2017 delivered some outstanding releases from my most favorite creators, probably the world’s dominant music genre Hip-Hop, from Jay Z 4:44, Drake’s More Life to Kendrick’s DAMN to mention a few but 2018 could prove just as, if not more, exciting thanks to highly-anticipated drops from music’s biggest names.
The lineup of new releases is staggering from powerhouses like Migos, Drake, Nas, SchoolBoy Q, i or we anxiously await their albums. 2018 could prove to be another huge year for women in hip-hop with projects from Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Remy Ma on the way. How will they top their past works? Can they elevate to even greater heights?
Some albums have been named while others need confirmation from these creators.
1. Cardi B
Who works as hard as Cardi B? It’s been a historic year for the former reality television star, who became the second female MC ever to top the Hot 100 with an unaccompanied single thanks to
She’s also the first unassisted female MC to top the chart for three straight weeks or better. Now, after two mixtapes in the Gangsta Bitch Music series, the Bronx bombshell is ready to release her debut album featuring her 4x platinum hit and the 21 Savage-assisted “Bartier Cardi.”
The question now is, can she continue the streak with even more chart smashes? With six songs currently in the Hot 100, all signs point to yes.
After catapulting to No. 1 with Culture , Migos is ready for more. They’ve collaborated with Katy Perry, released solo guest offerings, and contributed smashes for Quality Control’s new compilation.
Now the group is planning to unleash Culture II. If the first two singles, “MotorSport” featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B and “Stir Fry,” are any indication, expect the trio to keep on cookin’.
3. Kanye West
After unleashing 2016’s The Life of Pablo, the life of Kanye West has been a whirlwind of onstage rants, fashion frenzies, and even concerning hospitalization.
Since emerging from the health- mandated hiatus, Mr. West has reportedly refocused on his family (with a third child on the way) and his music.
There is speculation of G.O.O.D. Music’s long-awaited Cruel Winter compilation and a Kid Cudi joint project, but it’s ‘Ye’s eighth solo album that is his most anticipated for 2018, because it could feature answers to some burning questions.
How will Yeezus reinvent his sound? How will the reported breakdown inspire his work? How can he improve upon one of rap’s most celebrated discographies?
4. Nicki Minaj
Can the queen conquer once again? It’s been more than three years since Nicki Minaj has graced her kingdom with a new album. Now, the Young Money star is getting ready to deliver her fourth LP and it should be filled with revelations.
After becoming the woman with the most Hot 100 entries of all time, she’s also poised to deliver another set of high-impact bangers.
This i personally can’t wait. Back in 2016, Nas told fans that his album was complete on DJ Khaled’s “Nas Album Done.” Nearly two years later, Esco continues tinkering with the project and it still hasn’t seen the light of day.
With additional time to work on the project and a high-profile split from Nicki Minaj, the LP’s garnered even greater attention and anticipation.
It’s been six years since Life Is Good, but maybe this is the year that Nas’ 12th album may actually be done.
Last year, Drake delivered the More Life “playlist” as an appetizer for a full-length album to come. This year, the 6 God is likely to deliver on that promise with a new studio album that he’s been crafting in Toronto.
Although he’s been occupied with film and television projects , he’s also said that new music is on the way and snippets have been dropping left and right. “I’m always working for you,” he said in November.
“I’m never sitting around wasting time. I got shit coming. Don’t worry.” Sounds like Drake season is near.
6. Kendrick Lamar-The Black Panther Soundtrack
What happens when one of hip-hop’s most powerful labels, Top Dawg Entertainment, teams up with the cinema titans at Disney and the comic book giants at Marvel?
Listeners are about to find out with the highly-anticipated release of Black Panther: The Album , a soundtrack for Black Panther that is being curated and produced by Kendrick Lamar, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, and TDE.
All of that only fuels expectations for what could be Hollywood’s biggest soundtrack of the year.
7. SchoolBoy Q
ScHoolboy Q has been teasing his third major label album since the start of 2017. Back in February, he promised that it would showcase a “different side” of his personality.
In September, he claimed that the follow-up to last year’s Blank Face LP was “90 percent done.”
8. A$ap Rocky
Last year, he promised “new swag” and an evolution from his past projects, so it looks like Jodye is ready to deliver.
9. Travis Scott – Astroworld
Pop it, let it bang. It’s been more than a year since Travis Scott released his sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight , but it’s actually been longer since La Flame first announced AstroWorld.
Inspired by a now-defunct Six Flags theme park in Houston, the project is set to carry on the Texas rapper’s Auto-Tuned streak of
success. Back in March, he claimed it could be his best yet. Bad tbing about scotty is, he never drops anything.
10. Jermaine Cole & Kendrick Lamar
Honorary mention to J.COLE and Kendrick Lamar for the joint album they have been making for the past couple of years. Please drop that so i can graduate from college in peace. They are the most conscious artistes of their generation so its safe to say that it will be a classic
Long Live Hip Hop.