What hip-hop releases you can expect this year

The year may just be beginning but it looks like it will be great one for all hip-hop music lovers. It seems artists will be putting all the stops as they gear themselves for a number of releases. Granted, last year was one of the biggest in recent memory, with releases from what felt like ninety percent of the game.

That may be an exaggeration, but it’s not entirely far from the truth. Drops from Drake, Pusha T, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Eminem, Royce Da 5’9,” Migos, Takeoff, Quavo, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, J.I.D, EarthGang, Future, Mac Miller, Denzel Curry, Nas, Dave East, Flatbush Zombies, A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, Cozz, Bas, Travis Scott and many more helped pad a stacked release calendar, fuelling a spirited album-of-the-year debate to match.

Drum roll pleas as we delve into 2019’s most anticipated releases:

MARCH

Zacari – Run Wild Run Free

When: March 15th

TDE’s melodic weapon is about to channel the wolves he appears to love so dearly.

Rich The Kid – The World Is Yours 2

When: March 22nd

Rich The Kid’s anticipated sequel to last year’s The World Is Yours has finally landed a release date. With features from NavGunna, Juice WRLD, Gucci Mane, SZA, Offset, Big Sean, Lil Pump, Takeoff, and more, The World Is Yours 2 looks to be another slew of heaters from The Kid. We’ve already heard singles Splashin and 4 Phones, an early glimpse at the possible sonic direction.

APRIL

Khalid – Free Spirit

When: April 5th

The dulcet tones of Khalid will fill your ears once again, as soon as this Spring. The singer has already dropped a few lead singles, including “My Bad,” “Better,” “Talk,” and “Saturday Night.” 

Anderson .Paak – Ventura

When:  April 12th

After hunkering down for some creatively fruitful studio sessions with his friend and mentor Dr. Dre, Anderson .Paak came through with the rap-heavy Oxnard. 

Dreamville – Revenge Of The Dreamers 3

When: “April”

Take this one well-salted. J. Cole recently revealed his intentions to unveil the culmination of the storied Revengers sessions at some point in April, though the Herculean task of narrowing down the selections is hardly an easy one. With contributions from Cole, Cozz, Bas, JID, EarthGang, Lute, Ari Lennox, T.I., Reason, Buddy, Smino, Vince Staples, Ski Mask The Slump God, King Mez and more, Dreamers III is easily one of the year’s most anticipated projects. What else is there to say about this leviathan? 

MAY

Famous Dex – Momma’s Boy

When: May 22nd

This summer, Dexter returns from the lab with a new album in tow. The Momma’s Boy project, a dedication to his late mother, appears to be a more personal outing from the animated rapper, following last year’s Dex Meets Dexter. 

DJ Khaled – Father Of Asahd

When: May

Who is DJ Khaled’s favorite rapper? “MYSONNE!” Look for Father Of Asahd to arrive in May, as per the affable mogul’s own confirmation. Expect plenty of notable names to pop up for the assist, as Khaled was recently spotted working with Nipsey Hussle, Lil Baby, J Balvin, SZA, Cardi B, and more.

Iggy Azalea – In My Defense

When: May 

With her upcoming single “Sally Walker” set to arrive later this week, it would appear that the masters-owning Iggy Azalea is ready to return to the game. It’s been five years since her last studio album The New Classic, and it should be interesting to see whether the “Cash/Ass” aficionado still has a few hits on deck.

JULY

Soulja Boy – Untitled

When: July 28th

The comeback of the century continues. BigDrako has already tapped a massive lineup of guest appearances for his upcoming album, including Tory Lanez, Swae Lee, Trippie Redd, Bhad Bhabie, ASAP Ferg, Asian Doll, Smooky Margeila, Chief Keef, Money Man, Nicki Minaj, Ronny J, and Murda Beatz.

Chance The Rapper – Untitled

When: July

While Chance The Rapper has given us little in the way of detail, he has confirmed that his upcoming studio album will be dropping this July. Given that his manager has echoed the notion, we have no doubt that this will be a dope album.  

While these may be some of the confirmed releases in the coming few months of 2019, you can expect to see a whole lot more artists dropping their projects, and fresh music streaming in for the rest of the year. We sure know that this will be the year of heavy album drop – we just wonder if the big names will also be dropping some music too.  

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