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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