ANDRE 2007

In honor of this February 14th, XXL and I have settled our differences behind the scenes, kissed and made up (No March XXL Cover). I’m going to post a new blog every weekday for the rest of this month in celebration of my return. I promise this time I’m back for good.

Bill O’Reily was right. Ludacris didn’t deserve that Grammy but not for the reasons he mentioned. Release Therapy wasn’t on any ones top-5 album list of 2006. And out of all the commercial (re: platinum plus) release from October 2005 to September 2006, TI definitely deserved it. Don’t even get me started back on Ludameister’s win for “Moneymaker”.

But I digress.

So far this year we haven’t had one lasting mixtape or album. Tru York and that Talib/Madlib album (remember that?) was the closest thing we had. The best selling urban album this year has been freaking’ Pretty Ricky! Scary isn’t it? So 6 weeks in, I’ve decided to update the 2007 Most anticipated list, 80’s Baby style:

1) Andre 3000

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After hearing his verses on the “You”, “Throw Some D’s” and “Walk It Out” remixes, I’m convinced that Dre is the best rapper alive. He pulls off the grown man rap effortlessly, without sounding preachy (Nas) or out of touch (Jay-Z). He also doesn’t have the “holier than thou” attitude and is willing to jump on a DJ Unk record with Jim Jones. Mix that with a couple of joints the Ipod King let me here this weekend and you’ve got the most anticipated album of the year, at least for this 80’s Baby.

2) 50 Cent

Curtisssssssssssss still is the George W. Bush of hip-hop. Buck might not be poppin and the fans aint rockin’ with Banks no more but ITS OKKKKK (Game Voice) 50 gets it poppin. I’d listen to an album full of him just talking to Angie on the radio before I buy 1/3 of the albums on this list.

3) Kanye West

No one in the 21st Century put out better back-to-back albums then Kanyeezy. The Graduation should be no different.

4) Lil’ Wayne

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Yeah maybe he does kiss Baby. And Gillie exposed him just a little. And maybe he was out of pocket with his DJ Drama comments. And maybe he isn’t really an 80′s Baby. And maybe his boy did break his jaw on the road. But with all that said, he’s unarguably one of the top 5 lyricist out right now and I still rather hear an album full of his random metaphors, whimsical punch lines and “I can’t say don’t rhyme and it goin rhyme” rhyme schemes before I wait for…

5) Dr. Dre

Was I excited to hear Dr. Dre, Snoop, Daz, Kurupt, Eminem and company on the Chronic 2001? Of course! Did I get amped thinking about the addition of 50, Banks, Game and the others for Detox in 2003? Mos def! Does anyone care about any of these guys in 2007? Not so much. Dr. Dre’s beats on Kingdom Come were lackluster and the Timbaland linage (Polow Da Don, Danjahandz) has been wiping the floor with him and Scotty lately.

Hopefully I’m wrong, but I see this being the biggest disappointment of
the year.

6) T.I.

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T.I. vs. T.I.P this summer should be an interesting one. With 2 Grammy’s, 3 straight platinum albums and a new $20 million dollar deal under his belt, it’ll be interesting to see what Clifford Harris Jr. has to say on his 5th LP. And after seeing his face when he got stiffed for Best Rap Album at the Gramms, I know Ludacris has to be the topic of at least one song

7) Eminem

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Encore left a bad taste in the mouth of even the biggest Shady stan. But at the end of the day, he’s still Eminem.

8) UGK

The “I pull in your city and get my Bush on” line alone is enough for my $14.

9) DJ Drama

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10) Saigon

It’s really coming out this year. Really. “Pain In My Life Remix” on Friday. Person who can guess the 2 features on it gets a gold sticker. Hint: One is from the South, the other from California.

Honorable Mentions

BG: Lil Wayne Sr. minus the kissing. Gizzle will pick up for New Orleans where Reggie Bush left off.

Tru-Life: Co-Executive Produced by Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. Dip Set rants. Old school NYC underground aggression. It’s the new…

Juelz Santana: The 3rd coming (pause) of a Santana album makes the list solely because of “The Second Coming”.

Chamillionaire: After Mixtape Messiah Part 2, He’s definitely the man to watch coming out of H-Town this year (Sorry Mike)

Lupe Fiasco: Between his Grammy snubs and the disappointing first week sales, Loop-pay will have more than enough to talk about on The Cool. Let’s just hope he leaves Pharrell off of this one.

Also coming out this year:

Timbaland, Common, Young Buck, Fabolous, Lil John, Juelz & Lil Wayne’s I Can’t Feel My Face.

  • http://crunktastical.blogspot.com Fresh

    Dare I say first? I thought I was seeing things when I saw Feb. 14 by your name. Glad to see you are back.

  • http://xxlmag.com eskay

    >>“Pain In My Life Remix” on Friday.

    I heard that last week.

  • Ali

    >>“Pain In My Life Remix” on Friday.

    I heard that last week.

    Us mere mortals are not as fortunate as you Eskay

  • Ali

    forgot

    Good to have you back Sick, don’t go anywhere you hear!

  • http://myspace/kingpaul06 King Paul

    Dre 3 Stacks = G.O.A.T.

  • MoreFish

    detox prolly aint droppn
    agree kanye & andre3000 = most anticipated

    good list

    oh and uh luda>t.i.

  • mzfinegirl

    Bou time u came back bol is a hater and sunday is boring. but anyways i cant wait till lil wayne, lupe, twista, t.i., and chammillionaire album to come out this year.

  • http://www.myspace.com/donnygoines Donny Goines

    I gotta agree with you on most of this albums. I’m sure some of these dudes will do really well (50, T.I, Dre) and some probely not so well.

    I can’t really listen to any of this shit coming out too much because hip hop and rap music in general is so repetitive and boring. The powers that be (People like yourself Sick) and afriad to take chances on real talent or better yet “NEW” talent and choose to sign, co sign, or support the norm. Although your choices are defintly dead on, the game needs new faces. And aslong as A&R’s such as yourself continue the trends then the game will always be stuck in this postion.

    Much love to you and keep doing ya thing homie. Bring out more talent. Something fresh for 07.

    Uno

  • Pakman

    Guess who’s back

  • http://www.myspace.com/donnygoines Donny Goines

    And one more thing while I’m on this subject.

    One album you didn’t mention that should have been on this list is Bishop Lamont’s record. He’s gionna shock a lot of people. Mark my words. And who knows,, if the powers that be have anything to say about maybe I might drop a classic 4th quauter. Keep ya ears to the net homie. 1

  • http://www.myspace.com/donnygoines Donny Goines

    And one more thing while were on the subject.

    One album you didn’t mention was Bishop Lamont’s the Reformation. He is gonna shock a lot of people in the game. And God willing, if I’m able to do so maybe I might drop a classic in the 4th. Keep ya ears to the net. Its the future. Mixtapes are a thing of the past.

    (I wrote this before but I don’t think it went thru so I wrote it again)

  • Atl’s own

    When dat new Outkast wit 3000 rappin’ hit stores it will be game over for all da non-rappin’ rappers!

  • http://forums.onsmash.com/?act=idx Team OnSMASH

    I Know Whos On The Saigon Remix But I Can’t Spill The Beans.. Can I??

  • http://forums.onsmash.com/?act=idx Team OnSMASH

    >>“Pain In My Life Remix” on Friday.

    I heard that last week.

    Us mere mortals are not as fortunate as you Eskay

    He Was Saying He Heard Pain In My Life Remix Was Suppose To Drop Last Week And It Didn’t And He Don’t Believe It Now..

  • Layon

    No Wu tang love

    Only built for the cubin links 2
    and 8 Diagrams

  • rives305

    pain in my life remix with

    1)GAME
    2)Andre 3000/wayne/or tip

    do i get a gold sticker

  • Eman

    pain in my life remix Im going to say The game and T.I. since just blaze and him are tight but listening to 50 on the radio is alot a better then listening to a post get rich or dying cd 50′s character is entertaining Too bad pain in my life is blowing up anywhere saigon needs to come with alot better single then that just my opinion

  • http://www.myspace.com/phillthyent Phillthy

    Now you know Common deserves more than ah also comin out…Last album was ah classic…

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Nice post even if you aren’t delivering them baseball refrences.

    Other artists albums to look out for:
    Prodigy
    Beanie Sigel
    The Game
    Omar Cruz
    Termanology
    Joel Ortiz
    WC
    Little Brother

  • MZJONES

    glad to see andre @ #1

  • derfla the hus’la

    agree Andre is a G.O.A.T dogg but iam kinda tired of peoples most anticipated list everyone thinks he’s is the best ………speaking of love what happened between you and that asian chick you had beef with sick you didn’t think I’d forget about that shit now elaborate………

  • 100 Dollars

    “I can’t say don’t rhyme and it goin rhyme” rhyme schemes before I wait for…”

    Lmao, that freestyle he did on Rap City was ass.

  • Belize

    Were’s the ODB luv?

  • thoreauly77

    yo derfla- bol had the beef with the asian; sick got ethered by a sports writer who is black.

    sick- good to have you back.

  • THE DEVIL

    tupac & scarface u dumb fucks

    2FACE

  • CheeseEggsWelch’sGrape

    Wu-Tang’s 8 Diagrams and Raekwon’s OBFCL2 are the only major releases any real hip hop head has to look forward to. I agree with Andre though, Outkast should be coming back into form soon.

  • http://forums.onsmash.com/?act=idx Team OnSMASH

    LOL Fuck It.. Fuck A Gold Sticker By The Way..

    Saigon – Pain In My Life (Remix) (Feat. The Game & B.G.)

    Don’t Believe Me.. Then Wait Till Friday Comes.. IF It Drops Friday.. But Whenever It Drops Ya Will Hear Them 2 And Game Goes First..

  • thatwhitedude

    i don’t even think scarface is backing the whole 2Face album, its gonna be garbage…my most anticipated of 2007 reads like this…
    1. Lil Weezy
    2. Raekwon The Chef
    3. Chamillionaire
    4. Sean P (how did dickamore forget this one when he was mentioning good/lasting albums that already dropped in 2007?????)
    5. Saigon
    6. Papoose
    7. Killer Mike
    8. Joe Budden
    9. Lil Flip
    10. Juelz Santana

    most anticipated group album for 2007 = UGK

    sleeper rapper is Uncle Murda, if he ever drops a real album…

    is Andre 3000 really gonna drop a solo album? i thought he would still be dropping one with Big Boi under the Outkast name…

    sickamore is back but he’s still the worst blogger on here…smh

  • skip

    Man u out ya fucking mind. U better go listen to “forget about dre” nicca.

  • dat nucca

    Lol @ sickamore
    u put buddens in ur top3 80′s baby and not anticipating his album lol

    Nice list though

    Pain in my life remix will probably featured the game and t.i or cham

  • nike345

    how’d you leave out Papoose…the most anticiapted album in New york this year????….dumba$$

  • J.R.O.

    The album by “the new Nas”, Sai-Giddy. I been waiting on that since Warning Shots in high school… God damn!

  • YOUNG STUNNA

    what a stupid list, this is a better one.
    1.detox
    2.carter 3
    3.dipset(juelz,cam,jr writer) album

  • Young Fresh and Flyzzii

    Yesss, T.I. got slept on at the Grammy’s but as history would have it, someone gets selpt on every year (Kudos to T.I. for not pullin a Kanye and doin the whole “lets look ignorant on national TV” thing.)Moving on,Andre 3000 KILLIN IT! not only because he can get his “grown man rap” on but because he can get his grown man on across genres (ie The Love Below, Idlewild and all the OutKast albums in years before…..ok last note..Lil Weeezzy? You forgot to mention his disses on J Hov. No matter how hot The Carter II (album-singular) was, I still dont think it quite compares to Hov’s hot albumS-plural.

    Good to have you back!

  • YOUNG STUNNA

    and if you beleive those shouldnt be top 3 just stop listing too rap

  • kmd_3rdbass

    i’m waiting of that Lucy Diamonds…

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  • Incilin

    Sick! Bout time u got back in the mix (Sorry, Sunday has taken ur spot and u gon need some good consistant stuff to get back in it. And YN back on his grown man shit! hold up) This list is so much better than the actual XXL mag album list. But you totally snubbed Cuban Links 2, I mean yes there’s a chance it will never ever come out but then again I could say the same for Detox. Which by way won’t just have the names you mentioned, there will undoubtly apppearences from GAGE, Bishop Lamont, and Dre’s son Hood Surgeon, and prolly no Game.

  • Cuban Link

    Bill O’Reily was right. Ludacris didn’t deserve that Grammy but not for the reasons he mentioned. Release Therapy wasn’t on any ones top-5 album list of 2006. And out of all the commercial (re: platinum plus) release from October 2005 to September 2006, TI definitely deserved it. Don’t even get me started back on Ludameister’s win for “Moneymaker”.

    ^^^^^^THANK YOU!!!!!

    co-sign with everything except the think about Lil wayne and Dr Dre.I think Detox will be hot (knock on wood, no Weezy F baby)and i think Weezy sucks ass and I hope he gets the 50 treatment and has the public hate him.Although I still like 50 no homo

    PS lmao @ the Em picture n 50 thing.I would so buy that album too btw.

    PPS. Saigon will drop hot, also look out for official drops from Skyzoo and Jae Millz.Pappy will drop hot but i doubt itll be this year.He’ll prolly get the Clipse treatment and have half his hype by being pushed back till lord knows when.But hopefully he wont flop.

  • BE

    List is better than the one in the XXL issue..can’t really complain. Everybody’s list will be different (Including mine). I respect yours though.

  • http://myspace.com/jasontflaco jason

    ice cube, and trick daddy or jeezy?

  • http://www.myspace.com/suntzu Sun Tzu

    you have a horrible taste in music

  • jrb

    i have no doubt the remix is w andre and game……gimme the sticker btich

  • ronburgandy

    > Mix that with a couple of joints the Ipod King let me here this weekend and you’ve got the most anticipated album of the year, at least for this 80’s Baby.

    nice to have some illiteracy back at xxl.com.
    billy sunday just wasn’t cutting it.

  • NEO

    REAL TALK, AND BULLSHIT TO THE SIDE THESE THESE THE MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS NO FAVORITISM OF COMMERCIAL BULLSHIT
    1 DETOX (COME ON ITS BEEN MOST ANTICIPATED FOR LIKE 7 YEARS IN A ROW)
    2 CARTER 3 ( RUMORS ASIDE ERBODY AND THEY MOMA WANA HEAR HOW YOUNGN GONA ESTABLISH HIMSELF WITH THIS ONE)
    3 ANDRE 3 STACKS( THROW THE WILD OUTKAST SHIT OUT THE WINDOW AND WATCH SOME REAL SOUTHERN SHIT POP OFF)
    4 50 AKA FERRARI ( TO THE TOP OR FLOP WITH THIS ONE THATS ALL THATS REALLY RIDING ON THIS ONE)
    5 CHAMILLITARY MAAAN ( SKELETOR LOOKIN BOY OR NOT DUDE SURPRISED DA HELL OUT OF ERBODY LAST YEAR, KILLT MIXTAPE MESSAIH PT2 AND STILL PUTTIN IN WORK FULLTIME, MIGHT BE THE ONLY HOUSTON CAT TO WITHSTAND THE LIL HOUSTON WAVE THAT HIT)

  • peteyP!

    Man….I guess he left out Bone Thugs-n-harmony out the equation for most anticipated album. Saigon? DJ Drama? pssh, give me a break there. But hey, this is your list and not mine, so I can’t really complain lol. Be on the lookout for BTNH’s album “Strenght & Loyalty” on April 17th, and in the words of Krayzie Bone, “you will be satisfied.” P!

  • RogerRoger

    This Lil’ FAG…

  • Cloud

    lupe and chamillionaire should be on that list instead of dj drama and saigon. easy. and lupe should be number 2, because his whole flow and mindstate is beyond a lot of people but if u actually think and sit down and listen to what he says, then he’ll slowly but surely work his way to number one. oh yea and can i be ur intern/slave(pause) this summer? holla at me… myspace.com/modiman10

  • http://insaneexistence.blogspot.com/ Sandinka

    Gotta Be Kidding Me,Whether You Believe Him To Be A Bust Or Not,What About The 1.5 Million Dollar Man?Surely The People Are Lusting For Nacirema Dream,Rather Than The Marshall Matthers Pt.3…….

  • S.

    I wonder what’s next for Jay-Z???

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  • John Brown

    Tank god your back. I was getting tired of Sundays basketball references. How bout you go one on one with Sunday you with your baseball references and he with the basketball ones. By the way get at BOL.

  • http://www.chopdezol.com ovawit

    I’LL BE GLAD WHEN YOU AND OTHERS LIKE YOU GROW THE FUCK UP AND STOP REFERRING TO YOURSELF AS AN 80s BABY!!!…JUST BE A MAN WHO WAS BORN IN THE 1980s….DAMN…….

  • doug

    how you going to forget about kweli common wutang raekwon little brother pharoahe monch and skyzoo’s album?

  • EReal

    Pretty Good list Sic, good to have you back. I was wonderin WTF after the oreo thing.

    Anyway, Detox is gonna be fire, and if it drops will undoubtedly the highest selling album this year.

    If 50 stays on his old school shit, the agressive gangsta shit that made him popular and dosent water that shit down, which he’s said in interviews its gonna be gully, that’ll be hot.

    Tight work on the Chamillionaire shout-out He’s runnin H-Town, Mike Jones is HOT TRASH.

    Im buying the Buck cd, str8^. Case Dismissed, Welcome to the Trap House, and Chronic 2006 were too dope to pass it up.

    Wheres the Wu love? OBFCL2? 8 Diagrams? *SMH*

    Also good lookin out on the B.G. shout out. The hell with Weezy F(ucks) Baby, he swagger jacked B.G. anyway.. As B.G. would say “Lil homie can spit, but he aint no man”

    1 hunned.

  • thatdukeSuave

    There he is! Sick, glad the 80′s baby is back on this bitch! Good list, but am I the only one interested in hearing how good that Swizz Beatz-produced Bone Thugz N Harmony record is gonna sound?

  • jacquez
  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Andre 3k is a fan of Weezy so what does that say about you list my friend…

  • EReal

    ^ Someone go internets thug and hack this faggot’s myspace. He’s even getting on my nerves now.

    @Jacquez -Listen you french frog fuck, your shit is GaR’Bage’, maybe you should go listen to it yourself and you wouldnt be promotin your hot trash like its dope, eh?

  • ESL Representa

    wezzy teabags n-bred

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    February 15th, 2007 at 12:41 pm
    Andre 3k is a fan of Weezy so what does that say about you list my friend…
    ^^^^^^^
    That 3000′s taste in music is as gay as his fashion sense.

  • Kane

    Yo I don’t want to hear anything else from G-Unit for a long long while.

  • MIAMI NIGGA

    The other day on Rap City the host asked B.G. about his feeling on Weezy F. In response B.G. said “Who? You mean Jim Jones Jr.”. Damn Lil Wayne has been looking like Capo lately wit them tight ass jeans

  • shaw man

    tip before dre, im from cali and im not even anticipating that album too much in fear of what i may hear..

    unless he comes out with a hittin first single then i change my mind.

  • flava dav

    how do you leave ball & g off the list 3-13-07 riding high

  • http://www.myspace.com/gotpaid PEOPLE$

    Remix = ti and snoop (ti’s on atlantic and snoop did the apollo w/tru life and sai, who are close)

  • John Brown

    DAMN!!! It is a SOUTHERN TAKEOVER…5 of the albums you mentioned are from the South and if you take out EM, DRE, 50 & KANYE (which all their albums are always “highly anticipated” with their albums) you got only 1 east coast rapper left. and that shows you that THE NEW SOUTH is for real with keeping HIP-HOP ALIVE IN THE SOUTH.

    ***XXL MAG also has like 5 or 6 southern artist alubms as “highly anticipated” as well***

  • Randomname

    Thanks for that link to the UGK joint that was tight as hell, and I never would have peeped it otherwise.

    Good looks Sic

  • MIAMI NIGGA

    I can’t wait to see what the new Outcast will sound like. 3000 is ahead of his time and it took him to step away for most people to begin admitting that he one of the best ever. When you dont hear that greatness for a while you start to say damn that nigga was pretty good. Always been on my top 5 though. Lyrics and flow will return this year Thank God.

  • jfoxgotraps

    LIL flip man. damn. he deserves respect. “u gotta feel me” was tha shit. hes comin in march. HIV no. Flip is the king of the south. sound is wonderful. Flip has what other fake emcees crave. Undeniable style and music
    WHO DAY WANT!!!!
    FLIP
    FLIP
    FLIP
    FLIP
    FLIP

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  • Sweet Cooch Brown

    I dont really read reviews much, but I found this one to be very interesting, intriguing, & BOLD!! Cant wait to see the way things “play out” during the course of 07′….. IM ROLLIN WITH EVERY ONE OF YOUR WORDS, but still looking for more of the unexpected ya know? Now as for my reviews (expectations): Andre 3000-unpredictable & innovative, 50 cent- quiet but loud, kanye west- fusion and vision, lil wayne- poetic and popular, DRE- alittle late, but always on time, TI- entertaining, but exhausting, emimnem- annoyingly captivating, UGK- HOT as always but finally recognized, DJ Drama- Dramatic? lol…and SAIGON- MISSING, seems to be a contemporary NAS, and the much needed medium between the “Lack-Lustre REAL” & “the Repetative & Obnoxious FAKE”.
    Peace,
    Gin

  • Miss Peachy

    Who the hell is Lil Flip?? lmaoooo

  • pop a poppa

    where’s Joe Budden on that list?

  • http://XXL.MAG JDEEEEEZ

    I CAN’T BELIEVE NOBODY HAS MENTIONED PAPOOSE, HE SPITS BETTER THAN ANYONE OUT RIGHT NOW BY FAR. AND 50 CAN SPIT WHEN HE FEELS LIKE IT, LISTEN TO GUESS WHO’S BACK? UNBELIEVABLE. PAP AND FIF, THE BEST COMBO FOR A CD DECK EVER. PEACE
    JD

  • PAUL JOHNSTONE

    What about Wu-Tang & Raekwon The Chef… You fucking TIT!!

  • Dave

    What about Wu-Tang & Raekwon The Chef you fucking TIT!!

  • Miami Monica

    Andre’s album should be HOT! I cant wait either! ;-)

  • derfla the hus’la

    thoreauly77 Says:

    February 14th, 2007 at 6:47 pm
    yo derfla- bol had the beef with the asian; sick got ethered by a sports writer who is black.

    sick- good to have you back.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    good looking thore77…..daim it’s been that long? either way dude has some explaination to do.

  • ONTOPMUZIK

    Sickamore how u not gon mention Joe Budden? I can see if he dont make the top 10, just because it looks like The Growth will never come out, but atleast mention dude. I know u know Budden is top 10 80s babies out cuz of past posts. so wats wit da snub?

  • YOUNG STUNNA

    this is gonna be a fuckin great year and my top 3 are,
    1.carter 3
    2.dipset (juelz,cam,jr writer) album
    3.detox

  • alleyeCNtower

    this list is more accurate than the one in the new XXL, somehow… and yes, it’s a perfect list: except for the exclusion of Wu-Tang!

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  • Ghostwriter

    what? you talking to me?