Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Albums of 2012…

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It’s still very early in the year but already there has been lots of talk about the albums people are looking forward to this year. However, given the state of the music industry, none of those albums are guaranteed for release this year… or ever.   If you’re looking for proof of that, look no further than last year’s list of most anticipated albums. So instead of assuming that any of these projects will actually see the light of day, I decided to switch things up a bit on my list.  I’ve included my list of most anticipated, but I’ve also included reasons why they probably won’t come out this year–if ever.
Just give up on it already!:
Dr. Dre – Detox
Really though? It’s over.
Too Early To Tell:
Blue Ivy Carter – Seriously though, with all the buzz she created in the last week alone, her parents could release an album of her cries over Kanye beats and I’m pretty sure it would go Platinum. They already have the single, “Glory” and as long as the album features a couple of appearance from B, no one will dare complain.  But B and Hov probably don’t want to share the limelight, not even with their first born. Still, don’t be surprised if they name their next album after her.
Kendrick Lamar – I’m going on record to say he is to 2012 what Jay Electronica was to 2011. Precisely. He’ll probably get a deal and sign to another artist and he’ll probably be on the shelf until who knows when. Sorry Kendrick.
Lupe Fiasco & Pharrell –
I guess Kanye is too busy making millions with Jay-z to be bothered with the CRS project. So Lupe and Pharrell have decided to join forces to do it on their own. Problem here is that they’re still on different labels.  A mixtape maybe, album, hmm I doubt it.
Ludacris – Ludaversal
Ludacris has been talking about this project for close to 3 years. If he’s been working as hard on it as he claims than its going to be a resurgence of the Ludacris that topped charts. I hope for his sake that it is all that and more.  But it seems I’m the only that noticed Luda dissed Drake and Big Sean before Common did.  If people don’t care for a beef, than they probably won’t care for your album either.
Busta Rhymes –
Did anyone else notice the year that Busta Rhymes had in 2011??? The signing to Cash Money was the best thing he could do to end his year, except that it was also the worst thing he could do. Unless Universal just let’s Birdman throw everything out there, I’m not sure there will be enough room for this release this year. But if it does come out, Busta won’t disappoint.
Slaughterhouse –
The Shady deal is done. The hype has been built. Rumors of new members have been denied. Time for a new album right? I sure hope so. There’s too much potential there to have it all go to waste without a classic caliber release. But will Eminem let it fly? If it comes down to him or Slaughterhouse I know who he’ll pick.
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Although her debut single, “Roman In Moscow” hasn’t really picked up, I would think she’s still on schedule for a Valentine’s Day release because she gets the benefit of a performance at this year’s Grammy Awards. Now that the hype is gone I look forward to seeing what Nicki does to propel this album. If she messes up, this may be the end of the road for her.
Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t
Many are disappointed that they wasn’t released last year, but guess Mr. Rozay was too busy building his Maybach Music brand. It will be interesting to see what he raps about on this project since he’s put out so much music in the last couple of years. He’s close to needing a 3 year hiatus to rejuvenate himself, but if this next project is the best stuff of his career, he’ll be ok.
Jay-Z & Kanye – Watch The Throne 2
If you think they aren’t going to capitalize on all the money they made last year then you’re kidding yourself. There will be a part 2, and people will flock to the stores and the shows once again.
T.I. –
Is he still King? With a lot to prove and a dwindling fanbase T.I. needs to release the album of the year, point blank. He knows how to create a buzz around his music and Atlantic Records needs him to have success so I expect him to be their focus. If timed correctly, this will be the biggest release of the year.

(And Why They’ll Probably Get Pushed Back)

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It’s still very early in the year but already there has been lots of talk about the albums people are looking forward to this year. However, given the state of the music industry, none of those albums are guaranteed for release this year… or ever.   If you’re looking for proof of that, look no further than last year’s list of most anticipated albums. So instead of assuming that any of these projects will actually see the light of day, I decided to switch things up a bit on my list.  I’ve included my list of most anticipated, but I’ve also included reasons why they probably won’t come out this year–if ever.

Just give up on it already!:

Dr. Dre – Detox

Really though? It’s over. 

 

Too Early To Tell:

Blue Ivy Carter – B.I.C.

Seriously though, with all the buzz she created in the last week alone, her parents could release an album of her cries over Kanye beats and I’m pretty sure it would go Platinum. They already have the single, “Glory” and as long as the album features a couple of appearance from B, no one will dare complain.  She’s already credited as the youngest person to be featured on the Billboard charts (2 days old) because “Glory” debuted at number 74 on the Hot R & B/Hip-Hop Song chart.   But B and Hov probably don’t want to share the limelight, not even with their first born. Still, don’t be surprised if they name their next album after her. 

 

 

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid In A Mad City

I’m going on record to say he is to 2012 what Jay Electronica was to 2011. Precisely. He’ll probably get a deal and sign to another artist and he’ll probably be on the shelf until who knows when. Sorry Kendrick. 

 

Lupe Fiasco & Pharrell – TDB

I guess Kanye is too busy making millions with Jay-z to be bothered with the CRS project. So Lupe and Pharrell have decided to join forces to do it on their own. Problem here is that they’re still on different labels.  A mixtape maybe, album, hmm I doubt it. 

 

Ludacris – Ludaversal

Ludacris has been talking about this project for close to 3 years. If he’s been working as hard on it as he claims than its going to be a resurgence of the Ludacris that topped charts. I hope for his sake that it is all that and more.  But it seems I’m the only that noticed Luda dissed Drake and Big Sean before Common did.  If people don’t care for a beef, than they probably won’t care for your album either.  

 

 

Busta Rhymes – E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: End of the World 

Did anyone else notice the year that Busta Rhymes had in 2011??? The signing to Cash Money was the best thing he could do to end his year, except that it was also the worst thing he could do. Unless Universal just let’s Birdman throw everything out there, I’m not sure there will be enough room for this release this year. But if it does come out, Busta won’t disappoint. 

 

 

Slaughterhouse – TBD

The Shady deal is done. The hype has been built. Rumors of new members have been denied. Time for a new album right? I sure hope so. There’s too much potential there to have it all go to waste without a classic caliber release. But will Eminem let it fly? If it comes down to him or Slaughterhouse I know who he’ll pick. 

 


Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Although her debut single, “Roman In Moscow” hasn’t really picked up, I would think she’s still on schedule for a Valentine’s Day release because she gets the benefit of a performance at this year’s Grammy Awards. Now that the hype is gone I look forward to seeing what Nicki does to propel this album. If she messes up, this may be the end of the road for her.  It’s not looking good so far though because all the announcements for the album so far are coming from Nicki’s twitter and neither Young Money or Universal reps are confirming anything.   

 

Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t

Many are disappointed that this wasn’t released last year, but guess Mr. Rozay was too busy building his Maybach Music brand. It will be interesting to see what he raps about on this project since he’s put out so much music in the last couple of years and seems to be running out of things to talk about, even ending the year with raps about his seizure.  He’s pretty close to needing a 3 year hiatus to rejuvenate himself so unless he puts out one of the best singles of his career, he may be forced to take that break starting this year.   

 

 

Jay-Z & Kanye – Watch The Throne 2

If you think they aren’t going to capitalize on all the money they made last year then you’re kidding yourself. There will be a part 2, and people will flock to the stores and the shows once again. It may be hard for Jay & Ye to come up with material though since they can’t glorify women anymore.  May work better in 2013, by the time Blue is 1, the retirement of the word “B*tch” will be over… you know Jay-z and retirements.  

 

T.I. – Trouble Man

Is he still King? With a lot to prove and a dwindling fanbase T.I. needs to release the album of the year, point blank. He knows how to create a buzz around his music and Atlantic Records needs him to have success so I expect him to be their focus. If timed correctly, this will be the biggest release of the year.  Can T.I. stay out of trouble long enough to drop it though?  And based of the singles he’s put out so far is his hunger for the game still there?  Only time will tell.

 

 

Need further proof none of these albums are coming out this year?   Not one of the albums on this list have more than 4 confirmed tracks.  And no one has any album artwork yet.  

 

 

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