27. El P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
New York producer El-Producto will drop his second full length in March 2007. Visit El-P's ISWYD blog
for updates on the album's progress.
26. Young Buck - Buck the World
Previously slated for December, Buck's sophomore LP will now arrive in February.
25. Eve - Here I Am
Just when you thought female rappers were going into extinction, Eve quits her self-titled TV sitcom to reunite with rap. Here I Am
promises collaborations with The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and Dr. Dre.
24. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III
Birdman Jr. returns with his sixth solo effort, Tha Carter III
The album is slated for release next spring, just enough time for fans to put the Baby-kissing incident
23. Timbaland - Shock Value
Timbaland takes a break from bringing sexy back to create tunes with Elton John, She Wants Revenge, The Hives, Fall Out Boy and Bjork. Let's just hope he saved all the good beats for himself.
22. UGK - Underground Kingz
marks UGK's return as a collective, following Bun B and Pimp C's respective success as solo artists.
21. Papoose - The Nacirema Dream
No, it's not the rucksack-looking child-carrier. This Papoose
is a fledgling wordsmith from Brooklyn, who likes to slaughter alphabets for fun. The Nacirema Dream
spells American backwards) drops in March 2007.
20. Devin the Dude - Waitin' to Inhale
Despite having collaborated with heavyweights like Snoop
, Scarface, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z
, and Nas
, Devin the Dude is still one hit away from commercial success. Waitin' to Inhale
, which drops on March 13th, features Lil' Wayne, Bun B, and the Odd Squad.
19. LL Cool J - Todd Smith 2: Back to Cool
Back to Cool
is the follow-up to the underwhelming Todd Smith
. This time, LL hooks up with fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent,
who will oversee production on Back to Cool
18. Ghostface & MF Doom - Swift & Changeable
This oft-delayed collabo finds Ghost flexing his lyrical muscles over MF Doom's soulsonic playground. (See my interview with Dreddy Kruger
for more on Swift & Changeable
17. Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told
Sai Giddy's debut has been in the works for about four years, but he swears it'll certainly be in stores before the year runs out.
16. Sean Price - Jesus Price Superstar
You can probably tell from his Passion of Price
DVD and the forthcoming Jesus Price Superstar
that Sean Price has a knack for sacrilegious titles. Expect some holy music from Price this January. (Preview Track: Sean Price - "P Body"
15. Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory
Rumor has it that Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and The Runners produced some tracks on Ultimate Victory
. Now there's an album worth checking for.
14. Little Brother - The Getback
Assuming they don't get kicked off Atlantic by summer, North Carolina's most visible hip-hoppers will attempt to add another masterwork to their catalog. Everyone's desire to see LB beak out of their comfort zone forced Phonte and Big Pooh to collaborate with outside producers like Illmind, Nottz, and Alchemist on The Getback
13. Talib Kweli & Madlib - The Liberation
If "Funny Money" is anything to go by then Kwe-Lib's first collaborative album, Liberation
, will probably be a winner among Okayplayers.
12. Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
's highly celebrated debut Food & Liquor
featured only one guest emcee. The Cool
promises even fewer rappers and more Pink Floyd.
11. 50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct
The tentative release date for Fiddy's awesomely-titled third entry is March 20th, so expect Mr. Ferrari to jump-start a feud or two between January and February. The scary part is that 50 has vowed to reveal a 'sensitive thug' side of his image this time.