Music: Seven albums to watch for this summer

By Daniel Royston | dr545910@ohiou.edu

The end of the school year is looming, and that can only means the summer is getting closer.  Along with summer comes a plethora of new, long-awaited music to be released. Let’s take a look at the significant studio albums set to drop this summer in order of scheduled release.


Curren$y: The Stoned Immaculate (June 5)
— With his eighth studio album and second release through Warner Bros., Curren$y will be leading off the summer releases, as the album hits stores during the first week of June. After seven released albums, The Stone Immaculate  will likely prove to be Curren$y’s next classic as the already confirmed features include Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Big K.R.I.T and 2 Chainz. If you are looking for some relief from studying during finals week, I suggest giving this one a listen to brighten your mood.


Maybach Music Group
: Self Made Vol. 2 (June 26) — Collaborating again for their second album from the MMG label, Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley and Omarion are set to follow up from their previous 2011 summer album, Self Made Vol. 1.  Leading up to their next album release, MMG has been on fire this year with the releases of various mix tapes from fellow label signees such as Rick Ross (“Rich Forever”), Stalley (“Savage Journey to the American Dream”) and Meek Mill (“Dreamchasers 2”). Like most people, I fell in love with Vol. 1, and it has since been no turning back for the MMG label. Vol. 2 will not disappoint.

Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album (TBA, July)—Lupe’s next expected album is set to release sometime in the middle of summer, with an official release date not yet announced. His last studio album release came over a year ago with Lasers, which was released on March 8, 2011. The only music we have heard from Lupe this year was his surprise mix tape release of Friend of the People, which dropped on Thanksgiving Day. His first Food and Liquor was an instant classic, so we can expect the same result with the sequel.


A$AP Rocky: LongLiveA$AP (TBA, July)
—The proven rookie from Harlem, A$AP exhibited his talents with his first mix tape, LiveLoveA$AP, which dropped on Halloween last year. With another scheduled release sometime in July, expect A$AP to be just another household name in the industry as you should expect bigger names to appear on his forthcoming debut album. He went on tour this year with Drake’s nationwide Club Paradise Tour, along with Kendrick Lamar and the three proved to collaborate well together. It only goes up from here for the A$AP mob. To get a taste of what’s to come, check out his first released single, “Goldie.”

2 Chainz: Based on a T.R.U Story (August 14)— Following up from his latest mixtape (T.R.U REALigion), 2 Chainz is set to release his long-awaited debut studio album in the late summer. 2 Chainz has already confirmed to the public that he will be bringing along Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Ludacris, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and Chris Brown to be featured on the album. He has also already teased fans with two singles from the album, “No Lie” and “Supa Fly.” I strongly recommend keeping up with this album as it is rare for first albums to be classics, but with the supporting cast, you can expect it for sure.


Wiz Khalifa: O.N.I.F.C
(August 28) —Though scheduled to release late in the summer, following his performance at Ohio University, Wiz Khalifa’s fans should be definitely looking forward to his second studio album. Last summer, Wiz came out with his first hit studio album, Rolling Papers, and will continue this summer album release tradition. I suggest listening to his most recently released mix tape, Taylor Allderdice, to help make the time go by faster.

Big Sean: FFO” (TBA, Summer)— Despite limited details available to the public, Big Sean has, stated that he plans to release his sophomore album sometime this summer. Standing for “Finally Famous Over Everything,” Big Sean’s album is a follow-up from his first G.O.O.D Music album, Finally Famous, which was released in late June of last summer. Sean’s name has been popping up more frequently in the recent weeks with his contributions to Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2 and the G.O.O.D released single, “Mercy.”

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