10 Hip-Hop Album Releases We Want To See Before the End of the Year
Halfway through the year we’ve seen most of rap’s heavy hitters dropping albums, but there are still a bunch of big names with new work on the horizon.
For example, TDE’s Jay Rock will be the last person on the label to release since the crew has begun to blow up, Pusha T’s King Push has been delayed for too long, and Kanye West is balancing life as a family man while his fans await the return of Yeezy season.
As 2015 winds down, here are albums with potential to not only steal thunder but also make this one of the more memorable years in recent history.
Jay Rock’s TDE Debut
Jay Rock has had the whole world waiting since his appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s “Money Trees,” and most recently, “Gumbo.” He is still the only TDE member to go without releasing an album since the whole crew hit the big time. Part of the tension around this release is to find out whether Jay Rock will be able to match the star quality of his labelmates. No pressure.
Jon Connor’s Aftermath Debut
Jon Connor’s big moment came when he signed to Dr. Dre in 2013. Since then, he’s released mixtapes in tribute to to Kanye West and the Notorious B.I.G, but until an official album comes, we’re left hoping he isn’t left on the shelf like former Aftermath signees including Joell Ortiz, Rakim and Eve.
Frank Ocean, Boys Don’t Cry
Frank Ocean has been quiet, presumably while working on the widely anticipated follow up to his three-year-old debut Channel Orange. Though he has promised a new release this summer, with just a cover of Aaliyah’s “At Your Best” surfacing earlier this year we have no idea whether that will actually happen.
Q-Tip, The Last Zulu
Keeping busy since The Renaissance dropped in 2008, Q-Tip has worked with Kanye West and launched his own radio show with the help of Beats Music. No stranger to anything eclectic, his next album, The Last Zulu, is rumored to feature Beck and Fiona Apple.
Pusha T, King Push
After proving he could take on a solo career with My Name Is My Name, Pusha T has gotten back in the studio with The Neptunes for his next scheduled release, King Push, which has been delayed for some time now.
Kanye West, Swish
Any details surrounding Kanye West’s next project have been tightly guarded, but a grand Twitter announcement said it’s called SWISH. He has randomly released “FourFiveSeconds”, “Wolves” and “Only One,” but there was no further hint of the album’s progress until the video for “All Day/I Feel Like That”. Kanye protégé Travis Scott has confirmed participation in the album, and judging by his recent performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival we should be due for another epic release from hip-hop’s most exciting visionary.
Jay Z’s Next Album
According to reliable sources, including industry insider DJ Skee and producer Detail (responsible for “Drunk In Love”, there is a joint collaboration album planned with his mega successful wife, but in the age of surprise releases Jay might release a new album before 2015 is up.
Vic Mensa, Traffic
Amongst the latest to break out of Chicago’s underground scene, now signed to Roc Nation, Vic Mensa ruled dance floors last year with “Down On My Luck,” and his latest hit, “U Mad,” earned him a Kanye West collaboration. Having claimed it was almost complete months ago, his momentum continues to pick up steam with the just released “No Chill” produced by DJ Skrillex and Jahlil Beats.
Puff Daddy, No Way Out 2
Having made countless strides in the music industry, according to Bad Boy signee Gizzle No Way Out 2 will be Sean Combs’ last album. Bringing her into the fold, her role as a songwriter and MC should help Puff Daddy create his next series of dance floor hits following her work with superstars Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill. Given a sneak peek at his latest sound with “Finna Get Loose”, fans cant wait to hear his full visions executed.
The Game, The Documentary 2
A decade since The Game’s debut, Dr. Dre has already gone on record calling The Documentary 2 the best album of the past five years. With the good Doctor, Pharrell, Timbaland, Alchemist and DJ Premier among others in charge of production, this could be a rare example of an album’s sequel living up to the hype.