Another year is ahead of us as we set high expectations for albums to come and artists to make it big. In 2015, there were some artists kept us on our toes in anticipation for them to release projects they never did while there were other artists such as Yung Thug, Torey Lanez, Bryson Tiller and Post Malone that seemed to make their way into the industry and gain popularity overnight. There is never a way to predict what the year will bring, but in a way, that’s the best part. While there are sure to be some great releases again in 2016, there are a few that you should look out for.
Where you at Frank?
He has been MIA for a while now and many of us are waiting patiently for his return. “Channel Orange” was his latest album which was released all the way back in 2012. A lot of us were hoping to see something by last summer, but our high hopes saw no results. This year is going to be his year, and we expect to see great things.
Kanye West – Swish
Kanye was another delayed album that we expected to see last year. This year is sure to bring another Yeezy season, not just for his shoes, but for some legendary tracks. It’s going to be hard to top a masterpiece like “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” which could have arguably been one of the top hip-hop albums of all time. Can he live up to the hype?
He’s also reviving GOOD Fridays where he releases new songs at the end of each week in anticipation for SWISH.
Chance the Rapper
Chance already had one of the best albums of the year with his collaboration with Donny Trumpet and the Social Experiment on “Surf”. This wasn’t solely his album though; it was more of a collaboration album than anything. He’s been extremely busy this year and has already stated that he’s making his follow-up mixtape to “Acid Rap” that was released in 2013. He always collaborates with great artists that are sometimes unexpected, but he never disappoints. His left-field approach is what makes him so great in a lot of ways.
Drake – Views from the 6
Rarely does Drake ever disappoint. In 2015, he had a great mixtape and released some other music that later made him a king of memes. He also “bodied” Meek Mill in a freestyle after Meek accused him of not writing his own material. Drake hasn’t given a release date for his ode to Toronto, but it’s safe to say it’s coming soon.
Pusha T was recently deemed GOOD Music’s president and at the end of 2015, he released one of the hardest albums of the year. This album was just the first part of a full album that is to be released later in 2016. Pusha remains to be one of the best rappers in the game right now, and is sure to showcase more of it with his upcoming album.
Artists to Watch
Isaiah is one of the youngest artists signed with TDE. He might not be a big name artist yet, but he’s on a come up and is supposed to release another project to follow up his “Cilvia Demo” from 2014. TDE is no place for scrubs, so it’s likely that this album is going to hit.
As a whole, we should be seeing some other releases from TDE with artists including Schoolboy Q and SZA potentially.
Nelly is his newest release
Mick Jenkins, another Chicago native, has been popping up more and more now. He dropped an album in 2014, another in 2015, and just released a couple new songs a couple days ago so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new project coming up soon.
Allan caught a taste of mainstream recognition when he was featured on Kanye’s single “All Day”. He’s still pretty underground but he has a unique vocal approach and style to his music that I think people will catch on to.
Anderson is a drummer boy turned singer, with his early career starting in the church choir. He gains a lot of influence from soulful and R&B music, but he’s also incorporates rhythmic lyrics which in some ways makes people think of him as a rapper. There is no genre he specifically falls under, he’s just kind of doing what he wants.
One of the newest additions to the OVO crew is Majid Jordan, a producing and performing duo from Canada. We have yet to receive an official album, but have gotten blessed with some songs here and there. With an album in the works, we’re waiting to see what they come up with.