If no more music was released this year, I could still go into 2020 completely satisfied with what 2019 has brought us. It is bewildering to think we are only in July when Tyler, The Creator, Goldlink, Slowthai and Skepta, to name a few, have brought out LPs, and this is all within the first half of the annum. Below is only a fraction of what will hopefully come out later this year, but the cryptic nature of some artists does mean it is impossible to really tell when they are going to drop a record.
Kano - ‘Hoodies All Summer’
Coincided with a short film, Kano released two singles and announced his first album in three years last week. The video narrates a brief tale focusing on a boy who dreams of being a musician, but becomes the subject of misfortune when a gang mistaken him for someone else, and eventually stab him. Obviously, this is a very topical issue at the moment, so it is nice to see Kano using his music as a platform to broadcast the political views of heavily marginalised communities from the Capital.
‘Class Of Deja’ features D Double E and Ghetts; It’s an all star grime line up that raises hairs on the back off your neck before the beat and lyricism even kick in. The three guide you through the history of their scene with referenced bars, which pay homage to legends like Esco, who was part of the Slew Dem Crew before he himself was sadly murdered. If the album pans out like the first two tracks, we are on for a very special follow up to ‘Made In The Manor’.
Kid Cudi - ‘Entergalactic’
Not only is Kid Cudi releasing a new album, he will also be starring in an adult animated series coming to Netflix. The Cleveland native hasn’t released an outright solo album since 2016, but the success of Kids See Ghost’s debut has kept him as relevant as ever, as well as a string of features on projects from the likes of A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q. Cudi has promised his new multi-artistic venture “[will] be a fun ride” and “good friends” have been involved in the creative process. Hopefully this will all be out by the end of the year, but realistically we may have to wait patiently until 2020, which defeats the point of this article. Really, It’s on the list in a state of optimism.
Danny Brown - ‘U Know What I’m Sayin?’
There is an undeniable hype around this album, one that has pulsated through hiphop forums since Danny Brown teased It’s existence in 2017. Boasting production credits from Q Tip, and a fairly inevitable feature from JPEGMAFIA, it is easy to see why hiphop heads are eagerly anticipating the record’s release, but the Detroit native has admitted that the project may not be what people expect. In an interview with Highsnobiety, Brown admitted he just wants to focus on “dope rhymes”, promising “no drug talk” and reverting back to the core elements of the genre that defined him. Personally, Danny’s yappy delivery, outrageous sexual references and drug metaphors are what, to me, make him so special, but nevertheless, I can’t really understate my excitement for this LP.
Brockhampton - 'GINGER'
Kevin Abstract and Co have managed to maintain a mystical ora around ‘GINGER’, one that is incredibly annoying for anyone who is a fan of their previous 4 studio albums. With the vague release date set for “sometime in August”, the rap group are yet to officially drop a single, but premiered a song in Spain this month. Abstract told GQ a few months ago that the record would be “feel good [and] not too sad”, implying that the LP could be loaded with bangers, but who are we to presume? With the variety of individuals in Brockhampton, the artistic direction could be completely different to any of their other bodies of work, the Bilbao BBK Live snippet sounds very promising indeed though.
A$AP Ferg - 'Floor Seats'
In all honesty, until the last couple of singles Ferg debuted off this upcoming album, his new material seemed slightly underwhelming compared to the standards set by ‘Still Striving’. The LP’s title track has completely changed our mood towards the forthcoming ‘Floor Seats’ though. Accompanied with some of the most outrageous visuals the world of music videos has ever produced, this inevitable club banger samples The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up’, which conducts a ferocious tone to the tune. The inclusion of Ferguson Jr’s signature braggadocios lyricism: “I’m performing with the glist (HUH) All the glist’ upon this wrist” and provocative adlibs complete a tune ready for festival mosh pits.