The 2011 Finale: The 100 Other Unforgettable Songs We Enjoyed

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Last day of the year and everything’s in the books. The best and worst projects, the mixtapes, the “Notable Quotables” and even a full list of slept-on releases*. With the formalities out of the way, we offer our bi-annual** round-up of the 100 songs we played ad nauseam***. Click through, enjoy…and we’ll see you on the other side.

RMF!

* – All of which can be read by clicking here.

** – Did you forget July’s 75-song “Intermission”?

*** – In totally random order because we believe in organized confusion.

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1. Rihanna – “We Found Love” — You thought this wasn’t going to be on the list? Rih-Rih’s pop smash was so infectious it won over the hearts of several TSS mafia members (ok, just Tins and Gotty™). If you’re still doubting the power of this record, go to Vegas and do a line off a stripper’s chest and follow it with three shots of Henny. Thank us later. (Listen | Buy)

2. Game – “Born In The Trap” — Considering all the Primo beats Game’s gaffled over the years, it was only right the Gang Starr great laced this Comptonite’s most hyped album to date with some heat. (Listen | Buy)

3. Outasight – “Tonight Is The Night” — Now, we don’t usually favor commercial jingles, but the fact this jam by our homie OU spices up primetime TV on the regular makes us feel all toasty inside. It’s good to see good people succeed. (Listen | Buy)

4. SL Jones – “Fligher Learning”“So Southern smothered, I’m drenched in biscuits and gravy, baby.” For as many marketable tracks were packed into Jonesy’s The Number 23 mixtape, this triumphant, clearance for take-off may have been the most capable of taking the Arkansas MC to the skies. (Listen | Buy)

5. Kendrick Lamar Feat. Ashtro Bot – “Keisha’s Song (Her Pain)” — Even though the genre has produced many a little-girl-lost song, K-Dot’s penchant for detail sets this heart-breaker apart from the pack. If you can listen to this song all the way through, hear Kendrick say he played it for his sister and not get goosebumps, you have no soul. (Listen | Buy)

6. Tech N9ne Feat. Nikkiya – “Delusional” — As Tecca Nina’s All 6s and 7s catapulted him to the limelight, this dark ode showed his longtime backers as well as new fans that he no amount of sales would change his style. Nothing like some emotional, vintage Neezle to put all those doubters back into place. (Listen | Buy)

7. Mobb Deep Feat. Nas – “Dog Shit” — When the rumors of a Queensbridge reuniting came true, the end product was fabulous. Alchemist cooked up a gem of a beat reminiscent of Hip-Hop’s golden era, and all three emcees delivered incredible verses that were strong enough to belong on any of their previous classics. (Listen | Buy)

8. T-Pain Feat. Lily Allen & Wiz Khalifa – “5 O’Clock” — The Waffle House crowd got some company with this credible radio smash. (Listen | Buy)

9. Killer Mike feat. Big Boi & T.I. – “Ready, Set, Go (Remix)” — Deading any past beef, Sir Lucious Leftfoot showed this beat no mercy and made an already great song even greater. Tip’s shit-talking ad-libs at the end added some vivid character as well. (Listen | Buy)

10. Strong Arm Steady – “Hand Guns” — SAS Gang’s firearm ode that was an extra on Arms & Hammers leaves me popping off my air pistols every time I press play. Jelly Roll’s head-thumping bass-lines and the trio’s lyrical assault take you back to the classic days of West Coast dominance. (Listen)

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