking the best of both worlds here, folks) and you know – the actual music. say what you will about the emcee frontier of things, but jay-z hasn’t sounded this impressive since 2003′s black album. kanye shines on this album in his own way, but it’s nice to see him take a backseat to his ‘big brother’ once in a while.
a lot of my friends (and hey, we even got a few e-mails!) asked me why i didn’t write a review for this album. the shortform answer was that it was “too much.” there’s too much to write about and i’m not really interested in writing a 1700 word album review, and most of you aren’t interested in reading that. just know that i really love it, but it’s not necessarily my AOTY or anything. there’s a ton of great releases i see taking it down. anyway, back to the video.