Most Anticipated Releases of 2019
Written by: Hakeem Shabazz-Norris
2018 was a year for the books. It seemed that last year every single person who has been deemed the “GOAT” status dropped a project last year. From Beyonce & Jay-Z to Kanye West, to even Drake, last year has proved to be one for the history books. But as 2018 came to a close and 2019 started, it would seem like that we would never have a year like that or better. But never say never. Some artists who decided to not drop last year, and some that did, are here to make sure that 2019 blows last year out of the water. So we decided to break down the most anticipated albums from the best artists out right now.
J. Cole: The Fall Off
North Carolina native J. Cole shifted the rap game last year when he dropped his fifth studio album KOD. The meaning behind KOD wasn’t about glorifying the use of drugs, but to advocate for people to stop using these harmful substances. But the last song of the album was titled “1985 – Intro to “The Fall Off”, which he soon revealed to the first song off his next album, The Fall Off. This song had a big impact in 2018, which sparked the friendship between him and rapper Lil Pump, and even seemed to bridge the gap between the generations. If one song can have this much of an effect, imagine a full project.
Watch the video for his latest single ATM, right here:
Lil Uzi Vert: Eternal Atake
Lil Uzi Vert may just be one of the hottest rappers out right now. Uzi stole the show when he first stepped on the scene in 2016. But after his 2017 release of his long-awaited album Luv is Rage 2, things seemed quiet for Uzi. Until one random summer night where he dropped a snippet of his new single “New Patek”. Soon after Uzi released two possible covers for the album. Then after that, he released the full version of New Patek, but fans are still wondering, where is the album?
Listen to the official audio for New Patek right here:
ScHoolboy Q: TBA
Groovy Tony aka ScHoolboy Q has been teasing a follow-up release to his 2016 release “Blank Face LP” for some time now. The album was intended on being released last year but after the unexpected passing of his longtime friend Mac Miller, Q pushed back the album for personal reasons. But as the new year comes, Q has been teasing a possible release soon. Is this the year of new Groovy Tony?
Watch the official video for his single Overtime, right here:
Kanye West: Yahndi
Kanye West has been one of the biggest trending topics of 2018, for some good things, and for not so good things. But when he’s not dapping up President Trump or making comments on modern-day slavery, he’s in the studio, working on new music. After producing five albums, one of which was his own and the other being a collab album with artist Kid Cudi, Kanye announced yet another album, Yahndi. But after pushing back the album two times, it seems that 2019 is a promising year for some new Kanye West. Hopefully, we’ll get a Kanye that’s mentally stable, and a Kanye that is in his bag.
Watch the official lyric video for his single, All Mine, right here:
Dreamville: Revenge of the Dreamers III
2018 the year for releases for Dreamville. With J. Cole, Bas, JID, and more dropping projects, it seemed that they would be out of content. Until one day when all members and over 70 other artists and producers posted a flyer that called for their assistance between the dates of January 6th to the 16th, to help produce and create this compilation project. With the likes of Rick Ross, T.I., Tay Keith, Ski Mask the Slump God, and more all coming to these sessions. This projects could easily take the cake for album of the year within the first quarter.
Stream Revenge of the Dreamers 2 right here:
Since the release of her 2016 album Anti, Rihanna has done pretty much everything except for release more music. Her clothing line “Savage x Fenty” has sold out with almost every release, her collaboration with Puma has done great numbers, and her makeup line “Fenty Beauty” has done bigger number than Kylie Jenner and the other Kardashians. But fans still ask, where’s the album? Recently she has hinted of an album on her Instagram and has taken many photos and videos on her in the studio on her Instagram. The Navy hopes and prays every day that new music will be coming soon, but in the meantime, they’ll keep streaming the classic that is Anti.
Stream Lemon, featuring her & N.E.R.D., right here:
Whether these releases actually happen or rather they are speculation, each and every single one of these artists are working long and hard in the studio to give us the best content possible. Take your time artists, and release when you are ready.