Drake ‘More Life’ due 18th March 2017
If I got paid every time I thought we had a release date for ‘More Life’, I would be able to afford Drake’s pricey Calabasas estate. The playlist, not mixtape, by the Canadian superstar, has been subject to an array of false starts, pushbacks and delays but it seems Drake has finally decided on a release date.
Based off the snippets floating around Instagram that include two songs with UK artist Giggs and an unnamed song premiered at one of his six London O2 Arena shows, I’m sure it will be worth the wait.
Trey Songz, ‘Tremaine’ due 24th March 2017
So I was wrong; the reality show ‘Tremaine the Playboy’ isn’t a reality show at all, it is a visual concept for Trey Songz’ seventh album ‘Tremaine’. I’m sorry I doubted you, Trey.
‘Tremaine’ is set to be released on 24th March, three years after it was announced to be due straight after Songz’ sixth album ‘Trigga’. Trey has said that ‘Tremaine’ will be his most vulnerable album to date and will detail his relationship struggles amplified by his celebrity. I hope ‘Tremaine’ will be the album to silence those who want Trey to remake ‘Ready’, an album he made eight years ago when R&B culture was different. He’s progressed and grown as an artist since then. Why should he go backwards?
Trey has released three songs, ‘Nobody Else But You’, ‘Song Goes off’ and ‘She Lovin It’ from ‘Tremaine’ and they sound fresh and inspired. With 24th March being days away, I’m happy that the three-year wait for this album is seeming to have been worth it.
Nicki Minaj, Fifth studio album, date TBA
It has almost been three years since the release of Minaj’s third album ‘The Pinkprint’ on which the rapper departed from her more animated and alter ego inspired songs on her first two albums and instead opted to appear vulnerable after the breakup of her 12-year relationship. Nicki sang more on this album, delivered verses to rival her male counterparts and there was a minimal appearance from ‘Pop Nicki’ in comparison to her sophomore ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’.
‘The Pinkprint’ is my favourite Nicki Minaj project to date and after her public break up with Meek Mill and current beef with Remy Ma, I am excited to see Nicki again prove to the world why she is the worthy Queen of Hip-Hop.
Chris Brown: ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon’ date TBA
Personal troubles aside, Chris Brown is one of the most talented artists in the industry. Brown can write, rap, sing and dance a lot better than most others. Brown’s last album was ‘Royalty’ released in 2015 but I feel that 2016 was musically a better year for Chris. His mixtapes ‘Before The Trap: Nights in Tarzana’ and ‘Attack the Block’ with Section Boyz were great bodies of work and I am looking forward to seeing if he will continue to embrace UK music on his upcoming album.
Stefflon Don’s debut album, date TBA
Stefflon Don is one of those artists that you can tell is on course to becoming a superstar. She has the talent, the skill, the style, the look, the determination and the drive. Stefflon Don often outshines others when she features on their songs, for example, the ‘Wobble’ remix, ‘Mad Ting, Sad Ting’ Remix and ‘Hop On’. Her solo songs such as ‘Real Ting’, ‘Narcos’, the older ‘Hot Prop’ and my personal favourite ’16 Shots’ prove that Steff can be bad all by herself.
Of the UK rappers and MCs who are achieving international recognition, there have been little females. I’m sure Stefflon Don will change this.
Young Thug, ‘Hy!£UN35’, date TBA
I am tired of debating the greatness of Young Thug aka No, My Name is Jeffery with people. Young Thug isn’t your average mumble rapper, something he is often accused of. Young Thug is creative, innovative and makes great music. Although a little difficult to comprehend at times, once you get used to the fast pace and autotune, Thugger actually has bars.
If you are not a convinced Thug fan, listen to ‘Guwop’ and ‘Halftime’. If those don’t convince you then you clearly don’t and never will understand his odd greatness.
Young Thug has said repeatedly that his debut album will be dropping and it never does; it’s always a mixtape or EP. Maybe Thugger will never release an album and will just be a mixtape artist. I don’t care either way. I just hope whatever Thug is planning for us this year will be on the level of what we’ve heard so far.
Bryson Tiller, ‘True to Self’, date TBA
After the 2015 release of his debut album ‘Trapsoul’, it was as if my entire Twitter timeline were left in their feelings about failed relationships and attempted reconciliations. ‘Trapsoul’ was vulnerable, honest and at times romantic; exactly what R&B fans needed after a year of being told hoes weren’t loyal.
Tiller appears to be in a better place with this album with a fiancée and twins on the way. It will be interesting to hear what a happy and less melancholic and regretful Bryson Tiller sounds like.
What albums are you anticipating this year? Comment below!