In terms of album releases, last year was a massive year for hip-hop, and by the looks of things, this year promises to be just as good. Drops from industry heavyweights K.O, AKA, Cassper and Riky Rick to the new school A-Reece, Shane Eagle, Emtee and Rouge made the past year one of the best years for Hip-Hop to date.
As if that wasn’t enough, even Maggz dropped in ’17.
As we look ahead to the new year, we can expect some exciting releases this year as well, in fact, this year could give ’17 a serious run for its money.
First things first, AKA, one of the biggest rap stars on the continent, drops his third studio album Touch My Blood. Its incredible to think that Kiernan has only dropped one tape, two solo, and one collaborative album in his illustrious career thus far.
Widely regarded as one of the best rappers in the game, Kid X, on the back of leaving CashTime Life at the beginning of last year, will finally drop his debut album. On an interview with MetroFM’s hip-hop show Absolute Hip-Hop, he confirmed that his album is essentially done.
Kid X label mate and king of the game right now, Kwesta is dropping DaKar III this year. The album will feature Wale, Rick Ross, and Davido to name a few. Kwesta is at his best at the moment, and if DaKar II is anything to go by, his trajectory is on the up and up.
After losing his laptop in an armed robbery, the leader of the new school, Nasty C, didn’t drop in the last year. His debut album Bad Hair, dropped as far back as September 2016. As the only noteworthy signee on Mabala Noise’s rooster, a Nasty drop could be a given.
The last year was an eventful year for Riky Rick, having recently partnered with Sony Music through his own imprint Cotton Records, we can expect his sophomore album to drop this year. Frequent collaborator Frank Casino could also be ready for a project.
Hit-maker L-tido is dropping his third studio album in the next month. Having dropped his debut All or Nothing back in 2011 and his sophomore two years later in 2013, this has been the biggest gap yet in-between albums for 16V.
Since signing to Ambitiouz Entertainment post the exodus of Reece, Fifi Cooper and B3nchmarQ, one of the most exciting names to break in the last year, Kid Tini, has seen the hype fizzle out. It is very likely for Tini to drop this year, and with that Ambitiouz power behind him, he could blow the entire game out of the water.
Two artists who have been bubbling under for a minute now, Family Tree’s Tshego and AKA collaborator Yanga, would do good to also drop projects this year.
Anything can happen in the music business, but with these projected releases, this year promises to be another one for the books.