Okay folks and fam, it’s Best of 2011 Week here at WNYU. Check out Top 10 lists from all the DJ’s here at the station. And we wanna hear from you too– add your input! I keep hearing 2011 was a bad year for new music, but I have to disagree. Below find my complete Best of 2011 list– my top 5 albums, and my top 40 tracks. Big shout out to OkayPlayer for hooking me up with so much quality new releases…

DJ PETRA’S TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2011 (in alphabetical order)

ArtOfficial Vitamins and Minerals

This 6-piece live hip-hop group from Miami is on fire, mixing together soul and jazz, funk and down-south marching band percussion, afro-beat and latin, blues and R&B, as if they were never separated. A favorite on Hip-Hop & Her Fam. Released independently through ArtOfficial Music. Check out the vibe and watch their “Rooftop Jam Session.”

Blitz the Ambassador Native Sun

Hailing from Ghana and based in Brooklyn, Blitz the Ambassador is one of my all time favorite lyricists, he’s a brilliant storyteller. This year he dropped another instant classic that will be played long after our time. Also released independently. To learn more watch an interview with Blitz.




E-40 Revenue Retrievin’: Overtime Shift & Graveyard Shift

Vallejo California’s homegrown heavy-weight is keeping it 100. Also one of my favorite lyricists, and also a genius storyteller, E-40 kills it again on this double LP, bringing his signature concoction of hood wisdom laid down on some serious slap. Released on his independent label Heavy On The Grind Ent.




Hollie Cook Hollie Cook

The debut album from London native Hollie Cook, this is one of my all-time favorite albums, ever. Establishing the new genre Tropical Pop, her self-titled LP is produced by Prince Fatty and was released by Mr. Bongo Records. Watch the video for her track “Body Beat.”





J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science Undercover

San Francisco based DJ and producer J Boogie did it again with this one, another satisfying helping of his unique blend of reggae, soul, funk and house. Featuring a slew of great vocalists, like The Pimps of Joytime, The Mamaz, Afrolicious and more. Released on Om Records. Watch the visuals for the title track, featuring Chrys-Anthony, “Undercover.”





DJ PETRA’S TOP 40 TRACKS OF 2011 (in alphabetical order)

— Alekesam “It’s Not You It’s Here
— Amplify Dot “Born Ready
— Anthem “Black Rose
— ArtOfficial “Black Birds
— Benjai “Trini
— Big K.R.I.T. “American Rapstar
— Bilal (ft. Hezekiah & Is he) “Robots (Chuck Treece Remix)
— Blitz The Ambassador (ft. Keziah Jones, Baloji & BNeg√£o & Bocafloja) “Wahala
— The Black Keys “Gold On The Ceiling
— The Black Opera “Villians
— Cloak Dagger “Lumanji
— DJ Rekha & Dave Sharma (ft. Zuzuka Poderosa & Meetu Chilana) “PyarBaile
— DJ Nedwt-Fox (ft. Jess & Crabbe) “Hino Dos Mil Mambos
— Dos Four “Con El Amor Que Me Das
— E-40 (ft. Droop-E And Laroo T.H.H.) “I Am Your
— Elle Varner (ft. J. Cole) “Only Wanna Give It To You
— Eric Roberson (ft. Chubb Rock) “Summertime Anthem
— Fred The Godson “So Crazy
— Funkommunity “Pass It On
— Genesis Be “Go 2 Work
— Hollie Cook Ft. Horesman “Sugar Water (Look At My Face)
— Immortal Technique “Toast To The Dead
— The Jacka “Knockin Em Off
— J Boogie ft The Pimps of Joytime “Go To Work
— Jon Kwest “Cubia
— Junior Freeman & African Soldier “Dumyanea Damyarea
— KES The Band “Wotless
— Like (of Pac Div) “Funky Drummer Reprise
— Luck-One “Sounds of My City
— Midnite “Mongst I & I
— Ms. Dynamite “Neva Soft
— Nene Vasquez “Salsa Del Alma (Mo’ Horizons Remix)
— Peter Hadar “Your Body
— RajStar “Welcome Da
— The Roots “The Otherside
— Sonora “La Isla Bonita
— The Stuyvesants “Uptown Bound
— Uncle Murda “Warning
— Vakero “Ay Mami
— Zo! & Phonte (Ft. Tigallo the Tay God) “Return of the Mack

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