Artist: Lil Uzi Vert
With one of the most anticipated albums of 2019, Lil Uzi Vert is not in a rush to respond regarding when this project will be released. Thus far, he has only delivered cryptic messages via Instagram. This seems to be exciting fans even more. It’s getting so bad that a fan approached him on the street to ask about the release date, to which Lil Uzi Vert responded “I don’t know.” But the album is finished. Maybe fans can get a preview of the new material—and hopefully an album release date—when he performs at the 2019 Rolling Loud Bay Area festival.
Artist: Busta Rhymes
After a nine-year delay, it looks like Busta Rhymes’s next solo album will finally see the light of day.
Crediting what seems like a delay to what can be affectionally described as the Dr. Dre Experience, this
project reignites Dre and Busta’s unique chemistry, which often results in favoring dark, ghoulish
bangers. We hope the pair can once again come correct and deliver a big win for hip-hop.
YACHT ROCK 2
Artist: The Alchemist
Alchemist is about ready to unleash an alternative to the typical summer soundtrack, his upcoming sequel album Yacht Rock 2. Alchemist is known for his ability to engulf a MC in the traditional boom bap sound of hip-hop without sounding dated, making him a consistent go-to for those who enjoy the essence of beats and rhymes. The artist seems to be excited about his new project as well, sharing the twelve-song track list via Instagram and calling it “the perfect soundtrack to end your 2019 summer vacation.”
WHOLE LOTTA RED
Artist: Playboi Carti
Playboi Carti’s sophomore album Die Lit was a fun-filled frenzy of catchy hooks that built on the twenty-two-year-old rapper’s already established penchant for bangers. Critically approved and full of star-studded features (which, importantly, don’t distract from Carti’s own effortless charisma), the album proved that his breakthrough hit, 2017’s “Magnolia,” wasn’t a fluke. Carti’s success continues to lend merit to mumble rap.
Artist: Dave East
Dave East has been working diligently in preparation for his major label debut. His highly anticipated album, Survival, is expected to be released this fall through Def Jam Recordings and Mass Appeal. The upcoming album will be executively produced by East’s mentor and confidant Nas. Survival follows the Paranoia 2 mixtape, which was one of the hottest records of 2018 . East provided a sample listen of a track titled “Everyday,” in which he shares bars with Gunna over a beat that blends Atlanta trap with the flavor of New York. It’s a potent combination, as each MC balances well against the other as they stay on their grind.