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XXL Presents… The 35 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

15. Jay Electronica, Act II: Patents Of Nobility (The Turn)

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Roc Nation

Number of Pushbacks: More than LeBron James’ hairline

Originally a mixtape, with Act IIIAct II and Act III—with the latter to feature “Exhibit C,” “Exhibit A,” and “Dear Moleskin.”

Just Blaze was mentioned as producer for both projects with Nas scheduled to appear on Act II. Few months later, the “Exhibit C” rapper inked a recording deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint and revealed the completion of the former album. According to the N.O. native, “Jay-Z, Bun B, Jeymes Samuel, Tony Tagoe, Erykah Badu… are the only ppl that have heard the album in its entirety.” On July 28th, 2012 Jay Elect posted what looked to be the official track listing for Act II on his Twitter page with features from Jay-Z, Kanye West, Diddy, Erykah Badu, The Bullitts and many more.

Though it’s been almost four years since the project was first announced, we have a good feeling that Act II will finally see the light of day this year. At least we hope.

14. Kid Cudi, Indicud

Expected Release Date: March 2013

Label: G.O.O.D. Music, Universal Republic

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

Following up his rock effort WZRD, Cudi seems to be heading back in the direction of his (still eclectic) sonic roots with his new album, Indicud, tentatively scheduled for a March release. So far, the tracks “Just What I Am” and “King Wizard” have been released, with other confirmed cuts including “Solo Dolo Part II” with Kendrick Lamar and “Vortex” with Pusha T. Whether or not that date sticks, it’s a safe bet to presume that Cudder will continue with his innovative push this time around.

13. Danny Brown, ODB

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Fool’s Gold

Number of Pushbacks: N/A

Danny Brown’s journey in the rap game is as vivid as the type of clothes he prefers to wear. Tony Yayo, Blu, to the late Dilla all had great words for the Detroit rapper’s talents, but the public didn’t quite get a wind of him until the release of Danny’s 2010 album The Hybrid. The blogs were hyped, rap heads were excited, and former DMC World DJ Champion, and all-around music epicurean A-Trak scooped up the Detroit MC to his imprint Fool’s Gold for the release of Brown’s critically adorned 2011 album XXX.

Since then, things have been on the up and up for Danny, who murked nearly every guest verses he hopped on, and unveiled several leaks that were brilliantly executed. Now, his follow up to XXX, currently titled ODB doesn’t have a set release date, but claims to feature an array of artists that range from Harlem’s A$AP Rocky to Glasgow (that’s Scotland) producer Rustie. His animated delivery, and bugged-out references will continue to catch on, and it appears ODB deliver all that plus more.


12. Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being II

Expected Release Date: N/A

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

Number of Pushbacks: Two

When Lil Wayne was incarcerated for criminal possession of a firearm, his label took matters into their own hands. To make sure his fans had plenty of new Weezy, they released I Am Not a Human Being. It contained songs that were unreleased, as well as a few new ones. Tracks like “I’m Single,” “Right Above It,” and “Bill Gates” were some of his best output, even if he wasn’t presence to reap the benefits of their successes.

Wayne is in whole another space on his upcoming follow-up, I Am Not a Human Being II. We’ve seen it in the outstanding single “No Worries,” as well as the equally potent “Rich As Fuck” featuring 2 Chainz. While fans wait for Tha Carter V, this next installment has the potential to be another classic series for Weezy.

11. 50 Cent, Street King Immortal

Expected Release Date: February 26, 2013

Label: Interscope, Aftermath, Shady

Number of Pushbacks: Too Many

Yes, 50 Cent’s musical outputs haven’t made much excitement for some time now, but as a cultural icon, Fiddy’s relevance remains in the upper echelon. Whether it’s through Twitter, radio, or product endorsements, 50 continues to entertain, and XXL’s happy with it. “My Life,” featuring Eminem and Adam Levine still broke Billboard Top 40 last year, and it might be the fuel behind his long-delayed fifth effort Street King Immortal. Get your final album off Interscope, 50!

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