Artists We Missed In 2018: Lil Uzi Vert, ScHoolboy Q, Big Sean & More
2018 was undoubtedly a robust yr for hip-hop music. The style continued its international takeover of the pop scene, that includes some career-defining moments from Drake, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Lil Baby and J. Cole, simply to call a couple of. However, even with all the nice rap music we have loved in the course of the previous (virtually) twelve months, there are nonetheless some large names who flew below the radar.
Despite some options verses and singles scattered right here and there, emcees like 21 Savage, Chris Brown, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz and extra had a comparatively quiet yr. That’s to not say that they and others gained’t ship some new bars in 2019 (in some instances, drop dates for these information have already been introduced) however, within the spirit of end-of-year record season, let’s take a better have a look at some rappers who’re due for a return to the highlight as we roll into the brand new yr.
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If Breezy had little to nothing left within the tank song-wise after 2017, I can’t say that I blame him.
Heartbreak on a Full Moon, his 45-track opus, capped off an eventful run that stored Brown’s identify within the headlines, for higher and for worse. 2018 was extra of the identical, with tabloid fodder that included refusal to submit drug checks, a cavalcade of authorized points punctuated by a lawsuit from his costume designer and even taking pictures his shot at Cardi B (kind of). Lots of brand name recognition for the singer, however no new music.
That seems to be prefer it’s set to alter in 2019 although. Brown’s supposedly releasing new music after the vacations are executed, with a possible Trey Songz collaboration seemingly within the oven as nicely. His final double LP might have led to some Breezy oversaturation and listener fatigue, however there’s little doubt that his followers are prepared and ready for some new materials to return their means.
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Pretty Girls Like Trap Music was one among 2017’s standout albums and its previously wheelchair-bound star, 2 Chainz, got here into his personal as one of many South’s singular skills. Strangely, the rapper has been relatively silent on the solo music entrance in 2018.
Despite some high-profile collabs with Drake, Lil Pump and others, 2 Chainz followers are undoubtedly craving a brand new studio effort from the veteran emcee. His latest EP, Hot Wings Are A Girl’s Best Friend, undoubtedly helped whet the hip-hop neighborhood’s collective urge for food, nonetheless it solely makes us surprise what Chainz has in retailer for us subsequent.
On our want record for 2019? That he lastly will get within the studio with Hov and lays down what could be one of many yr’s largest team-ups.
Lil Uzi Vert
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In the post-Soundcloud period of rap’s punk section, Lil Uzi Vert is among the style’s hottest younger stars. While his solo output went dormant in 2018, the excellent news is that his followers gained’t have to attend for much longer for him to drop some new materials.
Fresh off his look on the latest Cassius Jay single “Big Racks,” Uzi seems to be primed to re-enter the hip-hop dialog in an enormous means in 2019. His forthcoming album, Eternal Atake, is reportedly full and awaiting a tough launch date and promo push. However, if Luv is Rage 2 taught us something, it’s that the Philly native likes to take his time along with his information.
Helping to ramp up anticipation for the brand new Lil Uzi LP is TM88, who revealed that he certainly has one other collab with the rapper approaching Eternal Atake.
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If you puzzled the place Danny Brown was at in 2018, you in all probability weren’t the one one.
The Detroit-born emcee definitely shrouded himself in thriller this yr. His long-rumored Persona 5 challenge nonetheless hasn’t seen the sunshine of day and, though he claimed to be aiming for an early-2019 launch date on the finish of August, it’s anyone’s guess as to when he’ll bless us with some new tracks.
In the meantime, Brown lastly launched his documentary Live At the Majestic this November, a movie that Apple Music had shelved for causes nonetheless unclear to most of the people. One factor’s for positive: Danny Brown’s presence on the hip-hop scene is sorely missed. We want that new album ASAP.
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It could be an understatement to say that issues are fairly quiet on the Lloyd Banks entrance.
How quiet? Well, the veteran rapper appeared to tease his retirement from the music biz altogether. While he later took to social media and admitted he was trolling (together with giving the trade’s media shops an earful for artificially blowing up the story), the hip-hop world could be a greater place with a brand new Banks joint someday within the close to future.
It’s additionally totally different with Lloyd than with different elder statesmen within the style. He’s by no means prioritized reshaping his sound or picture to abide by the musical developments or tastes of any given second, which makes any new tasks from him a welcome addition to the tradition’s bigger dialog. Real heads all get excited when the prospect of latest Lloyd Banks music is greater than only a pipe dream. For now, it’s going to be on our wishlist for 2019.
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Though Joey has been prolific on the singles entrance, with releases like “Still New York” and “Pretty Boys” garnering some consideration this yr, 2018 was devoid of a cohesive long-form effort from one among rap’s most spectacular rising skills.
The smooth-yet-gritty stylings of 2017’s All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ positioned the Brooklyn native as a expertise to observe and, judging by the smoke coming from his social media accounts, there’s prone to be some hearth bars on the way in which very quickly.
Back in October, he revealed that he’s acquired two tasks within the works, together with a Pro Era album that, in his phrases, sounds “unimaginable.” There’s no telling what precisely his contributions can be on that LP, nor what his subsequent solo launch will sound like, however one factor’s for positive: Joey Bada$$ is primed to take that subsequent step to superstardom in 2019.
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One of the true OGs who helped re-ignite the West Coast sound as a commercially ble property greater than a decade in the past, The Game is one other identify who was absent from our name sheet in 2018.
That doesn’t imply his identify was absent from the headlines although. In the autumn, he blasted younger rappers for faking the gangsta way of life. “Why pretend it?” he mentioned. “Then you find yourself to the subsequent n****s who do actual gangsta sh*t and don’t need to be in there […] I don’t know one gangsta who needs to be in jail.”
With his final full-length studio launch coming all the way in which again in 2016 with 1992, the approaching yr is likely to be time for The Game to point out the subsequent generations of rappers what’s up and are available by way of with one other stable outing.
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Following his rumored messy breakup with R&B songstress Jhene Aiko, Big Sean is one other emcee who seems to be able to drop some new materials.
The reignition of his social media presence appears to substantiate this, at the least in the intervening time. His return to Instagram was met with a lot scrutiny, particularly after he posted a photograph with a caption that merely learn “again quickly.” No one’s positive precisely what’s on the way in which from the Motor City native, but when it’s something like 2016’s I Decided, hip-hop followers are in for some high quality.
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Rick Ross hasn’t dropped new music in a minute and, based mostly on how busy his schedule is now, issues might keep establishment for some time.
After welcoming a son earlier this yr (additionally, you understand you’re a straight-up boss if you identify your youngster Billion, simply saying), the rapper continues to rake in paydays for his non-music-related commitments. His most up-to-date endeavor: inking a deal to affix the forged for the second season of Irv Gotti’s BET collection Tales.
Don’t overlook: Rozay spent an excellent chunk of 2018 recovering from a foul bout of pneumonia that stored him hospitalized for an prolonged interval. Between that, his newfound daddy duties and ongoing battles with child mama Tia Kemp over his different family-related commitments, it looks like there’s sufficient preserving the icon busy nowadays.
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The OVO disciple, as soon as one of many hottest names in R&B, has fallen off the map considerably in latest months.
Though 2017’s Seven Days featured some robust assist and manufacturing work, it divided many critics and followers, leaving PND’s place within the bigger music dialog unclear. There’s little doubt that Drake is a fan of his fellow Canadian, going as far as to make PND’s music a everlasting fixture at his Miami abode, however that removed from ensures any new music from his fellow countryman.
Stranger nonetheless is the truth that TM88 could also be sitting on a PartyNextDoor challenge, though it’s anybody’s guess as to how completed that launch is or whether or not it would ever see the sunshine of day.
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Most not too long ago heard on 21 Savage’s i am > i was album, the Creed II soundtrack, in addition to the Too $hort-led group effort “Don’t Shoot,” Schoolboy Q is one more rap mainstay who has been all too silent on the solo challenge entrance in 2018.
That doesn’t imply Schooly has been absent from the general public eye, nonetheless. He was a part of the star-studded Mac Miller tribute live performance, an unforgettable occasion the place he carried out alongside all-star expertise like Travis Scott, SZA and extra. Q additionally despatched his followers love by performing a free reside present in Chicago this previous September.
Despite a Twitter bio proclaiming “NEW ALBUM COMING SOON,” there’s no buzz of something imminent on the horizon for the TDE rapper. Let’s hope that 2019 brings us some contemporary bars from Schoolboy Q.
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Speaking of the Top Dawg alumnus, Ab-Soul is one other artist who was largely off the discharge radar in 2018. With the reminiscences of 2016’s scorching Do What Thou Wilt nonetheless burned in some followers’ reminiscences (together with mine), the brand new yr couldn’t be a extra excellent time for some new materials from one among hip-hop’s most mercurial skills.
Though he managed to attain a visitor spot on the Black Panther soundtrack, Ab-Soul and the remainder of the TDE crew have been imprecise as to Soulo’s whereabouts. There have been hints at some ongoing studio classes however that hasn’t essentially set the potential for an LP drop in 2019 in stone. Fingers crossed.
Run the Jewels
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Let’s finish issues off with one of the underrated duos in hip-hop proper now: Run the Jewels. With a hard-charging sound and an abundance of charisma, we will not be the one ones who’re actively ready for RTJ four.
The anticipation for the group’s upcoming studio launch kicked into excessive gear not too long ago after El-P confirmed that he and Killer Mike could be dropping the challenge in 2019. With their lone 2018 single, “Let’s Go,” giving followers a welcome return to their grimy-yet-polished roots, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than we’re blessed with what is going to absolutely be an intriguing and probably mesmerizing album.
Who are you most excited to listen to new music from in 2019? Let us know within the feedback.
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