?uestlove Names His Top Five Albums Of 2011

The Roots' bandleader kicks off 2012 with a look back on last year.

The Roots’ ?uestlove recently spoke with the Associated Press, revealing his top five albums of 2011. During the interview, he named The Weeknd, Adele, Wyatt Cenac, The Lonely Island and Jay-Z and Kanye West as putting out some of the best records of the year.

Watch the Throne is one of those records, I told people ‘You’ll be back in a month and a half,’” he said. “People were like, ‘Pf, whatever.’ All of a sudden, now, it’s like ‘Oh, this is my album!’”

He also spoke on why he chose a record from comedian trio The Lonely Island, likening them to Beastie Boys. “I really, really love Turtleneck & Chain. I like it sonically, I think it has a sense of humor, lyrically it’s funny,” he said. “And it’s a comedy record, but it’s almost like if License to Ill were made in 2010, 2011, it would have been Turtleneck & Chain.”

Watch the Quest explain his picks below.

 

 

RELATED: HipHopDX Staff's Top Rap Picks Of 2011

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59 Comments

  • mc 5 million... (i'm too lazy for 0's)

    Dude seriously, more shy ronny, I needs me some gangsta ronny in a skirt... no homo. MAKE IT HAPPEN SON OR I WILL FIND YALL AND FILL YOUR BED WITH COLD COCKS!... and by that I mean dead roosters I'm not gay son. Well get to it and get yalls silly asses back in the studio...now... why are you still reading this, go write...NOW SON! Sincerely, mc 5 million... peace.

  • anonymous

    link is https://twitter.com/#!/thelonelyisland

    • akivajormaandy

      I know , where are the lonely island now?? I see them in different shows individuality, but not together anymore. They have enough and more popular songs to tour. Y so silent TLI

    • Anonymous

      We need more videos from TLI for their album T&C

  • pinkpink

    Follow @thelonelyisland if u love them :)

  • ....

    Hahah so many idiots on here. "Why didn't he pick this, or pick that?"....Because that's HIS opinion you dickriders, so many people acting like they're offended by someone else's opinions....

  • Anonymous

    You geeks will never understand good hip-hop music. WTT was NICE as fuck.

  • dentaldamboy

    This guy is known to be a fag in hip op circles. No one in the industry has any respect for this dude. All of the people on here shouting out the Roots are homos, plain and simple. Anyone who likes getting money and likes getting pussy should be a fan of YMCMB. ?uestlove gotta work 2 jobs to make ends meet. What a fucking loser. Anyone who looks up to this fag just wants to be a poor gay man. YMCMB is the future of hip hop. They can show ?uestlove how to get it done.

    • Anonymous

      YO TEETH BOY THEY BEEN DOING THIS ON THE NET SINCE 05. YOU MAD LATE AND CORNY SON. YOU THE LIL B OF COMMENTING. STOP WASTING BANDWITH AND CLOSE THE BROWSER.

  • sun_god7

    It's true. WTT was a good album. It grows on you. Drake's album puts most people to sleep. Carter IV was pop trash. That was a disappointment. Common's album needed better beats. The Roots' album was good - but depressing. Some of the best new shyt wasn't even hiphop - it's the Afro-Punk genre of music. see http://www.afropunk.c om

    • Anonymous

      WTT had good beats. but the rap was a different story. Commons album had really good beats so I don't know what your talking about. There was plenty of good albums this year. The thing is people ONLY listen to the usual suspects

    • Swordz

      Agree on Common... it's like no-one noticed the album was fucking one dimensional sonically and boring as hell (same for J cole)

  • YADIG

    AS IF THIS NIGGA WASN'T ALREADY A FUCKIN LOSER HE HAS THE AUDACITY TO NOT PUT THA CARTER IV OR TAKE CARE ON HIS LIST WHEN THEY WERE CLEARLY TO TWO BEST ALBUMS IN MUSIC LAST YEAR!! THIS IS FUCKIN HORSESHIT!! THAT WHY THE ROOTS WILL ALWAYS DROP BRICKS!! ALL WHO DISAGREE EAT A FAT DICK!!! 5 LETTERS: YMCMB!

    • who

      Is that Lil Wayne's cum or Baby's cum on your lips, chin and keyboard? We understand.... you don't understand GROWN PPL MUSIC.

    • Oh Really

      It's an opinion! This is Questlove's top five. Grow up youngin'! Clearly you don't have any grasp on what Hip Hop is since you cited Lil Wayne and Drake. You must have been born in the 90's.

  • Anonymous

    How did Common's The Dreamer/The Believer not make the cut? What the fuck ?uestlove?

  • Anonymous

    Music was garbage last year....I dont even have a top 5. When is Nas new album dropping?

    • dazeone

      Yo I agree ...felt phonte Charity starts at home, Action Bronson and Torae....Saigon Joint was hot...Dreamchasers from meek was hot as well as most of Jadakiss joints was straight.... wasnt feeling the roots cd (big roots fan) and I'm from Philly cop that Throwback Jakk and Crakk Files 4 ...there was allot of trash including Gay Z and Kanye Joint (big Kanye fan) but Trash is Trash

  • Anonymous

    Well WTT was pretty cool but cmon top 5? Lonely Island?? Well his opinion I guess....

  • Anonymous

    i cant believe this guy left off that new roots album, what a hater!!

  • Anonymous

    quest love is a poser. fuck quest love. fat fuck loser with a tonight show band. his taste sucks and watch the throne was made for men who spoon with other men. queen shit. he name drops lonely island cuz theyre boys. quest got a lot of gay friends, including jimmy fallon.

    • Anonymous

      I KNOW RIGHT? ?UEST IS A MORON PLAYING FOR THE FALLON SHOW EVERY NIGHT GETTING A PAYCHECK. HE SHOULD BE LIKE YOU AND SIT AT HOME WISHING ON A STAR. SHAME ON ?UEST.

    • Anonymous

      To be honest, both your guys comments are absolutely ridiculous and pointless. First I gotta say that "best" is an opinion. Other people think other things are the best. How does that lead to ?uestlove liking dudes and for the other comment, Lil B, Waka, and Gucci had nothing to do with this at all and Lil B shouldn't be categorized with those other dudes. He can actually spit and he spreads somewhat of a message in his songs

    • Anonymous

      no you're right. questlove picked watch the throne (album inspired by freddy mecury the gayest musician ever) and lonely island (mock rap for white house parties). gee questlove does it for hip hop such great taste. STFU get real questlove is a sell out faggot like every other backpacker lame from the 90's still around. this guy plays jingles for late night hosts, and is 300 pounds of soft wet bitch.

    • Anonymous

      not everyone is going to pick Lil B, Gucci, Waka, and those stupid white girls' albums as their favorite. sorry bro.

  • LordLamick

    Nobody can accept somebody's opinion without acting as if they attacked you. I respect even the comedy album picks because it's something different, one thing I couldn't stand is for ?uestlove to have a very generic list built up of the consensus. Id rather he has his own lane, own personality and point of view. If anything ?uestlove's picks are alot more legit than any of us commenter's picks. WTT was definitely a great sounding album, if only it matched up lyrically, which is what I thought Hov would have brought to the album. The Weeknd is definitely the future so I agree with that and Adele does her thing, she's been made mainstream because she's undeniable and I can respect that.

  • Doubl Negative

    Super wack list. Where's W.A.R., Cats & Dogs, Honkey Kong, Greneberg...?

  • Anonymous

    fuck watch the trash

  • Anonymous

    Watch the Throne is sick ,. Classic.

  • def

    dude is really talented but man, every time he speaks or gives an interview he gives off such a pretentious vibe i have to turn the shit off.

  • @SmeezeF

    He has to be choosing from an overall musical standpoint

    • Bryan

      Vanilla Ice might not be the top 5 dead or alive but he definitely pulled off selling 11 million records which is unheard of these days.

  • Anonymous

    top five dead or alive skeelo vanilla ice marky mark and the funky bunch snow and soulja boy!

    • Bryan

      Vani11a Ice might not be the top 5 dead or alive but he definitely pulled off selling 11 million records which is unheard of these days..

    • Anonymous

      all those listed are actually on a whole different level than soulja boy, soulja bitch never would made it in the 90s

  • Anonymous

    pretty fucking dissapointing list, would have expected better from a hiphop legend like quest anyways now all these dumbass commenters are gonna post their top 5 lists like somebody actually cares

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