In 2011, hip-hop and R&B ruled not only the charts but the news headlines as well. There were artists' triumphs and tribulations, veteran comebacks, rookies that stole the show, baby news and prison hijinks. In celebration of Thanksgiving, The BoomBox looks back on a year leading up to the holiday that was just as entertaining musically as it was outside of the studio. Here's 24 artists and accompanying moments that made us thankful to be a part of hip-hop and R&B in 2011.
24. Shabazz Palaces
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Hip-hop has always been about big names, big cars and bling, but in 2011 it took a turn down a more literal, independent road. Shabazz Palaces is one of the acts that drove down the indie avenue, as the first hip-hop act signed to rock-based indie label SubPop. The duo, led by former Digable Planets MC Butterfly, dropped on the scene with the critically lauded album 'Black Up,' showing that like rock 'n' roll, hip-hop can usher in different types of sub-genres.