2 Chainz might be the hottest emcee in the game right now. Regardless of MTV ignoring his buzz when compiling this years list, it’s no secret that this man of many names has been invading mp3 files all over the country. Your favorite rapper has a song with him, and if they don’t yet, rest assured they’re working on it. You can pick up any album, or mixtape, and 2 Chainz is bound to have a 16 dropped on there somewhere. To say this man hasn’t won a lot of people over would be a lie. The big question here is, can he live up to the hype? The buzz he’s got going right now is somewhat comparable to Lil Wayne a few years back, when his features took the game over. As of right now, all we have is the new single “No Lie” which sounds like it has potential. Expect more information to surface very soon, we believe this will be one of the hottest albums this Summer.
#4 Big K.R.I.T. – Live From The Underground | June 5th
No surprise here. The Mississippi emcee is finally going to bless us with his long awaited debut album, Live From The Underground. This was originally supposed to drop last September, but the timing just wasn’t right for K.R.I.T. He first pushed it back to the beginning of this year, before once again pushing it back to June 5th. K.R.I.T. has made it clear that there will be no more pushbacks, and even gave us another dope mixtape to hold us over in the meantime. We don’t know too much about the album yet, other than the single “I Got This”, and that he has spoken on a 2 Chainz feature. Look for this to be one of the better albums not only of the Summer, but the year.
#3 Curren$y – The Stoned Immaculate – June 5th
Coming in at number three, is none other than Curren$y, a.k.a. Spitta, with The Stoned Immaculate. Spitta is known to drop numerous projects every single year, but as far as we can tell, this is the only album he plans to drop in 2012. We know Muscle Car Chronicles came out a couple of months back, but that wasn’t even authorized by Spitta, nor should it have been. That one was better left in the vault. What intrigues us most with this album is that Curren$y is venturing out and working with a variety of new producers. Usually he likes to stick with the same 1-2 beat makers for one project, but he must have felt it’s time to switch things up. Judging on what we’ve heard thus far, and the features he has lined up for this one, we’ll just go out on a limb as say this will be one of his best projects to date. Pre-orders for the album are now available.
#2 Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t | July 31st
Coming in at #2 is the MMG capo himself, with his 5th studio album, God Forgives, I Don’t. We were hoping to get this last Summer, and then again in December, but release dates never seem to go as planned these days. Ross spent most of last year building his team, which left little time left for his solo projects. Scheduled to finally drop on December 13th, health problems wouldn’t permit Rozay to finish up in time. Now we’re approaching the Summer of 2012, and the new release date was finally announced last week. Ross promised all brand new material for this project, so the previous singles are out of the window at this point. After dropping Rich Forever to hold us over, there’s no reason to believe Ross won’t deliver his best album to date when God Forgives, I Don’t hit shelves on July 31st. The biggest question here is, will the boss finally go platinum?
#1 G.O.O.D. Music: The Album
Our most anticipated album is the GOOD Music joint, because we fu-king said so, and this is an opinion piece. But seriously, is there really any surprise here? If you didn’t expect this to be our #1, then you don’t know us very well. If Kanye was dropping a solo album, that would be #1. Add in Big Sean, Pusha T, KiD CuDi, and the rest of the G.O.O.D. Music family, and what you have is the recipe for something legendary. If “Mercy” is any indication on what’s to come, I think it’s safe to say Kanye will once more have all other artists tucking their Summer in. If the first single wasn’t enough to convince you, I’m sure y’all happened to catch the recent “I Don’t Like” remix that raised the bar once more. Everyone from the G.O.O.D. Music camp has been spitting their ass off recently, so expect Yeezy, Big Sean, Pusha T, & CyHi to continue with that trend. We have no official release date at the moment, but expect it to drop before the Summer ends.
Now, we already know what some of you are thinking. “WHY DID YOU LEAVE ____ OUT?!!” Cause we wanted to, that’s why. To say these are the ONLY albums we’re anticipating would be comical, to say the least. There are a handful of other drops we can’t wait get our hands on, but the ones mentioned previously, are the ones we want most. Just to appease some of y’all we went ahead and listed 3 honorable mentions, in no particular order.
Honorable Mention #1 – A$AP Rocky – LongLiveA$AP (No official release date yet)
Honorable Mention #2 – Meek Mill – Dreams & Nightmares (August 28th)
Honorable Mention #3 – Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C. (August 28th)