Upcoming Rap Albums: Established Folks

Wanna know which albums to be on the lookout for this year?

Spit Talking’s got you.┬áThese are some of the most interesting upcoming rap albums from dudes who have mad experience in the game under their belts. No matter what kind of hip hop you like, there’s something coming up for you.

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD

Ghostface Killah

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Ghostface is one of the best lyricists from the Wu, and that’s saying something. BADBADNOTGOOD are an instrumental jazz trio. This sounds like some sort of weird random matchup, but it isn’t. I’ve lucked into seeing BADBADNOTGOOD twice for free, and they do mad hip hop covers. I can’t wait to hear what they can come up with matched with not only a rapper, but one of the greats in Ghostface. The album is called Sour Soul, and it’s supposed to come out in about a month.


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 Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

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Tha Carter V is supposedly Weezy’s last album, and the end of an empire. The last one I really dug was Tha Carter II, when I thought he might actually have been the best rapper alive like he so boldly claimed on that album. Still though, Wayne’s influence on hip hop (particularly his constant stream of both new mixtapes and albums) is undeniable, and it’ll be interesting to see what he’s got. Also, he just released a new freestyle if you wanna check that out for something of a preview.

Kanye West

Kanye West

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No intro necessary. Kanye doesn’t usually do the same things for consecutive albums, and Yeezus didn’t sound like anything he (or many people) had done before. We’ll see if Kanye focuses on production again (likely), or lyrics, or concept, or whatever. Whatever it is, it’ll probably sell a lot of copies and end up on a lot of end-of-year lists, because Kanye is a tastemaker and trends follow him. For proof of that just look at the initial reaction to Yeezus and then the final consensus about it.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

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Even though Kendrick is mad washed now (shoutout to his wild Ferguson comments on twitter that he’s since deleted), his album will probably be the most-anticipated, most-scrutinized and probably most-selling album of the year. We’ve heard two songs from him since good kid, m.A.A.d. city, with one of them (I) being alright and one of them (untitled) being doper. Not sure if either or both of those are actually gonna be on the main album, but they give you an idea. Kendrick is definitely going for a new direction, and it’ll be interesting to see if he lands it and rules 2015 like he did (late) 2012.

Which one of these are you looking forward to the most?

The way I see it, Ghostface, Kanye and Wayne are all just looking to add to their long resumes, while Kendrick is looking to further define his legacy.

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