Essential Albums 2011: Hip-Hop, R&B/Soul, and Pop

2011 was an incredible year in music. The last twelve months have seen the release of some of the best albums in faith based music in three years, and when we say it was difficult to bring you the absolute essentials, we mean it. Every genre had game changing albums released on the public, some from artists you know and love, but we also saw masterful music flowing through new artists who are no doubt only at the beginning of their musical journey.

With way too much delay, we present to you our celebration of 2011 in music. Feel free to comment and tell us what you think.

The ONE21 Essential Hip-Hop Albums of 2011

Propaganda & Odd Thomas-Art Ambidextrous
Heath McNease-Straight Outta Console: The Nintendo Thumb Mixtape
Playdough-Hotdoggin
Alert-Red Opus .45 EP
Braille-Native Lungs
The Ambassador-Stop The Funeral
Michael Manasseh-Gradient Skies
Mr. J Mederios-Saudade
S.O.-So It Begins
muzeONE-Cold War

The ONE21 Essential R&B/Soul Albums of 2011

Bekhah Shae- Destiny
Deitrick Haddon-Church On The Moon
Donald Lawrence & Company- YRM (Your Righteous Mind)
Dominic Bali-American Dream
Jennifer Hudson-I Remember Me
Kim Burrell-The Love Album
Mandisa-What If We Were Real
Nicole C. Mullen-Captivated
William McDowell-Arise
VA-This May Be My Last Time Singing

The ONE21 Essential Pop Albums of 2011

Feather & Bell-Pockets Run Deep
Francesca Battistelli-Hundred More Years
Katie Herzig-The Waking Sleep
Mat Kearney- Young Love
My Brightest Diamond- All Things Will Unwind
Owl City-All Things Bright And Beautiful
Son Lux- We Are Rising
Twenty|One|Pilots- Regional At Best
Brett Dennen- Loverboy
Bigfoot Wallace- Malleable
Sara Groves- Invisible Empires

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