New Summer Hip Hop Albums and Mixtapes

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.

https://twitter.com/asvpxrocky/status/603006834920816640

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$APLil’ 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

The Best New Music and Albums to Download for 2015

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Bruno Mars grooves to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” from their Uptown Special album. (Courtesy: Columbia)

Is this finally the year that Her Royal Highness Adele blesses us with a new album? Can DJ Mark Ronson‘s Uptown Special live up to the retro, feel-good hype of “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars? After dissing both Drake and his label, will Tyga have any fans left by the time The Gold Album comes out in January?

There’s plenty of cool new music to download in 2015, and we have January and February’s most anticipated (and irresistible) album releases — from cutie Meghan Trainor to indie rockers Fall Out Boy and Sleater-Kinney and R&B’s magnetic Ne-Yo. Plus, later in the year, expect new music from Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Fleetwood Mac, Kelly Clarkson, Modest Mouse, Miguel, Rhianna, Tame Impala and possibly, wait for it, Radiohead.

January – February 2015 Artists, Albums & Release Dates (Dates may change at the labels’ whims)

Mark Ronson, Uptown Special, 1/13 — Amy Winehouse‘s former producer and DJ teams up with Bruno Mars, Mystikal, Stevie Wonder, and more stars for new club-friendly jams.
Meghan Trainor, Title, 1/13 — At last, we’ll find out what else the sassy singer’s about besides bass.
Justin Townes Earle, Absent Fathers, 1/13
The Game, The Documentary 2, (Sunday) 1/18
Joey Bada$$, B4.DA.$$ — That’s “Before Da Money” for you squares (like us), 1/20
Belle & Sebastian, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, 1/20 — Emo girls and guys rejoice.
Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/American Psycho, 1/20, The stadium-rocking “Centuries” is a promising start.
Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth, 1/20
Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love, 1/20 — Long-awaited new rock from the Washington grrl group.
Fifth Harmony, Reflection, 1/27 — TV’s “X-Factor” sensations release their debut album.
Ne-Yo, Non-fiction, 1/27
Tyga, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, 1/27
Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night, 2/3
Blackberry Smoke, Holding All the Roses, 2/10 — New country with a twist.
Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar, 2/10 — Everyone’s guilty 90s pleasure has a Latin album on tap.
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, SURPRISE RELEASE on 2/12 — The Toronto rapper rattles his saber at the haters with this dark, edgy and unexpected mixtape of 17 songs.
Imagine Dragons, Smoke + Mirrors, 2/17
Kate Pierson, Guitars and Microphones, 2/17 — The B-52’s famous redhead goes solo with new-wavey jams written by Sia and Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi.
St. Vincent, St Vincent: Deluxe, 2/17 (Import) — Four new songs from kooky alt darling Annie Clark are included in this expanded version of the 2014 album.
Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise, 2/24 — The rapper aims for legitimacy with dark rhymes plus a duet with girlfriend Ariana Grande.
Chris Brown & Tyga, Fan of a Fan: The Album, 2/24 — The hit duo’s first full-length collaboration features guest appearances from 50 Cent, Boosie Badazz, Fat Trel, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q, and Ty Dolla Sign.
Kid Rock, First Kiss, 2/24 — Kid returns to country rock territory with songs like “Johnny Cash” and “Drinking Beer With Dad.”

Want more hip hop and rap? In the dates TBA posse, Lil Wayne‘s promised his 99th or so album in two years, Big Sean has big things poppin’, Drake will probably start brawling with errybody whenever his new album Views from the 6 drops, Wale‘s The Album About Nothing is coming late March, Meek Mill has Dreams Worth More Than Money and King Kanye is threatening another blast of Yeezus later in the year.

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The Sound of the Olympics: From Opening Ceremony Music to Athletes’ Favorite Bands

Get ready for an ear-tastic explosion of music Friday when the 2012 Summer Olympics kick off in London and are broadcast around the world. Olympic mix-masters say they’ve compiled 2,012 songs to play over the two-week course of the Games. Eighty-six of those will just be for the splashy opening ceremony, a mashup of iconic British songs from the Sex Pistols to Adele called “A Symphony of British Music” played against an English countryside backdrop.

MyMusicCloud invites you to get in on the fun by earmarking your favorite songs and making your own Olympic music power playlist. Download them from our music store (search 11 million songs) or upload your own recordings to our cloud-based music storage and delivery system from your private collection.

Wondering where to start? How about some of the bands the Olympic athletes are listening to?

U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo tells Self magazine her favorite pump-up song is “Ragged Mile” by the John Butler Trio. Sixteen-time U.S. swimming medalist Michael Phelps says he gets pumped to Afrojack, Avicii, and Skrillex. His teammate Ryan Lochte prefers Lil Wayne and Jay-Z. U.S. teen gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber adore Justin Bieber, while Gabby Douglas rocks out to Beyoncé and Rihanna. And if soccer sensation Neymar De Silva scores a goal for Brazil, expect to hear singer Michel Telo’s “Ai Se Eu Te Pego!” fill the stadium. (It translates into “Oh, If I Catch You!” in English.)

As we mentioned earlier this month, official Olympics theme songs have also been recorded by Muse, Elton John vs. Pnau, Delphic, electronic gurus the Chemical Brothers, and rapper Dizzee Rascal. At the Games themselves, the Scissor Sisters and Rizzle Kicks will play surprise gigs for spectators, and Blur, New Order and The Specials will rock out at the closing ceremony on August 12. So show your national pride and rock out with the jocks this Olympics season!