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2012 Hip-Hop Release Dates

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Below, a frequently updated calendar of upcoming rap albums. Check back from time to time to see new release dates, key lineups and all that good stuff.

1. February 2012 Rap Releases

There's no bigger insult than trying to convince a music lover to buy a bunch of middling projects by Z-grade emcees. Though February isn't allout flames, it offers the first real spark of the year, led by Big K.R.I.T.'s latest project, 4eva N a Day.

2. March 2012 Rap Releases

While you were busy finishing your tax returns, these guys were cooking up new tunes. The list lives here.

3. April 2012 Rap Releases

Nine rap albums aimed squarely at musos and one aimed at Barbz.

4. May 2012 Rap Releases

A cornucopia of auditory goodness, including new titles from: Killer Mike, El-P, and Chino XL.

5. June 2012 Rap Releases

Big K.R.I.T., J Dilla, and DJ Shadow lead off this month's top hip-hop albums.

6. July 2012 Rap Releases

It's raining collaborations in hip-hop: REKS and Numonics, Ace and DOOM, Primo and Shug, Murs and Josh Blaylock. So much love in the air. Someone pass me a tissue please.

7. August 2012 Rap Releases

August's clutch of new albums, led by Slaughterhouse and Two Necklacez.

August 14, 2012
  • 2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story
  • Awar - The Laws of Nature
  • Beanie Sigel - This Time
  • DJ Kentaro - Contrast
  • Ron Artiste - R.I.D.S.
  • Strong Arm Steady & Statik Selektah - Stereotype
August 21, 2012
  • Chino XL - Ricanstruction
  • DJ Khaled - Kiss the Ring
  • J Rocc - Taster's Choice Live Vol. 3
  • Mistah F.A.B. & I-Rocc - Face Off
August 28, 2012
  • Casual & J Rawls - Respect Game or Expect...
  • Groundislava - Feel Me
  • Madchild - Dope Sick
  • Slaughterhouse - welcome to: OUR HOUSE
  • Stu Bangas & Vanderslice - Diggaz With Attitude

8. September 2012 Rap Releases

Kid Koala - 12 Bit Blues

Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music crew and the incomparable DJ Shadow lead September's campaign.

September 4, 2012
  • DJ Shadow - Total Breakdown
  • Mr Patron - Made In The Hood
  • Patrick Adams - Best of P&P Records
  • Rush Wun - Jack Of All Trades
  • Substantial - Home Is Where The Art Is
September 11, 2012
  • DMX - Undisputed
  • Thavius Beck - The Most Beautiful Ugly
  • Wu-Block (Wu-Tang Clan + The Lox) - Wu-Block
September 18, 2012
  • Baby Bash / Lucky Luciano - South Park Mexican Presents Playamade Mexicanz
  • Bambu - One Rifle Per Family
  • Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
  • The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough
  • Homeboy Sandman - First of a Living Breed
  • Kid Koala - 12 Bit Blues
  • Wax Tailor - Dusty Rainbow From the Dark
  • Various Artists - G.O.O.D. Music Presents: Cruel Summer
September 25, 2012
  • 7even Thirty - Heaven's Computer
  • Bumpy Knuckles & Statik Selektah - Ambition
  • Deltron 3030 - Deltron Event II
  • Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album
  • Murs & Fashawn - This Generation
  • Ruste Juxx & The Arcitype - V.I.C
  • Z-Ro - Angel Dust

9. October 2012 Rap Releases

Kendrick Lamar headlines October's lineup with his Aftermath debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. K.Dot is also recording a collaborative album with J. Cole, so we might get another full-length from the kid before 2012 bows out.

October 2, 2012
  • Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
  • Karriem Riggins - Together
  • Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  • SEVEN - Hog Status
  • Skyzoo - A Dream Deferred
October 23, 2012
  • Twiztid - Abominationz

10. November & December 2012

Any guesses?
  • T.I.?
  • Earl Sweatshirt?
  • Jay Electronica?
Stay tuned...
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