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On New Year's 2011, a bunch of famous rappers must have gotten together and agreed, "Let's go crazy with our hair this year." That they did. While artists are known for expressing themselves folically, it seems like this year really drove that point overboard. From recklessly abandoning one's locks to over-dyeing, overdrying and etching weird things into their skulls, hip-hop artists had some strange ways of saying, "Hey guys, look at me! I'm different." As we run down the list of 2k11's most confusing coifs, we can't stress the following message enough: Do NOT try these at home.
7. Wiz Khalifa
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When Wiz Khalifa started getting really famous, he developed this faded stripe in his hair. It looked like he was trying to bite off Stacy London from the show "What Not To Wear." After a while, though, it was just blatantly obvious that rap's new favorite pothead just stopped caring about his appearance. He would have been better off just shaving his hair off like his shorty Amber Rose.
6. Shawty Lo
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As the Southern kingpin of 50 Cent's G-Unit empire, it appeared as though Shawty Lo was totally about his business. Then he started shellacking his hair. It wasn't high and swirly à la Kool Keith, but it has this weird vinyl texture going on. What the hell is that about? There hasn't been a single person who has lived to tell us about what that hair felt like.
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That's right, Lloyd, keep that hat on. For the first half of Lloyd's singing career, he had hair longer than Ananda Lewis'. Then he shaved his head, leaving a tiny patch of perm sitting gently on the top of his scalp. To add insult to third degree injury, Lloyd got a giant tattoo that was clear as day on the shaved part of his head, full of guns and roses. Why he traded in his long locks for an Ed Hardy tattoo is beyond us.
4. 50 Cent
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Two years ago, 50 Cent introduced us to his comedic alter ego "Pimpin Curly." This year, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, as Fif started donning this weird wet set. Perhaps he's just so rich off Vitamin Water that he doesn't have to care about his hair. Now that his hair is long enough, he's started putting it in cornrows. Is this his cry for help after breaking up with Chelsea Handler?
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Throughout the duration of this year, it looked as if Drake's chest hair traveled upward to his face and head. He looked like he was left on a deserted island for six months and found his way back by sewing his cable knit sweaters together into a giant sail. While some found the homeless look to be suitable for rap's emo champ, he eventually cleaned up around the release of his album Take Care. Besides, you can't say "take care" and have hair that looks totally careless.
2. Bruno Mars
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Bruno Mars shares the unique privilege of having one of the worst hairstyles of 2011 and 1957. The singer/songwriter/producer is clearly sending a nod to the past. However, that nod is so hard it's giving us whiplash. Sometimes Bruno's hair looks like Halle Berry's in "Boomerang," while other times it looks like Luke Perry's 'do in Season 1 of "Beverly Hills 90210." Most of the time, though, it just looks like he really did catch that grenade.
1. Lil Twist
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It's easy to forget that Young Money has an entire roster of artists outside of Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake. Lil Twist is one of them, and this is his hair. It looks like a loose interpretation of Gumby meets Kid from Kid 'N Play. But how would Twist even know about either of them? He's 4 years old. Not really, but close. Regardless, this rounded out hair hat might inspire a whole new generation of millennials to add five inches to their height in hair.
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