Hankering for the best in new music? Well this Fall season is shaping up to be a good one with a long list of hip hop music releases that will set you back in the pocket book, but are guaranteed to elevate your auditory senses.
Check out Hip Hop Update’s 2011 Fall Music Preview below.
J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story (Roc Nation/Columbia)
The clear favorite for this season’s must have releases, expected to sell 217K first week.
9th Wonder – The Wonder Years (It’s A Wonderful World Music)
After years of in the planning, coming soon and to be scheduled stages, it’s finally arrived. With a who’s who in hip hop guesting on this long overdue masterpiece, expect 9th’s production skills to be fully realized on The Wonder Years.
Evidence – Cats & Dogs (Rhymesayers)
This is Evidence’s first appearance on the Rhymesayer’s record label. With the production skills of Alchemist, Khrysis, DJ Premier and more, it would be a mistake not to pick this one up to add to the collection.
The Knux – The Eraser (Interscope)
J-Live – S.P.T.A. (Said Person Of That Ability)
Cormega – Cormega Raw Forever (Traffic)
Blu – Open (Nature Sounds)
Madlib – Medicine Show #12: Raw Medicine (Stones Throw)
Phonte – Charity Starts At Home (Hardboiled)
Styles P – Master of Ceremonies (D-Block/Phantom/E1)
Part of the D-Block triumvirate here to hold it down for Yonkers and the world.
Kurupt – Kurupt Presents: Penagon Rydaz (Penagon)
Mann – Mann’s World (Mercury/Beluga Heights)
Murs – Love And Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation (DD172)
Curating the ever popular Paid Dues Music Festival and always recording a ton of music, Murs is making a first time appearance on Dame Dash’s music label.
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do (Universal)
A music graduate of the West Coast tre-cool record labels Stones Throw, Mayer will continue to set his own musical tone with this release.
DJ Drama - Third Power (E1)
Mr. Thanksgiving is back again with a laundry list of hip hop superstars and guests.
Tabi Bonney – The Summer Years (DD172)
D.C. native tabi’s first full fledge album release on DD172.
Young Bleed – Preserved (Strange Music)
People Under The Stairs – Highlighter (Traffic)
The Away Team – Scars ‘N Stripes (Duck Down)
Nappy Roots – NappyDotorg (Nappy Roots Entertainment Group)
Everlast – Songs for the Ungrateful Living (Martyr Inc. Records/EMI)
Still under the radar but manages to put out thought provoking music. A vet in the game that still matters.
Freestyle Fellowship – The Promise (Decon)
The legendary West Coast collective back in the day revered and feared, bringing it back one more time.
A Tribe Called Quest
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest DVD Documentary (Sony Pictures Classics)
For those who like moving pictures with their music, I suggest picking up this Michael Rapaport produced documentary. Besides the movie, there should be plenty of extras to keep any A Tribe Called Quest fan happy.
Patrick Stump – Soul Punk (Island/Def Jam)
Casual – The Hierophant
Goapele – Break of Dawn (Decon Records)
Statik Selektah – Population Control (Showoff! Records/Duck Down)
Plenty of guests and features lined up and down the block on Statik’s latest offering to keep everyone and I mean everyone happy.
Jedi Mind Tricks – Violence Begets Violence (Enemy Soil)
Dorrough Music – DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz: Silent Assassin (E1)
Casey Veggies – Sleeping In Class Deluxe Edition (physical version) (Delicious Vinyl)
Wale – Ambition (Maybach Music/Warner)
Representing DC and the newly aligned Maybach Music, Wale won’t stop as the hardest working man in hip hop.
Black Milk & Danny Brown – Black & Brown EP (Fat Beats)
This team up will surely make the peoples’ heads turn and heads knock. A dark horse music release guaranteed not to disappoint.
Maino – The Day After Tomorrow (Hustle Hard/E1)
One of the tried and true in hip hop repping NY, Maino is back.
MED – Classic (Stones Throw)
Torae – For The Record
Rapper Big Pooh – Dirty Pretty Things (Hall Of Justus)
Usher – OMG Tour DVD (Eagle Vision)
Idle Warship – Habits Of The Heart (Element 9/Blacksmith)
Tyrese – Open Invitation (Voltron Recordz/EMI)
Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park (Rostrum Records/Ingrooves)
A gazillion Twitter followers can’t be wrong. One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of the Fall season.
Welcome To Strangeland (TechN9ne Collabos) – Various (Strange Music)
Strange Music has built their Midwest legacy one brick at a time. With this compilation it will give Strange Music fans something to clamor over for the holidayz and beyond.
Pusha T – Fear of God: Let Us Pray (Decon Records) (physical version)
It’s hard to say if we’ll see Fear of God II dropping this year, but at least we have the prelude to that, coming out on a physical version.
Stalley – Lincoln Way Nights (physical version) (SMC Recordings)
Naughty By Nature – Anthem Inc (E1)
David Dallas -The Rose Tint (Duck Down Records)
TYGA – Careless World (Young Money/Universal/Republic)
Compton’s own and Young Money affiliate Tyga treats us with his 2nd full length release and the music charts will never be the same.
Locksmith & Ski Beatz – Embedded (DD172)
Yet another rapper /producer team up that is sure to bring shock and awe to all listeners who hear.
Childish Gambino – Camp (Glassnote)
Whether behind the mic, in front of the TV camera or on stage, Donald is sure to get the party started with his very anticipated full length release.
Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II (Fueled By Ramen/Decadance/Atlantic)
Travie and his boys lay down more odes to the joys of suburban life. Gym Class is more of a slow burn rather than a barn burner in album sales. The track ‘Stereo Hearts’ from the album which features Adam Levine is out now thru iTunes.
USDA – The After Party (SMC Recordings/CTE)
Jeezy’s crew graces us with new music. Does this mean that TM 103 is not too far behind?
Ruff Ryders: Past, Present, Future - Various (Ruff Ryders)
A well storied hip hop movement, Ruff Ryders still have that staying power and prove it with this new compilation.
Drake – Take Care (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal)
Sophomore slump? No chance. Look for ‘Take Care’ to vie for the number one spot on Soundscan first week.
Webbie – Savage Life 3 (Trill Entertainment)
Betty Wright & The Roots – Betty Wright: The Movie (S-Curve)
Akon – Stadium (Motown/Universal/Konvict/SRC)
Robin Thicke – Love After War (Interscope)
E.S.G. - Owner’s Manual (Pyramid)
Messy Marv – Goon Vitamins v.3 (SMC Recordings)
Birdman – Bigga Than Life (Cash Money/Universal/Republic)
More of a mogul these days, Birdman comes out from behind the scenes to get in front his audience who crave those high roller stories.
Rihanna – Talk That Talk (Island/Def Jam)
Sure to make the boys and girls talk this season. Look for cover girl Rihanna to be saturated all over the media promoting Talk.
Yelawolf – Radioactive (GhettoVision/Interscope/Shady)
Now part of the Shady music family, Yelawolf always rips it live and in the booth. Be sure to catch Yelawolf on tour across the country this Fall.
Mary J. Blige – My Life II: The Journey Continues (Geffen)
Jay Sean – Freeze Time (Cash Money/Universal/Republic)
Common – The Dreamer The Believer (Warner Bros.)
Having No I.D. behind the boards completely producing Common’s new one is like having the Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson teaming up for ‘Thriller’. Sure to be an out of the box classic.
Kidz In The Hall – Occasion (Duck Down)
Mobb Deep – Black Cocaine EP (Infamous)
With the ink still drying on their recording contract with RED, Havoc and Prodigy find true hip hop redemption, a long time coming.
Bow Wow – Underrated (Cash Money/Universal/Republic)
Now down with the Slim, Baby and Wayne. Will Bow Wow show that he can now rock with the big boys?
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – Mac & Devin Go To High School (Atlantic)
420 all day as Snoop and Wiz trade off lyrics to their favorite past time and it’s also the soundtrack to the upcoming movie called “High School,” get it?
The Wizard (Kid Cudi, Ratatat, Dot Da Genius) – TBA (Wicked Awesome Records/Universal)
Cudi show us his rock side with his Wizard project. It’s been under raps for awhile, but now set to be released.
The Roots – Undun (Island/Def Jam)
Being a favorite band amongst celebrities and hip hop fans alike, Questlove and Company add another fine piece of work to their long discography list.
40 Glocc – N.W.A.: New World Agenda (Zoo Life Entertainment)
Melanie Fiona – The MF Life (SRC Records/Universal)
Lil Twist – Don’t Get It Twisted (Young Money/Universal/Republic)
The next in line Young Money comrade gets his spot, but will it be Lil Twist’s turn to shine?
Juvenile – Rejuvenation (Young Empire Records)
Original Cash Money member Juvenile arrives with what I understand most of the production handled by the NOLA beat master and enigma Mannie Fresh.
Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t (Island/Def Jam/Maybach)
Roc C – Stoned Genius (Stones Throw)
Young Money V.2 - Various (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal/Republic)
The anchor music release holding it down with that last umph for the holiday season and ready to take us into 2012 with a bang.
Expect to see these ones released sometime Fall 2011
Young Jeezy – TM 103 Hustlerz Ambition (Island/Def Jam/CTE)
Maxwell – (Black) SUMMERS’ (Night) (Columbia)
Kreayshawn – TBA (Columbia)
Flo-Rida – Only One Rida (Part 2) (Atlantic Records)
Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family (Asylum)
Swizz Beatz – Haute Living (Everest Entertainment)
Talib Kweli – Prisoner of Consciousness (Blacksmith)
50 Cent – TBA (Interscope/Aftermath/G-Unit)
will.i.am – Black Einstein (Interscope)
Master Ace / MF Doom – MA DOOM: Son of Yvonne
Monica – New Life (J-Records)
Statik Seletah & Termanology – 2012 (Showoff! Records)
The-Dream – Love IV: Diary of a Madman (Island/Def Jam/Radio Killa)
Nas – Life Is Good (Island/Def Jam)
All titles, release dates and time frames are subject to change.