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

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ALBUM TITLE: My Krazy Life
LABEL: Def Jam
ALBUM #: 1
DATE: March 18
BEATS: DJ Mustard
FEATURES: Drake, Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign
FIRST SINGLE: “My Nigga” featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan
FYI: After inking a deal with Jeezy in early 2013, YG is gearing up to release his debut studio album, My Krazy Life, on Def Jam. Originally set to be released in 2010—following the buzz of his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Toot It and Boot It”—the LA rapper chose to hold off on his first major label project, even changing the former title I’m From Bompton.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “It’s not nothing that we haven’t been doing—we’re making the style of L.A. rap relevant, ’cause a lot of rappers wasn’t doing it no more,” says DJ Mustard about the YG album. “So a lot of shit you hear right now is a lot of shit that’s been taken from us.”
SALES PITCH: “Our pitch to everybody is just showing where it really comes from, how it really sounds,” Mustard says. “Because at the end of the day we created our own lane, and it’s made L.A. big and a lot of people in L.A. do the same shit. We’re just showing everybody that we’re the ones that started this shit, and this is how it should sound, and this is the sound of the West Coast for the next couple summers.”

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ALBUM TITLE: Paperwork: The Motion Picture
LABEL: Columbia
ALBUM #: 9
BEATS: Pharrell, DJ Toomp, Keno, Sham
FEATURES: Justin Timberlake, Jeezy, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B, maybe Doe B
FYI: Originally titled Troubleman II: He Who Wears The CrownTip renamed the album after an influx of new ideas took the direction away from making a followup to his 2012 Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head album. With Pharrell signing on as executive producer, this new project will have a more cinematic feel, he says.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “It’s really documenting a day in the life of someone living a lifestyle that everybody ain’t familiar with,” Tip says about the album. “It’s giving people a safe way to venture out into a lifestyle that’s not very safe for them to do physically.”
SALES PITCH: The Kang has emphasized that the album will have a movie-like quality, and is shaping up to be almost a concept album of sorts. “You get to live vicariously through myself and other characters as they present themselves and their dilemmas throughout the course of this album,” he says.

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ARTIST: Action Bronson
LABEL: Atlantic
ALBUM #: 1
FYI: Bronson has been extremely successful on the mixtape circuit, linking up with Alchemist, Harry Fraud and Party Supplies for complete projects. Whether he continues that trend of having one producer helm his entire debut is up in the air, but one thing is certain—it’s sure to contain some next-level imagery, as per usual for Bronson. And with his extensive history of collaborating with tons of artists on their projects—from Mac Miller to Chance The Rapper to Curren$y and more—it will be interesting to see what tack he takes on his own project.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “If you are already a fan of me, you are gonna expect off the wall, next level to the maximum of what I’ve already done on steroids,” Bronson says. “If you don’t know me, you are gonna laugh, you are gonna cry, you are gonna hate me, you are gonna think I am a piece of shit. You are gonna wanna be with me. You are gonna want to fight for me. Then you’ll slice a fucking bitch’s face for me.”
SALES PITCH: “I’m on some next level shit,” Bronson says. “No one is doing anything that I am doing. If you have a taste for the not basic structure like normal things should be, then I’m your guy.”

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