Notable Events:
- Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is released on 11/9/2010
- Nicki Minaj releases Pink Friday on 11/19/10
- Kanye West releases My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on 11/22/10

November 2010 saw landmark releases from three of hip-hop's finest of the past decade. First, Kid Cudi struck gold after 58 weeks on the charts for his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day with its follow-up, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. His sophomore effort was another look into Cudi's reality, with theatrical production and the brutally emotional and raw lyricism that drew fans in on his first album. The theatrics continued when Young Money's Queen hit the industry with Pink Friday, her quick claim to the female rap throne. With its first single, "Super Bass," Nicki ascended to the top of the charts with dazzling production, an array of voices and accents, and the ability to spit flames over synth-pop, heavy bass, and a range of love songs to explicitly braggadocios rhymes. Three days later, Nicki's faux-British-accent and an overwhelmingly alluring piano chord progression that crescendoed along with the lyrics, "Can we get much higher?" led into "Dark Fantasy," the first track on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. An all-encompassing record, MBDTF represents Kanye's career strengths: the soul, the melodies, the symphonies, the dazzling production, electronic elements. It took fans, and West, to their greatest emotional extremes. —Lauren Nostro