A slew of artists are scheduled to release albums this year, and the anticipation of projects from both vets and newcomers have music fans anxious. The first Tuesday of 2015 was a good one, as we received the first hip hop release of year: rap duo Rae Sremmurd’s debut album Sremm Life. In no particular order, here’s a list of 10 bodies of work to look out for in the coming months:
Drake: He’s a fan favorite, household name and has proven himself consistent time and time again. His sound and formula hasn’t changed much since he’s emerged on the scene, but why fix something that isn’t broken? It is expected that Drake will deliver another solid album with Views From The 6.
Kendrick Lamar: Another fan favorite, he seems to be going in a new direction with his first single, “i.” Considering the feel of the track itself and its accompanying performance on SNL back in November, it’ll be interesting to hear what topics the Cali native touches on in his sophomore album.
Kanye West: Kanye is truly one of a kind with an extremely loyal following. Last week, he released a heart felt single, “Only One” which featured Paul McCartney on piano and Ty Dolla $ign on background vocals. Although no one is quite sure what to expect, we can anticipate a project that pushes the envelope creatively.
Lil Wayne: Prior to last summer’s Drake VS Lil Wayne Tour, Wayne had been off the scene for a while, so there was definitely a wave of excitement when it was announced that Tha Carter V would finally make its way December 9, 2014. To fans’ dismay, the album was delayed due to Cash Money controversy. For now, listeners are left waiting on the edge of their seats as there is no set date for release.
Wale: If you ask some, the D.C. native kind of has to “prove” himself with this one, and remind parts of his fan base why he’s still great. The creative released a mixtape entitled Festivus last week, which wasn’t disappointing at all. Narrated by Jerry Seinfeld and featuring one of the 2014’s most talked about artists, J. Cole, Album About Nothing is definitely something to look out for.
Pusha T: King Push will be the G.O.O.D. Music artist’s second album under the label, and should be an intriguing one. He is known to deliver with his gritty yet unique sound. Recently, he’s been testing the waters in industries other than music. Check out his collab with Adidas, available now.
Meek Mill: Meek has one of the best turn up anthems of all time,“Dreams and Nightmares (Intro),” and can be pretty inspirational in his own way, especially to those who come from a similar lifestyle. A run in with the law and jail sentence in the last quarter of 2014 didn’t completely deter his plans, and so we can expect more lively party tracks with a story line on Dreams Worth More Than Money.
Rich Homie Quan: Rich Homie Quan, a newcomer and possible Cash Money signee, recently confirmed that Drake will be on his debut album. With a great amount of radio success thus far, he is widely known for his single “Walk Thru” and Rich Gang’s single “Lifestyle.” It will be interesting to see what he does on his first album.
Macklemore: The first thing that comes to mind may be “Thrift Shop,” but there’s arguably more to the Seattle native. Macklemore is overlooked by a large percentage of Black listeners, but definitely has lyrical talent. His December interview with Hot 97 gained the attention of those who never really paid him much. That conversation, combined with a solid sophomore album, has the potential to increase and diversify his fan base.
A$AP Rocky: The face of A$AP Mob has been fairly quiet since the release of his debut album Long.Live.A$AP in 2013. During the last few months of 2014, however, he dropped two singles: “Multiply” and “Pretty Flacko II.” A mix between the traditional New York sound and chill down south vibes, Rocky has created his own lane, and has many waiting to see what he’ll bring next.
Let us know whose work you’re looking forward to the most, and why.