A companion piece to both last year's personal 4:44 and 2011's opulent Watch the Throne, it often finds the 48-year-old rapper taking a supporting role to his more pop-culturally dominant musical partner. However, nobody could have predicted the levels of superstardom he would reach in 2018. Operation: Doomsday showcased an abominable mic master, an indomitable emcee to tremble before. Flatbush Zombies - Vacation In Hell When: April 6th It might seem far away, but the new project from Flatbush Zombies is likely to emerge as one of the year's sleeper hits. Here's a smattering of these jaw-dropping album covers, the artwork that made us wake up and pay attention.
Not much to say here, other than hell yes. Do we shun young adults mistakes they made in their teens, or do we help rehabilitate these boys so that they may hopefully become mindful and caring men. . In making this list, we took a hard look at the canon, at the so-called unimpeachable records, and artists that so frequently make and even top these roundups. It turns out vulnerability can be the best revenge. On his latest project, Tory proves himself yet again to be a jack-of-all-trades, however, placing a clearer and more concise effort on his skillset as an emcee. Nipsey Hussle - Victory Lap Victory Lap is the most fitting title for 's long-awaited debut album.
Backed by a hella hallucinogenic album cover and guest appearances from Young Thug, Scott Storch, Travis Scott, and more, Trippie's upcoming debut should put go a long way in putting the melodic rapper on the map. It's a great album full of raw tales every hood can relate to, from Houston to Haiti. Eminem - Kamikaze When: August 31 Eminem broke previous patterns by dropping off a surprise album called Kamikaze, which featured production from Ronny J, Eminem, IllaDaProducer, Mike Will Made It, Luis Resto and more. While some of the singles may have fell flat, the album, by nature, is brimming with half a dozen other potential hits. Young Nudy - Slime Ball 3 When: August 8th 21 Savage's cousin comes through with his anticipated Slime Ball 3, which looks to pick up where the hazy soundscapes of Nudy Land left off. Over time, there have been some album covers that have rightly received more attention than others.
Ski Mask The Slump God - Beware The Book Of Eli When: May 11th It's been a tumultuous ride, complete with leaks and dropped features from Offset, Timbaland, and Busta Rhymes. Lil Xan - Heartbreak Soldiers When: July 8th Following a rough couple of months, it would appear that Lil Xan is ready to bounce back with his second album of the year. Tyga - Kyoto When: February 16th Tyga's new project will be dropping on February 16th, and is currently available for pre-order. Individual members get moments in the spotlight -- Yhung T. Kendrick Lamar: 'Black Panther' Superhero movies aren't exactly subtle, and with the hopes riding on Black Panther it could have been easy to go loud for the soundtrack cover.
The Diplomats - Diplomatic Ties When: November 22nd Dipset ain't done yet. Skee Mask, Compro Release date: May 15 Record label: Why it's great: Listening to Compro, the transfixing new record from Munich producer Bryan Müller, is like walking alone through the woods late at night. Like he sings at one point on the record, time gets to him. It's a very mature sound. Don't forget to Like and Share the Video.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Everything is Love Release date: June 16 Record label: Why it's great: After the triumphant artistic run of 2013's self-titled record, 2016's , and 2018's Coachella performance, Beyoncé was due for a victory lap album like Everything is Love, the team-up record she surprise-released earlier this summer with her husband and frequent collaborator Jay-Z. Hood recognize the progression of mic skills evident on his first solo venture. We've already received a possible tracklist, which seems to feature the names of all possible guest contributors; if that's the case, expect appearances from Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, Jacquees, and more. Upping his game just a little, his evolution since Stoney is distinct here. What more could you ask for? But the controversy didn't just rest on the image itself.
Expect The International Artist to pick up where its predecessor left off, and be sure to check out our y with A Boogie. Low, Double Negative Release date: September 14 Record label: Why it's great: There are bands that discover a sound and settle. In November of 2017, Royce confirmed the project was officially done, and while he remained coy about the features, the Detroit rapper was in the studio with J. On the mic, Trouble is a capable force, formidable as he is insightful. One hopes she can keep the same energy going for her next record, which likely won't arrive under such bizarre circumstances.
Swizz Beatz - Poison When: November 2nd The legendary producer is set to come through with a new compilation album executive produced by J. Seriously, what a ride we had. After narrowing the sequence down from one hundred potential tracks, Fewtch and Zay ultimately settled on nine soulful bangers. Cole has as one of hip-hop's true superstars, while still maintaining a genuine sense of underground mystique. That conservative carryover has everything to do with the caliber of classics that hip-hop has produced in its more than four-decade history. Listen now: — Apple Music AppleMusic It's been a for Kanye West.
Victory Lap stands as one of the strongest rap releases of the year, don't be fooled by the under-the-radar release. While features have yet to be confirmed, it wouldn't be surprising to see Bloodas collaborator Lil Durk pop up in some capacity. Ice Cube - Everythangs Corrupt When: December 7th Donald Trump has gone into hiding. If nothing else, it was a penny-pinching win. He managed to show us that there is nuance to every situation, and that the burden of nuance often falls on those already marginalized whether by class, mental health, racism or a combination of the three. Who knew the perfectionist stumbled perfectly.
He cares, but more importantly, he's still finding ways to amuse and surprise himself. Many artists are content to slap their face and the title on the album and call it a day. The album is set to feature Offset, Quavo, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, and more. The motion of the popcorn being thrown in the air makes for an interesting use of space, and for one of our favorite album covers of the year. Maybe keep a few tabs open while listening for the first time. Yet Testing holds a double meaning.