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Artist: Kanye West

Kanye West produced five albums in under a month in 2018, yet our focus was on everything but his music. The Kanye who tweets at odd hours and wanders in front of television cameras speaking incoherently like a person off his meds stole the show. He’s since done some public relations tidying up, and we can only hope that the artist capable of helming an album like Daytona and delivering a song like “Ghost Town” will leave the little red hat and superhero cape at home and go back to being an undeniable genius in the recording studio with Yandhi.



Artist: Q-TIP

Q-Tip is sticking to his signature stance as a classical hip-hop emcee. “It’s going to be me,
straight up and down,” he says. “I’m coming with that boom-bap, unrelenting, lyrical,
thoughtful, edgy . . . street.” The Tribe legend has stayed active, immersed in the constant
rotation of creating, and is set to star as Miles Davis in an upcoming play by Nelson George, My
Funny Valentine. The Last Zulu follows Tribe’s final effort, We Got It from Here: Thank You 4 Your Service (2016), as well as Q-Tip’s third solo release, 2009’s Kamal/The Abstract, and his 2014 collaborative mixtape with fellow legend Busta Rhymes, The Abstract and the Dragon.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: Recording artist 2 Chainz onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for BET)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 30: Recording artist 2 Chainz onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for BET)


Artist: 2 Chainz

Will 2 Chainz’s long-awaited album be—as he predicts—2019’s album of the year? His four- track prequel to the album, The Play Don’t Care Who Make It, certainly left fans wanting more. 2 Chainz teased to his Instagram followers that the soon-to-drop release is full of “Game, Purpose, Substance, Failure, [and] Triumph.”


This supergroup combines members of two of underground hip-hop’s rawest collectives: Army of the Pharaohs (7L and Esoteric), and the Wu-Tang Clan (Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck). Produced by the Czar-Keys (7L and Jeremy Page), the twelve-track self-titled studio album has no shortage of clever bars or boom-bap beats. The previously released single “Iron Claw” gives a taste of the full album, set to drop in February 2019.

PICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: The dad says he is regularly confused for Snoop on the streets and anywhere he goes, from restaurants to supermarket, so much so that he lives out of LA so he can maintain his private life) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPY


Artist: Snoop Dogg

Rapper/singer-songwriter/record producer/television personality/entrepreneur/football coach/Martha Stewart BFF/actor Snoop Dogg is releasing his seventeenth studio album, Wanna Thank Me, a nod to the self-praising speech he gave upon being awarded a Hollywood Star. Snoop has definitely earned some tangible appreciation for his career, selling over 23.5 million albums in the United States and 37 million albums worldwide. The fact that Snoop is indeed a hard-working man/bad MFer isn’t the only reason he has to shout himself out.