- 50 CentBack in 2011, 50 Cent ignited his Street King initiative. With a goal to feed one billion African children, 50 partnered with New York company Pure Growth Partners, releasing the Street King Energy shot. For each shot purchased, a child in Africa receives a meal.
ARTIST: 50 Cent
ALBUM TITLE: Street King Immortal
ALBUM #: 5
BEGAN RECORDING: 2010
BEATS: Hit-Boy, Boi 1da, Chase N. Cashe, Alex Da Kid, Cardiak, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, Jake One, Bangladesh, Frank Dukes, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, DJ Felli Fel, Drumma Boy, Soulja Boy
FEATURES: Eminem, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Too Short, Trey Songz, Kidd Kidd, John Legend
FIRST SINGLE: “New Day” featuring Alicia Keys and Dr. Dre
DETAILS: 50′s been working on this followup album for a couple years now, ever since 2009′s Before I Self-Destruct hit shelves. The tracklist has been rumored, names of features and producers have been flying, and the album title has changed from Black Magic, so it’s impossible to say much except that his purported rift with Interscope was responsible for at least part of the delay. “New Day,” the first official single, came out all the way back in 2012, but he seems to be committed to dropping the album this year, announcing his Animal Ambition mixtape for first quarter 2014 to build into his viral marketing campaign for the album. Then again, Street King Immortal also made our most anticipated list for 2013. Tough to say.
- Nas Hip Hop Is Dead
ALBUM TITLE: Unknown
LABEL: Def Jam
ALBUM #: 12
BEGAN RECORDING: 2013
DETAILS: There is almost nothing to report about this album except that Nas has been thinking about putting out another. It’s been a year and a half since his excellent, XXL-rated Life Is Good, and Nasty Nas is due for a followup. It’s also the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut Illmatic this April, so there’s another reason to commemorate the anniversary. It’s tough to say when—or if—a new album will come, but if it does, he’s still got plenty of fire left to share.
- Kendrick LamarDrake is pretty adamnt that he deserve more respect than what he's getting, continually comparing himself to his peers and how much better he is. "I wanted to prove that there's distance between me and the people you consider to be my peers,"
ARTIST: Kendrick Lamar
ALBUM TITLE: Unknown
ALBUM #: 2
BEGAN RECORDING: January 2014
DETAILS: TDE is poised to have a big year, starting with the release of Isaiah Rashad’s EP Cilvia earlier this week and building with ScHoolboy Q’s debut on Feb. 25. And while K. Dot has said he’d be back in the studio in January to work on a followup to his Grammy-nominated good kid, m.A.A.d city, there aren’t serious plans as of yet—but that could change. ”I got to get back into the studio and vibe out,” he told XXL last night, saying he “wouldn’t know” if his album was coming this year. ”But once I get in there, for sure, I’ll let y’all know.”
- kanye_west_1<p><b><h2>Kanye West</h2></b></p><p><b>”All Me”</b></p><p>Subliminal Jab: ”Y'all keep talking ‘bout who next / But I’m about as big as it gets, I swear y'all just wasting y'all breath / I’m the light skinned Keith Sweat, I'mma make it last forever / It’s not your turn ‘cause I ain't done yet”</p><iframe width="670" height="115" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BLMV9wpPR8g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
ARTIST: Kanye West
ALBUM TITLE: Unknown
LABEL: Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella
ALBUM #: 7 (solo)
BEGAN RECORDING: Late 2013
DETAILS: Kanye got the love that he always wanted for Yeezus, as it topped or nabbed Top 5 status on almost every year-end ranked list (including ours). So when he mentioned at Art Basel late last year that he’d be going even starker for his next project, it was a little bit of a shock, but not totally unexpected. He’s been spotted in the studio with Tyga, Miley and a handful of others, but he mentioned he’d be paring down his next project from the 10 tracks that graced Yeezus to just eight this next time around. ”It’s just reducing down the amount of information that you need,” he said at Art Basel. “People say a design is the point where you can’t take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn’t made Yeezus, I wouldn’t be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here.” Bring on the next one.