XXL Presents… The 35 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

25. Juicy J, Stay Trippy

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Taylor Gang, Kemosabe, Columbia Records

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

Juicy J’s resurgence as a solo artist last year was nothing short of remarkable. Aligning himself with Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang introduced the Memphis veteran to a whole new crop of younger fans who probably wouldn’t have come to know Juicy if it hadn’t been for that new partnership. Then came “Bandz”, an instant classic in gentlemen’s clubs everywhere. Juicy J was back, and plans for his third solo album Stay Trippy soon materialized. Earlier this month Juicy J confirmed the album was in it’s final stages. Prepare accordingly and get your vices in order.

24. Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 2

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Atlantic Records

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

Lupe Fiasco is never afraid to speak his mind. On Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, the Chi-Town native sounds inspired again. It hits a variety of reflective themes that felt reminiscent of the first effort. From the controversial sampling found on “Around My Way” to the conversation starter “Bitch Bad,” the album contains many moments to spark a social dialogue.

Lupe will bring more of his dexterity and lyrical substance on Part 2. He’s at a stronger place mentally since his former label disputes have died down. Conscious rap fans should look forward to it addressing politics and mainstream hip-hop in a much a wider scope than before.

23. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: The Pink Print

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

2012 was an interesting year for Nicki Minaj. Though she further cemented her status as a global superstar with the release of her sophomore LP, racked up endorsement after endorsement, won a ton of awards, and became a judge on American Idol she also experienced some adversity. Her adventurous Grammy performance was universally panned, the underwhelming (and underperforming) Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded had detractors wondering if Nicki had gone too Pop, and her American Idol gig sparked a feud between her and her Idol co-judge Mariah Carey. Not one to crumble under pressure, Nicki looks to silence her critics with the follow-up to Roman Reloaded. Reportedly her third album, Pink Friday: The Pink Print will be more of a continuation of the more Hip Hop/mixtape influenced Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded re-release The Re-Up, which will give her barbz reason to rejoice. #OldNickiBack

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22. Earl Sweatshirt, Doris

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Tan Cressida, Odd Future, Columbia Records

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

It’s been three years since the world received a proper solo effort from Odd Future’s critically-praised wordsmith, Earl Sweatshirt but that may change this year with his upcoming follow-up LP, Doris. Set to feature production from The Neptunes, Alchemist and more, including guests spots from his OFWGKTA ensemble, all eyes will be looking out for this project.

21. Mac Miller, Watching Movies With The Sound Off

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Rostrum Records

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

Mac Miller has been dabbling in different creative outlets lately. Watching Movies with the Sound Off could be Mac’s most mature body of work yet. His style usually consists of experimenting with new sounds while spewing consistent rhymes that can take a party to another level. Add to that his charm behind the mic and Mac should have what it takes to top his memorable debut.

He may not have found his definitive sound yet, but he has shown growth through his producer alter-ego Larry Dollaz. Even those piano freestyles that went viral bring to light his versatility. Mac could have something huge in store.

  • Kamil

    eminem behind big sean and drake? bullshit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamar-Limitless-Legree/100000991098192 Lamar Limitless Legree

      he old and really has nothing to offer his life is straight ..he not about to be rapping about gold chains and shit…that will kill his career ,.. he has a big ass challenge because 20 year old marshall went hard in the fucking paint

  • Kamil

    eminem behind big sean and drake? bullshit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamar-Limitless-Legree/100000991098192 Lamar Limitless Legree

      he old and really has nothing to offer his life is straight ..he not about to be rapping about gold chains and shit…that will kill his career ,.. he has a big ass challenge because 20 year old marshall went hard in the fucking paint

  • http://twitter.com/MishX_ MishX

    you forget new Ludacris album #Ludaversal ?! damn

    • http://twitter.com/youngced7 Cedric Veazie

      yep he is

  • http://twitter.com/MishX_ MishX

    you forget new Ludacris album #Ludaversal ?! damn

    • http://twitter.com/youngced7 Cedric Veazie

      yep he is

  • Tone

    No Big Krit or Jeezy? wtf

  • Tone

    No Big Krit or Jeezy? wtf

  • Tone

    No Big Krit or Jeezy? wtf

  • Robinson Cano

    Azealia Banks being #34 of 35 is like ranking the Yankees 2nd to last on a list of baseball teams most likely to win the 2013 World Series.

  • Robinson Cano

    Azealia Banks being #34 of 35 is like ranking the Yankees 2nd to last on a list of baseball teams most likely to win the 2013 World Series.

  • Robinson Cano

    Azealia Banks being #34 of 35 is like ranking the Yankees 2nd to last on a list of baseball teams most likely to win the 2013 World Series.

  • poopants maghee

    asaps album was eh. half good half terrible. would not buy

  • poopants maghee

    asaps album was eh. half good half terrible. would not buy

  • anon

    another garbage list with hacks like Drake, Rick Ross, Big Sean and French Montana getting put above people with actual talent. No one will remember these tools in ten years except to laugh at how gullible the population was to eat this garbage because it’s marketed to them.

    • Danny

      Bullshit Big Sean has talent, I admit his debut could’ve have been better but Detroit was an amazing mixtape so listen to that before judging him.

    • Alex

      Big Sean does not belong on that list with Ross, Drake, and Frenchy. Sean has talent… Tyga would fit in that group better.

  • anon

    another garbage list with hacks like Drake, Rick Ross, Big Sean and French Montana getting put above people with actual talent. No one will remember these tools in ten years except to laugh at how gullible the population was to eat this garbage because it’s marketed to them.

    • Danny

      Bullshit Big Sean has talent, I admit his debut could’ve have been better but Detroit was an amazing mixtape so listen to that before judging him.

  • Rod

    Why the hell is future so high up. Who gives a shit about future

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamar-Limitless-Legree/100000991098192 Lamar Limitless Legree

      all the bitchs do…he 2012 and 13 drake..nigga version

  • Rod

    Why the hell is future so high up. Who gives a shit about future

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamar-Limitless-Legree/100000991098192 Lamar Limitless Legree

      all the bitchs do…he 2012 and 13 drake..nigga version

  • mind your own.

    no ice cube? no ab-soul ? evidence and alchemist? dilated peoples? your list is caca.

  • mind your own.

    no ice cube? no ab-soul ? evidence and alchemist? dilated peoples? your list is caca.

  • http://twitter.com/still_dre_day kadir

    hmm…azealia bank? french montana? drake? future? which bum wrote this piece of shit, then again im not surprised its on xxl

  • http://twitter.com/still_dre_day kadir

    hmm…azealia bank? french montana? drake? future? which bum wrote this piece of shit, then again im not surprised its on xxl

  • blocka

    Why does the article say about eminem he’s the best rapper alive? How can you argument your statement considering Nas is not dead yet!?

    • http://www.facebook.com/acarrus1 Alessandro Carrus

      it says arguably. Read before speaking …

  • blocka

    Why does the article say about eminem he’s the best rapper alive? How can you argument your statement considering Nas is not dead yet!?

    • http://www.facebook.com/acarrus1 Alessandro Carrus

      it says arguably. Read before speaking …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamar-Limitless-Legree/100000991098192 Lamar Limitless Legree

    looking forward to kanye shit ..he never shitted a dud,… fuck drake big sean shit will be dope … asap shit is hot already got it …pusha t ..i think 2 chainz done …juicy j shit is going to be HOTT
    OH AND SCHOOLBOY Q
    WESTCOAST YAH BISH THE 2013 TAKE OVER

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamar-Limitless-Legree/100000991098192 Lamar Limitless Legree

    looking forward to kanye shit ..he never shitted a dud,… fuck drake big sean shit will be dope … asap shit is hot already got it …pusha t ..i think 2 chainz done …juicy j shit is going to be HOTT
    OH AND SCHOOLBOY Q
    WESTCOAST YAH BISH THE 2013 TAKE OVER

  • JimmyDisqus

    “After dropping arguably a hip-hop classic with Take Care last blah blah blah…”
    XXL is garbage. I pop in here every now and then to see if they ever got writers who know what the fuck they’re talking about. Just a bunch of dick riders. Hip-Hop is dead. It’s been taken over by Hip-pop.

    • isaac

      just dig deeper and youll find something you like

  • JimmyDisqus

    “After dropping arguably a hip-hop classic with Take Care last blah blah blah…”
    XXL is garbage. I pop in here every now and then to see if they ever got writers who know what the fuck they’re talking about. Just a bunch of dick riders. Hip-Hop is dead. It’s been taken over by Hip-pop.

  • http://twitter.com/TommyIceRockin TommyHILLiceRocking

    Nas is dropping an album in 2013 too

  • http://twitter.com/TommyIceRockin TommyHILLiceRocking

    Nas is dropping an album in 2013 too

  • Broccoli Steamer

    #1 = Yanni album where he disses Nas & Rakim

  • Broccoli Steamer

    #1 = Yanni album where he disses Nas & Rakim

  • AZ40

    this is the stupidest list ever, I’m sure 80 percent of these albums won’t come out.

  • AZ40

    this is the stupidest list ever, I’m sure 80 percent of these albums won’t come out.

  • Bars

    Where is LL Cool J ??????

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.qualls.31 Brandon Qualls

      ha

  • Bars

    Where is LL Cool J ??????

  • BeanTown Reppin

    If re-releasing an album and putting a couple of throwaway songs on it constitutes a “second album” Nicki just defined what a sophomore slump is. That isn’t a new album just a money grab without really doing shit. smh

  • BeanTown Reppin

    If re-releasing an album and putting a couple of throwaway songs on it constitutes a “second album” Nicki just defined what a sophomore slump is. That isn’t a new album just a money grab without really doing shit. smh

  • Oscar

    This is fucking bullshit. How can you put Drake, Rick Ross and Big fucking Sean ahead of legends like Em’ and geniuses like Joe Budden. I mean fuck, you didn’t even put Cage on the list. No matter how you look at it Cage is better than Nicki fucking Minaj..

  • Oscar

    This is fucking bullshit. How can you put Drake, Rick Ross and Big fucking Sean ahead of legends like Em’ and geniuses like Joe Budden. I mean fuck, you didn’t even put Cage on the list. No matter how you look at it Cage is better than Nicki fucking Minaj..

  • http://twitter.com/youngced7 Cedric Veazie

    Where’s Ludacris-Ludaversal on this list ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.qualls.31 Brandon Qualls

      Luda is that nigga and can REALLY flow when he wants, but lets be honest…His albums are nothing to look forward too.

  • http://twitter.com/youngced7 Cedric Veazie

    Where’s Ludacris-Ludaversal on this list ?

  • Wei Sheng

    gHOSTfACE all day, ‘ye, J, JAY ELECTRONICA all day, though i think he will get slept on major, simply because the industry ain’t what it use to be, this is a generation of pop, dance and techno dj’n, but it’ll all be back around soon enough….HIP HOP!!!!!

  • Wei Sheng

    gHOSTfACE all day, ‘ye, J, JAY ELECTRONICA all day, though i think he will get slept on major, simply because the industry ain’t what it use to be, this is a generation of pop, dance and techno dj’n, but it’ll all be back around soon enough….HIP HOP!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1500501237 Mesh Williams

    YOU GUYS NEED TO REALISE just because your favorite artist or someone you have symphaty for is not on the list it doesnt mean that this list is crap -.-. Damn it yall need to snap out of it ,XXL compiled a quite realistic line-up ,First of yall need to tell me what the fxck Cage did in the last few years ? Hes been as silent as ray charles eyes . ice cube? , ab-soul , evidence and alchemist? dilated peoples even ???? read theheading ”XXL compiles and ranks the 35 hip-hop albums we’re anticipating this year…” .
    IF YOU WANT YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST ON HERE GO GET A JOB AT THE XXL OFFICE FXCKDAMN!! ..
    I see hating ass on here 24/7 if you aint fxckin with the magazine why dont you head to some other blogs ? surely this aint the only one. By the way Eminem being behind sean and drake is totally fair considering that em’s last album wasnt really the one .Drake dropped a real good body of work with take care so as big sean did with Detroit . Only thing i could i agree with is the consideration of Ludaversal .

    • Jacoby

      did this dude just say “Em’s last album wasnt really the one” ?? are you retarded? the most selling rap album of all time? showed that he can switch generations and still be on top of the game? shows he can still put together a very creative album and abide by it through EVERY song. What do you mean it wasn’t the one? just because he wasn’t talking about killing people and dogging on his mom like he did for years it’s not good? get your ears straight humie (in my Affion Crockett voice).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1500501237 Mesh Williams

    YOU GUYS NEED TO REALISE just because your favorite artist or someone you have symphaty for is not on the list it doesnt mean that this list is crap -.-. Damn it yall need to snap out of it ,XXL compiled a quite realistic line-up ,First of yall need to tell me what the fxck Cage did in the last few years ? Hes been as silent as ray charles eyes . ice cube? , ab-soul , evidence and alchemist? dilated peoples even ???? read theheading ”XXL compiles and ranks the 35 hip-hop albums we’re anticipating this year…” .
    IF YOU WANT YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST ON HERE GO GET A JOB AT THE XXL OFFICE FXCKDAMN!! ..
    I see hating ass on here 24/7 if you aint fxckin with the magazine why dont you head to some other blogs ? surely this aint the only one. By the way Eminem being behind sean and drake is totally fair considering that em’s last album wasnt really the one .Drake dropped a real good body of work with take care so as big sean did with Detroit . Only thing i could i agree with is the consideration of Ludaversal .

  • Ben yo

    Cash Money are shit c*nts. Mac Miller should be higher, Eminem should be first and Rick Ross should be higher. Fuck Wayne, Minaj and Drake.

  • isaac

    Nicki ahead of Lupe. I may cry

  • Frank

    I love people who hate on shit rappers like wayne and future, but then they say how dope Rick Ross is…Ross is the biggest joke walking I cant believe people think he is good…hip hop isnt dead, the fans are

  • Wolfhaley

    Why the hell is Tyler the creator – Wolf And Earl sweatshirt – Doris so low down on the list? Bullcrap..

  • funkvolume

    wtf….no knock madness from hopsin, that gonna be the shit.he did best on the freshman cypher

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003235501953 Jarrad Hurley

    Sorry, but how is Eminem behind ANYONE in this list???? Easy top 3, Eminem, Kanye then Jay Z…. the rest don’t even rate a mention!

    • Eric

      What’s there to rap about now for Em? He’s all straight. He’s not gonna make club bangers, everyone’s gonna hate it.
      Em’s just burnt out.

    • Nick

      you must have never heard of jay electronica.

  • MR.FunnyNuts

    Sweet mother of hop scotching jesus why isn’t Tyler the Creator and Earl sweatshirt higher up

    • Alex

      Because it is not as anticipated?

  • sammywhite

    where tech n9ne at on here?

  • DJGROD

    LUPES ALBUM FOOD AND LIQUOR 2 BEEN DROPPED! LOL.. I WORK AT BESTBUY AND HELD IT IN MY HAND. ITS ALL BLACK WITH NO WORDS ON IT. CHECK OUT MY MUSIC VIDEOS http://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/ONMYGRINDENT.. DIRECTING LIKE A MUTHAFUCKR

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.qualls.31 Brandon Qualls

      That was part 1. Part 2 was originally suppose to drop some time in 2013 but I’m pretty sure I read something saying its already been pushed back to 2014

  • http://www.facebook.com/prince.allen1 Prince Allen

    i luv kanyeezzy but number one?? naw!! eminem number one then jay z and then kanye because everybody would want more em because ya never kno what he’ll say next

  • http://www.facebook.com/prince.allen1 Prince Allen

    i luv kanyeezzy but number one?? naw!! eminem number one then jay z and then kanye because everybody would want more em because ya never kno what he’ll say next

  • http://www.facebook.com/prince.allen1 Prince Allen

    i luv kanyeezzy but number one?? naw!! eminem number one then jay z and then kanye because everybody would want more em because ya never kno what he’ll say next

  • chris

    kanye is a bitch why is he number one

  • poobum123

    not gonna complain but the ordering is all over the place. I mean schoolboy Q, Tyler and Earl should defo be higher. And for Eminem not to be in the top 3 of most anticipated baffles me, remember this is most anticipated, who the hell would be anticipated for 2 chainz or french montana?!!?

  • Keon

    Definitely gonna be buying Eminem’s upcoming album. True, Em is a bit old now and he doesn’t have much to rap about, but if he manages to pull off a lyrical masterpiece of an album, then he will be the big topic again. I think Em can do it, his lyricism has been improving steadily and production wise, Em is not only working with Dre and No.ID, but DJ Premier also confirmed that he has been working with Em so prepare for hell when Eminem drops his album.

  • Alex

    Surprised Knock Madness isn’t on here.

  • Mr Wood

    mad niggas waiting on that TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE. These lists on here get wacker and wacker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bread

    eminem and 50 should be top 5

  • sam55

    Top 3……Eminem,Ye, Kid Cudi all day

  • mixtape captin

    niggahs forgot dream chasers3

  • dsk

    Detox ? ha ha ha

  • brent mayhan

    I’m still waiting for Dr. Dre’s Detox album it has been way to long now

  • Brandtley McDonald

    what the fuck? Eminem is the greatest rapper alive, and he’s behind all these people?? Bullshit.

  • Josh

    Big Sean and Drake higher than Drake? What’s wrong with your writers?? XXL Losing credibility.

    • josh

      Em*

  • jon

    where is knock madness? give hopsin some respect

  • marco

    where the fuck is knock madness?? hopsin is better than half the rappers on this list…smh

  • ODC101

    Im waiting for Lil Reese and Fredo Santana

  • Isaac Duncan

    Earl Sweatshirt should be higher. Doris is going to be the next generation Illmatic.

  • Akshay Menon

    eminem is no 1 on the list….. only jay z can match up to em..