If the rumors are true, 2013 looks to be a good year for hip-hop and even some ’90s comebacks. Here’s my most anticipated albums of the year, in alphabetical order.
Arcade Fire-TBA I became a fan of Arcade Fire after listening to their last album, the Grammy-winning The Superbs from 2010. This year, the band is planning to release their fourth studio album. Could it mean more Grammy gold?
Backstreet Boys-TBA Don’t judge me. I, along with most of the young population in the ’90s, loved the Backstreet Boys. Now the news is that their eighth studio album is being released this year and you better be fucking excited. To hell with One Direction.
Big Sean-Hall of Fame Big Sean’s sophomore album is reportedly being released in February. His debut studio album was entertaining and proved he has what it takes. Now that he’s “finally famous,” I expect even bigger things from the Detroit rapper, especially with a name like Hall of Fame. The album has been confirmed to feature Kanye West, Common, Tyga, and Nas.
Drake-TBA It seems like Drake catches a lot of shit, mainly due to the fact he coined the phrase “YOLO” which gave every frat boy and sorority slut across the nation further excuse to do stupid things and forget they did them. But as someone who’s been a fan of Drake since Thank Me Later and has actually listened to his albums other than the radio singles released, I’m excited for his rumored third studio album, which we can expect to be different in style from Take Care.
Eminem-TBA If the talk is true, we can expect Eminem to release a new album this year, his first solo project since 2010’s Recovery. He’s been featured on some songs and released a collaborative album with Royce da 5’9 since then but reports say he’s been hard at work in the studio putting together a new album. Let’s hope it’s true. One’s gotta wonder how different it will be from Recovery.
J. Cole-Born Sinner J. Cole’s debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, proved the rapper is the real deal. His second album was scheduled for release on January 28 but has been pushed back to a later date. That means fans will have to wait a little longer, but if it means Cole makes the album as good as it possibly can be, then I’m all for it. The first single, “Miss America,” has already been released.
Justin Timberlake–The 20/20 Experience Timberlake will finally release his first solo album in nearly seven years later this year. In fact, JT just released the first single off the album, “Suit and Tie” featuring Jay-Z, and he’s brought sexy back again. Thank God.
Kanye West-TBA Who knows if West will actually release an album this year, but rumors are that he’s been working on a solo album, his follow-up to 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I’ve even read he’ll be dabbling in a little dubstep. I wouldn’t count it out. West is known for experimenting. There’s even been talks of Cruel Winter, the sequel to G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer, being released sometime this year. Whatever the case, I hope we can expect some new material from Kanye.