Here Is The Status Of The 25 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

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ARTIST: ScHoolboy Q
LABEL: TDE/Interscope
ALBUM #: 1
DATE: February 25
BEATS: THC, Gwen Bunn, Nez & Rio, Sounwave, Tae Beast, J. Cole, Clams Casino, Alchemist, Boi-1da
FEATURES: Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, possibly Raekwon, 2 Chainz, Tyler, The Creator
FIRST SINGLE: “Collard Greens” featuring Kendrick Lamar
FYI: It’s been a long wait for Q’s debut album, but based on some of the singles that have dropped, it’ll be well worth the wait when it comes near the end of February. His first official project since 2011′s Habits And Contradictions, it’s the first major hip-hop album to hit shelves in 2014.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “ This is a street hip-hop album, told from the perspective of a man trying to raise his daughter,” says producer and TDE Co-President Dave Free. “Starting from Setbacks to Habits & Contradictions, previous installments of ScHoolboy Q’s trilogy Oxymoron which goes in depth on how a young man goes from selling Oxycontins to support himself and his family touring all over the world with music. ScHoolboy Q will bring that feeling back, like the first time you heard a 50 Cent album. Go get your bucket hats, it’s Q-Wop Season.”
SALES PITCH: “This is a TDE album,” Free says. “That’s my sales pitch.”

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ARTIST: Rick Ross
ALBUM TITLE: Mastermind
ALBUM #: 6
DATE: March 4
BEATS: K.E. On Tha Track, Diddy, DJ Khaled, Scott Storch
FEATURES: Jay Z, Future, Jeezy
FIRST SINGLE: “The Devil Is A Lie” featuring Jay Z
FYI: Ross’ last album, 2012′s God Forgives, I Don’t, earned the Bawse his second-ever Grammy nomination, and he’s only gotten bigger from there. He released a series of singles this past summer—”Box Chevy,” “Oil Money Gang” featuring Jadakiss and “No Games” featuring Future—but when he dropped “Devil Is A Lie” with Jay Z this December, it was clear that Rozay had returned to album form.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Will Mastermind live up to the lofty standards of GFID? Ross’ label certainly thinks so. ”Rozay delivers every time he drops a album,” says MMG Vice President Young Sav.
SALES PITCH: “Expect another masterpiece, an album that you can listen to from beginning to end,” says Young Sav. “An album we all will be considering one of the best this year.”

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ARTIST: Common
ALBUM TITLE: Nobody Smiling
LABEL: Warner Bros.
ALBUM #: 10
FEATURES: Vince Staples, James Fauntleroy, Chicago MCs
FYI: Common’s followup to his 2011 album The Dreamer/The Believer will see him re-focus on his hometown of the Chi after spending some more time as an actor on AMC’s Hell On Wheels. It’ll be an expanded version of what was initially supposed to be an EP out in 2013, and will be entirely produced by No I.D.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “All of our conversations in the studio led to the conversation about Chicago. I was like, ‘You are an elder statesman. You have a lot to offer them. You could really help them,’ says producer No I.D on how he and Common came up with the idea for Nobody Smiling. “They [the kids] would love for you to help them. They probably just feel like you don’t like them. Let’s put the cause in the front of our mind.”
SALES PITCH: No I.D. promises that the album will relay Common’s experiences growing up in Chicago and the lessons he’s gleaned, without being preachy. “We were you. We were where you are. Look at us. Being where you are doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere you want to go. Things have changed since when we were you—why are they getting like this? Just because you’re seeing Common acting or clean-cut don’t think he wasn’t 87th Street corner gang banging,” he says. “At one point it was a concept album, but now it’s just turning into a really good, well-balanced album.”

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  • pretty ridic

    lupe fiasco- tetsuo and youth

  • ayy lmao

    Am I truly supposed to take this seriously when Asher Roth, Juicy J and Rick Ross are on this list

    • Dublyoo

      Asher Roth is much better than Juicy and Rick. He’s really not a bad rapper, he makes some good stuff now, not that corny overdone ‘white college kid that loves to party’ that he used to do.

  • Jordan

    What about Detox?

    • LoKi 303

      Lol that shit ain’t ever droppin

  • kaden

    its not kendricks 2nd album its his 3rd…

    • Matt

      How could anyone down vote this? Section.80 is an amazing album. HiiiiPower and A.D.H.D. are two of his top 5 songs easily. Stop overlooking it!

    • 13thlegend

      overly dedicated was a mixtape

      • U stupid


      • Sca

        Section .80.. GKMC..

    • Eric Diep

      Second on a major label.

      • Matt Cosgrove

        So what? Does that mean that “The Heist” wasn’t Macklemore’s first album or that Mac Miller doesn’t already have 2 albums?

  • RealSpit

    It’s a weird thing .. By not having Love Story on here, you make the entire list irrelevant to me .. But then again that’s the point .. What makes Love Story the special album that it is is the exact fact that it’s ignored by these lists

    • Eric Diep

      Box Chevy V was a good teaser. He really needs to redeem himself on this album.

      • HipHopHead999

        “He really needs to redeem himself on this album.”

        As if Radioactive was really THAT bad. Anyway “Love Story” is guaranteed to be better than YG’s album; should have put Yela in his spot at least.

  • Tyler Durden

    TDE 2014… Fuck the rest !!!

    • jake tipple

      Wtf no missing so many great artists who affected 2013

  • Chris

    Y’all missing the biggest album of all.. IAMSU! “Sincerely Yours”

    • RaF

      HBK Gang !

  • zee

    no Wale – “Album About Nothing” ?

  • トラップの神々TRAP GODS

    yall niggas is doomed to fail yet you still calling this mockery hiphop aint no gunplay aint no clipse aint no azealia banks aint no asap mob aint no dominique young unique aint no rat king aint no earlwolf just a bunch of fucking losers and wannabes mocking hip hop talking about NO lying about how rich they are THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YALL AINT NONE THAT SHIT HOT ON THAT LIST. NOT EVEN KANYE WACK ASS CRYING ABOUT HE GOT ROBBED FOR 13 million ALL THOSE ALBUMS ghost writer welfare XXL kill yourself

    • O C

      Nigga azealia banks is trash

    • Dublyoo

      I really hope you’re joking.

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  • brunobaccinc

    Novi Novak – “Hibernation’s Over II”… this one is gonna be epic!!! Awesome, Novi Novak is a legend

  • Guest

    WTF is “RAPPITY-RAP” about his bars. XXL is ignorant sometimes.


    WTF is “RAPPITY-RAP” about Logic’s bars. XXL is ignorant sometimes.

  • infamousmatte

    VMG!! Rattpack for life!

  • Akash Reddy

    VMG > TDE

    • Victor

      I hope this is satire.

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  • icon kain

    what the hell the pic don’t come up

  • Tyrome

    50 Cent, T.I, and Kanye are gonna come with some heat. As well as Pusha T, Kendrick, Schoolboy Q. Wiz is gonna come through with some shit to party too as well. 2014 will be dope for HipHop

  • dustin

    Army of the Pharoahs – In Death reborn ? part 1 & 2 both come out this year.. might wanna put some hype on it.