Surprise Albums Are Still the Trend in Hip-Hop

Changes Hip-hop has finally found a new way to release albums. Words Sidney Madden Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of XXL Magazine. Don't miss our cover stories on Meek Mill and Rick Ross right here. In a time of industry over-saturation and breakout Soundcloud stars, rappers have to do the most to get their music heard. If that means breaking the rules, so be it. That was the case this past November when, out of the blue, J. Cole announced on Twitter that his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive would be coming out the next month. With no ...

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