The Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

Before getting too deep into 2014, HipHopDX looks forward to upcoming albums from Q-Tip, Fashawn & ScHoolboy Q.

The nature of the music industry is such that predicting when or if a major label release will actually hit shelves has devolved to one step above guesswork. In January of 2013, HipHopDX trotted out an annual list of our most anticipated albums. Out of 15 total entries, 12 actually saw the light of day. The surprises weren’t all of the bad variety either as A$AP Rocky, Juicy J, Rittz, Illogic & Blockhead, J. Cole, Ghostface Killah and Earl Sweatshirt delivered what we considered some of the year’s best albums. And hopefully projects like 50 Cent’s oft-delayed Street King Immortal escape from label limbo one of these days.

In the meantime, we’ve earmarked another group of albums that have us excited. They vary between works that have been promised for at least a year (or longer) to sets that are reportedly already in the works if the various recording sessions captured on Instagram are to be believed. As usual, each monthly flip of the calendar should bring increased anticipation of more good music.

Lord Steppington - Stepbrothers (Alchemist and Evidence)

The chemistry between Alchemist and Evidence can’t be denied, the evidence (no pun intended) goes back to earlier Dilated People’s projects and Al’s various one-offs. With the anticipation at an all-time high, the pair of childhood friends is set to drop their collaborative album, Lord Steppington, in January of 2014. While Alchemist has brought the best out of other emcees with collaborative projects from Curren$y and Planet Asia to name a few, the first full project between the two Los Angeles underground kings is sure to satisfy.

Oxymoron - ScHoolboy Q

While Kendrick Lamar dropped his album in 2012, 2013 still belonged to “K Dot.” Being the second member of TDE to drop, following the success of good kid mAAd city is a tall task; yet, the artists currently referred to as “Puffy” seems more than up to it.

“If he didn’t drop that album, there’s no telling how good my album would’ve been,” ScHoolboy told HipHopDX in June of 2013. “It’s competition. I gotta be better than his shit or just as good. It has to be just as good or better.”

While it’s been almost two years since the release of Habits & Contradictions, collaborations with A$AP Mob, Game, Mac Miller, and Macklemore among many others have helped to keep Q’s name buzzing. Now, fresh off murdering fellow TDE affiliate Isaiah Rashad’s “Shot You Down” remix, and with tracks like “Man of the Year” and “Banger (Moshpit)” being well received, “Groovy Q” is set to carry the TDE torch in 2014.

Mastermind - Rick Ross

As cliché as the phrase sounds, Mastermind may very well be a “make or break” album for Rick Ross. He bucked the odds by shrugging off documented proof that he was a correctional officer and a beef with 50 Cent when both could have been career killers. But any setbacks in 2013 were of his own doing. He suffered through a self-inflicted PR nightmare courtesy of a perceived date rape reference on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.,” and leaned too heavily upon the repetitious ratchet formula that powered mixtapes such as Rich Forever. “The Devil is a Lie” featuring Jay Z definitely had everybody talking. And Ross, known for having some of the most well-crafted albums, is a year-and-a-half removed from his last album God Forgives, I Don’t which debuted at the #1 spot with 218,000 copies sold. If he is truly taking extra time to put the final touches on his latest album (as he told DJ Scream on December 5, 2013), then deviating from his original December 17 release date may be just what the “Bawse” needs.

FILA - Raekwon

The Wu-Tang “W” is arguably the most significant logo in all of Hip-Hop. While it’s been a decent while since the clan as a whole has dropped a complete project that fans celebrated, there have always been solid products dropping courtesy of the Shaolin collective. Ghostface has carried the torch for a while, and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II signified the official return of the Chef. Since it’s release, everything Raekwon has released has been loved by the fans, and for the most part, critically acclaimed. In an April 2013 interview with HipHopDX, Raekwon shared two fairly significant details about what to expect from his seventh album.

“I want to make an album where people in London or people in Germany will love it,” Rae revealed. “There are certain sounds I want to explore and not make it just a hardcore album from a hardcore emcee… This album may have more features than I’ve ever had in my life in a good way where it’s a different soup for y’all.”

Given his rededication to “cooking up some marvelous shit” to keep fan’s collective mouths watering, disappointment is highly unlikely.

King Push - Pusha T

Let’s be honest, My Name Is My Name was met with a lot of mixed feelings, mostly in regard to the production. When word got out Pusha was going back in the lab with the Neptunes, Pusha basically acknowledged the problem with his debut solo album himself. Hearing the Clipse over that Neptune’s sound had become a new staple in Hip Hop, and while Pusha’s brother No Malice will most likely be absent (but hopefully featured) for the album, the new and improved Pusha T backed by the production team that first introduced him is something to get excited about.

Run The Jewels 2 - Run the Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P)

When El-P laced Killer Mike with the production for R.A.P. Music, the result was one of the best albums of 2012. In 2013, HipHopDX voted Run the Jewels the album of the year. Duos have played a large role in Hip Hop since the inception of the culture, but the combination of El-P’s violent production, and cynical wit with Killer Mike’s aggressive honesty and brute lyricism is almost unlike anything heard before. All it took was one tweet on November 1, courtesy of El-P to pique interest in what is officially the third full collaboration between the pair. While there is a lot of competition for 2014, it’s hard to imagine the combination of Jamie and Mike not being anywhere near the top in terms of quality Hip Hop music.

Pink Slime - Mac Miller and Pharrell

Very few things are as exciting as the unknown, and very few things are as unknown as why and how this Pink Slime project exists. Pharrell is a tastemaker of sound rivaled by very few for a generation of Hip Hoppers that are now becoming the elder statesmen. With Mac Miller’s relocation to Southern California, he has become a figure in the new generation of soundsmiths. Mac’s improvement in terms of lyricism and beat making were evident on his last album Watching Movies with the Sound Off, and earned him HipHopDX’s “Comeback of the Year” during HipHopDX’s 2013 Awards. Combining the two? The resulting music should be interesting to say the least.

B4 Da $$ - Joey Bada$$

In 2012, Joey Bada$$ dropped 1999 and immediately all the pressure of holding down New York within the world of Hip Hop was heaped upon the shoulders of the then 17-year-old Brooklynite. Fast forward to 2014, some Pro Era tapes, and the release of Summer Knights which dropped around the time of some of Hip Hop’s heavyweights without being drowned out, and young Bada$$ now prepares for his debut, retail, full-length release. With rhymes over instrumentals from some of Hip Hop’s legendary producers already under his belt, expectations are high for Joey Bada$$’s B4 Da $$. While the public’s view of the New York Hip Hop scene may have changed since 2012, anticipation for B4 Da $$ is just as high, if not higher.

Cadillactica - Big K.R.I.T.

Suffice it to say Big K.R.I.T.’s Live From the Underground was a bit of a stylistic departure from the mixtapes that garnered him so much critical acclaim. It certainly wasn’t a bad album by any means, but it had the feel of major label concessions because well, it was his major label debut. Besides, can you really knock any Hip Hop album with a feature from B.B. King? K.R.I.T. has gone on record as saying his sophomore set will be more soulful while eschewing samples (and most likely the high price tag and annoying clearance process).

“I’m getting the opportunity to be in the studio with some dope producers,” K.R.I.T. said in a HipHoDX interview published in August of 2013. “You know, Terrace Martin, DJ Dahi, Chad Hugo and people like this.”

The shared production duties—which we’ve also seen on the mixtape King Remembered in Time—should ideally lighten K.R.I.T.’s load and add to what is already a vibrant sonic bouquet.

Tetsuo & Youth - Lupe Fiasco

While Lupe Fiasco has been very vocal through social networks and his work with several foundations, in 2013 he seemed to remain pretty quiet on the music scene. While the end of 2012 found Fiasco releasing the sequel to his classic debut, Food & Liquor, in 2014 finds Lupe dropping Tetsuo & Youth, his final contractual obligation to Atlantic Records. While his shaky relationship with his label may have affected Lupe’s release of retail projects, no one can question the conceptual creativity or lyricism Lupe has displayed throughout his career, whether it be through his retail projects, like Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt.1, or his free releases, like Friend of the People. With “Old School Love” already released, and a preview tour, the anticipation for Tetsuo & Youth can’t get much higher.

The Ecology - Fashawn

In 2009, Fashawn introduced himself with an impressive showing, Boy Meets World, a project released via One Records. The album, which was entirely produced by Exile, championed Fashawn’s lyrics and made him one of the most critically acclaimed up-and-coming rappers of the year, certainly one of the most acclaimed out of Fresno, California since Planet Asia. Since then, Fashawn has quietly continued a consistent display of lyrical dexterity and he added range to his arsenal. In 2012, Fashawn released two projects, his own Champagne & Styrofoam Cups via The IAN Group and This Generation, a collaborative album with Murs released through Duck Down. Both projects helped Fashawn grow as an emcee, helping his upcoming The Ecology, his official sophomore studio album, become one of 2014’s most anticipated.

The Last Zulu - Q-Tip

Remember the musical mea culpa that was Kanye West’s “G.O.O.D. Fridays?” On November 13, 2009, Kanye surfaced with the track “Chain Heavy.” Much like his current material in was left of field and packed with talk about race relations and class warfare. But there were no leather kilts nor involvement from Daft Punk, Rick Rubin or Chief Keef—just an eerie, boom bap inspired track with a heavy Native Tongues influence. Thank Q-Tip for that one. “The Abstract” has been linked to various ‘Ye projects before and after performing what was allegedly A Tribe Called Quest’s last show together. And he’s said his fourth solo outing, The Last Zulu, is still on the way.

“It’s gonna be like the bad twin of Tribe,” Tip told Elliot Wilson when the pair sat down for his “The Truth” series for “I’ll still have those same harmonic qualities, but it’ll be minor instead of major.”

If 2008’s The Renaissance was any indication, some major label muscle courtesy of Def Jam and rebranding from Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint may give Q-Tip the most visible platform he’s had since his first solo outing in 1999.

Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 - Vince Staples

Vince Staples’ rhymes contain a rare blend of lyricism, insight and menace. Others have taken notice of the Long Beach rapper’s raucous rhymes. The husky-voiced rapper has worked extensively with Odd Future members Syd tha Kyd, Mike G and Earl Sweatshirt, as well as producer Michael “Uzi” Uzowuru. In 2013, he released the Stolen Youth mixtape with Larry Fisherman, better known as Mac Miller. This year, the freshly minted Def Jam Recordings artist is slated to release Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2, a follow-up to his acclaimed 2011 project. Vince Staples: real name, no gimmicks. Just lyrics to go.

The Victory Lap - Nipsey Hussle

Now that the novelty has worn off from Nipsey Hussle’s Crenshaw and the narrative of person worth investing $100 in for a physical copy of a project (and an exclusive concert), what remains? Essentially, the same emcee Epic Records granted a record deal in the first half of the aughts. Ideally, Nipsey’s forthcoming album, The Victory Lap, showcases a more seasoned artist with the same access to top-notch production and any featured artists of his choosing. Perhaps the scariest part is that Nip mistakenly called Crenshaw’s material “throwaways,” meaning that he saved the most compelling material for his 2014 retail offering. Can he top the headline-grabbing buzz of his “Proud 2 Pay” campaign one more time? Considering he’s survived a stint with a dying traditional record industry model and going to war as a member of the Rolling 60s Crips, getting heads to check for his next album is light work.


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  • enternothingness

    This is what I'm looking forward to:

  • Hunter

    How is Yelawolf's Love Story not on this list? But Mac Miller is?!

  • bob

    the best release of 2014 already happened. From the minds of LA Reid and Babyface: KES, "Audio Justice EP" Stream:

  • seanmckevitt

    some good ones , so terrible ones . These should be on the list Czarface 2 New Mobb Deep album New MC Ren Album 2 ATOP albums dropping this year Apathy and Celph titled dropping one Chamillionaire Nas and Premo Premo and Pete rock Masts inda Cypha's Gza dark matter New WU TANG ALBUM New Immortal Technique Album Ghostface Killa and MF DOOM

  • Anonymous

    Our Godfather 50 is gonna drop hot piff with Street KING Immortal.

  • Anonymous

    Love Story- YELAwolf. C'mon, thats gonna be great. period, bitches,


    Forgot about Star killer by MC S.A.V.

  • Nick Curtis

    No 50 Cent ?? O.o mayne you ppl in DX have a big problem

  • Anonymous

    gza - dark matter?

  • Anonymous

    No Nas or Common?

  • Frank White

    No Hona Costello - Penelope? Bias article

  • Anonymous

    pink slime will never see the light of day.

  • Anonymous

    Rae and Q-tip arethe only ones ill be looking for. the rest of these rappers i just don't care for..

  • Anonymous

    Every fucking time HipHopDX mentions Kendrick Lamar they have to call him K-Dot at least once... Jesus fucking Christ, give it a rest just one time.

  • Deloris Jones

    until I looked at the draft of $9763, I be certain mom in-law woz like realie bringing in money part time at there labtop.. there moms best frend haz done this for under 17 months and a short time ago paid the mortgage on there place and got Citron DS. pop over here... www.Tec80.Com Saying shit on twitter, the internet and in videos but forget that the Police is watching!

  • Emily Low

    til I looked at the receipt of $9124, I be certain friend was like actually bringing home money in their spare time on their computer.. there friends cousin started doing this for only sixteen months and just now cleard the dept on their appartment and bought a great new Alfa Romeo. read this article... www.Fb39.Com Good, hope they lock up all of these dumb motherfuckers who incriminate themselves. You dumb fucks deserve the shit you sew

  • Anonymous


  • Cal Uno

    Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow SPM - Son Of Norma Dr. Dre - Detox (Ha Ha Ha...)

  • what about

    What about Slaine's album?

  • Catch Wreck

    Joey Bada$$ and that Q-tip album is what im looking forward. but what about that K.Dot and J.Cole Album, jadakiss top 5 dead or alive,Watch the throne 2 (even thought i dont like Jay), Nas next album, Asap Mob. I know the mixtape line up is nice this year.

  • rmacq112

    Czarface 2, AOTP 4 & 5, Heavy Metal Kings 2, Connecticut Casual

  • wucepticon

    The Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest collabo album.

  • @bIgsto

    Cunninylyguists- Strange Journey Volume 3 Captain Murphy LP

  • Anonymous

    Killer Mike and EL-P > OTHER GAY SHIT LISTED

  • furious george

    Ice Cube - Everything's Corrupt??? Obie Trice - The Hangover??? Ghostface Killah - Supreme Client 2??? Jadakiss - Top Five Dead or Alive??? Ludacris - Ludaversal??? Method Man - Crystal Meth??? Redman - Muddier Waters 2??? T.I. - Paperwork??? Fabolous - Loso's Way 2: Rise to Power??? Joe Budden - All Love Lost???

  • jayanderson06

    All I'm buying is Big Krit.

  • Anonymous

    Ever since DX started promoting people like Mac Miller, I haven't even bothered looking in their music section. I just read a few articles every one in awhile. This is not the site I get music from anymore.


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  • ThaKritic

    Been fuckin' wit schoolboy since the instrumental mixtape Era, I don't think he'l dissapoint. Probably the only album ima drop iTunes money on this year lol. Possibly the homie Krit too.. We'll see what Pusha has to offer..

  • Haha

    Lol those are the worst arguments ever .. Just shows how real of an Artist Yelawolf is .. Beyond race and anything -- just Dope music #LoveStory

  • Bizzalls

    Nipsey Hustle SUCKS! PERIOD!

  • Bizzalls

    WHY THE FUCK is Pharrell doing a fucking album with Mac Miller?!?! That is retardedly stupid!! Why is Pharrell working with these wack artists lately?? Not that Mac is totally garbage, but the other artists Pharrell's worked with lately were horrible. Miley Cyrus?? GTFOH!


    Yelawolf will dominate 2014. Love Story - Shady GAME OVER.

  • bone thugs

    damn where the fuck is Krayzie Bone - Chasing The Devil ??? we been waiting on that shit for years. it gon be a three cd alblum yo

  • P

    No 50??? No Dre (even though it probably won't ever come out)??? No Nas??? No Slaughterhouse??? No Outkast (rumored)??? No Ice Cube??? No Busta Rhymes??? Who gives a fuck about Nippys, Mac miller, Vince staples, Fashawn, Lupe. Oh I'm sorry it seems all the music hiphopdx is looking forward to is all the bullshit we'll be hearing on the radio.

  • 901DATSME

    Can't wait for Cadillactica n Run The Jews 2 albums to come out.




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  • FTS

    Yelawolf - Love Story is too good to even be on this list -- most of these albums don't deserve or haven't yet earned the right to even be in the same breath as Yelawolf .. HHDX still showing love to Rittz so Word Up !!

  • FTS

    Only Album that matters is Yelawolf - Love Story

  • Anonymous

    If you're waiting for that next Lupe Fiasco album with're probably someone most people wouldn't like to hang out with.

  • jg

    After Teflon Don, one of the best album of the decade, I expecting Ross to make that final step and craft a hiphop class, very disappointed by his last 3 releases though. I doubt Mastermind will see him back there, but I am hoping it will. THE ECOLOGY IS GONNA BE A CLASSIC! BMW REMAINS MY FAVE HIPHOP ALBUM EVER, FASHAWN IS GONNA KILL IT AGAIN!

  • FatNiggaman

    ScHoolboy Q is fuckin trash. He rides's buzz. Go ahead name a song that nigga put down on.

    • Wooten

      Isaiah Rashad's song shot you down remix. ScHool Boy snapped, do ya research. Matter of fact go take a listen to Habits & Contradictions.

  • Realness

    Jadakiss - Top 5 Dead or Alive The LOX - We are the Streets 2

  • Samantha Hamilton

    just before I looked at the paycheck of $4811, I didn't believe neighbours mother woz like actualie taking home money in their spare time from there labtop.. there dads buddy had bean doing this 4 only nine months and at present paid for the loans on their home and bought a brand new Citron DS. go to website... www.Fb39.Com its bigger than white black gay or thug life or whatever you ass faces paint it to be.

  • EvenOdd

    Kendrick, Yela, Nas, Common, slaughterhouse, kayne...

  • YahYah

    Not ONE female on the list.

  • killakm

    add Common and No ID NO Smiling

  • Ornise

    my neighbor's mother makes $75 every hour on the laptop. She has been unemployed for ten months but last month her check was $19142 just working on the laptop for a few hours. take a look at the site here,,,,,

  • RT

    Once again, yall left off Slaughterhouse... yall did this last time they were dropping and the forum blew up with them... serial guys... yall got Fashawn on their over them... That samsonite man that lives life as a shorty is not more anticipated than the house gang. #truth

  • Anonymous

    why isnt SwizZz in here 2...?

  • Anonymous

    No white rappers, y'all racists

  • Anonymous

    Wow didn't know there were so many gays on this site, but judging by all the yelawolf comments 50% of viewers are gay I guess

  • Anonymous

    Yelawolf gets nothing but positive comments on this site, Love Story is so highly anticipated yall need to recognize

  • wha-wha-what??

    What about Love Story by Yelawolf. Easily one of the most anticipated albums of 2014.... please edit this list and add it in. It's obvious from all of the comments that this is a vey anticipated album among many....MAYBE YOU COULD HAVE A USER POLL TO SEE THE EVIDENCE OF WHAT we think is the most anticipated... what a great idea??!!

  • GStoner

    R U kiddin me?!! -__- what about Ice Cube, Yelawolf, 50, Kendrick or Slaughterhouse?? imean seriously? run the jewels and vince.. somebody? cmon be real :|


    no Blacc Hollywood?

  • Brendan

    Are you kidding me???!!! HHDX, why would you not put Yelawolf - Love Story on here???!!!??!?!?! C'mon. Respond to me, I'm curious. Thats a highly anticipated album by many Also Slaughterhouse.?

    • Anonymous

      I dont get it, they should know how anticiapted this is... maybe its their own opinion, I'd lik to see a user poll, then Yela would get his credit

  • Dino

    "Cocaine Pinata" by Freddie Gibbs? Come one man, the EP's these guys been putting out are better than most albums in the last couple years. "Nobody Smiling" by Common? Ab-Soul's album? "Supreme Clientele 2" by Ghostface? "Sail Out" by Jhene? Frank Ocean's album?

  • Anonymous

    Looking for J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar albums

  • Anonymous

    Loooking forward to fashawn, step brothers, raekwon, run the jewels and joeys New shit.

  • Anonymous

    meh.. where's love story?

  • franknitty43

    the first full project between Alchemist and Evidence? That is a scary comment! Ever heard of Gangrene?

  • Jpg

    BLAH BLAH BLAH, Most anticipated my ass. Big Krit is the only album off the list that may be decent. Everything else...RADIO TRASH. Waiting on that new Tech N9ne and Rittz. Also been waiting on a new Chamillionaire too.

  • Whaaaat..?

    MNIMN was met with critical acclaim

    • Anonymous

      Undeservedly but yes it was, not sure what HHDX is on about. Fans for the most part (myself excluded) loved it as well so IDK...

  • HiphopHeadBornIn82

    Some stuff on this list I'm looking forward to for sure (Run the Jewels 2, Ecology, Evidence and Alchemist, and Joey BadA$$) but HOW IN THE NAME OF GOD do you leave off arguably the dopest MC alive and IMO one of the dopest ever bar for bar ELZHI whose sophormore album is dropping in 2014? From Witness My Growth to Slum Village stuff, to Europass/Leftovers (mixtapes with some absolute fire) to The Preface (tight debut although done in 3 weeks so not as ILL as it could/should of but still real dope) and ELmatic which imo is the best mixtape ever and just phenomenal top to bottom with live instrumentation, sick rhymes/storytelling. Elzhi and then also Diabolic whose 2010's Liar and a Thief is the dopest lyrical album of the current decade hands down! If you're sleeping on this amazingly super duper dope MC (white but just listen) WAKE UP and cop "Liar and a Thief" and "Fightin Wordz" when it comes out in the next couple months! Elzhi and Diabolic would pretty much slaughter your 2 CURRENT favorite rappers