Spin has officially jumped into the year-end list madness today with the release of its favorite rap albums of 2011. And as you might be able to tell by the artwork above this text, coming in at number one on the list is Danny Brown’s fucking phenomenal XXX. What’s most interesting about the choice is not the fact that the Detroit MC is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Rather, it’s intriguing because, technically, it’s a free album and further blurs the line between what’s an album and what’s a mixtape. Hell, that line has been blurred for years, but now it’s basically nonexistent.
Anyway, you can see the full list, which is pretty damn solid, and its accompanying blurbs at Spin. The top five picks are below.