2019 Hip-Hop Album Releases: The Essential Guide

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Last yr was one of many greatest in current reminiscence, with releases from what felt like ninety % of the sport. That could also be an exaggeration, nevertheless it’s not solely removed from the reality. 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 lots of extra helped pad a stacked launch calendar, fuelling a spirited album-of-the-year debate to match.

Given that artists, regardless of our greatest intentions, are not coin-operated music makers, albums typically arrive on a bi-yearly foundation. Exceptions do exist, particularly for these of a fiendish work ethic, or a renewed sense of starvation. Still, given the truth that we as hip-hop followers have been certainly “eatin’” final yr, one has to marvel if 2019 will carry forth the identical fruitful harvest.

While we’re about two and 1 / 4 months deep on the time of this writing, the discharge schedule has been comparatively mild. The high quality has been there, with stable drops from Future, Offset, Boogie, Solange, Juice WRLD, 2 Chainz, DaBaby and extra, however the frequency of A-list arrivals has admittedly slowed. Perhaps that is merely the calm earlier than the storm. After all, it’s been a minute since we’ve seen TDE unleash their roster. Plus, Dreamville is positioned for a large yr, with Revenge Of The Dreamers three, EarthGang’s “MirrorLand,” and Cole’s personal KOD followup. Culture III continues to be on the market, as is Kanye West’s fabled Yandhi. It’s solely a matter of time earlier than the discharge dates begin pouring in. 

For now, familiarize your self with a number of the concrete arrivals, formally due out in March, April, and past.

2019 Hip-Hop Album Releases: The Essential Guide

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MARCH

Zacari – Run Wild Run Free

When: March 15th

TDE’s melodic weapon is about to channel the wolves he seems to like so dearly. With singles like “Midas Touch” revealing the scope of Zacari’s skills, it stands to motive that Run Wild Run Free will probably be a formidable introduction to the younger singer’s modus operandi. 

Rich The Kid – The World Is Yours 2

When: March 22nd

Rich The Kid’s anticipated sequel to final yr’s The World Is Yours has lastly landed a launch date. With options from Nav, Gunna, Juice WRLD, Gucci Mane, SZA, Offset, Big Sean, Lil Pump, Takeoff, and extra, The World Is Yours 2 seems to be to be one other slew of heaters from The Kid. We’ve already heard singles Splashin and four Phones, an early glimpse on the potential sonic route.

2019 Hip-Hop Album Releases: The Essential Guide

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APRIL

Khalid – Free Spirit

When: April fifth

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

Anderson .Paak – Ventura

When:  April 12th

After hunkering down for some creatively fruitful studio periods along with his buddy and mentor Dr. Dre, Anderson .Paak got here by with the rap-heavy Oxnard. He just lately revealed that he and Dre’s cook-up truly yielded a pair of initiatives, together with the extra soulful companion piece Ventura. Look for this one to please followers of .Paak’s Malibu sound, which some felt was missed throughout his newest outing.

Dreamville – Revenge Of The Dreamers three

When: “April”

Take this one well-salted. J. Cole just lately revealed his intentions to unveil the fruits of the storied Revengers periods sooner or later in April, although the Herculean activity of narrowing down the alternatives is hardly a straightforward 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 extra, Dreamers III is definitely one of many yr’s most anticipated initiatives. What else is there to say about this leviathan? SEE FOR YOURSELF.

2019 Hip-Hop Album Releases: The Essential Guide

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MAY

Famous Dex – Momma’s Boy

When: May 22nd

This summer time, Dexter returns from the lab with a brand new album in tow. The Momma’s Boy challenge, a dedication to his late mom, seems to be a extra private outing from the animated rapper, following final yr’s Dex Meets Dexter. 

DJ Khaled – Father Of Asahd

When: May

Who is DJ Khaled’s favourite rapper? “MYSONNE!” Look for Father Of Asahd to reach in May, as per the affable mogul’s personal affirmation. Expect loads of notable names to pop up for the help, as Khaled was just lately noticed working with Nipsey Hussle, Lil Baby, J Balvin, SZA, Cardi B, and extra.

Iggy Azalea – In My Defense

When: May 

With her upcoming single “Sally Walker” set to reach later this week, it will seem that the masters-owning Iggy Azalea is able to return to the sport. It’s been 5 years since her final studio album The New Classic, and it ought to be attention-grabbing to see whether or not the “Cash/Ass” aficionado nonetheless has a number of hits on deck.

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JULY

Soulja Boy – Untitled

When: July 28th

The comeback of the century continues. BigDrako has already tapped a large lineup of visitor appearances for his upcoming album, together with 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 in which of element, he has confirmed that his upcoming studio album will probably be dropping this July. Given that his supervisor has echoed the notion, it stands to motive that there is fireplace behind this explicit smoke. 

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TBD

Beast Coast – Untitled

Joey Bada$$. Meechy Darko. Erick Arc Elliot. Zombie Juice. Ak The Savior. Issa Gold. Nyck Caution. Kirk Knight. CJ Fly. What extra may you ask for? Stream lead single “Left Hand” proper right here – it is fireplace. 

Conway – Untitled Shady Records Album

 Griselda’s Conway is poised to ship his first album on Shady Records. “I contemplate it the illest shit in in all probability the final twenty years,” he teases. “We received some individuals on there too. Big boys on it.” Eminem function, maybe? 

DMX – Untitled

Dark Man X is again within the combine, making ready his first album since 2012’s Undisputed. We’ve already seen him placing in work within the studio alongside Ruff Ryders alumni Swizz Beatz, who has spoken brazenly about X’s wholesome mindset. Perhaps a brand new album from DMX is precisely what the sport has been lacking.

EarthGang – MirrorLand

Venus and Dot are about to embark on a psychedelic journey not like something the world has ever seen. When I requested the duo about what we are able to count on from their upcoming challenge, I acquired the next solutions: “It’s an LSD journey. It’s a coming of age journey. You gonna be proven who you’re, who you wanna be and the countless potentialities of who you will be. All on this challenge.” Also, “how far mild can bounce.” 

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

Though a concrete launch date has but to be supplied, a rise in exercise from the usually quiet tandem of Gibbs and Madlib means that Bandana is on the way in which. If “Flat Tummy Tea” and “Bandana” are any indication, search for this one to be one of many yr’s strongest drops. 

G-Eazy – Untitled

Young Gerald, recognized affectionately as “The Bay Area Greaser” has been laborious at work within the sales space. With the Blueface-assisted “West Coast” already on deck, G-Eazy has confidently dubbed his new challenge his “finest one but.” 

Migos – Culture III

Though plans of an early 2019 drop seem to have been deserted, it would not be stunning to see Migo-mania kick off within the close to future. Look for the third chapter of the Migos’ Culture trilogy to be the most important chapter to this point. If the primary was wonderful, and the second was stable, if unremarkable, what can we count on from this go-around?

Kanye West – Yandhi

What are we to count on from Ye on this go-around? Will the 6ix9ine and XXXTentacion collaborations stay intact? What concerning the Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “physique picture anthem?”  Will the turnt-up gospel of Sunday Services inform any of his new sounds? So many questions stay, and but the oft-outspoken producer has opted to maintain his playing cards near his chest. 

PnB Rock – TrapStar Turnt PopStar

At some level this yr, PnB Rock will probably be returning along with his followup to 2017’s Catch These Vibes. While the discharge date has but to be revealed, we do know that Rock is sitting on options from Lil Durk, Tee Grizzley, Quavo, XXXTentacion, Tory Lanez, Lil Skies, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and extra.

2019 Hip-Hop Album Releases: The Essential Guide

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ScHoolboy Q – Untitled

It’s been a minute, however ScHoolboy Q seems to be dropping his Blank Face follow-up sooner or later this yr. Look for his effort to be certainly one of many TDE drops. While we now have but to receieve a date, ScHoolboy has just lately teased some new music, signalling an imminent launch. 

The Game – Born To Rap

Oh, The Game. The album hasn’t even come out but and he is already pissed off Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Joe Budden, and Cyn Santana. With involvement from Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz, and lots of extra, count on this one to be a send-off worthy of a hip-hop legend. Say what you’ll concerning the west-coast legend, however The Game will possible carry his A-Game on Born To Rap, and it ought to be a spectacle to behold. 

Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik three

On his remaining Shady Records album, Catfish Billy seems to be again on his B.S, if the cruel onslaught of dope freestyles seem to point. Expect this one to revisit his gritter hip-hop aesthetic, because the Alabama emcee has seemingly exorcised his demons in favor of a back-to-basics method. 

Young Thug – Barter 7 

At this level, we now have so many Thugger IG snippets assortment of them would possible make an album in itself. Hopefully, the serpentine auteur can discover it in himself to gather the very best ones in a single cohesive package deal. We may all the time use some new Jeffery.

2019 Hip-Hop Album Releases: The Essential Guide

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