20 projects from hip hop's elite that we're looking forward to hearing this year.
In what other year have Drake, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Chance The Rapper, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Future, Frank Ocean, Solange, Schoolboy Q, YG, and A Tribe Called Motherfucking Quest all released full-length projects? Topping 2016's output seems like an insurmountable task for 2017 to accomplish, but we can dream, can't we? As of the first few weeks of January, there's not a whole lot of big, set-in-stone release dates on the horizon yet, save for Migos and Big Sean's respective albums, but as far as rumors go... well, when have you ever known the hip hop world to be light on rumored future releases?
We've rounded up 20 in-the-works projects that we're excited about, with the stipulation that their actual existence has to be grounded in fact. In other words, there are no Madvillainy or Watch The Throne sequels to be found here. Instead, we're highlighting projects that were either announced a long time ago, have undergone delays, are consistently being teased, or are (gasp) actually scheduled to be released in the foreseeable future. We've organized all 20 alphabetically; click on to get started.