We’ve been taking a forward look at some of the most anticipated hip-hop releases for this summer. Check installments one and two for the albums due for release in June and July. Today we’ll take a look at the best of what’s coming out in August.
August (date TBA): Ghostface Killah, Supreme Clientele Presents…Blue and Cream: The Wally Era
This LP has yet to solidify a release date, which has done nothing to damage my confidence in Ghostface’s ability to get the thing out into the world with time to spare. Even in the ranks of the remarkably prolific Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah has always managed to stand out by dint of his ability to balance the demands of record production with the constraints placed on his time by such duties as acting, making video games and restauranteur-ing.
Okay, so even if Apollo Kids wasn’t all that great, a new Ghostface album still offers plenty of incentive to get rightfully stoked. And so long as there are no advance singles, we can at least give the thing the benefit of the doubt.
August 14: 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story
Based on a T.R.U. Story will be 2 Chainz’s debut album, which is odd considering the MC’s endless spate of guest verses has created the impression that he has been working the game since roughly the time of Methuselah.
While 2 Chainz has proven his ability to add indispensible flavor to a track (see here and here), it remains to be seen whether the Georgia-based MC can carry an album on his lonesome. And, actually, it looks like that question will be lacking resolution for some time to come, as T.R.U. Story features guest verses from a plethora of pop-rap demigods including Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Ludicrous and Kanye West.
Take this advance single as a case study: Is this a Drake track featuring 2 Chainz, or a 2 Chainz track featuring Drake?
August 14: Insane Clown Posse, The Mighty Death Pop!
Even if a new Insane Clown Posse album represents a net loss for hip-hop as an art form (and for Western civilization in general, for that matter) it can at least guarantee a certain level of morbid curiosity. I mean, does everyone remember this?
For all the vitriol leveled at Mssrs. Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, you at least have to concede that they know their audience. In a promotional gimmick imminently appropriate to their aesthetic, the duo has chosen to spread the word about The Mighty Death Pop! via no lesser an artifact than a 20-minute infomercial.
August 28: Wiz Khalifa, O.N.I.F.C.
Alternately titled Only Ni**a in First Class or One Night in First Class, depending on whether or not you own a radio station, Wiz Khalifa’s sophomore studio album arrives late this summer atop a deserving tidal wave of positive buzz. The MC’s Taylor Allderdice mixtape, released this March, offered a stronger set of tracks than most recent full-lengths have been able to muster, and some shy shufflings towards a mature aesthetic set the standard for O.N.I.F.C. even higher.
Advance single “Work Hard, Play Hard” follows the big-fat-party-chorus model established by earlier Wiz Khalifa releases, but, as the track amply displays, the man is getting even better at what he does.