Top 20 Albums of 2011

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Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West

Should we really have expected anything less? Two of hip-hop's undisputed GOATs, Jay and 'Ye had already collaborated on several classics in the past, from "Encore" to "Monster," and they matched their track record with this triumphant album. At its heart a celebration of Black excellence and opulence in the face of hardship, Watch the Throne is a delightfully pompous extension—and justification—of its authors' outsized egos. The album's release provided one of the few recent moments in this digital era of hip-hop fragmentation and sub-genres where all eyes and ears were in one place, and it delivered.

(Photo: Courtesy Roc-A-Fella Records)

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