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

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LABEL: Def Jam
ALBUM #: 1
BEATS: Logic, No I.D., Hit-Boy, Tae Beast, Guy Hutch, Terrace Martin, C-Sick, 6ix
FEATURES: Jon Bellion
FYI: Logic has spent most of the past year on the road, and has finally linked up with Hit-Boy and No I.D. to put together his proper debut on Def Jam. This one, he tells XXL, will be introspective and vivid, and he’ll be “painting pictures where he grew up,” stepping back from the rappity-rap of his mixtapes and crafting a more coherent sound. “It’s literally the sound of Logic, which is really great,” he says.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “I have recorded over 17,000 songs in 9 years,” Logic says, which is an insane number. “I have released for free over 150 songs. I have invested half a million dollars of my own personal money that I made in this game in my own album and all that for the fans.”
SALES PITCH: “The album is not only going to be incredible as far as the music goes, but it’s only going to cost you the amount of two number ones at McDonalds,” Logic says. “So, with all the time and effort I put into it, maybe you could support a brother, you know what I am saying?” Good point.

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ARTIST: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
LABEL: Madlib Invazion
ALBUM #: 1 (their first project, Deeper, was an EP)
DATE: March 18
BEATS: Madlib
FEATURES: Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Scarface, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, BJ The Chicago Kid
FIRST SINGLE: “Robes” featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis
FYI: After Deeper, the acclaimed duo got back in the lab and have been cooking up a longer project ever since. Hearing Gangsta Gibbs spit some of the realest street rhymes in the game over Madlib’s cultured production is not something to miss, and the features they’ve announced only make this project’s potential even higher.
MOVIN’ ON UP: “If they don’t respect it now, they can suck a dick,” Gibbs says, laughing. “When I am done, I wanna be in the upper echelons of MCs. Songwriting MCs, I want to be one of those. I want to be known as the best rapper. Not just some nigga that has a couple of dope songs.”
SALES PITCH: “I’m definitely one of the best rappers in the rap game right now,” Gibbs says. “I am not taking nothing away from nobody. There’s guys who make good songs and it’s dope. I love their songs, I love their records. You can’t really name five niggas that flat-out rap better. You really can’t. Not now.”

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ARTIST: Raekwon
ALBUM TITLE: F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art)
ALBUM #: 6 (solo)
BEATS: Jerry Wonda, Roadsart
FEATURES: Estelle, Melanie Fiona, Akon
FIRST SINGLE: “All About You” featuring Estelle
FYI: Shaolin’s finest chef comes back with his first album since 2011’s Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, setting aside his Wu-Tang responsibilities to focus on making an album bigger than any of his other projects to date. With the Wu-Tang 20th Anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, seemingly on the shelf, Rae has cleared the way for his sixth solo project to drop in late Spring.
MOVIN’ ON UP: F.I.L.A. is a more grown and more stadium-wide music album,” Raekwon says. “This is me being able to walk into arenas that I could have walked into a long time ago but I didn’t do it. I wanted to make an album that would represent the world and would open up doors in my life as far as being an artist.”
SALES PITCH: “It’s a comfortable-feeling album; it’s me at my finest,” Rae says. “It’s me giving you luxurious art. Everybody says their art is art, but this one is luxurious for me, because it has me walking in many different paths of perfection. It’s a good thing.”

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