5 Under-The-Radar Albums You Don’t Want To Miss

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SZA, 2 Chainz, Vince Staples, and DJ Khaled are all about to release albums sure to dominate headlines and charts in the coming weeks. We’d like to draw your attention to a handful of upcoming releases that may not crack the Billboard Top 200, but are worth a listen from the discerning hip hop fan. And given that every hip hop fan considers herself discerning, everyone ought to bump these albums.

About SZA

Being the only woman on the artist roster of the most dominant label in hip-hop would be an intimidating experience for basically anyone. That is unless you’re as insanely talented as SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment’s PBR&B super villain. The Maplewood, NJ-songstress signed with Black Hippy’s label in July 2013, less than a year after she self-released her first project, See.SZA.Run. A few months after the signing, SZA released another free EP called S to rave reviews, followed by Z in 2014, her first project sold on iTunes. More recently, SZA was featured on “Consideration,” the excellent first track on Rihanna’s blockbuster album Anti.

About 2 Chainz

The artist formerly known as Tity Boi spent more than a decade in limbo before reinventing himself and breaking into the mainstream in 2012, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after features in the game (despite his alleged $100,000 verse fee).

Throughout his 15-year career, he’s collaborated with the likes of Cam’ron, Pusha T, Nelly, The Game, Travis Porter, B.o.B., T.I., Sean Kingston, Juicy J, Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Young Buck, Chrisette Michelle, Kanye West, The-Dream, Beyonce, J. Cole, E-40, Jeezy, Rocko, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Meek Mill, French Montana, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Timbaland, Fall Out Boy and more, appearing on more than 50 different tracks throughout 2013 alone.

Unfortunately, he’s recently been dealing with some legal issues stemming from various drug charges, although he did perform at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th birthday party. Regardless, he’s currently working on his third studio album, and is preparing for the “2 Good To Be T.R.U.” tour with Pusha T, August Alsina and Cap 1, which is scheduled to unfold in February and March of 2014. Oh yeah – his latest album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, is nominated for Best Rap Album at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

About Vince Staples

Vince Staples is an emerging emcee from Long Beach, California, part of the Cutthroat Boys alongside Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts and a frequent Odd Future collaborator. Throughout his young career, he’s released three mixtapes, having collaborated with Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Casey Veggies, Mike G, Jhene Aiko, Michael Uzowuru, Childish Major, No ID, Evidence, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Da$H, Hardo, Claton Samus, Domo Genesis, Cashius Green, The Jet Age Of Tomorrow and more. Most recently, there’ve been talks of an upcoming collaboration with Common, and he inked a deal with Def Jam Recordings as well. He’s currently… working on a new mixtape titled Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 (the sequel to his debut mixtape), which is scheduled to drop in early 2014. Stay tuned.

About DJ Khaled

Hate it or love it, DJ Khaled is an undeniable presence in the rap game, both for his inescapable “we the best” ad-lib and his tendency to bring superstars together on hit records. On top of managing his We The Best record label (home to Ace Hood, Mavado and Vado), he’s also a radio host on Miami’s urban music radio station WEDR as well as Terror Squad’s official DJ.

Throughout the course of his career, he’s worked with Kanye West, T-Pain, Akon, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Dr. Dre, Nas, Plies, The Game, Rick Ross, Ma$e, Wale, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Jim Jones, Brisco, T.I., Fat Joe, Jadakiss, John Legend, Bun B, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Lil Boosie, Trick Daddy, Young Jeezy and more, and has organized countless posse cuts, which is perhaps what he’s best known for.

Most recently, he released his album Suffering From Success, which met with lukewarm reviews and sales (having been preceded by an elaborate publicity stunt, that being his marriage proposal to Nicki Minaj). Despite this, he continues to strive to be the absolute best, and we’d expect nothing less.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 News

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