LLil Wanye: Tha Carter IV, set to release June 21st. In recent years we’ve seen two different types of Wayne, the new Wayne who uses autotune and tries to sing, which was what he did on his last album, Rebirth, and the old Wayne that raps. By “raps” I mean put himself in the conversation for best in the game, which he did in his early stuff, and on his last mixtape, No Ceilings. The old version is undoubtedly better, and anyone who says otherwise is probably a Justin Bieber fan. A couple months ago, the first single entitled “6 Foot 7 Foot” came out and we definitely got the old Wayne. Let’s just hope he stays away from the autotune on this one.
Game: The R.E.D Album, set to release August 23rd. Game has already gone through a lot with this album, and we still have 3 months until it comes out. After his last album LAX, he announced his retirement from rap, but a short time later he decided to come back and put out another album. “Red Nation”, the first single which also features Lil Wayne came out in April. Because of Game’s past and his affiliation with the Bloods, BET and MTV have banned the video to the single from airing in fear of retaliation from other gangs. However, you can watch it onyoutube. I’ve never been a huge Game fan, but there are a couple songs that I like, so I’ll more than likely check this out come release date.
Beyoncé: 4, set to release June 24th. Like I said, there is a lot of variety this summer. As most of you know, Jay-Z’s wife is not a rapper (I hope you all know that). Nonetheless, she is a great artist and she always has a huge following. From the single, and another leak that I have heard, it sounds like going for something different than the typical female R&B sound. As usual she has a music video that is already turning into a hug dance craze. Depending on how good the other songs are, I might give this a couple spins.
Big Sean: Finally Famous The Album, set to release June 21st. Big Sean is signed to Kanye’s label, G.O.O.D. Music, and most of the time that is what we get. His Finally Famous Vol. 3 mixtape was loved by most people who listened to it. Sean even coined the way most rappers are saying punchlines today. Does your favorite rapper say something along the lines of “It’s going down. Basement”? Well, that’s thanks to Big Sean. So far, four songs have leaked from the album, tow on purpose, and to by accident. The only official single though, is called “My Last”, and it has Chris Brown singing the hook. As Sean would say, “I do it, boy.”
Royce Da 5’9″ & Eminem: Hell: The Sequel, set to release June 14th. Yet another collaboration that has been a long time coming. With Shady Records signing or Slaughterhouse, it’s finally here. On Em’s The Slim Shady LP, he had a song that featured Royce called “Bad Meets Evil”. The actual artist for Hell: The Sequel is not Royce Da 5’9″ & Eminem, but instead Bad Meets Evil. Which one is which is a debate for another time. I’ve heard rumblings that this won’t be good since neither is in their prime anymore. The first single “Fast Lane” proves otherwise. This summer is Ye’s and Hov’s to lose, but if they slip up, these two won’t hesitate to take advantage.
J. Cole: TBA, release date TBA. This isn’t confirmed for the summer, hell, it isn’t even confirmed for any year, but it deserves to be on this list. Cole is one of the best rappers we have today, and people have been anticipating this since he signed with Jay-Z a couple years ago. We know nothing about the album, but we can speculate about a summer release because Cole tweeted “Tell em’ all. The Summer’s mine. Cole Worldddd”. We just found out that he will be releasing the first single from the album this week. This is in the same boat as Watch The Throne because everyone wants it this summer, but nothing is guaranteed.
Curren$y: Weekend at Burnie’s, set to release June 28th. Muscle Car Chronicles & Pilot Talk III, release dates TBA. In an idea world we’d get all three of these album by Spitta this summer, and that isn’t out of the question. If anyone will, he’ll be the one release all three of these in a three week span without any notice. Don’t think quality is sacrificed for quantity. He promised eight projects this year, and the first two, Return To The Winners Circle and Covert Coup were good. The production he gets is always phenomenal, and Weekend At Burnie’sshould be no exception. It will be produced entirely by Monsta Beatz who contributed to the first two Pilot Talks, and also on his first album Ain’t No Mixtape. The first singe is #JetsGo, which is down below. MCC was supposed to come out in March of this year, but was delayed at the last minute to June, but now the release date is unknown. As for PT 3, he’ll probably finish it and put it out this year, but the summer is still a possibility.
DJ Khaled: We The Best Forever, set to release June 28th. If you ever get into a debate about club albums, just turn to DJ Khaled. He churns out club hit after club hit. With the first two songs heard by the public being “Welcome To My Hood” and “I’m On One”, it doesn’t look like anything has changed this time around. You can listen to the latter below, and just so you know, Drake goes crazy. There is no track list yet, but there is sure to be some crazy features from pretty much every one who is relevant in the game today.
Drake: Take Care, set to release September 13th. Yes, I know that September is not the summer, even though technically it is. Still though, this has to be on the list. Drake’s debut Thank Me Later was a bit disappointing. Not that it was bad, but it just didn’t live up to the hype, and it would have been hard for anyone to follow up a masterpiece like So Far Gone. We haven’t heard a lot from Drake recently, so hopefully he’s been hard at work onTake Care. Although in the last week, we’ve heard “I’m On One”, a remix to a song called “Wildfire”, and the first cut from Take Care, “Dreams Money Can Buy”, which is below. Drake said this was not the first single, but more than likely the intro, which isn’t a bad thing. The song is amazing, but it’s not what I want in the middle of an album by a someone with Drake’s rapping ability. It does set a good mood, and just amps me up a bit more.
Dipset: Independence Day, set to release July 5th. Not much is known about this project except the video of Dipset member Jim Jones making the announcement about it’s creation. Despite the lack of information, I’m still looking forward to this because it’s been a long time since heard ANYTHING from Dipset. Plus, Juelz Santana can be one of the best rappers in the game when he wants to be.
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