Big Sean: I Decided (Josh Jackson)
The three singles he’s released have all been good and show he’s still riding a massive wave. “I Decided” is shaping up to be a collaborative party between Sean, Kanye West, Metro Boomin and a series of other major producers. Big Sean is one of the few artists who has gotten better as time goes on and album four should bring him to another peak.
He’s the same braggadocious, high energy artist that we all know him to be, but something about this album feels like it’ll be unexpected. I can’t put my finger on it, but even the album art indicates he’s taking risks. I’m ready to see what those risks are.
Drake: More Life (Myron SMothers)
Drake had the highest selling album of any album released in 2016 in Views. While it sold over four million records and spawned his first number one hit record on Billboard's Top 100 ("One Dance"), the album was hit with tons of mixed reviews. More Life is Drake's chance to experiement like he did on IYRTTL but also correct some of the mistakes from Views.
More Life has already produced the hit single "Fake Love" which feels like it is on constant repeat on the radio. "Sneakin" with 21 Savage and "Two Birds One Stone" were also released but not too sure if those two will make the project. So what can we expect from More Life? Who knows! Drake is known to find a new sound with everybody project. He had the island vibe going on with Views so we might get a latin feel on More Life since Drake has been linked J.Lo as of late. He also might have appearances from Bryson Tiller and Rae Sremmurd (fans have been wanting these collabs for forever).
travis Scott: Astroworld (josh Jackson)
And I think that sets up his next album for greatness. Travis has always had a high gear work ethic when it comes to his music and live shows. He recently announced his third album would be titled “Astroworld” and he’d be doing more production on this one than his previous efforts. Because of this, I can only assume he’s going back to the basics from his “Owl Pharaoh” days.
Expect fewer features and even darker instrumentals from “Astroworld” because La Flame has a chip on his shoulders.
Nicki Minaj: "Pink something" (Myron SMothers)
Most people will attest to the notion that Minaj has not quite been the same since her breakup with long-time boyfriend Sarfaree and new relationship with rapper Meek Mill. I believe she writes her own lyrics but they have not been the same the last few years. We miss the Safaree era Nicki. Now that she is on her own this go-around, we will get to see what Nicki is really made of. Hopefully, we can get a new track with her Drake and Wayne as well.
G.O.O.D Music: Cruel Winter (Josh Jackson)
And then, last year we finally heard it. *Travis Scott voice* 1500, all in singles/ Throw it up/ Watch it fall and drop. When “Champions” hit the airwaves, the internet almost broke. Not only was it proof that “Cruel Winter” was happening, but ‘Ye managed to put together the biggest posse cut of the year.
Quavo, Travis Scott, Kanye, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Desiigner, Yo Gotti and TWO verses from a recently released Gucci Mane. You can not argue that the track had a stacked lineup. Now imagine that kind of energy and skill for a full album, add some Pusha T verses and some more guest features and you have yourself “Cruel Winter.”
Lil Wayne: Tha Carter V (myron Smothers)
Lil Wayne announced Tha Carter V back in 2014. He released a plethora of singles from the project which included "Believe Me", "Grindin", "Krazy" and more. Wayne was in rare form on these singles which rose the anticipation for C5 even higher. The album is said to be a double disc and while it delayed several times in 2014, it has been hold indefinetly since Wayne tweeted on December 4th of 2014 about how he felt like a prisoner and that album will not be released because of Baby and Cash Money.
Damn near three years later after lawsuits, attempted reconcilliations and public disses, it seems like C5 being released might actually be a reality in 2017. Wayne has anounced three projects to be released in 2017 (including C5) and Birdman has said in a recent interview that he will do whatever his "son:
Jay Z: Untitled (Josh Jackson)
“Magna Carta, Holy Grail” wasn’t considered to be a good Jay Z album by many fans despite going double platinum. It’s been almost four years since then and with features holding his fans over for a few years, this Hov album is finally due. Even if he doesn’t dive too deep into the rumors of his infidelity, his last few features show he still has the same swagger and aggression that popularized him in the first place. If he can tap into that again, then album 13 could be one of the best hip-hop projects to drop.