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Nine Upcoming Rap/Hip-Hop Albums That Should Be On Your Radar (Part 1)

While 2013 has just begun, so many quality rap/hip-hop albums have dropped in the span of only two months that it seems like an entire year has passed me by. Off the top of my head, I can already call out a couple top notch releases that will probably end up on my best of year end list:

LongLiveA$AP by A$AP Rocky

Life Changes by Casey Veggies

Ivy League: The Kickback by CyHi The Prince

Dirty Slums 2 by Slum Village

Folarin by Wale

Those fine pieces of audio listed above have done great for the year and the genre I write about so much. Now I’m ready for the next batch of dope albums heading our way for the remainder of the year (that I know of).

Join me as I count down nine upcoming 2013 rap/hip-hop albums you should be checking for soon:


9. Hall of Fame by Big Sean – Big Sean has risen from the doldrums of G.O.O.D. Music’s “Cave of Unreleased Rappers with No Album.” He’s Finally Famous, his features are standout verses on a ton of people’s songs and he’s putting on for Detroit like a trooper. I can’t stop bumping last year’s Detroit mixtape, so I already figure I’m gonna have a hard time putting down Sean’s next album. “Guap” is a feel good single with a catchy hook and a joyous message that the radio loves to present ever hour. I know Big Sean is getting with the best producers and his fellow label mates to put together another classic. Boy…


8. Hotel California by Tyga YMCMB has way too many artists in its stable, if ya ask me. It’s hard for all those rappers and singers to shine when all of them aren’t getting equal attention from the Birdman himself. I was scared that Tyga would never reach the plateau he’s at now while under Wayne and Baby. But I’m happy to see Mr. “Coconut Juice” rise above mediocrity and craft hit singles that are hard to ignore.  I’m anticipating Tyga’s next album based on the heat he recently dropped with these two singles:

The clubs (and I) are ready.


7. Flockaveli 2 by Waka Flocka Flame WAKA! Yeah, call me crazy for enjoying this dude’s music. SO WHAT? Waka’s albums and mixtapes are rowdy, rugged and violent (just how I like it). And if this sequel is anything like Waka’s debut album, I’m sure I’m gonna be acting as ignorantly as ever. I’ve kept tabs on Waka through interviews and he says he’s looking to spread himself out to different sounds. This excites me because I know he’s capable of surprising some folks with new types of music. This album is set to drop (supposedly) on October 2, 2013. I can’t wait! *Sleepy Brown voice*



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About the Author


Elton Jones (no relation to the guy who sings "Bennie and The Jets") is a huge fan of rap, hip-hop and R&B. His favorite artists range from golden era rap crews such as A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, to today's current rap stars like Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar. Elton appreciates every facet of the urban music genre and follows the major developments that are made within the industry. Elton obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Saint Augustine's College in 2010. With his degree in hand, he now looks to make a lasting impact in the world of music journalism. He also hopes to attend a SXSW and Rock The Bells concert someday.

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