From Wiz Khalifa and J. Cole to Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Kanye West, HipHopDX presents the annual comprehensive breakdown of who pulled in plaques this year.
The late, great Ol' Dirty Bastard once rhymed about "the gold and platinum frisbees on the wall, lookin' properly," on Wu-Tang Forever's "Reunited." Nearly 15 years later, it's a lot harder to earn these medals of commercial success. However, in 2011 a handful of artists did just that, several times over.
With a new year upon us, HipHopDX presents this breakdown of plaque-earners to you, featuring first-timers Big Sean and J. Cole, along with superstars like Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne and Drake. With digital albums and singles a growing trend, last year was defined by artists with dedicated fan-bases and carefully-built movements.