HipHopDX's 2011 Release Preview

Every type of Rap fan has something to be hopeful for with this comprehensive breakdown of everything from Dr. Dre to Tyga, Pusha T to Kool G Rap, with all sorts of things in between.

With a new year upon us, we thought we'd over Hip Hop fans a comprehensive preview of what's to come - or at least what we've been told will release, and why every type of Rap fan has plenty to be hopeful for this year. We included some samples of songs said to be included on these albums, where applicable. We just hope that 75% of these get delivered this year, and continue the upward trend of great music coming from many places.

Dr. Dre - Detox (TBD) ["Kush" ]
The Game - The R.E.D. Album (TBD) ["Ain't No Doubt About It" ]
Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne (March 1) ["H.A.M." ]
50 Cent - Black Magic (TBD)
Jeezy - TM103 (TBD)

Long Awaited
Lupe Fiasco - Lasers (March 8) ["The Show Goes On" ]
Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told (February 15) ["The Greatest Story Never Told" ]
Immortal Technique - The Middle Passage (TBD)
Crooked I - Million Dollar Story (March 22) ["Villain" ]
Sam Sneed - Street Scholars (January 25)

Debut LPs
Big K.R.I.T. - Title TBA (TBD)
J. Cole - Title TBA (Spring TBD) ["Blow Up" ]
Yelawolf - Radioactive (Spring TBD)
Wiz Khalifa - Title TBA (March 29) ["Black and Yellow" ]
Jay Electronica - Title TBA (TBD) ["Shiny Suit Theory" ]

A Rapper’s Rapper
Jadakiss - Top 5, Dead or Alive (May 31)
Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows (January 25) ["I'm On One" ]
Royce Da 5’9” Success Is Certain (April 26)
AZ - Doe or Die 2 (TBD)
Pusha T - Title TBA (TBD) ["Arm Piece" ]

More Debut LPs
Big Sean - Finally Famous: The Album (TBD)
Freddie Gibbs - Baby Faced Killer (TBD)
Jay Rock - Follow Me Home (May 17)
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid In A Mad City (TBD)
Pacific Division - Grown Kid Syndrome (TBD)

Young Money
Lil Wayne - The Carter IV (Winter TBD) ["6'7" ]
Drake - Take Care (TBD)
Lil Wayne & Birdman - Like Father, Like Son 2 (June 21) ["Fire Flame (Remix)"
Mack Maine - Maine 4 President (TBD)
Tyga - Careless World (Spring TBD)

Veterans Day
Q-Tip - The Last Zulu (Winter TBD)
Brotha Lynch Hung - Coathangastrangla (April 5)
Kool G. Rap - Riches, Royalty & Respect (April TBD)
KRS-One & DJ Premier - Return of the Boom Bip (TBD)
DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock (TBD)

Clan In The Front
Raekwon - Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang (March 8) ["Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang" ]
Masta Killa - Loyalty is Royalty (TBD)
Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele 2 (TBD)
Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch - Wu-Block (Spring TBD)
Raekwon - Title TBA (Fall TBD)

Lyrics To Go
Pharoahe Monch - W.A.R. (March 22) ["Shine" ]
Killer Mike - Pl3dge (TBD) ["Burn" ]
Apathy - Honkey Kong (TBD)
Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Consciousness (Fall TBD)
J-Live - S.P.T.A. (Said Person Of That Ability) (April 5) ["No Time To Waste" ]

Atmosphere - The Family Sign (April 12)
Evidence - Cats & Dogs (TBD) ["To Be Continued" ]
Blueprint - Adventures In Counter-Culture (April 5)
Brother Ali - Title TBA (TBD) 
Freeway - Title TBA (TBD)  

Another Year, Another Album
Tech N9ne - All 6s & 7s (TBD)
Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don’t (TBD) ["Pandamonium" ]
Snoop Dogg - Doggumentary Music (March 22)
Common - The Dreamer The Believer (TBD)
Fabolous - Loso’s Way 2: Rise To Power (Spring TBD)

Sophomore Sets
Fashawn - The Ecology (TBD)
Slaughterhouse - Title TBA (TBD)
Consequence - Cons TV (TBD)
Maino - The Day After Tomorrow (TBD)
Roc Marciano - Marcberg Reloaded (TBD)

Group Efforts
CunninLyguists – Oneirology (March 22)
Smif n Wessun & Pete Rock - Monumental (March 8)
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee (TBD)
The Alumni (Lord Finesse, Large Pro, OC) - Title TBA (TBD)
Artifacts - Title TBA (TBD)

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  • dre


  • 4then3now2no1

    Once Shady Gets Red Its Muddier Waters Byatch

  • whatshappening

    Crystal Meth

  • Touchme

    how could i forget about pap that man going hard for years

  • Touchme

    only lp im looking for is bustas new 1

  • gettheFUCKback

    This list is fucking wack no Chris Bridges yeah you bitches know what I'm talking about Ludacris always delivers Ludaversal is going to be brilliant.

  • rewind@fastforward

    no nas niggaz u mus b krazy lost tapes 2 gon hard

  • All_My_Life


  • buLLets

    no NIPSEY tha shit is lame son

  • ConcentratE

    How in the fuck they gonna leave Xzibit out MMX will bang hard :D

  • soundoff

    where the fuck is joell ortiz with free agent i know it leaked but still

  • Tduma91

    Tech N9ne, Nas, Slaughterhouse, Immortal Technique... i can't even list all the albums on here that i'm looking forward to this year... Jay Electronica's gonna give J. Cole a real solid run for debut album of the year!

  • Propz

    Am i going to far by saying why isnt Ja Rules album up there as Im one of the few fans but hey Dr.Dre is up there.......? Just Sayin DX

  • Half

    Cant wait for Gutter Rainbows!

  • G

    2011 is going to be the best year IN ALL OF HIPHOP. It may be a bold statement, and I have lived and listened to hiphop in the 80's and 90's, but this year is going to be amazing. Every possible good lyricist is going to be putting something out. From legends like Nas, AZ, Dr Dre, Q-Tip, Ghostface, Raekwon, Lupe Fiasco, and Talib Kweli, to rookies like J. Cole, Big KRIT, Saigon, Nipsey Hussle, nd Big Sean. For me, A Slaughterhouse/Wu Tang/Lupe album would make my year amazing, but this year has got every possible amazing hiphop artist there is. IMO Lasers is going to outbeat the others for album of the year, but I'm def going to be buying every album on this list and more, that is besides Drake/Lil Wayne/Rick Ross/Mack Maine.

  • Naah Son

    that talib is out soon! gonna be bumping it for a minute

  • A Real Nigga

    Happy That We Will Have Real Hip-Hop Released This Year. Dr.Dre,Lupe,Snoop,Rick Ross,Slaughterhouse,Game,Diplomats Reunion,Talib,Royce,Jadakiss,J.Cole and Wiz, Fuck Young Homo/Crash dummy records.

    • chris

      Wiz sucks. But yea, this year is going to be crazy. Hopefully drakes album isnt full of gay singing songs and weezys album might be decent for once. Cant wait for nas tho hes the best of all time! J cole also is my early pick for album of the year btw, followed by nas, Lupe, Talib, and hopefully big seaaaaan!

  • andrewsassmic

    I love how they have a fucking section just dedicated to Young Money Bullshit. Fuck can they just get hit by a bus and have the bus just miss Curren$y.

  • Ryan Huerta

    Liquid Swords 2

  • thewhat

    and D12 are recording new shit right now!

  • thewhat

    dont forget Method Man- Crystal Meth

  • Jake

    Some all time great along with up and coming lyricists on here, but that said, WHERE IS DIABOLIC/ELZHI/TONEDEFF/LOUIS LOGIC'S/NAS's new albums? They all solo LPs coming out in the next 6-12 months and are 5 of the 15 ILLEST breating lyricists, PERIOD!

  • Jarrett David Grimes

    Definitely will be bumping: J. Cole - Title TBA Wiz Khalifa - Title TBA Jay Electronica - Title TBA (TBD) Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don’t (TBD) Might bump (need 2 hear more): Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne (March 1) Jeezy - TM103 (TBD) Yelawolf - Radioactive (Spring TBD) Pusha T - Title TBA (TBD) Big Sean - Finally Famous: The Album (TBD) Q-Tip - The Last Zulu (Winter TBD) Lil Wayne - The Carter IV (Winter TBD) Drake - Take Care (TBD) Freeway - Title TBA (TBD) I doubt the following will see the light of day, but if they happen to come out i'll listen: Dr. Dre - Detox (TBD) Lupe Fiasco - Lasers (March 8) Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told (February 15) Look out for Rob Roy and The Lunch Break in 2011!!!

  • Shamba Menelek

    Dont Forget my album.. Seriously

  • T-Hub

    Ummmmm...Where's Nas????? That's the only album I need in 2011


    Tech N9ne Slaughterhouse Royce Jada Pusha Apathy 2011 = my shit

  • Malz Mula

    I can honestly say i am happy about the direction hip hop is taking we are becoming a family again, and there is room for every kind of artist to bloom cuz we liv in a world of diverse fans. So Im excited about alot of the upcoming albums this year but they for got 1. My Album But its all good im sure theyll add it later. FOLLOW ME @MALZMONEY

  • MR718


  • Joe

    Can't wait to hear CARTER 4 and TECH N9NE-All 6's and 7's (and its a bonus since they each have a song together for each of the cd's)

  • Anonymous

    where is nasty nasir jones

  • hellrazor

    game, lupe, raekwon, crooked i, immortal technique, jadakiss, AZ, talib kweli, apathy, atmosphere, slaughterhouse, roc marciano (marcberg is straight up fire, if y'all niggaz aint heard it, I RECOMMEND IT), freeway, kool g. rap, dj premier, brother ali, common and pharaohe monch. those'll be worth my attention.

  • MPistol

    yo - did I just read "Artifacts" - like THOSE Artifacts? The Jersey cats right? El & Tame? WWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW BOUGHT!

  • los chinos

    Yo, you guys forgot about Madvillainy 2. The first was an instant classic, and the second will definitely be album of the year. Guaranteed.

  • XO

    Gonna be a hott year Be apart of something greater Have you heard of Rockstar Muzik

  • Anonymous


    • 36 chambers

      They didnt forget about TM3...its the 5th record mentioned. Cool list tho, a little somthing for everyone...too bad the dates are missing for almost all of them

  • South Africa

    When is the HRSMN project dropping, and how come DX did not post the "Impossible" track?

  • Willy

    Brother Ali, Blueprint, J. Cole, and Slaughterhouse.

  • Anonymous

    whats up you guys dont even put DMX on the list anymore ??

  • Tidomann

    I know u hataz at DX gave ma man Don Gorrila some 'fuck boy review' but I'm still gon have it. Wut now, Starks & Donnie G...Wu-Block? Damn, I wish I could hold some of these 90's cats' ages back & tell 'em to do this of shit that should have happened a long time ago cause some of 'em fell to that "Pop-rap/Auto-tune/Whatever-the-fuck's-up-with-Hip-Hop-nowadays". Anyways...Kiss, AZ, Royce, Crooked I, G Rap, Free, Rae and yeah Pharoahe, J-Live, El & Tame, Kweli. Don't see Nipsey on some debut shit, Gangsta Gibbs I'm defenitely keepin' fingaz crossed dat Baby Faced Killa shit must a classic gangsta album, feel dat cat fro G.I.

  • Jeremy F Taylor

    I will buy Detox Lasers watch the throne r.e.d. album Radioactive and if carter IV is as good as carter 3, carter 4

  • erocx23

    only one i noticed them miss is method man-crystal method and chino xl - ricanstruction

  • Atl2Trill

    Albums that I will buy and looking forward to: Killer Mike: PL3DGE Z-Ro/ABN Goodie Mob Jadakiss: Top 5 dead or alive Big K.R.I.T.

  • Almar

    And You Forgot about Tom Hanks Son, Chip Heat, Or whatever the fuck his rich ass name is.

    • Tidomann

      Fuck Dat...Tom Hank's son, What? I'm closing doors on all these fools, enough clowns already in this Rap Game we so LOVE.

  • Almar

    Been Waitin For Common's New One For Over 2 Years, Q-Tip, Consequence, and Of Course Game's R.E.D. Album, Im not sure how good it will be but you never know.

  • yaya

    Immortal Technique needs to release his album. Props that he's been doin humanitarian shit but get to the studio! They didn't list the HRSM album, or D12's mixatape and album, or Canubus' Lyrical Law album, or Jedi Mind Trick's album, or Jus Allah's album, or Insane Clown Posse's (i'm not a big fan of them so don't bitch at me)

  • Rhymesayer

    Bring on the Brother Ali and the slaughterhouse albums. And a few others but most importantly these two

  • Anonymous

    The only rap album i'm buying: J COLE

  • Anonymous

    Bitch I'm bout to blow up!!! COLE WORLD

  • It's Gucci Time

    What about that Nas album? I need that and that Lost Tapes part 2 to come up. Fuck Gucci btw. It's Nasty Nas time.

  • Juicy

    Hmm, agree with most of the list except that i couldn't care less about Tyga, Big Sean, 50 Cent and Mack Maine. Also, i'm looking forward to Smoke DZA's debut LP (The Hustler's Catalog), Curren$y's next projects (Muscle Car Chronicles/Pilot Talk III), Muddy Waters 2, Blackout 3 and Method Man's upcoming album which should have been out for a while.

  • Ama Hussla

    another debut im lookin forward to is "destination unknown" by nick javas and of course the sophomore nygz album ...

  • bluerazor

    I'm just hoping roc marciano gets some shine with the reloaded album. It look's like the underground is stepping it up more than ever this year

  • mandddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    albumz evry1 shuld b gettin: jay-z! and kanye west: watch da throne j cole: cole world jay electronica album pusha t album big sean: finally famouz common: da dreamer da beliver fuck da rest! RNGMB BITCH!

  • Beezlebud


  • Stretch

    Man, looks like this is gonna be a great year for music!

  • Anonymous

    i never buy music

  • Nico 3

    Here's an idea. When these albums get solid release days, copy and paste this into a real story. This is the problem with hip hop more than any other genre of music. They hype and hype the music, but most of it never comes out.

  • Ron

    Thank you sooo much for this HipHopDX!!!

  • Joey Palack

    where are the avalanches and dj shadow?

  • Robert Douglas Kaplinger

    Thats a horrible joke

  • SuperSouljaRap

    All these albums are going to be complete shit, especially the lupe and Wu ones. Go cop that The Deandre Way if you want some real hip hop Soulja Boy Tell'Em!

    • William Scooter Jones

      How much yu get paid for holding Soulja boi's dick in ya mouth?!?!?

    • BecharaK

      thats just awful. You're brainwashed by the garbage rap of today. bout "especially the lupe and Wu ones". What the hell has soulja boy done to contribute to this genre aside from creating a corny dance and have ridiculously stupid lyrics. Hip hop died when soulja boy decided to rap!!!!

  • Ernie

    where the fuck is blu and exile on this list?

  • DoneGotIt

    why does YM have their own category. Excited about(Not in any particular order): Jay Elect's Immortal Tech's CunninLynguists and Slaughterhouse's

  • cardan


  • cardan


  • Anonymous

    J cole's is about to be classic!!!!!!


    I suck off Angel everyday. I love cock in my butt. I bump Samwell's What What In The Butt and shove my microphone as a dildo.

  • Anonymous

    so many of these are 'TBD' so what was the point of this besides finding out all the albums that supposed to drop?

  • Anonymous

    where is scarface The habit? Also, i'm interested to see if the rae/ghost renasaince has motivated method man to drop something good this year. right now his music doen's support his legacy and honestly i think he has been riding redmans coattails for a minute

  • hudes

    AZ DOE OR DIE 2 baby... get with the real Talib as well.. BROOKLYN's BACk

  • smartmediaman

    TO: Angel De Peña FAGGOT ASS MU-FUCKER!!! You should be banned from this site for disrespecting the GODZ!! "Clan in the Front" section should be HOT this year. 4 real. I'll be checking for them, new Talib, Nas, DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock, etc. Fuck Young $, and fuck you, you trick ass biiiiitchhhh!!!! SUUUU!!! Wu Tang = "The Greatest Rap Group of All Time" One.

  • Anonymous

    what i will buy in 2011 -lupe lasers -any z-ro new album/abn new album

  • AnonymousWhiteMale

    As a white dude - in case ya'll cared, this is what I'm lookin' out for in hip hop: DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock (TBD) -DJ Premier produced lots of good stuff in the past. Kinda interested in seeing what he's comin' up with now. KRS-One & DJ Premier - Return of the Boom Bip (TBD) -I listened to some of KRS-One's work and I like Premo, so I'd check this out for kicks. Lil Wayne - The Carter IV (Winter TBD) -I know.. it's Lil Wayne, but I'm still gonna watch out for his upcoming release. It's gonna be big. Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows (January 25) -I like Talib. Def. checking it out. Jay Electronica - Title TBA (TBD) -Ever since I heard that "Ghost of Christopher Wallace" track, I wanna hear more from him. Hope his full-length debut is good. Lupe Fiasco - Lasers (March 8) -Lupe's great. He has great production, great lyrics and wordplay. Hope this album is a success. Dr. Dre - Detox (TBD) -If I had to choose just one album to buy this year, this would be it. Hopefully it stands the test of time and isn't too bad.

  • Anonymous

    Most looking forward to: Game - R.E.D album Dre - Detox Lupe - Lasers Fabolous - LW2 and J. Cole , Jay Electronica , Wiz khalifa and Jay Rock's albums

  • sundown

    Where's Joell's "Free Agent LP"? I know they had a release date mix up in December but has a new release date been set?

  • Anonymous

    First Day purchases for me are Apathy Killer Mike Freddie Gibbs Royce Da 5'9 but I'm coppin Detox (of course) Lupe Fiasco J Cole AZ Kendrick Lamar Kool G Rap Pharoahe Monch Roc Marciano

  • Liquid Sword

    ermm, GZA - Liquid Swords 2? :-| He IS the clan in da front!

  • Errol AstonmartinMusic Hurtt

    HipHopDX fails so fuckin the fuck you gonna have an entire category for Young Money aka The Worst Rap Group Ever, and not even mention Joe Baudden's The Great Escape....Joe Budden > Every Young Money Artist.

  • Angel De Peña

    You forgot Joe Budden's The Great Escape

  • Cee

    Dre, Saigon, Pacific Division, Rae, Kris n Preemo...lemme start with those!

  • PTONE814

    the only albums that matter: LUPE FIASCO'S LASERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jay-Z & Kanye West-Watch The Throne Saigon-Greatest story never told J.Cole Jay Electronica Jadakiss-Top 5 Talib Kweli-Gutter Rainbows Q-Tip-The Last Zulu KRS-One & DJ Premier-Return of the BoomBop DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock Raekwon - Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang Masta Killa - Loyalty is Royalty Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele 2 Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch - Wu-Block Raekwon - New Shit Common the dreamer the believer at least to me fuckers

    • GAMBLE

      @ ANGEL..YOU ARE TRASH YOU hated on the best comments on here, so now its a must that i dislike on you..Im a fan of east coast rap and im from the westcoast, but you have to be the biggest EAST COAST BITCH ASS PUSSY around.

    • Angel De Peña

      You listen to trash

  • Maris Pelshs

    from thees just AZ - Doe or Die 2 (TBD)

  • Young Champ

    Im Really Looking Forward to J.cole's album, dude is mad nice and his buzz is too high not to drop the album this year. Big K.r.i.T. is another MC whose talents should be showcased more often, I just hope defjam doesnt screw him over like they been doing artists lately. On that note, Jeezy's TM103 better pack a lotta power cuz the execs up there at defjam must not have had faith in "Lose my mind and "White Everything" cuz it just kept gettin pushed back. Now Game's career is losin steam and fast in my opinion, The 2 mixtapes he put out were alright, Brake Lights were my fav, but now about to drop another mixtape with still no release date For RED album is sad. guess Interscope gotta better artists to focus on. Lasers and Greatest story never told are high upon my list cuz I've been waiting to hear those joints for over 3 years. As for Detox, I'll believe that's comin out when I go to target to pick it up. Fashawn,Jay Rock, and Pac Div are dope new artists reppin the west hard with quality music so there should be buzz around them aswell. Tha Carter 4 is gonna shut the game down as long as it's not like the Carter 3, and dont front like it was all that cuz it wasnt,C2 was way better. Im anxious to see Drake follow up with a banger, cuz his debut was a lil disappointing. Jay electronica kinda confused me by signing with roc nation but as long as he stays true to himself and his music, I'll buy his material. Other Than That, Real Hip Hop Heads will Be coppin: Big Sean,CrookedI,Raekwon,Ghostface,Talib Kweli, Jadakiss,Freddie Gibbs,common,Q-tip, Fabolous,PushaT, and Yelawolf. Im also Hoping To hear more music from Donnis,and Mickey Factz, cuz them dudes got bars for days. Peace

  • yall know who i am

    Jadakiss - Top 5, Dead or Alive & the entire "Clan In The Front" section fuck ehhhhhhhverything else

    • ASee

      What do mean? Every sub-genre of hip hop is represented up there. "All gay"? Why are you on this site? Show some respect for Q-Tip's "The Last Zulu" too, fool.