Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
When: April 6th
Cardi B’s massive 2017 propelled her into one of 2018’s most curious cases. Now, the world is watching, eager to see what she’s cooking up. After dropping “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi,” the former stripper has already proven to be deadly on the mic. Now, all she has to do is keep the fire coming. Last she spoke on it, Cardi told The Breakfast Club she was seven or eight songs deep, but seemed intent on doing it right. There’s no word on any release date, but expect Atlantic to take their time with the rollout. A recent update from Cardi confirms that the album will be released on April 6th.
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. Meechy Darko, Erick Arc Elliott and Zombie Juice have already hit us with the project’s first official single “Headstone. If you didn’t already know, it’s fire. Check that out while you wait.
Lil Xan – Total Xanarchy
When: April 6th
Lil Xan aka Diego will be hitting us with his debut album on April 6th. The young rapper already confirmed some big names on the project, including 2 Chainz, YG, Rae Sremmurd, Chali XCX, and Diplo. He told Hot 97 a bit about the project, stating “”This album is where I feel like I shine with the whole creativity…It’s a lot of stuff people haven’t heard. It’s a very mature sound. I don’t think they’re going to expect it.”
Carnage – Battered Bruised & Bloody
When: April 13th
Carnage’s anticipated sophomore project comes on the heels of a collaborative album with Young Thug and a banger with Mac Miller and MadeInTYO. In fact, the Mac and TYO assisted “Learn How To Watch” is set to appear on the project, as is the Lil Pump assisted “i Shyne.” Check out the project’s appropriately intense cover art right here.
Smoke DZA – Not For Sale
When: April 20th
The first confirmed 4/20 release comes from Smoke DZA, who has officially announced his upcoming album Not For Sale. Be sure to check out the album cover via Instagram. The first single, “The Mood” features Joey Bada$$ – stream that here.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Until Death Call My Name
When: April 27th
While YoungBoy’s moniker promotes an optimistic message of fiscal success, his album title is decidedly less cheerful. When asked about the title’s foreboding implication, YoungBoy responded with an introspective and hopeful take. “I just want to strive to be the best man I can be,” he said. “I want to spend as much time with my children and family as I can. I want to keep working on all of this music every day. I just want to go as hard as I can until death calls my name.”
Royce Da 5’9” – The Book Of Ryan
When: May 4th
Royce Da 5’9” originally planned on dropping Layers follow-up The Book Of Ryan much earlier, but he opted to delay the release for reasons undisclosed. Back in March of 2016, he revealed the project was “basically done,” and claimed it would be even more personal than Layers; for an album containing the autobiographical “Tabernacle,” that’s saying something. Now, Royce has led off the album with the J Cole assisted “Boblo Boat,” confirming that the project is set to drop on May 4th.
Tee Grizzley – Activated
When: May 11
Tee Grizzley has confirmed that his new studio album is set to drop on May 11, and will likely feature the single “Don’t Even Trip” with Moneybagg Yo. While features have yet to be confirmed, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bloodas collaborator Lil Durk pop up in some capacity.
THE TBD ZONE
2 Chainz – Rap Or Go To The League
The prolific Tity Boi took to All-Star Weekend to announce his Pretty Girls Like Trap Music follow-up. What to expect? In the official statement, 2 Chainz broke it down: “with the height of racial tensions across America I felt I should do my part in explaining some of the brain washing formulas used in my community , this album not only touches on those who did succeed thru entertainment but those who didn’t!”
Anderson Paak – Untitled
No date yet, but Paak has previously teased heavy involvement from Aftermath boss Dr. Dre. Paak said the legendary Doctor “had a heavy role in this new album that’s almost done as well. Just going through the mixing phase. I won’t say any dates but you can definitely expect it this year, sometime.”
A$AP Rocky – Untitled
A$AP Rocky has been teasing his triumphant return to the solo album game for a minute now. Recently, Flacko previewed a new song called “Gang,” which seems likely to appear on the yet-untitled project. In an interview with GQ, Rocky opened up about the sonic direction, stating “”My new album is really about testing new sounds. People are scared to test new sounds…. I prefer to experiment and have my crowd grow with me and to reach new crowds. I don’t just rap—I actually make music.” It wouldn’t be surprising to see A$AP Rocky following in the footsteps of his homeboy Tyler, The Creator, opting for a more experimental, melodic project.
Brockhampton – Puppy
After rumors of Saturation 3 being their “final studio album,” self-styled boy band Brockhampton cleared the air with the announcement of their upcoming Puppy, slated for a 2018 release. Note – the previously announced Team Effort was pushed back to 2019.
Curren$y – Back At Burnie’s
Curren$y recently announced the album artwork and release date for his upcoming album, Back At Burnie’s. A sequel to his popular 2011 album Weekend At Burnie’s, this new project will once again reunite Spitta with MonstaBeatz, who will be handling production across the board.
Cypress Hill – Elephants On Acid
B-Real, Sen Dog, and DJ Muggs are back with another hit from the bong. The legendary group recently confirmed their upcoming album Elephants On Acid was finished, and ready for a 2018 release. Check out the album cover right here.
Danny Brown – Untitled
We don’t know much about this album, other than this tantalizing teaser, in which he claimed the project is“being produced by one producer, who’s legendary in hip-hop. And it’s gonna be a big deal.” Fans immediately began speculating, and some of the most popular guesses were El-P, Madlib, or Flying Lotus. Consider this one of the year’s biggest question marks.
Denzel Curry – Taboo
The aquarius killa has been hard at work on the follow up to his last full length project, Imperial. While Denzel has been pretty secretive about Taboo, there are rumors of a Flying Lotus collaboration. Last we heard, Denzel needed to finish three songs, and was taking his time putting on the finishing touches. Expect this one sooner than later.
Desiigner – Life Of Desiigner / New English 2
While Desiigner’s Life Of Desiigner has been plagued with frequent push-backs, it appears the young rapper is gearing up for a massive run in 2018. Remember, Desiigner’s entourage is basically made up of perfectionists, including Kanye West and Pusha T, who know a thing or two about delayed albums. The young rapper revealed a little bit about the process, stating “I set it up like a movie, it’s like your favorite movie. Wait for it! LOD going to be crazy…Ye put his input, Pusha T sat down, put his input call you all night if he feels there’s a switch, it gets crazy, heck yeah.” After LOD, Desiigner has also promised the release of New English 2.
DJ Khaled – Father Of Asahd
The lovable mogul recently announced the title of his upcoming eleventh studio album, and more importantly dropped off the project’s first single. “Top Off” featured appearances from Jay-Z, Beyonce (spitting bars) and Future. It’s Khaled, so expect plenty of big name features and massive collaborations.
Drake – Untitled
Drake has been busy working on his More Life follow-up for a minute, spending all nighters in the studio with 40, linking up with Trippie Redd, Pi’erre Bourne and more. There’s all kinds of directions the Six God might go, but no matter where he goes, his muisc will be eagerly devoured by his legion of loyal Stans. Direction-wise, there’s not much to go on yet, but look for this one to be one of 2018’s biggest releases.
Earl Sweatshirt – Untitled
“Don’t think I wasn’t at work,” tweeted Earl Sweatshirt, prompting many to believe he would be coming up with a follow-up to 2015’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. His world-weary bars and jaded cynicism would certainly be welcome at this point, and while we know next to nothing about this project, Earl has performed a few loosies throughout 2017, including “Hat Trick.” There’s not much to say about this one, other than we’re here for it.
EarthGang – Mirror Land
Doctur Dot and Johnny Venus are two of Atlanta’s strongest lyricist, and their talent with the pen caught the attention of J Cole. Now, the duo are signed to Dreamville, and have already put out two parts of an EP trilogy; with “Rags” and “Robots” already released, all that’s left is “Royalty.” After that comes Mirrorland, the Gang’s first full length project on J Cole’s label. If you’re a fan of solid lyricism and southern charm, this is one to watch for – EarthGang have already drawn comparisons to OutKast, and they’re only getting better with time.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
Last year, Freddie Gibbs dropped off the underrated You Only Live 2wice, and while fans appreciated the project, some were nostalgic for the Madlib-laced vibes of Pinata. Those fans will be pleased to know that Gibbs and Madlib are once again joining forces on Bandana. Back in November, Gibbs teased that the album was “almost done. I think we’re back in the mixing process right now, but it’s definitely coming soon. I can’t tell y’all when we’re ‘gon drop it, but we’re just gon’ hit y’all out the blue.”
Gucci Mane – The Evil Genius
It’s hard to imagine Gucci Mane topping his 2017 campaign, with three studio albums (including the highlight DropTopWop), but he seems intent on trying. The Atlanta legend wasted little time in announcing The Evil Genius, and while he has yet to share a release date, Gucci has never been one to draw things out. Expect this one sooner rather than later.
Jaden Smith – ERYS
Jaden Smith has already confirmed plans to drop a SYRE follow-up in 2018, titled ERYS. While little is known at this point, he has teased a more rap-centered focus this time around. Stay tuned for more news as it develops.
Jay Rock – Untitled
Another TDE emcee seems poised to drop in2018, and fans are still clamoring for details on Jay Rock’s “90059.” Engineer extraordinaire MixedByAli has been hard at work on Jay Rock’s project, saying it’s “coming soon,” and while details are lacking, there have been snippets of a Tee Grizzley collaboration. Suffice it to say, releases from ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock should help solidify TDE another excellent year.
Ty Dolla $ign & Jeremih – MihTy
As one of the first collaboative projects of the year, Ty Dolla $ign & Jeremih’s MihTy will be executive produced by A1 & Hitmaka, who confirmed an All Star Weekend release. During a call to Joe Budden’s podcast, Hitmaka also confirmed features from Chris Brown and PartyNextDoor, as well as some solo cuts from each artist as well.
Kanye West – Untitled
In what will no doubt be one of the year’s epic releases, Kanye’s upcoming Life Of Pablo follow-up will no doubt be upon us this year. While details are scarce, we know he was hard at work in the mountains of Wyoming, and has been rumored to be collaborating with Migos, Kid Cudi, and Plain Pat. Mike Dean has also been a confirmed contributor, though it’s unclear whether he’s producing, engineering, or both. Either way, Kanye releases are always special, and the man has yet to fail us yet. Mark this down as one of our most anticipated.
Lil Durk – Signed To The Streets 3
The Chicago rapper recently announced his new mixtape will be dropping in 2018, though it’s unclear as to when. The project seems likely to feature a remix of Logic’s popular 1-800-273-8255.
Lil Yachty / Lil Pump – Untitled Mixtape
Old heads beware. Lil Boat and Lil Pump are picking up where “Back” left off, and releasing an entire mixtape together. Yachty previewed a track called “Baby Daddy” on his Twitch stream, which featured bars like “Tell your baby daddy, I’m richer, bitch I don’t want to sip liquor.” From the sound of it, Yachty seems really excited about this one, and if you want to catch that snippet you can check it out here. Suffice it to say, this will one certainly turn some heads when it drops.
Lil Yachty / Takeoff – Untitled Mixtape
Last we heard, the Lil Yachty and Takeoff tape is still in development. Apparently, Boat is still waiting for Takeoff’s busy schedule to allow him some time to finish up the verses. While doing an interview with Ebro, he spoke a little about the project. “Every time we’re together, it’s plot, bro. Our shit’s about to be fire. I’m excited for the world to hear Takeoff on his own
Nas – Untitled
Nas album done? Honestly, we have no idea at this point. Still, Nas’ Life Is Good follow-up is well overdue, and it’s all but certain that we’ll see a release in 2018. As of now, there hasn’t been much news in the way of featured guests or producers, but Nas has proven that he can still age gracefully. Perhaps Lonzo Ball might not be checking for this, but plenty of fans are still rocking with Mr. Jones.
Nicki Minaj – Untitled
While Nicki Minaj has yet to offer any real information about her upcomingPinkprint follow-up, she previously described the project as being about her life “coming full circle.” One thing we do know is that it’s indeed coming, and Nicki has been killing it on the guest verse tip for a minute now. All signs indicate that this is going to be a big album for her, and we’re eager to see where she goes. Hopefully we can have more verses like “Plain Jane Remix.”
Phresher – PH
From “Wait A Minute” to Eminem’s “Chloraseptic,” Phresher is about to familiarize you with his name. The rapper previously teased a February release, but as of now, it seems likely to drop at a later date. Promising an “emotional roller coaster,” Phresher broke down what we can expect. “We rapping, we singing. I’m doing everything on this project. I’m showing my versatility. There’s nothing I can’t do. And now it’s time to show the people. It’s going to be a roller-coaster of emotions. There’s going to be the downs, the ups, the things that motivate you, the “fuck the world.” Everything.”
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Post Malone’s upcoming album has been “coming soon” for what feels like eternity, but with lead single “Rockstar” still continuing to dominate the charts, it’s no wonder they aren’t rushing it. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Posty drop this summer, but you never know. We’ll keep you posted on this one. Confirmed features are set to include Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, and John Mayer.
Pusha T – King Push
It’s been more than a minute, but it looks like 2018 will be the year where fans finally get King Push. Pusha T’s elusive album has already been confirmed to be entirely produced by Kanye West, and if that isn’t enough reason to get hyped, Pusha has already proclaimed it to be the “album of 2018.” Pusha also promises “Heavy raps, production by Kanye West from top to bottom..He will pick all of my beats. I’ll rap to all of the beats, song’s done. Then, he will listen to it and say, “Hey, I can do all of these beats better.”
Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife 3
Rae Sremmurd’s final chapter in the Sremmlife trilogy has been confirmed to have a January release date, although Swae Lee neglected to elaborate on the specifics. Still, the project has been described as “a continuation of the chronicle,” and in the Sremm Holiday Tidal Documentary, producer Mike WiLL Made-It teased “we haven’t even heard the best of Sremm.” Suffice it to say, chapter 3 should be the most ambitious Rae Sremmurd project yet. In fact, it’s set to be a triple album, featuring Swae Lee’s Swaecation and Jxmtroduction.
Redman – Muddy Waters Too
Redman is a legend and you will respect him as such. The iconic rapper recently announced the imminent arrival of Muddy Waters Too, and while we have yet to land anything concrete, we do know that he was getting a few heaters from 9th Wonder. Expect nothing but fire from the Gilla House veteran.
Rich The Kid, Famous Dex & Jay Critch – Rich Forever 4
Rich The Kid, Famous Dex, and Jay Critch are looking to pick up where they left off in 2017. The trio recently shared the album cover for their upcoming mixtape Rich Forever 4, which features the trio depicted as Animaniac-style characters.
Run The Jewels – Untitled
While news about the latest from Killer Mike and El-P is relatively unknown, it stands to reason that one of hip-hop’s most consistently deadly duos will be dropping off another effort. Back in December 17, El-P was already plotting and scheming, teasing a “filthy, dusty, dirty” new Run The Jewels album. And with all the shit that’s transpired since RTJ 3, there will be no shortage of controversy for Jamie and Mike to draw from.
ScHoolboy Q – Untitled
TDE’s secret weapon has been working on his Blank Face follow-up for a minute, and you know it’s about to be another banger. ScHoolboy’s project is presumably near completion, as he’s been saying it’s ninety percent done for months now. The hilarious rapper has been working with Mike WiLL Made-It, and he previously told Zane Lowe a bit about the album’s potential direction, stating “”I gave you me, but I never gave you the other side of me: the father, the dude that’s actually happy, the dude that doesn’t be in the hood just hanging out. The dude that’s trying to put his homies in position now. I’m not a deadbeat father anymore.”
Ski Mask The Slump God – Beware The Book Of Eli
Ski Mask’s new project Beware The Book Of Eli has been “coming soon” for what feels like eternity. In early December, Ski shared the tracklist, which featured appearances from Lil Yachty, Busta Rhymes, Offset, and Rich The Kid – unfortunately, XXXTentacion turned down his offer. Production will be handled by Timbaland, Mannie Fresh, Eli, Diplo, and more. No concrete dates for this one, but we’re thinking sooner than later.
Travis Scott – Astroworld
It’s been teased for a minute, but Travis Scott’s follow-up to Astroworld will finally see the light of day in 2018. While details are scarce, Travis has confirmed Mike Dean’s involvement in the project, and that the legendary Thom Yorke will be a influence, at least to some degree. Previously, Scott’s A&R teased the album as being “loosely inspired by Houston and its slow-riding, bottom-heavy sound.” Suffice it to say, expect this one to among the year’s most anticipated releases.
Ugly God – Bumps And Bruises, 777, It’s Going To Be One Ugly Winter
The lizard king is positioned for a busy year. He recently announced plans to drop two albums and an EP (777), which is set to drop “right before or right after” after Bumps And Bruises. It’s Going To Be One Ugly Winter is a collaboration with Wintertime, and has yet to receive a release date. As of February, Ugly God claims the projects will each be dropping within the “next few months.”
Waka Flocka – Flockaveli 2
After a five year absence, Waka Flocka Flame has officially announced Flockaveli 2, which was slated for an “early 2018” release, last we checked. The project also promises to be a return to his “trap roots,” and Flocka teased a staggering nineteen tracks. It’s unclear whether the final tracklist will include singles “Circles” or “Trap My Ass Off,” but it feels like a yes.
XXXTentacion – Skins & Bad Vibes Forever
After a rope-a-dope retirement, XXXTentacion came back with the announcement that he would be dropping three albums across 2018 – Skins, Bad Vibes Forever, and “?”. X has been hard at work, teasing new songs and musical directions with every passing day. This latest tease even finds him on his Travis Scott tip, while other videos find him rocking a return to acoustic guitar ballads.
YG – Stay Dangerous
YG took to All-Star Weekend to announce his upcoming project, simultaneously hitting us with new single “Suu Whoop.” We don’t know much about this project right now, but expect more details to surface in the coming months. One thing is for sure; the West Coast is positioned for a massive 2018 run.