G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer (September 18th): Technically being released before the end of summer, so folks can relax on the ‘Cruel Fall’/’Cruel Winter’ jokes. You’ve heard the bangers, and may have already heard the leak which left some fiending for more previously unheard content, but with so many big tunes, Cruel Summer should continue to get play well into the end of 2012. Look for this LP to launch some exciting solo projects (Big Sean, and Pusha T are on deck), and continue to give us dope collabos. --Bombay
Brother Ali – Mourning in America, Dreaming in Color (September 18th): Brother Ali isn't constantly spitting out albums, so when he does drop one, it's a solid effort. We expect nothing less from the insightful rapper on Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Prepare to get some knowledge dropped on you.--Rose
DJ Drama – Quality Street Music (September 18th): DJ Drama is definitely the go-to DJ at the moment. Mainstream stars and underground rappers alike go to Dram to get their projects hosted. So you know Drama is going to have the hottest of either on Quality Street Music. The title says it all.--Rose
Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C. (September 18th) [Pushed Back]: After feeling Rolling Papers was too commercial, Wiz vowed that O.N.I.F.C. would be a return to his Taylor Gang roots. He announced that Drake and Lil Wayne will appear on the “Work Hard Play Hard” remix, and the frenzy of anticipation reached an all-time high. When fans caught glimpse of the neo-pimp album art they readied for the project’s release. Now Wiz announced the album is pushed back, but look for it in the coming months, and have your papers ready. --Bombay
Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Septmber 25th): The first installment in Part 2 of his Food & Liquor series, the lengthy title is forgiven with gems like “Bitch Bad” and the controversial “Lamborghini Angels”. Both singles have seen the Chicago rapper amid controversy, which contrary to his protestations, seems to be what he enjoys. Don’t let the Twitter drama fool you, Lupe is on top of his conscious rap game. This album may not be easily digestible, but it will be easy on the ears. --Bombay
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city (October 22nd): Ever since Kendrick Lamar caught his first wave of fame, he's been riding it high, grabbing a ton of features and really putting his name out there. Many were worried that he'd become commercialized after singing a major deal, however, everything we've heard leading up to good kid, m.A.A.d city is definitely true to Kendrick's own style. We don't think the commercial cats are going to be getting their paws on “The Recipe” rapper any time soon. --Rose
Meek Mill – Dreams & Nightmares (October 30th): Meek Mill's mixtape crashed the interwebs, so what kind of damage will his debut album do? Only time will tell. What we've heard so far, and based off Meek's new vlog series, the album sounds tough. And what else would you except from one of the rappers with the hardest grind in the game?--Rose
A$AP Rocky – LongLiveA$AP (October 31st) [Tentatively Pushed Back] – After sensing fans were becoming anxious, Rocky wasted no more time in releasing the A$AP Mob mixtape Lord$ Never Worry. However, seems the self-described perfectionist is still fine tuning his solo effort. With the lead single “Goldie” already nominated for a BET award, and production from the likes of Hit-Boy, Clams Casino, and Diplo, this Harlem talent says he wants to "change the sound of mainstream" - and he just well might. --Bombay
50 Cent – Street King Immortal (November 13th): Fif’s fifth studio album
release, is a follow-up of sorts to his studio mixtape V: Murder By
Numbers. That tape saw the G-Unit General return to some classic sounding joints, with even some vintage sing-songy hooks by Curtis. With banging production from Dr. Dre, look for Street King Immortal to be a return
to form for the man who “started this mixtape shit”. --Bombay
Big Boi – Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors (November 13th): Big Boi's been in the rap game long enough that it's safe to say he knows how to create an album. He's already let go two singles off Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors, both utilizing a classic southern style and sound, letting Big Boi show the upcoming ATLiens how it's done. Once this drops we just hope he gets back in the studio with 3 Stacks.--Rose
HNHH takes a look at ten of the hottest albums dropping this fall.
Feeling the back to school/work doldrums now that summer is disappearing into the rear view mirror of your whip? Don't worry, just because the hot weather is nearly gone doesn't mean there aren't hot albums on the horizon (even if you have to play them in your ride with the top up). HotNewHipHop compiled a list of ten of the hottest LPs dropping this fall, some with singles you've already heard, some with delays, and some that you may have heard little about.
Next up, with summer officially ending, we wrap up the "25 Hottest Singles of the Summer". Chime in on the comments below and let us know who we missed, and who is a must on our next list. The albums are in order of release date below.