10. My Name is My Name, Pusha-T
Pusha T picked a good name for his first single studio album.
My Name is My Name, a play off the famous quote from "The Wire's" Marlo Stanfield, should come in the next few months. It'll feature production from Kanye West, Just Blaze, and the Dream, and it will undoubtedly feature collaborations from many more of the G.O.O.D. Music crew for its verses.
9. TBA, Eminem
We know nothing about it, save a hat—yes, a hat—that Eminem released recently with an announcement of 2013 as the date of his next album. Will he make that deadline? Will it be delayed? Given Marshall Mathers' output recently, I'd place a bet on Paul Rosenberg's life that we'll have new Em very soon.
8. Old, Danny Brown
Weirdo rapper Danny Brown had one of our favorite albums in 2011 with XXX. He promises this effort to be "more mature" than the hilariously immature XXX, says we can expect guest appearances from A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q, but has not mentioned the exact date for its release.
7. Indicud, Kid Cudi
So, uh, anyone else kind of excited to see what a stoned Kid Cudi can produce? The rapper is back on the green for his third album, past producers Ratatat will work with him again, and he's said that he "lost his mind" briefly, but now, with this release, he's found it. Translation: Expect this to be a return to the return to form we've been waiting for since the first Man on the Moon.
He plans to release it in March.
6. Mr. Wonderful (with Tommy Mas) and Saab Stories (with Harry Fraud), Action Bronson
The former chef and current New York hero, Bronson released two of the best mixtapes in 2012 (Blue Chips and Rare Chandeliers), and is set to release two real studio albums this year. Bronson started as a bit of a gimmick, but now he's the real deal—an incredible lyricist who gets better with each and every song he releases. We're really pumped to see what the Queens native has in store.
5. TBA, Asher Roth
I know this is BroBible and we're biased here toward Roth, who we've featured a lot in the past, but I do think if he had never made "I Love College," he'd be seen as a much more legitimate rapper by critics and fans outside of our college rap circle. The guy is undeniably talented, and it's unfortunate to see him go through what will end up being almost four years between full-length albums. His follow-up was originally titled Is This Too Orange? but has since been changed out of respect for Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. The as-yet untitled record may come out in late January. And if it's anything like above track "Wrestling is Fake," we're really looking forward to it.
4. TBA, Drake
Back in April, Drake gave his first public quotes about his follow-up to Take Care. After announcing that mainstays Noah "40" Shebib and Jamie xx will work with him, he said this to Billboard:
I'm in a different mindset now that I'm very proud of... It's going to be a very interesting album - probably, to be honest with you, conceptually one of the most exciting projects I've worked on, just because there's so many new things going on in my life.
Congrats, I just made you read a quote that says absolutely nothing. YOLO, I guess. But unfortunately, that quote is about as much as we know about his next record—we're not even sure what musical direction Drake will go in, as he didn't release a single in 2012. All we do know is that it'd be surprising if he went three years between releases. New material is almost certainly coming in 2013.
3. TBA, Jay-Z
King 'Hov sells out arenas eight nights in a row, and he scores "The Great Gatsby." If his album does indeed come out this year, it's just one more notch on the rapper's belt... which probably doesn't have a lot of notch-room at the moment.
2. TBA Solo Release, Kanye West; Cruel Winter, G.O.O.D. Music; Watch the Throne 2, Kanye West and Jay-Z
This is set up to be a ridiculous year for Kanye. Cruel Winter is definitely coming out in 2013. His follow-up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy may be coming this year. (According to Complex, this is what he's said about it so far: "It'll be brighter than Dark Fantasy, and shit that you can dance to. It'll be a smarter album than Graduation.") And Watch the Throne 2 is in the works, according to producer Jahil Beats, who actually, now that I think about it, also broke the news of Meek Mill's Dreamchasers 3.
No way to know if every one of the releases will come out in 2013. And it's possible that he doesn't want his albums to compete with each other. Then again, it's even more possible that he doesn't give a shit about glutting the market with his own output.
1. Maybe??? Detox, Dr. Dre and TBA Solo Release, Andre 3000
Had to link these two perfectionists with each other.
Andre 3000 and Dr. Dre's new albums have been rumored for years. Detox was announced in 2000. Andre 3000's follow-up to The Love Below was never officially announced, but has been long rumored.
There are signs that we might finally get to hear them soon, however. Detox, which has taken on the infamous title of "rap's Chinese Democracy," may be coming on 4/20, while Three Stacks told GQ last February that 2013 would be a good year for his fans.
Will either album really come out any time soon? No fucking clue. Will either album even be good? Based just on recent guest spots, Andre's will almost assuredly be, while it's difficult to say with Dre's. But are we ready to finally hear them? Yes. For the love of God, yes.