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Top 10 New Rap Albums - October


Below, a clutch of hip-hop albums set to drop in October.

10. MHz - 'Legacy'

MHz consists of rappers Copywrite, Tage Future, Jakki Da Motamouth, and producer RJD2. Camu Tao was the group's fifth member until he lost his battle with lung cancer in 2008.
Features: Ill Bill, Danny Brown, Oh No
Release Date: October 30, 2012

9. MGK - 'Lace Up'

© Bad Boy/Interscope
Lace Up is the major debut of Bad Boy rapper MGK (p/k/a Machine Gun Kelly). It's guest-heavy, with features from Bun B, Wacka Flocka Flame, Twista, TechN9ne and DMX.
Features: Bun B, Lil Jon, DMX
Release Date: October 9, 2012

8. Zion I - 'Shadow Boxing'

In which Zumbi and Amp Live explore metaphorical kicks and throws, while reflecting on the shadow self and "seeking awareness in the darkness of one's psyche." Got all that? Good, because you'll be tested on this stuff. It's 20% of your finals.
Features: Goapele, The Grouch & Eligh
Release Date: October 2, 2012

7. Prince Paul - 'Negroes on Ice'

Negroes on Ice is a father-son duet between Prince Paul and his son, P. Forreal. No better way to bond with your kiddo than doing the things you both love. Here's P gushing over the bonding time with pops: "My dad taught me how to do things, how to record, but at the same time he might tell me to go do the dishes after a recording session." EL. OH. EL.
Release Date: October 16, 2012

6. Mellowhype - 'Numbers'

Six things you should know about Mellowhype: 1) They're from L.A. 2) They met at a party 3) Numbers is their third album 4) They've been down with Odd Future from the jump 5) "On Ya Mind," a song they recorded in high school soundtracked Madden 12 6) They love the number 6.
Features: Frank Ocean, Ear Sweatshirt, Mike G
Release Date: October 9, 2012

5. Skyzoo - 'A Dream Deferred'

Skyzoo returns with his sophomore LP, flanked by familiar faces. Beats come from the same chefs who contributed to 2009's The Salvation, including: !llmind, 9th Wonder, Eric G, Black Milk, and Best Kept Secret. Chilean artist Fabian Ciraolo designed the artwork, which Skyzoo describes as "a perfect representation" of A Dream Deferred. "The idea was to demonstrate the feel of being in a dream and I wanted the album to represent that visually as well," offers the Brooklyn rapper.
Features: Freeway, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli
Release Date: October 2, 2012

4. Xzibit - 'Napalm'

Asked to describe himself in one word, Xzibit looked askew, mulled the question for two seconds and blurted out "rifle." Then he laughed up a storm. That's the Xzibit M.O. He sounds like he's having a blast, even while spitting some of the coldest rhymes rap has ever heard.
Features: Wiz Khalifa, Slim the Mobster, Xzibit's Mom
Release Date: October 9, 2012

3. RZA - 'The Man with the Iron Fists' (OST)

Quentino Tarantino and Eli Roth blessed the flick, so the final product should delight. The soundtrack also gets help from big names like Kanye West, Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa. Best of all, RZA's fellow clansmen also get in on the action. The movie hits theaters on November 2, 2012. The score drops 11 days earlier.
Features: Kanye West, Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan
Release Date: October 22, 2012

2. Meek Mill - 'Dreams & Nightmares'

Meek Mill - Dreams and Nightmares Artwork
© MMG/Warner Bros.
Bruiser rap-meets-baller rap is Meek Mill's bread and butter. It's what makes him a good fit with MMG. And with Rick Ross keeping a close eye on his project, Mill is guaranteed access to quality beats. If he holds up his side of the bargain on this album, he could be a step closer to justifying his spot on this 2012's 10 to Watch.
Features: Kirko Bangz, Nas, Mary J. Blige
Release Date: October 30, 2012

1. Kendrick Lamar - 'Good Kid: M.A.A.D City'

© Top Dawg/Aftermath
Cool single? Check. Inspired artwork? Check. The best collaborations money can buy? Check. Beats by Dre? Check. Check. Check. I dare you to sit you expectations on the floor and imagine good kid, m.A.A.d city as anything but a winner.
Features: Drake, Dr. Dre, MC Eiht
Release Date: October 22, 2012
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