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Music

ELEVEN FOR ‘11

Hip-hop’s top albums of 2011

1. REKS

“R.E.K.S.’’ Lauding Reks’s third solo album for its adherence to rugged East Coast lyricism and gritty sample-based beats (from Statik Selektah, Pete Rock, and others) is missing half the point. Sure, the DJ Premier-produced single “25th Hour’’ is intelligent street hop at its best, but Reks’s ear for detail and versatile flows, plus a fearless introspective streak, demand attention from rap fans of any region or background.

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