Here Is The Status Of The 25 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014
ARTIST: Joey Bada$$
ALBUM TITLE: B4.DA.$$
ALBUM #: 1
QUARTER: 3rd (Fall)
BEGAN RECORDING: late 2013
BEATS: DJ Premier
FEATURES: Unknown, though manager Jonny Shipes promises “some nice surprises.”
FIRST SINGLE: N/A
FYI: After two well-received mixtapes—1999 and Summer Knights—the Pro Era captain is finally hard at work on his official debut full-length, reportedly getting into the studio with DJ Premier, who helmed his song “Unorthodox,” to knock out some tracks.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “Joey has spent the past few years honing his skills to the point he felt he was ready to drop what he feels would be his debut album,” Shipes says. “The mixtapes were the growth.”
SALES PITCH: “Fans should look forward to the most uncompromising hip-hop album in a long time,” Shipes says. “If you’re a fan of Joey you will love this album for no other reason than he did exactly what he wanted to with no corny label people tryin’ to change shit about his sound and creative process…. Straight PROgressive CinematiC music.”
ARTIST: Big K.R.I.T.
ALBUM TITLE: Cadillactica
LABEL: Def Jam
ALBUM #: 2
BEGAN RECORDING: 2012
BEATS: DJ Dahi, Jim Johnson, Rico Love, DJ Toomp, Terius Martin, Big K.R.I.T., Organized Noize
FIRST SINGLE: “Just Last Week” featuring Future (may not be official single)
FYI: Cadillactica, the followup to 2011’s Live From The Underground, will find Big K.R.I.T taking listeners on a ride to another universe. He’s described the album’s setting as “the planet called Cadillactica where the soul and the funk comes from.”
MOVIN’ ON UP: Big K.R.I.T says that the album is “a monster in itself,” and is certainly different from his past material. On the LP, the Cinematic rapper says that he’s trying a lot of new things and he’s experimenting a little bit more between singing and live instrumentation.
SALES PITCH: “People think that once you get to a certain point that you may not have to prove yourself anymore, but I still have a want to prove myself,” K.R.I.T. says. “Prove myself as far as musically, as far as creatively, as far as being a musician and show growth. It’s very important to show growth at this point in my career, to show growth and really put down on wax those things that I’ve had to experience, those things that I’ve had the opportunity to see.”
ARTIST: Nipsey Hu$$le
ALBUM TITLE: Victory Lap
ALBUM #: 1
BEGAN RECORDING: 2012
BEATS: DJ Mustard, Don Cannon, DJ Khalil, Ralo, 1500 or Nothin’, The Futuristiks
FIRST SINGLE: “Rap Niggas,” on the way
FYI: Nipsey’s debut solo album, Victory Lap, has been rumored for some time now, but Nipsey had to get himself out of an unhappy label situation with Epic, first. This past August, he switched the project from its initial status as a mixtape to be his debut album and, after dropping the well-received mixtape Crenshaw in October, it now appears to be on the way. He’ll use the same Proud2Pay, $100 campaign he used so successfully on Crenshaw, as well.
MOVIN’ ON UP: In preparation for the album, Nipsey has been dropping a series of singles, including “Alert” alongside Hit-Boy, though the first official single is still on the way. For Victory Lap, he’s been taking his time and making sure it drops his way, on his own.
SALES PITCH: “It was always my vision to drop my album on my own label,” Nipsey says. “It’s important to be viewed as more than talent. Timing is everything.”