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XXL Presents… The 35 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

35. Juelz Santana, Born to Lose, Built to Win

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Def Jam Recordings

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

Since the release of Juelz Santana’s last studio album What the Game’s Been Missing back in 2005, the game has noticeably been missing a full-length Juelz’ project. In a time where most artists would have at least flooded the streets with free music to keep relevant and more importantly, keep fans satisfied, Santana has kept relatively quiet. A few major setbacks have continuously delayed the release of any new music from Santana for more than six years. From legal woes to label politics, Santana has seen the joint effort with Lil Wayne, I Can’t Feel My Face not see the light of day, the Dipset reunion album never materialize and his Regan Era mixtape series, which initially was set to drop in 2009 and has now been renamed God Will’n yet to be released. Now with Def Jam and Lil Wayne fully behind him he’s ready to prove why he’s built to win. Let’s just hope Born to Lose, Built to Win isn’t on next year’s Most Anticipated Albums of the Year list.


34. Azealia Banks, Broke with Expensive Taste

Expected Release Date: February 12, 2013

Label: Polydor, Interscope

Number of Pushbacks: Once

Following the release of her single “212,” there were rumors that Azealia Banks had signed with G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye himself called her the future of music, she performed at fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld’s home, she recorded songs with Lady Gaga, she collaborated with Mac Cosmetics on her Yung Rapunxel lipstick line, and even racked up cosigns from New York rap legends Nas and Styles P. Though her 1991 EP and the Fantasea mixtape couldn’t replicate the success of “212,” Banks still managed to keep people talking through a slew of well-publicized beefs with just about everybody. The outspoken Harlemite exchanged jabs with T.I., Kreayshawn, Iggy Azalea, Jim Jones, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, male managers, and most recently Angel Haze and Perez Hilton. With her debut, Broke With Expensive Taste she looks to bring the focus back to where it belongs, her talent.

33. Snoop Lion, Reincarnated

Expected Release Date: Spring 2013

Label: RCA Records

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

It isn’t often when a veteran MC with over 20 years in the game can say they are gearing up for a rookie run. The West coast legend formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg will release his first LP under the moniker Snoop Lion. Reincarnated, Snoop’s first foray into reggae music is slated for release later this year and will be accompanied by a documentary. The documentary will detail how a trip to Jamaica inspired The Doggfather’s transformation from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion. The singles “Lighters Up” and “Here Comes The King” offer a taste of what to expect from the forthcoming album. A recently inked deal with RCA Records, a new appreciation for reggae music and a new outlook on life (he’s now a practicing Rastafarian) seem to have Snoop truly rejuvenated.

32. Cam’ron, More Gunz, Less Butta/Killa Season 2

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: N/A

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

Dipset’s head honcho had a few high profile appearances in 2012. He popped up on tracks from Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Jim Jones. This year he looks to focus his attention on a solo project. Not much is known about Killa Cam’s new studio album, but he has reportedly worked with T.I., Nicki Minaj, and Wiz Khalifa for the follow-up to 2009’s Crime Pays. Starting the year off with new music, Cam premiered his “You Know This” on New York’s Power 105.1 giving fans a sample of what to look forward to.

31. Gunplay, Medellin

Expected Release Date: Summer 2013

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