It’s time to download some new jams for your hoopty, and we’ve got the DL on this season’s most anticipated hip hop albums. Check out the latest releases from rappers like French Montana, The Game, Major Lazer, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla Sign, Waka Flocka and more in our rap and hip hop list below.
Dates may change at music label’s whims or due to unexpected leaks. On May 26th, A$AP Rocky tweeted that his new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, is in stores now, a week before its June 2 release after it appeared on blogs and file-sharing sites.
The Harlem MC and longtime Kanye West fan tapped Yeezy, Lil Wayne, Future, M.I.A., Miguel, ScHoolboy Q, Mos Def, and even Rod Stewart to collaborate on At.Long.Last.A$AP. Lil’ Wayne also dropped his long-awaited “Free Weezy Album” (FWA) without warning on July 4th, featuring Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Cory Gunz, Bibi Bourelly and more. (Available on Tidal)
May Hip Hop Albums
eMC, The Tonite Show, 5/5: More than “rappity rap,” the trio collabs with Xzibit and B Real and indulges in more of their trademark skits voiced by Rosie Perez, Tony Rock and Russell Peters.
Tech N9ne, Special Effects, 5/4; The speed rapper’s 24-track LP includes party starters like “Hood Go Crazy,” featuring 2 Chainz and B.o.B, plus previously released jams “Aw Yeah?” (interVENTion),” “Dyin’ Flyin’,” “Speedom” (featuring Eminem) and “Wither.”
French Montana, Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend (Mixtape), 5/7
Snoop Dogg, Bush, 5/12: The grand-dizzle of West Coast rap dabbles in funk and R&B with pals like Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar.
Dizzy Wright, The Growing Process, 5/26: The Vegas MC collabs with Big K.R.I.T., Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Krayzie Bone, and more.
Lil Boosie, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, 5/26
June Hip Hop Albums
Jamie xx, In Colour, 6/1: His remixes have been sampled by Drake (“Take Care”), and now London producer Jamie Smith releases his debut album with jungle MCs, raps by Young Thug, trance by Four Tet, and lots of dance hooks and break beats.
Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission, 6/1
Riff Raff, Purple Panther 6/1
Waka Flocka, Flockaveli 2, 6/1
Lil Durk, Remember My Name, 6/2
Ty Dolla $ign, Free TC, 6/2; Includes upbeat collabs with DJ Dahi and EDM deity Diplo on “Stand For,” and pop cuties Tinashe and Charli XCX on “Drop That Kitty,” along with more songs with his homie DJ Mustard.
Denzel Curry, 32ZEL/PLANETSHROOMS, 6/9
Hudson Mohawke, Lantern, 6/15
Migos – YRN: Tha Album, 6/16
Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth, 6/22
Pete Rock, Petestrumentals 2, 6/23
The Game, The Documentary 2, 6/30; Ten years after The Documentary, the Compton spitter is back with features from Kanye West, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, Meek Mill (“Soundtrack”) and Scott Storch.
Vince Staples, Summertime ’06 (Album), 6/30