We are halfway through 2014 and we've already been blessed with many great albums so far. But who shall deliver during the second half? Will Kanye drop a Yeezus 2? Is Jay Rock's album ever coming out? More after the jump!
1. Kendrick Lamar, TBD Following up a modern classic like good kid, m.A.A.d city will be tough but something tells us Kendrick Lamar can handle the pressure with relative ease. Already in 2014 Kendrick is showing the world he ain't no fluke with excellent verses as a featured artist and his yet-to-be titled album will most likely continue this trend. Needless to say: we're hyped as hell! And you should be too.
2. Kanye West, TBD Yeezus proved to be an alienating, challenging album but it was certainly necessary for Kanye West to produce as an artist. As usual he's also kept an airtight lock on anything leaking so we aren't entirely too sure what to expect from the followup. But perhaps that's what has us so excited for a new 'Ye album: we don't know what to expect, so expect the unexpected.
3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V Billed as Lil Wayne's curtain call, Tha Carter V is (so far) shaping out to be a return to form for the New Orleans spitter. After releasing more than a few duds since his unarguable creative height (Tha Carter III) back in 2008 the tracks we've already heard from Tha Carter V (“Believe Me”, “D'usse”, “Grindin'”) are dope and has us anxiously anticipating what Lil Wayne will produce as far as a full album is concerned. We're hoping he goes out with a bang.
4. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2 The first Run the Jewels album was a refreshing, fulfilling project from two of hip-hop's most talented individuals. But Run the Jewels 2 is already sounding more venomous, uncompromising, and downright in-your-face. How is that even possible?! Anytime El-P and Killer Mike are together the hip-hop community collectively trembles in fear.
5. Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM, NehruvianDOOM 18-year-old Bishop Nehru's ascent in the hip-hop game is one to watch but he'll have his hands full standing besides one of the game's absolute living legends, DOOM. NehruvianDOOM is one of our most anticipated albums for the simple fact that we find the madvillain DOOM working with a young'n so it's going to be fun to see the two spare track for track.
6. Action Bronson, Mr. Wonderful Action Bronson's mixtape run is one of the best in recent memory so we are hyped to see what he delivers on his debut studio album. Mr. Wonderful will most likely be chock full o' food references, sexual innuendos, and whatever crazy ish pops into that man's head. Dang, just talking about this album is making me hungry! Bronson's going to cook up something special, for sure.
7. Nas, TBD Life Is Good found Nas return to form, settling for what he's good at: writing great lyrics and spitting his ass off. It was certainly a welcome return and probably Nas' best album since Stillmatic. While many old school rappers can't seem to dust themselves off Nas is doing just fine being Nas. And that's all we want. We're hoping his new album will follow in the same footsteps as Life Is Good. Fingers crossed he doesn't dive off the deep end.
8. Joey Bada$$, B4.Da.$$ One of the brightest young emcees in the game right now is finally dropping his debut studio album. Of course, we're talking about none other than Joey Bada$$. We've been waiting for an album from this stalwart dating back to 2012! And it looks like we're finally getting it later this year. The album will definitely feature stellar rapping, lyrics, and production. Be on the lookout for that new Bada$$.
9. Logic, Under Pressure If you still don't know Logic, you will as soon as Under Pressure drops. Young Sinatra has been making waves for a minute now but apparently many still haven't caught up to the young emcees talent. That's okay because like all great art it isn't appreciated at first. Under Pressure will be out next month and Logic has already previewed the title track, so while you're reading this we recommend you go peep game. Go!
10. Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth Lupe Fiasco has been hinting at the release of Tetsuo & Youth for a minute now and we've been following it every step of the way. Sadly Lupe has yet to announce a release date, but he's hinted at some features: Rick Ross, Chance The Rapper, Ab-Soul, Ed Sheeran, and Ty Dolla Sign. That's a stacked lineup! Whenever it drops we'll undoubtedly be listening to it on repeat, as all of Lupe's work it takes more than one listen to fully digest.
11. Raekwon, F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) Rae has been awfully quiet since he dropped the amazing Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II back in 2009 and sadly he's been more in the media for his “beef” with fellow Wu-Tang member RZA than his music. But that'll all change on November 4th when he drops F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) on the hip-hop world and we can once again appreciate having this man in the game.
12. Jay Rock, TBD Jay Rock's been killing the features for the last couple of years and we are desperately in need of a full length album from this West Coast spitter. TDE's CEO confirmed Jay Rock's album was “next up” but we've yet to get a single or anything. Hopefully we do get something soon because Jay's ready now.
13. Big K.R.I.T., Cadillactica Since first hitting it big with 2010's K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape, Missisipi's Big K.R.I.T. has been one of hip-hop's most consistent rappers. Project after project K.R.I.T. has put in work and his upcoming album Cadillactica is one we are especially excited to hear. K.R.I.T.'s sound is truly infectious as he does a meticiously job blending his Southern flow with unique and chill production.
14. Scarface, Deeply Rooted It's been well over six years since the legendary Scarface has dropped an album. But that's doesn't mean we shouldn't pay attention anymore, as Scarface is prepping his new album Deeply Rooted as we speak. His recent interviews regarding the state of hip-hop has caused some controversy within the media but for us his impassioned comments have us wanting to hear what the former Geto Boys rapper will say on an album. It's probably safe to assume it's going to be an intense listen.
We are halfway through 2014 and we’ve already been blessed with many great albums so far. But who shall deliver during the second half? Will Kanye drop a Yeezus 2? Is Jay Rock’s album ever coming out? More after the jump!