At the risk of disappointing Hip Hop fans in the future months, there is a lot to look forward to on the album release front. Sure we lose out to pushbacks, project scrapping, and title changes, but hey, at least the hope is there. This week’s announcements are all full of hope. Let’s see what sticks and what doesn’t.

Lauryn Hill has evolved into quite the elusive (and polarizing) figure as of late. Once the shift over to “Ms. Hill” came, the idea of ever getting another studio album following the epic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill seemed like a total fantasy. Well fear not: Ms. Hill has announced that her second solo studio album will be titled The Return. Hill announced she’ll be performing at London’s O2 Arena on April 14th, and then dropped the even bigger news that there will be another album. We reported earlier in the month that Game has also titled his R.E.D. Album follow-up as F.I.V.E.: Fear Is Victory’s Evolution. So now there’s a mixtape (California Republic) and an album for Game. He’s never not working. Both Lauryn Hill and Game have yet to release dates for these projects.

Who has a release date is 50 Cent. Curtis revealed his album will be dropping on July 2nd. While the album was supposed to be titled Black Magic, it’s currently listed as his untitled fifth studio album. Black Magic was supposed to be a Dance meets Rock fusion album. That may or may not still be the case. If it is, Pauly D might get in on that action.

In other news, Bow Wow moved Underrated to June 12th. He shares that date with Waka Flocka Flame’s Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family. Additionally, Big K.R.I.T. will finally be releasing Live From the Underground. That comes a week earlier on June 5th.

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

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)
Mello Music Group – Self Sacrifice
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

April 17
Future – Pluto
Stik Figa – As Himself
SWV – I Missed Us
Lushlife – Plateau Vision

April 24

REKS x Statik Selektah – Straight No Chaser
Sene – Brooklyknight
Ashanti – Braveheart
Chuuwee – Crown Me King

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

May 29
Travis Porter – From Day 1

June 5
Big K.R.I.T. – Live From the Underground
Madchild (Swollen Members) – Dope Sick

June 12
Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family
Bow Wow – Underrated

June 26
La Coka Nostra – Masters Of the Dark Arts

July 2
50 Cent – Untitled

July 17
French Montana – Excuse My French

September 18
Skyzoo – A Dream Deferred