2018 was undoubtedly a robust 12 months for hip-hop music. The style continued its international takeover the pop scene, that includes some career-defining moments from Drake, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Lil Baby and J. Cole, simply to call just a few. However, even with all the nice rap music we have loved throughout the previous (nearly) twelve months, there are nonetheless some massive names who flew beneath the radar.
Despite some options verses and singles scattered right here and there, emcees like 21 Savage, Chris Brown, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz and extra had a comparatively quiet 12 months. That’s to not say that they and others gained’t ship some new bars in 2019 (in some circumstances, drop dates for these data have already been introduced) however, within the spirit end–year checklist season, let’s take a more in-depth take a look at some rappers who’re due for a return to the highlight as we roll into the brand new 12 months.
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If Breezy had little to nothing left within the tank song-wise after 2017, I can’t say that I blame him.
Heartbreak on a Full Moon, his 45-track opus, capped f an eventful run that saved Brown’s title within the headlines, for higher and for worse. 2018 was extra the identical, with tabloid fodder that included refusal to submit drug assessments, a cavalcade authorized points punctuated by a lawsuit from his costume designer and even capturing his shot at Cardi B (type ). Lots model recognition for the singer, however no new music.
That seems to be prefer it’s set to alter in 2019 although. Brown’s supposedly releasing new music after the vacations are completed, with a possible Trey Songz collaboration seemingly within the oven as properly. His final double LP could have led to some Breezy oversaturation and listener fatigue, however there’s little question that his followers are prepared and ready for some new materials to come back their approach.
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Pretty Girls Like Trap Music was one 2017’s standout albums and its previously wheelchair-bound star, 2 Chainz, got here into his personal as one the South’s singular abilities. Strangely, the rapper has been somewhat silent on the solo music entrance in 2018.
Despite some high-prile collabs with Drake, Lil Pump and others, 2 Chainz followers are positively craving a brand new studio effort from the veteran emcee. His current EP, Hot Wings Are A Girl’s Best Friend, positively helped whet the hip-hop neighborhood’s collective urge for food, nonetheless it solely makes us marvel what Chainz has in retailer for us subsequent.
On our want checklist for 2019? That he lastly will get within the studio with Hov and lays down what could be one the 12 months’s greatest team-ups.
Lil Uzi Vert
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In the post-Soundcloud period rap’s punk part, Lil Uzi Vert is one the style’s hottest younger stars. While his solo output went dormant in 2018, the excellent news is that his followers gained’t have to attend for much longer for him to drop some new materials.
Fresh f his look on the current Cassius Jay single “Big Racks,” Uzi seems to be primed to re-enter the hip-hop dialog in a giant approach in 2019. His forthcoming album, Eternal Atake, is reportedly full and awaiting a tough launch date and promo push. However, if Luv is Rage 2 taught us something, it’s that the Philly native likes to take his time together with his data.
Helping to ramp up anticipation for the brand new Lil Uzi LP is TM88, who revealed that he certainly has one other collab with the rapper approaching Eternal Atake.
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If you questioned the place Danny Brown was at in 2018, you most likely weren’t the one one.
The Detroit-born emcee actually shrouded himself in thriller this 12 months. His long-rumored Persona 5 mission nonetheless hasn’t seen the sunshine day and, though he claimed to be aiming for an early-2019 launch date on the finish August, it’s anyone’s guess as to when he’ll bless us with some new tracks.
In the meantime, Brown lastly launched his documentary Live At the Majestic this November, a movie that Apple Music had shelved for causes nonetheless unclear to most people. One factor’s for positive: Danny Brown’s presence on the hip-hop scene is sorely missed. We want that new album ASAP.
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It could be an understatement to say that issues are fairly quiet on the Lloyd Banks entrance.
How quiet? Well, the veteran rapper appeared to tease his retirement from the music biz altogether. While he later took to social media and admitted he was trolling (together with giving the trade’s media shops an earful for artificially blowing up the story), the hip-hop world could be a greater place with a brand new Banks joint someday within the close to future.
It’s additionally totally different with Lloyd than with different elder statesmen within the style. He’s by no means prioritized reshaping his sound or picture to abide by the musical developments or tastes any given second, which makes any new initiatives from him a welcome addition to the tradition’s bigger dialog. Real heads all get excited when the prospect new Lloyd Banks music is greater than only a pipe dream. For now, it will be on our wishlist for 2019.
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Though Joey has been prolific on the singles entrance, with releases like “Still New York” and “Pretty Boys” garnering some consideration this 12 months, 2018 was devoid a cohesive long-form effort from one rap’s most spectacular rising abilities.
The smooth-yet-gritty stylings 2017’s All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ positioned the Brooklyn native as a expertise to observe and, judging by the smoke coming from his social media accounts, there’s prone to be some fireplace bars on the way in which very quickly.
Back in October, he revealed that he’s acquired two initiatives within the works, together with a Pro Era album that, in his phrases, sounds “unbelievable.” There’s no telling what precisely his contributions shall be on that LP, nor what his subsequent solo launch will sound like, however one factor’s for positive: Joey Bada$$ is primed to take that subsequent step to superstardom in 2019.
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One the true OGs who helped re-ignite the West Coast sound as a commercially ble property greater than a decade in the past, The Game is one other title who was absent from our name sheet in 2018.
That doesn’t imply his title was absent from the headlines although. In the autumn, he blasted younger rappers for faking the gangsta life-style. “Why faux it?” he stated. “Then you find yourself to the subsequent n****s who do actual gangsta sh*t and don’t wish to be in there …] I don’t know one gangsta who needs to be in jail.”
With his final full-length studio launch coming all the way in which again in 2016 with 1992, the approaching 12 months is perhaps time for The Game to point out the subsequent generations rappers what’s up and are available by means of with one other stable outing.
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Following his rumored messy breakup with R&B songstress Jhene Aiko, Big Sean is one other emcee who seems to be able to drop some new materials.
The reignition his social media presence appears to verify this, at the very least in the intervening time. His return to Instagram was met with a lot scrutiny, particularly after he posted a photograph with a caption that merely learn “again quickly.” No one’s positive precisely what’s on the way in which from the Motor City native, but when it’s something like 2016’s I Decided, hip-hop followers are in for some high quality.
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Rick Ross hasn’t dropped new music in a minute and, based mostly on how busy his schedule is now, issues could keep establishment for some time.
After welcoming a son earlier this 12 months (additionally, you realize you’re a straight-up boss once you title your youngster Billion, simply saying), the rapper continues to rake in paydays for his non-music-related commitments. His most up-to-date endeavor: inking a deal to hitch the solid for the second season Irv Gotti’s BET collection Tales.
Don’t overlook: Rozay spent a superb chunk 2018 recovering from a foul bout pneumonia that saved him hospitalized for an prolonged interval. Between that, his newfound daddy duties and ongoing battles with child mama Tia Kemp over his different family-related commitments, it looks like there’s sufficient maintaining the icon busy today.
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The OVO disciple, as soon as one the most popular names in R&B, has fallen f the map considerably in current months.
Though 2017’s Seven Days featured some robust help and manufacturing work, it divided many critics and followers, leaving PND’s place within the bigger music dialog unclear. There’s little question that Drake is a fan his fellow Canadian, going as far as to make PND’s music a everlasting fixture at his Miami abode, however that removed from ensures any new music from his fellow countryman.
Stranger nonetheless is the truth that TM88 could also be sitting on a PartyNextDoor mission, though it’s anybody’s guess as to how completed that launch is or whether or not it can ever see the sunshine day.
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Most lately heard on 21 Savage’s i am > i was album, the Creed II soundtrack, in addition to the Too $hort-led group effort “Don’t Shoot,” Schoolboy Q is one more rap mainstay who has been all too silent on the solo mission entrance in 2018.
That doesn’t imply Schooly has been absent from the general public eye, nonetheless. He was half the star-studded Mac Miller tribute live performance, an unforgettable occasion the place he carried out alongside all-star expertise like Travis Scott, SZA and extra. Q additionally despatched his followers love by performing a free stay present in Chicago this previous September.
Despite a Twitter bio proclaiming “NEW ALBUM COMING SOON,” there’s no buzz something imminent on the horizon for the TDE rapper. Let’s hope that 2019 brings us some recent bars from Schoolboy Q.
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Speaking the Top Dawg alumnus, Ab-Soul is one other artist who was principally f the discharge radar in 2018. With the recollections 2016’s scorching Do What Thou Wilt nonetheless burned in some followers’ recollections (together with mine), the brand new 12 months couldn’t be a extra good time for some new materials from one hip-hop’s most mercurial abilities.
Though he managed to attain a visitor spot on the Black Panther soundtrack, Ab-Soul and the remainder the TDE crew have been imprecise as to Soulo’s whereabouts. There had been hints at some ongoing studio classes however that hasn’t essentially set the chance an LP drop in 2019 in stone. Fingers crossed.
Run the Jewels
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Let’s finish issues f with one probably the most underrated duos in hip-hop proper now: Run the Jewels. With a hard-charging sound and an abundance charisma, we will not be the one ones who’re actively ready for RTJ four.
The anticipation for the group’s upcoming studio launch kicked into excessive gear lately after El-P confirmed that he and Killer Mike could be dropping the mission in 2019. With their lone 2018 single, “Let’s Go,” giving followers a welcome return to their grimy-yet-polished roots, it’s solely a matter time earlier than we’re blessed with what is going to certainly be an intriguing and doubtlessly mesmerizing album.
Who are you most excited to listen to new music from in 2019? Let us know within the feedback.