What To Expect In 2013: Albums
This time last year I was here talking about wanting to see Detox in 2012. One year later, I’m still at it after-mathematics. Although, Detox is probably the album I’m anticipating the most, this year still has lots and lots of dope albums coming out. Weezy F. will try to correct himself after a disappointing effort on Carter IV. J. Cole will try to write in his ballot into the hip-hop hall of fame, and Big Sean will prove to everybody that he’s more than a GOOD rapper. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, so chill out G. There’s more after the break.
Drake – Untitled
Drizzy Drake Rodgers is coming back to the neighborhood real soon. The T.Dot native took a mini solo hiatus after dropping Take Care in 2011. Last year Drizzy made headlines with stellar guest verses on “Pop That,” “Stay Schemin’,” “Fuckin’ Problems,” “Amen,” “No Lie,” and “Poetic Justice.” Drake had a huge year and he didn’t even drop an album. Comeback season is right around the corner.
Lil Wayne – I Am Not A Human Being II
Like I said, Tunechi is gearing up to release his sequel to I Am Not A Human Being. With the follow up, he hopes to redeem himself after a disappointing showing on Carter IV. I would say that I ain’t got no worries, but Tunechi hasn’t really delivered with singles like “My Homies Still.” After IANAHB II, we’ll get Carter V and then Wayne will retire, so he says. And although Tune’s popularity isn’t like it used to be, expect to see him move big units. Expect to see I Am Not A Human Being II on store shelves this February.
Action Bronson – Saab Stories
On one hand we have vets like Wayne, and on the other side of the ring, we have newcomers like Action Bronson. After building a large, outspoken, and loyal fanbase in 2012, Action will continue to feed his people with his collabo’ project with Harry Fraud, Saab Stories. Action will also follow up to last year’s successful Blue Chips mixtape. Can you smell what the chef is cookin’?
J. Cole – Born Sinner
Remember J. Cole? It’s been a while since we’ve heard from him. This year he’s getting back to work with Born Sinner, his sophomore album. Cole World: The Sideline Story was well received, but he didn’t exactly reach his full potential. Whether it was label politics or pressure, Cole can do better. The album arrives around February or March.
J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar – Untitled
Jermaine has his work cut out this year. Not only are fans expecting platinum on Born Sinner, they’re expecting diamonds on his collaborative effort with Kendrick Lamar. We’ve been hearing about this cool Cole-Kendrick project for years now, and in 2013, it will most likely drop. Is it possible to have too much talent on one album?
Eminem – Untitled
Another fantasy album about to become reality is Eminem’s 8th studio album. Although very little has been said about the album, I have a good feeling Eminem will bless his fans with another one of his albums. Last year, Shady released a commemorative Detroit Tigers baseball cap with his album release dates stitched on the side and 2013 was listed.
50 Cent – Street King Immortal
Rookies breathe new energy into hip-hop, but most times their oxygen tanks run out and before you know it, they’re kicked to the curb. As for 50? He’s a hall of famer working on an already extensive discography. After successfully going back to his mixtape roots last year, Fif’ is finally going to drop his 5th studio album on Interscope. Hopefully Street King Immortal lives up to the hype. But if you ask me, he’s going to kill it. SKI drops in February.
Big Sean – Hall Of Fame
50 already has his rap hall of fame ticket punched in. Big Sean? Not so much. The new “B-I-G” spent a good chunk of 2012 working on GOOD’s Cruel Summer. Then later in the year, he dropped the impressive Detroit mixtape. Like he showed on Detroit, he’s a more complete artist now. The way he took command of the JayYe-featured “Clique” was worthy of an “oh God.” Sean is going to do BIG things in 2013. If his core fans liked Sean on Finally Famous, they’re going to love him on Hall Of Fame. Maybe we’ll even get an Eminem feature?
G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Winter
Back in September, part of the GOOD crew teased us with news of a Cruel Winter album. We haven’t heard much from the album since then and it doesn’t surprise me. Do I think it’ll happen? I guess we’ll find out soon. Winter ends in March. Various sources also have Cruel Winter acting as Yeezy’s next studio album.
Pusha-T – My Name Is My Name
Even if Cruel Winter doesn’t happen, I’m GOOD as long as we get a Pusha-T album. Push’ got a lot of eyes on him last year after his beef with Lil Wayne. He was also a fan favorite on Cruel Summer delivering energetic verses on “Clique,” “Don’t Like,” and “New God Flow.” Then he followed up with solo tracks like “Pain,” “Blocka,” and “Millions.” Before dropping My Name Is My Name, Pusha is going to drop his Wrath Of Caine mixtape. Look out!
Dr. Dre – Detox
Dr. Dre releasing Detox is like Rick Ross going platinum, not happening anytime soon. Even then, I’m still optimistic that the Doc might surprise us after a dozen years and finally unchain Detox. Hopefully this is the year, but maybe it’s not.
Outkast – Untitled
Depending on who you ask, an Outkast album might be more exciting than a Dr. Dre album. I’ll leave that up to you guys down below. Both ATLiens were undoubtedly active this year. Andre 3000 killed the game off just guest verses and Big Boi delivered his second studio album. A few weeks back Big Boi jumped on Frank Ocean’s track with 3K titled “Pink Matter.” That only helped us dwell in our Outkast drought. Like I said with Detox, maybe we’ll get it this year.
Rick Ross – Mastermind
Rozay and his homies owned most of 2012. The Bo$$ released God Forgives, I Don’t, Meek made his major debut, and Wale dropped Folarin to wind down 2012. Rozay isn’t one to take breaks. He recently announced the title to his upcoming album, Mastermind. His core fans are definitely expecting the release, but everyone else has basically seen everything that Ross has to offer. He’s a mastermind with the work, but can he reach that next level musically? Can he escape the trap rap sound that plagued him on GFID?
Ab-Soul – Unit 6 & ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron
Maybach owned 2012 and TDE will own 2013. The Black Hippy dawgs have been overlooked for too long. They’ve been putting out quality music for years starting with Jay Rock’s Follow Me Home in 2011 and ending with Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City. Of course, in between we had ScHoolboy Q’s Habits & Contradictions, and Ab-Soul’s Control System. Black Hippy couldn’t be any better. Now that people know their name, it’s time for them to take over. Ab-Soul will drop a collaborative effort with JMSN titled Unit 6. Q will then follow in Lamar’s steps and drop his major debut on Interscope. Oxymoron is expected to drop later this year. Expect nothing but greatness.
Jay-Z – Untitled
Last year Jay-Z got his own parking space at the Barclays Center. His daughter, B.I.C., became the youngest person to chart on Billboard and in February his wife will perform during the biggest show of the year, the Super Bowl. All of a sudden planking on a million doesn’t seem so cool. Jay’s been living the life but we, the fan, think it’s time for another LP. Yung Guru and Jahlil Beats have touched on the album and it is allegedly being worked on. Hopefully a new album is in the blueprint for 2013.
If everything goes as planned, this year we’ll get new albums from 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Eminem. What else can we ask for? What albums are you looking forward to the most?