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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  • 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.