2012 was a paramount year for hip-hop music. Fresh faces to the rap game like Kendrick Lamar churned out classic albums (“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”) while a legend like Nas had the streets buzzing with his critically acclaimed release “Life is Good.” Now, 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for rap releases. We can expect music from heavyweights like Jay-Z, Drake, J.Cole and more. Here are our most anticipated hip-hop albums of 2013.
Drake — TBA, TBA
When Drake released “Take Care” in 2011 to explosive praise, it was clear that rap has a new favorite golden child. Drake used 2012 to move from Toronto to L.A. and churn out hot feature verses for rap friends (check for his verse on Kendrick Lamar’s track “Poetic Justice). Word is, he’s been writing his material for his as yet untitled third LP and truthfully, we can’t wait.