2016 was a big year for Hip-Hop and R&B. The beginning gave us 2017 Grammy nominee for Best New Artist, Anderson. Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid and Kanye West. The end gave us J. Cole. We also got much-anticipated returns from De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Gucci Mane. What will 2017 bring us? Well we got some albums that are slated to be released and some we hope pop out of the sky and in our headphones below.
The dates are set
Bell Biv DeVoe, ‘Three Stripes’ (January 27th)
The beginning of 2017 looks to be big for any member of New Edition. Their much-anticipated biopic airs on BET from January 24-26 and is already getting rave reviews. January 27th, Bell Biv Devoe will release their first album since 2001 entitled “Three Strips.” They’ve already dropped their first single “Run” and if that jawn is any indication, your Auntie’s favorite Hip-Hop and R&B group should have a deep run for 2017.
Kehlani, ‘SweetSexySavage’ (Feb. 3)
Kehlani‘s 2016 was a whirlwind experience. Last January she went public with relationship with Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kylie Irving. After fellow singer PartyNextDoor posted a pic insinualting he has gotten back with Kehlani (they were once in a relationship), she ending up in the tabloids and the hospital. Personal issues aside, she is poised for a breakout 2017 with the February release of her album “SweetSexySavage.”
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Drake, ‘More Life’ (Expected Release: First Quarter 2017)
Drake was 2016’s Man of the Year. “Views” went platinum, stood tall in his beef with Meek Mill and he made the Forbes list, becoming one of the wealthiest people in Hip-Hop. Also in one year he dated Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. Can’t beat that with a stick!
Drake is looking for a even bigger 2017 with the release of his “music playlist” ‘More Life.”
Puff Daddy, ‘No Way Out 2’ (Expected Release: July 2017)
2017 will mark the 20th year anniversary of Puff Daddy‘s debut album “No Way Out” and to celebrate it he plans to release his last album. In 2016, Puff along with favorites from his Bad Boy Family went on a very successful tour that proved he (along with the family) still got it. Is this really the end (Cues Ginuwine)?
T.I., ‘The Dime Trap’
In 2016 we saw a different Tip. We got a more militant version of the trapper, one we’ve never seen before. The King of the South spoke out on Donald Trump, showed his support for Black Lives Matter and released the politically conscious “Us or Else” project. 2016 didn’t end to well for the trap star as his wife, Tiny Harris reportedly filed for divorce. While Clifford Harris fights for his marriage, Tip is getting set to release his 10th album “The Dime Trap.” Will be get conscious T.I.” or are we getting the Rubberband Man?
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Trey Songz “Tremaine”
When Trey Songz popped up on Instagram with the braids in his head like it was 2004 the hope was that a new album was on the horizon. In a radio interview Trigga confirmed that a album was in the works. Titled “Tremaine,” Songz looks to show the world that he is still one of the kings of R&B.
You Never Know!
Rumors of a Jay Z/Beyonce album have been floating for years but will it ever happen? 2017 seems to be a perfect time for the husband and wife to hit the jackpot on a album? If not, how about we finally get a new Jigga album. I mean damn, it’s time my G. Jay has been in the studio so we know he is creating so will Jay surprise us with an album on Tidal in the fourth quarter?
It’s time Kendrick. It’s about that time to bless us with another classic. 2015 Lamar brought us To Pimp A Butterfly. 2016 he gave us the the TPAB leftovers with “untitled unmastered.” Since the latter was songs leftover from his previous work it’s about time for the powers that be at Top Dawg Entertainment to give us some new Cornrow Kenny. I don’t want no Black Hippy album (even though that would be nice). Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q dropped albums in 2016. Even Top Dawg artists Lance Skiiiwalker and Isaiah Rashad dropped album last year. We know Sza is up next for TDE but it’s time for some more Kendrick Lamar.