Top 20 Albums of 2011

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Self Made Vol. 1, Various Artists

You know the story: Rapper becomes superstar, rapper starts label and signs other not-as-good rappers, label puts out half-assed compilation. But Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group switched the script with Self Made Vol. 1. His protégés, particularly Wale and an on-fire Meek Mill—who dominates with "I'ma Boss"—more than hold their own over MMG's trademark luxurious production here. The result is one of the most solid albums of the year.   

(Photo: Courtesy Warner Music Group)

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