Ever since Beyonce’s eponymous album took the world, and subsequently the internet, by storm, the concept of the surprise release has been a trend that a wide span of artists have adopted. From David Bowie to Kanye West, the unexpected drop has proven to be beneficial for a buzzworthy artist to make a big splash. Not just a splash, either. Usually, these surprise releases wind up being incredible instalments of quality music.

Even Miley Cyrus has now given it a go with the release of ...And Her Dead Petz fresh off the heels of her VMA hosting gig. But since the surprise album truly was innovated by hip-hop’s first family, with Beyonce and Jay-Z’s back to back 2013 releases, let’s recognize real and take a look at hip-hop's best surprise projects.