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Note: Obviously these aren’t mine (or anybody’s) 10 most anticipated rap albums of 2007. Basically, what I’ve done here is taken the list from this month’s XXL and added my own take on each of the albums based on the information they’ve given us. Enjoy!

10 Cassidy

ALBUM TITLE: To be determined
BEATS: Swizz Beatz, Neo the Matrix, Hi-Tek, Nottz, Rockwilder, Bink
FEATURES: John Legend, Marsha Ambrosius

BOL SAYS: Nothing about this album information suggests that this new Cassidy album will be especially different than the last couple, except that this new one might be even more R&B. I don’t know if that’s a good idea in general, but if he’s gonna go there, he might as well bring in R. Kelly. I mean, they’ve already struck gold once.

That said, this is a guy who shot his own weed carrier, spent a year in jail, and damn near got ethered by a UPS truck. At the very least, he shouldn’t be at a loss for things to rap about.

9 Papoose

ALBUM TITLE: The Nacirema Dream
BEATS: Scott Storch, Pharrell, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, DJ Premier, HeatMakerz, DJ Kay Slay, Focus, E-Dubs
FEATURES: Jim Jones, Busta Rhymes, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Jadakiss

BOL SAYS: Wow, look at the list of features on this shit! Kay Slay is obviously calling in quite a few favors. Still, it’s not like Papoose got to be the $1.5 million man in the first place because he’s got Chamillionaire’s cell.

Has there ever been an artist with this many big name producers and guest appearances on his debut? If this doesn’t turn out to be a complete and utter masterpiece (and it won’t), it could be the A&R debacle of the century.

8 Fabolous

ALBUM TITLE: From Nothin’ to Something
BEATS: Timbaland, Just Blaze, Jazze Pha, Rodney Jerkins, The Runners, Polow Da Don, Ne-Yo
FEATURES: Junior Reid, Cassidy, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Paul Cain, Red Café, Joe Budden

BOL SAYS: How in the world someone can go from being dropped from his label like a bad habit (in a year like 2006, even) to having the 8th most anticipated album of the year is beyond me. I could use a new “Breathe” as much as everyone else, but come on. I mean, who ever heard of a rap album with a Rodney Jerkins beat on it? Get the fuck out of here with that bullshit!

7 Lil Jon

BEATS: Artist, Rob Cavallo (Green Day), Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.), and (tentatively) Timbaland, Nitti, Rick Rubin, Good Charlotte, Jonathan Davis (Korn)
FEATURES: Ciara, Lil Scrappy, E-40, Too $hort, Yung Joc, Nate Dogg, Lil Wayne, Three 6 Mafia, Chris Rock

BOL SAYS: I realize we’re only one month into 2007, but I’m gonna go ahead and make a prediction: Lil’ Jon’s Crunk Rock album will almost certainly be the OutKast’s Idlewild Honorary Shit Sandwich of 2007. I mean, just look at that production list.

Also, wasn’t this shit supposed to come out years ago? Was that snap ya fingers song not this album’s lead single? They may be trying to bury this late in the summer like they did that Pharrell album.

6 Raekwon

ALBUM TITLE: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
BEATS: Dr. Dre, RZA, Scram Jones, J Dilla
FEATURES: Wu-Tang Clan

BOL SAYS: First of all, not unlike Dr. Dre’s Detox, I’ll believe this is coming out when I see it. As far as whether or not this is going to be any good, it’s hard to say. Dr. Dre, RZA and J Dilla are all great producers, and Scram Jones sounds like a great name for a race horse, but it’s not like any of them are at their prime right now. Especially J Dilla.

5 Three 6 Mafia

ALBUM TITLE: The Last 2 Walk
BEATS: Artist
FEATURES: Chamillionaire, Lyfe Jennings, 8Ball & MJG, Spanish Fly, Al Kapone, Project Pat
FIRST SINGLE: “Doe Boy Fresh”

BOL SAYS: Let me guess: this is going to be just like the last one, except with some d-bag yelling, Academy Award winners! in my ear over and over again.

4 Chamillionaire

ALBUM TITLE: The Ultimate Victory
BEATS: Kanye West, Cool & Dre, Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh and J.R. Rotem
FEATURES: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Pimp C and Kelis
FIRST SINGLE: “I’m Not A Criminal”

BOL SAYS: To this day, I can hardly go to Starbucks to get a caramel frap (like a four minute drive) without hearing that damn “Riding Dirty” bullshit. If this will get that mess off the radio, then I’m all for it.

3 Young Buck

ALBUM TITLE: Buck The World
BEATS: Dr. Dre, Eminem, Lil Jon, Jazze Pha, The Diaz Brothers, Hi-Tek and Needlez
FEATURES: T.I., Pimp C, Young Jeezy, Lyfe Jennings, Bun B, 8Ball & MJG, Snoop Dogg, Trick Daddy, Trey Songz and Kokaine
FIRST SINGLE: “I Know You Want Me”

BOL SAYS: Young Buck might be the best rapper in G-Unit, but who really wants to hear a song by him called “I Know You Want Me?” The title alone is enough to give me nightmares. And I don’t know that the lists of producers and guest appearances are helping matters any. They may have pushed this back to ’07 for a reason.

2 T.I.

BEATS: DJ Toomp, Akon, Scott Storch, Khao, Keith Mack, Lil C, David Banner, Nitti, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Pharrell, Timbaland and Swizz Beats
FEATURES: Young Jeezy, Akon, Big Kuntry, Young Dro and Governor

BOL SAYS: Based on the production and features this sounds like King Pt. 2, but with an Akon song. And no Just Blaze beats. I’m sure it’ll be huge.

1 Lil’ Wayne

ALBUM TITLE: Tha Carter 3
BEATS: Timbaland,, Scott Storch and Swizz Beats
FEATURES: Twista, Junior Reid and Sizzla

BOL SAYS: Again, this list of producers doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but let’s face it: Lil’ Wayne is hot right now. Nullus. Even Jay-Z is afraid to go at him. Plus, all of these people, except for Timbaland, had beats on the last Game album, and you see how that turned out.

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