Looking at the speculated dates releases for Hip-Hop albums this year, 2009 could be a very good year for the genre. Here's an chronological in depth look at the Hip-Hop releases for the rest of this month, albums I'm looking forward most will be in bold.
J Kwon - Hood Hop 2. J Kwon burst onto the scene back in 2004 with his fiery U.S. smash "Tipsy" peaking at #2 on the Hot 100. Unfortunately its accompanying album Hood Hop failed to connect with its success and opening to poor reviews from critics. Admittedly apart from a few cool cuts like "They Ask Me" and "Morning Light", "Tipsy" was the albums only standout. Hood Hop 2 is currently slated to be a digital only album, preferably looking to an iTunes only release.
Joe Budden - Padded Room. It's been 5 years since Joe Budden's self title debut back in 2003. Surprisingly, despite lack of promotion in the UK, I did manage to get my hands on a copy of the album through my friend who specializes in U.S. hip-hop. the album was a pretty decent introduction, spawning 2 commercial singles "Pump It Up", which became a top 40 hit and "Fire" with Busta Rhymes which managed to crack the 50 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. So far the only material I've heard from Padded Room is the lead single "The Future" with The Game and Dominic, which prior to its commercial release was treated as a buzz single, the song is brilliant, a bit over the top with the synth but great nevertheless. Although Padded Room doesn't have to allot to follow up to its predecessor, my expectations are pretty high.
B Real - Smoke n Mirrors. After a series of mixtapes, the Gunslinger trilogy, B Rreal drops his debut album early February. The album will feature appearances from Damien Marley (who is also working with rapper Nas on his forthcoming 6th studio album) and Snoop Dogg, who previous teamed up with B Real on a song called "Vato" for 2006s The Blue Carpet Treatment. Aside from his success in the mixtape market, he is also known for his relationship with model and television personality Carmon Electra during the 90s.
K'Naan - Troubadour. Canadian rapper K'Naan isn't a genric hip-hop rapper but a more of a mix of genres such as alternative, folk to form his own mellow version of the genre. His style is more poetic. Troubadour is his sophomore album, it follows up to The Dusty Floor Philosopher, which I have yet to hear but from people have told me it's supose to be really good.
Project Pat - Real Recognize Real. Another artist who's well known on the mixtape market and one I haven't hard of until now. Real Recognize Real is the rappers 7th studio album and his 14th album overall, including the separate mixtapes.
Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3. Jay-Z is among the greats in Hip-Hop so every time it's time for a release by the rapper, I'm always excited, his consistency never seises to amaze me. The Blueprint 3 is Jay-Z 11th studio album, it's also the installment in the Blueprint trilogy, following up to 2001s The Blueprint and 2002s The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse. His last release 2007s American Gangster, until the release of that album The Black Album had always been my favorite piece from Jay-Z, but American Gangster was phenomenal by any standards. The release date for The Blueprint 3 has been pushed back a number of times, but it's been confirmed it will be released sometimes this month, but the date is still tentative. The album 1 commercial single "Swagger Like Us" which became Jay-Z's biggest it in years, peaking at #5 on the Hot 100, his highest peaking since "03 Bonnie & Clyde" with Beyonce peaked at #4 back in 2003. Along with a handful of other rappers, I'm really looking forward to this album, Jay-Z never disappoints me.