[As 2012 fades away with memories of Nicki Minaj getting called too pop-ular, Kreayshawn’s debut underselling and Kendrick Lamar silencing his doubters, SOHH’s dropping a daily list of the 13 biggest things to look for in ’13. Today, we’re running down what hip-hop artists are going to either make or break this year with their solo album releases.]
1. Trinidad James’ Def Jam Debut
No one has more to prove right now than Trinidad James. Is he one of the hottest hip-hop artists to come out of Atlanta or is he just a made-up rapper based off “Martin’s” Jerome character? For every major co-sign Trinidad receives, you can add another doubter. We saw how much hype Kreayshawn got in 2011 and then the lackluster response her debut got on store shelves upon its release date. James’ career may solely rest on first-week sales.
2. 50 Cent’s Street King Immortal
50 Cent has run into a very unique problem. As much as he does outside of the music, the amount of doubters and critics wondering if he still has hunger to put out a quality album is mounting upward. He can make a hit record, easily, but is 50 still able to make a quality LP from start to finish? Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre were great while Curtis and Before I Self Destruct received mixed reviews. This fifth solo album could vastly impact where his solo career goes and what label wants to sign him next.
3. Kanye West’s Non-Cruel Album
Kanye West is a great lyricist and he’s an even more awesome leader for G.O.O.D. Music, but with all the time and dedication he has placed into albums like Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer, it’s time to hear what Papa Yeezy is going to have for us. Since Kanye rarely blogs anymore and has a knack for avoiding media interviews at all costs, we’ve grown to listen to his music even more closely as it seems to be the only time he really gets passionate and has something to say. What’s Kanye going to rap about now? Finding true love? Becoming a father? His hatred of reality television?
4. Dr. Dre’s “Detox” Will Get Leaked
There’s no way hip-hop fans can say they’re still waiting for what Dr. Dre has in store with Detox. We’ve waited way too long and his diehard fans are getting too old to keep on sitting tight. While Eminem rests at 40, Dr. Dre’s already flirting with 50. After all these years, Dre is going to leak the mysterious album or, in other words, it will get “stolen” and placed online. If the LP turns out to be a classic, then job well done. If it does not get the proper results, Dre can always say it was unfinished. One way or another, the Detox hype is going to end once and for all.
5. Blue Ivy Carter’s “Blue’s Prints” Hits Stores
Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a star in the making with Blue Ivy Carter and there’s no way they’re going to wait until she reaches Willow Smith’s age before they start having her sell platinum albums. We’ve already heard Blue get her debut on Jay-Z’s “Glory” last year and now the super couple are going to have Blue putting Sesame Street to shame with her own kids-only compilation album. Just imagine Blue singing or at least trying to sing some of your kids’ favorite tunes. It may not drop until next Christmas, but once Blue can pronounce a few syllable words, rest assured it’ll get packaged up, stamped with a Roc Nation logo and placed into your major retailer outlet CD racks and iTunes shelves.
Be sure to check back tomorrow when we tell you what five movies are must-see’s this year!