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27 Hip-Hop Albums To Check for in 2007

2007 Hip-Hop Music Preview

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27 Hip-Hop Albums To Check for in 2007

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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 behind them.

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

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 (Nacirema 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

Lupe'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.

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