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

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    Back 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.
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ARTIST: 50 Cent
ALBUM TITLE: Street King Immortal
LABEL: G-Unit/Interscope/Aftermath/Shady
ALBUM #: 5
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.

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  • Nas
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LABEL: Def Jam
ALBUM #: 12
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.

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ARTIST: Kendrick Lamar
LABEL: TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
ALBUM #: 2
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.”

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ARTIST: Kanye West
LABEL: Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella
ALBUM #: 7 (solo)
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.

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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.