2018 was undoubtedly a powerful yr for hip-hop music. The style continued its world takeover the pop scene, that includes some career-defining moments from Drake, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Lil Baby and J. Cole, simply to call a couple of. However, even with all the nice rap music we have loved through the previous (nearly) twelve months, there are nonetheless some huge names who flew beneath the radar.
Despite some options verses and singles scattered right here and there, emcees like 21 Savage, Chris Brown, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz and extra had a comparatively quiet yr. That’s to not say that they and others received’t ship some new bars in 2019 (in some circumstances, drop dates for these information have already been introduced) however, within the spirit end–year record season, let’s take a better have a look at some rappers who’re due for a return to the highlight as we roll into the brand new yr.
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If Breezy had little to nothing left within the tank song-wise after 2017, I can’t say that I blame him.
Heartbreak on a Full Moon, his 45-track opus, capped f an eventful run that stored Brown’s title within the headlines, for higher and for worse. 2018 was extra the identical, with tabloid fodder that included refusal to submit drug checks, a cavalcade authorized points punctuated by a lawsuit from his costume designer and even capturing his shot at Cardi B (type ). Lots model recognition for the singer, however no new music.
That seems prefer it’s set to alter in 2019 although. Brown’s supposedly releasing new music after the vacations are performed, with a possible Trey Songz collaboration seemingly within the oven as effectively. His final double LP could have led to some Breezy oversaturation and listener fatigue, however there’s little doubt that his followers are prepared and ready for some new materials to come back their manner.
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Pretty Girls Like Trap Music was one 2017’s standout albums and its previously wheelchair-bound star, 2 Chainz, got here into his personal as one the South’s singular abilities. Strangely, the rapper has been slightly silent on the solo music entrance in 2018.
Despite some high-prile collabs with Drake, Lil Pump and others, 2 Chainz followers are positively craving a brand new studio effort from the veteran emcee. His current EP, Hot Wings Are A Girl’s Best Friend, positively helped whet the hip-hop group’s collective urge for food, nonetheless it solely makes us surprise what Chainz has in retailer for us subsequent.
On our want record for 2019? That he lastly will get within the studio with Hov and lays down what can be one the yr’s largest team-ups.
Lil Uzi Vert
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In the post-Soundcloud period rap’s punk part, Lil Uzi Vert is one the style’s hottest younger stars. While his solo output went dormant in 2018, the excellent news is that his followers received’t have to attend for much longer for him to drop some new materials.
Fresh f his look on the current Cassius Jay single “Big Racks,” Uzi seems primed to re-enter the hip-hop dialog in an enormous manner in 2019. His forthcoming album, Eternal Atake, is reportedly full and awaiting a tough launch date and promo push. However, if Luv is Rage 2 taught us something, it’s that the Philly native likes to take his time together with his information.
Helping to ramp up anticipation for the brand new Lil Uzi LP is TM88, who revealed that he certainly has one other collab with the rapper approaching Eternal Atake.
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If you puzzled the place Danny Brown was at in 2018, you most likely weren’t the one one.
The Detroit-born emcee definitely shrouded himself in thriller this yr. His long-rumored Persona 5 venture nonetheless hasn’t seen the sunshine day and, though he claimed to be aiming for an early-2019 launch date on the finish August, it’s anyone’s guess as to when he’ll bless us with some new tracks.
In the meantime, Brown lastly launched his documentary Live At the Majestic this November, a movie that Apple Music had shelved for causes nonetheless unclear to most of the people. One factor’s for positive: Danny Brown’s presence on the hip-hop scene is sorely missed. We want that new album ASAP.
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It can be an understatement to say that issues are fairly quiet on the Lloyd Banks entrance.
How quiet? Well, the veteran rapper appeared to tease his retirement from the music biz altogether. While he later took to social media and admitted he was trolling (together with giving the trade’s media shops an earful for artificially blowing up the story), the hip-hop world can be a greater place with a brand new Banks joint someday within the close to future.
It’s additionally completely different with Lloyd than with different elder statesmen within the style. He’s by no means prioritized reshaping his sound or picture to abide by the musical tendencies or tastes any given second, which makes any new initiatives from him a welcome addition to the tradition’s bigger dialog. Real heads all get excited when the prospect new Lloyd Banks music is greater than only a pipe dream. For now, it’s going to be on our wishlist for 2019.
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Though Joey has been prolific on the singles entrance, with releases like “Still New York” and “Pretty Boys” garnering some consideration this yr, 2018 was devoid a cohesive long-form effort from one rap’s most spectacular rising abilities.
The smooth-yet-gritty stylings 2017’s All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ positioned the Brooklyn native as a expertise to observe and, judging by the smoke coming from his social media accounts, there’s prone to be some hearth bars on the way in which very quickly.
Back in October, he revealed that he’s received two initiatives within the works, together with a Pro Era album that, in his phrases, sounds “unimaginable.” There’s no telling what precisely his contributions can be on that LP, nor what his subsequent solo launch will sound like, however one factor’s for positive: Joey Bada$$ is primed to take that subsequent step to superstardom in 2019.
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One the true OGs who helped re-ignite the West Coast sound as a commercially ble property greater than a decade in the past, The Game is one other title who was absent from our name sheet in 2018.
That doesn’t imply his title was absent from the headlines although. In the autumn, he blasted younger rappers for faking the gangsta life-style. “Why faux it?” he mentioned. “Then you find yourself to the following n****s who do actual gangsta sh*t and don’t need to be in there …] I don’t know one gangsta who needs to be in jail.”
With his final full-length studio launch coming all the way in which again in 2016 with 1992, the approaching yr is likely to be time for The Game to point out the following generations rappers what’s up and are available by with one other stable outing.
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Following his rumored messy breakup with R&B songstress Jhene Aiko, Big Sean is one other emcee who seems able to drop some new materials.
The reignition his social media presence appears to verify this, at the very least in the meanwhile. His return to Instagram was met with a lot scrutiny, particularly after he posted a photograph with a caption that merely learn “again quickly.” No one’s positive precisely what’s on the way in which from the Motor City native, but when it’s something like 2016’s I Decided, hip-hop followers are in for some high quality.
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Rick Ross hasn’t dropped new music in a minute and, primarily based on how busy his schedule is now, issues could keep established order for some time.
After welcoming a son earlier this yr (additionally, you understand you’re a straight-up boss while you title your youngster Billion, simply saying), the rapper continues to rake in paydays for his non-music-related commitments. His most up-to-date endeavor: inking a deal to affix the solid for the second season Irv Gotti’s BET sequence Tales.
Don’t neglect: Rozay spent chunk 2018 recovering from a foul bout pneumonia that stored him hospitalized for an prolonged interval. Between that, his newfound daddy duties and ongoing battles with child mama Tia Kemp over his different family-related commitments, it looks like there’s sufficient protecting the icon busy lately.
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The OVO disciple, as soon as one the most popular names in R&B, has fallen f the map considerably in current months.
Though 2017’s Seven Days featured some robust help and manufacturing work, it divided many critics and followers, leaving PND’s place within the bigger music dialog unclear. There’s little doubt that Drake is a fan his fellow Canadian, going as far as to make PND’s music a everlasting fixture at his Miami abode, however that removed from ensures any new music from his fellow countryman.
Stranger nonetheless is the truth that TM88 could also be sitting on a PartyNextDoor venture, though it’s anybody’s guess as to how completed that launch is or whether or not it’ll ever see the sunshine day.
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Most just lately heard on 21 Savage’s i am > i was album, the Creed II soundtrack, in addition to the Too $hort-led group effort “Don’t Shoot,” Schoolboy Q is one more rap mainstay who has been all too silent on the solo venture entrance in 2018.
That doesn’t imply Schooly has been absent from the general public eye, nonetheless. He was half the star-studded Mac Miller tribute live performance, an unforgettable occasion the place he carried out alongside all-star expertise like Travis Scott, SZA and extra. Q additionally despatched his followers love by performing a free reside present in Chicago this previous September.
Despite a Twitter bio proclaiming “NEW ALBUM COMING SOON,” there’s no buzz something imminent on the horizon for the TDE rapper. Let’s hope that 2019 brings us some recent bars from Schoolboy Q.
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Speaking the Top Dawg alumnus, Ab-Soul is one other artist who was principally f the discharge radar in 2018. With the recollections 2016’s scorching Do What Thou Wilt nonetheless burned in some followers’ recollections (together with mine), the brand new yr couldn’t be a extra excellent time for some new materials from one hip-hop’s most mercurial abilities.
Though he managed to attain a visitor spot on the Black Panther soundtrack, Ab-Soul and the remaining the TDE crew have been imprecise as to Soulo’s whereabouts. There had been hints at some ongoing studio classes however that hasn’t essentially set the likelihood an LP drop in 2019 in stone. Fingers crossed.
Run the Jewels
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Let’s finish issues f with one essentially the most underrated duos in hip-hop proper now: Run the Jewels. With a hard-charging sound and an abundance charisma, we will not be the one ones who’re actively ready for RTJ four.
The anticipation for the group’s upcoming studio launch kicked into excessive gear just lately after El-P confirmed that he and Killer Mike can be dropping the venture in 2019. With their lone 2018 single, “Let’s Go,” giving followers a welcome return to their grimy-yet-polished roots, it’s solely a matter time earlier than we’re blessed with what is going to certainly be an intriguing and probably mesmerizing album.
Who are you most excited to listen to new music from in 2019? Let us know within the feedback.