It’s looking like EP’s are the new mixtapes right about now. Last week, Tech N9ne dropped off a short but sweet Klusterfuck EP. This week, Machine Gun Kelly brings the Half Naked and Almost Famous EP. As the bad boy of Bad Boy gears for an album, a retail EP is his gift to fans in the meantime. He shares today’s date with Diggy Simmons’ debut Unexpected, Odd Future’s OF Tape Vol. 2, and Hiero’s Pep Love with Rigmarole. Next week brings a few cool releases, and while EP’s are that new swag, we’re getting some multi-releases and box sets happening too. E-40 is dropping his Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soul as a 3-part deal with Volumes 1, 2, and 3 all coming at us at once on March 26th. The next day, Madlib drops a “brick” down. His Medicine Show releases come as one limited edition box set with 1-13 titled The Brick. Mayday!’s Take Me To Your Leader and DJ Premier / Bumpy Knuckles’ The Kolexion are keeping it company, among others.

Bow Wow’s Underrated was scheduled to drop on March 13th. While Amazon has it just for pre-order now with no real release date, trustworthy Wikipedia says it’s coming April 10th instead. Here’s to hoping. Amazon also slid in that Chris Brown’s Fortune is coming May 8th. A week before we’re seeing Juvenile’s Rejuvenation getting a May 1st date.

On the R&B front, we see Melanie Fiona’s The MF Life coming March 27th, with Macy Gray’s Covered album a day before on March 26th. Monica’s New Life starts on April 10th, and now we’re seeing that Ashanti’s Braveheart has an April 24th date. We could include Chris Brown in the R&B pile, but at the rate that he’s rapping, who knows what category he falls under now. Looks like the Spring will provide lots of music to bump.

Check HipHopDX’s Release Dates page for all your Hip Hop album needs.

March 20
Pep Love (of Hieroglyphics) – Rigmarole
Machine Gun Kelly – Half Naked and Almost Famous EP
Diggy Simmons – Unexpected
Odd Future – OF Tape Vol. 2

March 26
E-40 – Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soul Vol. 1, 2, & 3
Macy Gray – Covered

March 27
Mayday! – Take Me To Your Leader
Melanie Fiona – The MF Life
Iron Solomon – Monster
Georgia Anne Muldrow & madlib – Seeds
Gift of Gab (of Blackalicious) – Logical Progression
Madlib – Medicine Show Number 01-13: The Brick (Limited Edition)
Quakers – Quakers
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – The Kolexion

March 30
Stalley – Savage Journey to the American Dream

April 2
DeLaSoul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present – First Serve

April 3
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Obie Trice – Bottoms Up
Ras Kass – Spit No Evil

April 10
Monica – New Life
Moka Only & Ayatollah – Bridges
Bow Wow – Underrated

April 17
Stik Figa – As Himself
SWV – I Missed Us

April 24
Sene – Brooklyknight
Ashanti – Braveheart

May 1
Apollo Brown & O.C. – Trophies
B.o.B. – Strange Clouds
Chino XL – Ricanstruction – The Black Rosary
Juvenile – Rejuvenation

May 8

Oh No – OhNoMite
Chris Brown – Fortune

May 15
Killer Mike x El-P – R.A.P. Music

June 5
Madchild (Swollen Members) – Dope Sick

June 26
La Coka Nostra – Masters Of the Dark Arts

July 17
French Montana – Excuse My French