A Look Ahead To 2010: Music Edition
The Return of Kanye
“Now, now, now that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger…” The last time we saw Kanye West, he was talking with Jay Leno about his infamous rant during what should have been Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech at the VMAs. Kanye was booed off the stage after his tirade, and the hecklers and naysayers have not quieted down since. I fully expect Mr. West to get into the lab and make some of his most raw and most potent music, the likes of which we haven’t heard since College Dropout. He already dropped a verse that has had the internet buzzing for the last few days of this year. Don’t be surprised if Martin Louis The King Jr. once again proves to be “the mother****** you love to hate, but can’t, because you love what I make!”
OutKast on the Horizon
After blessing us with a few guest verses here and there for the past few years, Andre 3000 has been quite quiet. On the heels of a solo album to be released soon by his partner in rhyme, Big Boi, 3 Stacks should have a lot to say. Plus, his clothing line has been dropped by many of his carriers. It would seem that Dre should have a lot more time to express himself through music (more specifically, rap).
Earlier this year, a snippet of a new Andre 3000 track was released. It’s called “Lookin’ 4 Ya.
Big Boi has since announced that the song will actually be on his album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Both OutKast members will have two verses apiece on the record.
The sooner we get solo albums from both guys, the sooner we can get a new OutKast album (according to Big Boi), so look out for all of that in 2010.
Welcome Back, Sade!
Should you happen to experience a breakup in 2010, you’ll at least have the proper soundtrack to get you through it. Sade has always been able to capture the melancholy feel of those lonely post-relationship moments, and I expect her to pick up just where she left off with her smooth, mellow, and mysterious sounds.
Her latest album, Soldier of Love, will be released worldwide February 8. It’ll be her first album of original material in 10 years. I’m sure that it will prove worth the wait.
The Doctor Is In For 2010… Hopefully
Okay, so we’ve been waiting on the Detox album for the better part of the decade. Anticipation hit a fever pitch this year, however, with the Dr. Dre‘s return to the mic on Eminem’s “Crack A Bottle”. His masterpiece, many years in the making, was supposed to be released this year (which technically isn’t over yet, but you get the picture).
Many of the artists Dre has collaborated with for the project have commented that it is finished, but we still don’t seem to be getting closer to that release date. Hopefully, people will stop leaking the album so that it can be released for 2010. This is to be The Doctor’s last album, and he wants to make sure it’s his greatest. Hopefully we get this grand finale from the man born Andre Young in 2010.
Maxwell returned to the game of music with a true vengeance in 2009 with BLACKsummers’night. However, the hugely popular and critically acclaimed album was merely the tip of the iceberg. The first of a trilogy (in which each album will have the same title with different capitalization schemes, oddly enough), 2009′s triumphant album will be followed by part 2 of 3 in 2010.
With an emphasis on the word ‘summer,’ I’m looking for this album to be more lighthearted and dance-ready than the first.
After taking eight years off, I know the guy has the music down to a science and he’s ready to make the ladies swoon all over again.
After 2008′s So Far Gone put him on the map, Drake took the rap game by storm. Now he’s signed to Young Money with a multimillion dollar deal, he released a successful single with “Best I Ever Had” (although the video, directed by Kanye West, was widely panned). Basically, over the past two years, Drake has done everything a young up-and-coming recording artist could want to do.
That is, besides releasing his debut full-length album.
He’s featured on tracks with Lil’ Wayne, Birdman, and of course he was prominently featured on the compilation album for his label, We Are Young Money.
His album, Thank Me Later, is expected to be released in March. Indeed, with Weezy heading to jail in February, you can look for Drake to take on a bulk of the representing for Young Money (e.g. guest appearances, more press/interviews). His album’s anticipation is probably enough to take it to platinum status, and the lists of producers and collaborators he’s been working with are sure to crank out a successful project.
The Resurfacing of Lauryn Hill?
First of all, I know this is wishful thinking but I just couldn’t help myself.
News on Lauryn Hill has been scarce this year. All we’ve heard is that she was scheduled to do some tour dates that she later canceled. Other than that, the internet buzzed about a picture of her in which she looked the best that we have seen her in some years.
However, Ms. Hill is slated to perform at the world-famous Raggamuffin Festival, which starts in New Zealand and moves on to Australia, next year. The festival will also include a who’s who list of rappers and reggae artists including Shaggy, Julian Marley, and (gasp) Wyclef Jean.
That should be interesting, to say the very least. Could another Fugees reunion be on the way? Hill’s husband has remarked that she has never stopped writing and she seemed to be gearing up for the release of an album a few years ago, entitled Khulami Phase. Since then, Columbia Records have spent a great deal of money for studio time and to fly collaborating artists back and forth.
Could something finally come of it for 2010? Keep your fingers crossed…
Having shocked and devastated fans by announcing his plan to make his recording career a three-and-out (with the last album entitled L.U.P.End), Lupe Fiasco gave the rap game a pleasant surprise by announcing that he would renege on this plan. Since then, Mr. Dumb It Down has been in the lab working on his new album, Lasers, which stands for Love Always Shines Everytime Remember 2 Smile.
Originally slated for an ’09 release, Lasers was pushed back to 2010. However, Lupe graced us with a mixtape, Enemy of The State: A Love Story on November 26.
Fiasco is serious about this album, mentioning on his blog that he is taking legal action against those responsible for the leak of one of his tracks, “I’m Beaming.”
It seems that we will absolutely have to wait until the release date to hear more from Lupe.
Hip Hop and Reggae United
Distant Relatives, the album by Nas and Damian Marley is slated for release on March 16. Look for conscious, boundary-breaking, geopolitical and sociopolitical music from these two. Their solo projects are already dripping with such content, so now that they have teamed up, audiences can expect revolutionary music to the second power.
With such a message and a purpose for the music (such as building a school and doing other charity work in Africa), I expect an amazing tour to follow up the album – complete with several dates in Africa. But with such a Eurocentric media and culture, is the world ready for Africa to wake up?
Only time will tell. Until then, get ready for an album that will probably make you put your right fist in the air. The revolution may not be televised, but if these guys have anything to do with it, it will most definitely be heard.
Which artists and albums are you looking forward to hearing in 2010? Let me know in the comments section.
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