2014 New Music Releases
The majority of this year's biggest releases already include surprise projects and chronically delayed albums.
With a dramatic trailer, Pharrell gave his fans a two-week notice before dropping 'G I R L' -- a part-funk, part-soul, part-pop ode to the fairer sex. And Kid Cudi only gave a few hours notice before he treated his supporters to a new opus. Although he previously announced 'SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon' late last year, the actual release date wasn't revealed until hours before it debuted. Cudi's fourth album hit iTunes on Feb. 25 at midnight.
March was the biggest month for hip-hop and R&B releases so far. Rick Ross kicked off the month with his oft-delayed 'Mastermind.' Then gangsta rap reigned supreme for a week when YG's 'My Krazy Life' and Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's 'Pinata' dropped the same day to much acclaim. Ashanti's 'Braveheart' and Young Money's 'Rise of an Empire' arrived as well.
The Step Brothers' (comprised of the Alchemist and Evidence) 'Lord Steppington' and ScHoolboy Q's 'Oxymoron' also satisfied hip-hop heads by dropping in January and February, respectively. ScHoolboy Q had his first No. 1 album with his effort.
There's still nine more months of new music releases to go. Kanye West will dominate the conversation soon enough if his album hits in summer 2014. Future's 'Honest, Iggy Azalea's 'The New Classic' and 50 Cent's 'Animal Ambition' are on their way as well. Also, a Jay Electronica LP just might drop this year judging from his recent track with Jay Z, 'We Made It.'
Here are the albums dropping throughout the year.
2014 New Music Releases
Del the Funky Homosapien, ‘Iller Than Most’
French Montana, ‘Coke Boys 4′
Kid Ink, ‘My Own Lane’
Step Brothers, ‘Lord Steppington’
J. Holiday, ‘Guilty Conscience’
Algebra Blessett, ‘Recovery’
Toni Braxton & Babyface, ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’
The Doppelgangaz, 'Peach Kehd'
ScHoolboy Q, ‘Oxymoron’
Kid Cudi, 'SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon'
Vince Staples, 'Shyne Coldchain II'
Rick Ross, 'Mastermind'
Pharrell Williams, 'G I R L'
Black Milk, 'Glitches in the Break'
Young Money, ‘Rise of an Empire’
Aloe Blacc, ‘Lift Your Spirit’
Ledisi, ‘The Truth’
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, ’Piñata’
YG, ‘My Krazy Life’
Sage the Gemini, 'Remember Me'
Mobb Deep, 'The Infamous Mobb Deep'
Smoke DZA, 'Dream.ZONE.Achieve'
Chuck Inglish, 'Convertibles'
Pharoahe Monch, ‘P.T.S.D.’
Nas, ‘Illmatic XX’
August Alsina, ‘Testimony’
Asher Roth, 'RetroHash'
Iggy Azalea, ‘The New Classic’
Jesse Boykins III 'Love Apparatus'
Styles P, ‘Phantom and the Ghost'
Chris Brown, 'X'
Tech N9ne, 'Collabos: Strangeulation'
Ice Cube, 'Everythang's Corrupt'
IamSu!, 'Sincerely Yours'
Blu, 'Good to Be Home'
50 Cent, ‘Animal Ambition’
Sage Francis, ‘Copper Gone’
Madlib, ‘Pinata Beats’
Murs & Mayday, ‘Mursday’
Canibus, ‘Fait Accompli’
Open Mike Eagle, ‘Dark Comedy’
Big Freedia, ‘Just Be Free’
Gucci Mane & Migos, ‘The Green Album’
Sam Smith, ‘In the Lonely Hour’
G-Eazy, ‘These Things Happen’
Buckshot & P-Money, ‘BackPack Travels’
Ab-Soul, ‘These Days…’
Robin Thicke, ‘Paula’
Trey Songz, ‘Trigga’
Lil Boosie, ‘Touchdown 2 Cause Hell’
E-40, ’Sharp On All 4 Corners Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4′
Common, ‘Nobody’s Smiling’
Krayzie Bone, ‘Chasing the Devil’
Cormega, ‘Mega Philosophy’
Dilated Peoples, ‘Directors of Photography’
DJ Mustard, ’10 Summers Worldwide’
The Underachievers, ’Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium’
Twista, ‘The Dark Horse’
Wara From The NBHD, ‘The Neighborhood’
FKA Twigs, ‘LP1′
Wiz Khalifa, ‘Blacc Hollywood’
Statik Selektah, ‘What Goes Around…’
A$AP Mob, ‘L.O.R.D.’
Jhene Aiko, ‘Souled Out’
Souls Of Mischief & Adrian Younge, ‘There Is Only Now’
Jeezy, 'Seen It All'
P Reign, 'Dear America'
Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out'
Michelle Williams, 'Journey to Freedom'
Meek Mill, 'Dreams Worth More Than Money'
Rittz, 'Next to Nothing'
DJ Mustard, '10 Summers'
Chris Brown, 'X'
50 Cent, 'Street King Immortal'
Raekwon, 'Fly International Luxurious Art'
Game, 'Year of the Wolf'
Joell Ortiz, 'House Slippers'
Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD'
Bishop Nehru, 'NehruvianDOOM'
Luke James, 'Luke James'
Joey Bada$$, ‘B4.Da.$$’
Boyz II Men, ‘Collide’
Fashawn, ‘The Ecology’
Kanye West, TBA
Mariah Carey, TBA
Kat Dahlia, ‘My Garden’