Here Is The Status Of The 25 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014
ARTIST: Killer Mike and El-P
ALBUM TITLE: Run The Jewels 2
LABEL: Fool’s Gold
ALBUM #: 2
BEGAN RECORDING: December 2013
FIRST SINGLE: N/A
FYI: The duo’s first project, Run The Jewels, was critically adored, and both Mike and El are entering in to a second career as elder statesmen who can still entertain the masses. And based off the success of that first project, they hopped straight back into the studio for a second, due out at some point later this year.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Mike and El got back into the studio in December, and will be recording steadily through March, at least. According to Killer Mike, the Run The Jewels 2 project is top priority for 2014.
SALES PITCH: “Run The Jewels 2 is gonna be angrier, darker, harder, meaner, and funnier than Run The Jewels 1, which was angrier, darker, meaner and funnier than anything else that dropped last year,” Killer Mike say, laughing. “There’s our pitch.”
ARTIST: Juicy J
ALBUM TITLE: The Hustle Continues (THC)
ALBUM #: 4 (solo)
BEGAN RECORDING: Late 2013
BEATS: Mike WiLL Made It, Dr. Luke, 808 Mafia
FEATURES: Not many… But “one crazy feature,” Juicy told Rolling Stone this month.
FIRST SINGLE: N/A, though Juicy just dropped “Blow Out” last week
FYI: Juicy has come roaring back with a solo career to rival his old Three 6 Mafia days (although his second Oscar hasn’t yet come through). With 2012’s “Bandz A Make Her Dance” and last summer’s Stay Trippy, it’s clear the Juice Man still has plenty to say.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “It’s going to be still me, but it’s like me as a CEO. Me as a boss,” Juicy says about the album. “I’ve been doing this for years. Now, I’m just going to express and show people and tell people about my life, what I’ve been going through from back in the day until now, to me getting a second go around in this music. Mixed with a little bit of my party life. I can’t forget about my party life. It’s going to be more serious about coming up in the game. You know, how a person can make it out here. It’s a lot of people hustling out here trying to figure out ways to make it. I come straight from nothing. I’m gonna talk about that. Just a lot of personal stuff. From an artist standpoint to a CEO standpoint.”
SALES PITCH: “Just let a person know what it is,” Juicy says. “I’m still gonna do my ratchet turn up cause that’s my life. Everything I’m talking about is my life. I kick it a little bit. But, at the end of the day on the business side, I handle business… The name of the album is called The Hustle Continues. THC. You know what THC is. The Hustle Continues. Pimp THC. Purp, you feel me? The hustle continues. I am going to keep on working. It ain’t over yet. I did that. I got more to talk about. I got more stuff in my life that people need to hear and situations that I have been through.”
ARTIST: Asher Roth
ALBUM TITLE: Retro Hash
ALBUM #: 2
BEGAN RECORDING: N/A
BEATS: Blended Babies, maybe Pete Rock
FEATURES: “I just want to make music with my friends,” Asher says.
FIRST SINGLE: “Pot Of Gold”
FYI: This is Asher Roth’s second album, the follow-up to his debut album Asleep In The Bread Aisle, which came out a little under four years ago. The title Retro Hash is an anagram of his name. The sophomore album was initially announced back in 2011 as The Spaghetti Tree and, subsequently, Is This Too Orange. However, after two years of limbo under Def Jam, his album is finally ready for release independently in the first quarter of 2014.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “I think it’s going to be rewarding for my core audience because they grew up with me,” Roth says. “So they are able to experience and see that growth and from a sound standpoint, I think it’s going to bring in a whole new audience. Some people who are privy to Asher Roth or aren’t familiar with his early work I think this is a record that they might be into.”
SALES PITCH: “They don’t need to buy the album,” he says of his fans. “Obviously if people want to support monetary, more so I would love for people to come out to the shows and hangout. However you get the music in this day and age is cool with me. Anybody who supports and puts hard earn money towards music; it’s a beautiful thing because we have the opportunity to get it easily. When fans actually support you it goes a really long way. But come out to the shows and hangout with us, that’s the stuff that means the world.”