J. Cole surprised fans this weekend when he announced his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive would be available as soon as December 9th. This wasn't the only unexpected news from the rapper, who explained that the title of the record is actually the address of his childhood home, which he recently bought back.
J. Cole may be taking the increasingly popular surprise (or alternatively, "Beyonce style!") approach to releasing his new album, at least according to the impressive internet sleuths (but also known trolls) at KanyeToThe.
We first heard from the young Harlemite in 2008 when she released her first single, “Google Me,” from her debut project, a mixtape titled From a Planet Called Harlem. The Jazze Pha-produced single sank low on the Billboard charts and left Teyana Taylor with something to prove.
As you very well know, when it comes to Gucci Mane, the hustle never stops. The locked up rapper delivered his joint effort with Chief Keef relatively recently, Big Gucci Sosa, and has once again turned around rather quickly with another project in the works.
Ladies and gentlemen, Joe Budden is back in Mood Muzik form. Early last year Joe released No Love Lost, which packaged club and radio songs along with some more personal tracks. That album left many of his longtime fans wanting more of the intimate feel they get from his darker projects.
Since French Montana began dating a Kardashian earlier this year, he's been in the news so much for his personal life (the relationship, subsequent breakup, and then a divorce on top of all of that) that it's easy to forget that he's been hard at work prepping his next album.
Ja Rule, Jay Z, and DMX have had varying degrees of success since, but in the late 90s, all three of them were pretty much on top their game. It was around that time that the three rappers decided to come together for a supergroup, settling for the menacing name Murder Inc.
Hip-hop journalist Julia Beverly is currently at work on a book about the life of the late Pimp C. Despite reportedly getting approval from Pimp C's mother, Mama Wes, and stating she would share proceeds with Pimp C's estate, the former UGK rapper's wife has spoken out publicly against the biography.
With so much great music already out this year, it's hard to think this year could get any better. But we still have new albums coming from the likes of T.I., Logic, Big K.R.I.T., and Kendrick Lamar, so it will get better, way better.