15 Things To Look Forward To In 2014

Rick Ross

Rick Ross’ Mastermind
Projected Release Date: Top Of The Year

Ross’ sixth solo album has been in the works for a while, with an initial release date of December 17 proving too soon for the Maybach head honcho. But the release of the single “Devil Is A Lie” featuring Jay Z caught the hip-hop world’s attention, and the remix to “No Games” announced that Mastermind would be coming top of the year. Ross is still reportedly in the studio putting the “finishing touches” on the album, and other details of the tracklist, guest features, and overall vibe remain up in the air. But Ross has repeatedly said he’s aiming to feed the streets, and if “Devil Is A Lie” is any indication, he’ll be doing exactly that.

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Future’s Honest
Projected Release Date: Top Of The Year

Honest, the followup to Future’s 2012 debut Pluto, has likewise been in the works for some time, and also experienced a pushback from its original release date of November 26. But while promoting the album in November, Future Hendrix unveiled a number of the features that are scheduled to appear on the project, with Miley Cyrus, Mike WiLL Made It, and, maybe most exciting, both Nicki Minaj and André 3000. With Three Stacks gearing up for an OutKast reunion, and Future coming from the Dungeon Family, that collab should be fascinating. We’ll be waiting on that.

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Beats Music
January

Beats is bringing their own twist to the music streaming world, and its launch is now imminent. CEO Ian Rogers announced on his blog late last year that the service would be launching in the United States this month, with the headphone giants securing a number of major licensing deals with record labels. With Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor on board as creative director and the combined power of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine guiding the launch, it’s sure to be one of the most talked-about industry events of the year. Add that to the audio quality revolution Dre and Iovine have been spearheading for years now, and it’s bound to sound fantastic, at the very least.