With the new year closing in, DopeFuse has decided to compile 5 albums we think you shouldn’t miss in the next coming months of 2012. We’ve already seen many great releases in 2012 from Schoolboy Q‘s second independant album Habits & Contradictions at the beginning of the year to Live From The Underground by newcomer Big K.R.I.T. Waka Flocka released his third album Triple F Life, Slaughterhouse had their debut album Our House on Shady, and G.O.O.D Music had a Cruel Summer. Hip-Hop greats from Nas and DMX made their way back to the billboard charts alongside rookies like MGK and Macklemore. More recently, I think everyone’s surprised at how well Kendrick Lamar‘s debut project Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is looking to do as he’s projected to sell 250,000 units his first week. From street music to backpackers back to conscious rap, we’d say overall the state of Hip-Hop is alive and thriving. However, the year is not through yet and with many great releases yet to drop we’ve come up with 5 must have albums for the remaining months of the calender year.
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Meek Mill has been well known in Philly since his battling days on Youtube. I remember watching him spit bars against Reed Dollaz in high school, so to see him make it this far is an accomplishment in itself. With two succesful mixtapes, Dreamchasers & Dreamchasers 2, amassing over 4 million downloads, Meek is looking to translate that momentum onto the billboard charts. With Rick Ross and the Def Jam machine behind him, I think Meek is looking at a solid 200-300k first week and probably gold by next year. To date: Amen featuring Drake, Burn featuring Big Sean, Young & Gettin It featuring Kirko Bangz, and Maybach Curtains featuring Nas, Rick Ross, and John Legend has been released as the albums singles. I’ve had the chance to listen to the album in its entirety and it’s a solid effort from the Philly native. With features (aside from the ones above) including Wale, Trey Songz, and Mary J. Blige and production from The Beat Bully, Jahlil Beats, Boi-1da, and Cardiak you can expect the same quality street music (No Dj Drama) from the Dreamchasers series with a more polished sound. This isn’t a Kendrick album, but if you want that knock in your speakers then this is a definite cop. You can listen to the intro track here.
Release Date: October 31st, 2012
Originally slated for a September 11th release, LongLiveA$AP was pushed back to October 31st. However, Rocky states the Halloween date might not stick as well. Either way, the debut album of Harlem, New York artist A$AP Rocky is highly anticipated on whichever date it lands. With 2 singles out, Goldie and the banger Fuckin Problem featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and 2 Chainz you can expect the album to have the same kind of Screwed Up slash Flashly Harlem flavour you’ve come to love from A$AP. On the flipside, in an MTV interview Rock explained ”I really feel good about this, I really feel deeply good about this, because I put my all into it, and it’s a different aspect of me,” he said. “It’s just showing my capabilities and how much of an artist I really am — not just a rapper.” Looks like A$AP is looking to test his artistic abilities and give us a solid project. The CD will feature additional production from A$AP Ty Beats, Soufein3000, Clams Casino, Joey Fat Beats and even self-production from Rocky himself. He also stated that even though he’s working with Pharrell and Swizz Beatz, the album is more than just celebrity collaborations.
Release Date: November 13th, 2012
Over the past year, The Weeknd has blown up thanks to his critically acclaimed mixtape House Of Balloons (And Drake’s co-sign), which he followed up with equally worthy projects Thursday and Echos Of Silence. The 3 mixtapes were so popular, he’s re-releasing them as a remastered version of the projects containing three new tracks, which are scheduled to be called Twenty Eight, Valerie, and Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun). The album’s lead single is Wicked Games, from his first mixtape House Of Balloons. If you’re a fan of The Weeknd, go and support the artist for dropping damn near 3 classic mixtapes on November 13th.
Release Date: December 11th, 2012
What can I say about Lil Wayne? At first I was going to use this post as an avenue to trash him, especially for the autrocity he called Dedication 4, but after hearing he did 90 tracks with Dr. Dre and Kanye West having a big hand in this album, I’ll give him his last shot. In an MTV interview, he admitted that he rushed the first “I Am Not a Human Being” due to his jail sentence, and took more care of detail on this one. I hope by “quality control” he meant actually write some coherent lyrics. The album will feature production from Kanye West, Streetrunners, Cool & Dre, Juicy J and David Banner. If anything the album will have some serious beats that other real artists will use to rap over. Wayne.. you are on your last leg with your fans.
Release Date: December 18th, 2012
This is personally an album I’m excited about. A lot of people on the blogosphere have been saying TIP has fallen off but the tracks he’s been releasing have been nothing but fire. Cliffords energy has never been higher with Trap Back Jumpin, Go Get It and Ball which have been nothing less than knocking. Trouble Man will be Tip‘s 8th studio album and he hinted on the breakfast club that it might be his last.
“This is what everyone fails to realize. I want out. I want out, man. What the game is going to and what has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent. What I embody, this game contradicts that. I want out. I’m in it because I love music and I have obligations, contractually. It was at one time, this music was about speaking to the people who felt like you feel. Now, the people I’m speaking to, they don’t necessarily feel like how I feel. In my day, if you were rapping about something you weren’t really living, that was a strike against you. You were held accountable. Nowadays, nobody even expects you to live up to the things you rap about. That goes against what I represent, what I stand for. So if they outsell me, then that’s just all the more better for me to fade to the back and cross my legs on my desk”.
A few days ago he previewed 12 tracks at his listening party and so far the album features artists such as Kendrick Lamar,Cee Lo Green, André 3000, B.o.B, R. Kelly and ASAP Rocky. On the production side of things you can expect DJ Toomp, No I.D., T-Minus, and Pharrel. In an interview with Rap-Up, Tip revealed ”I think it’s a lot more urban than Paper Trail, and less apologetic than No Mercy. I think it’s more diversified than T.I. vs. T.I.P. though. It’s got a lotta heart, it’s got a lotta edge. It’s a creative album. It’s probably harder than most of the shit that’s coming out right now.” The Kang of the South looks to keep his title December 18th.