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.

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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!

  • 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..