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2014 New Music Releases

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The majority of this year’s biggest releases already include surprise projects and chronically delayed albums.

With a dramatic trailer, Pharrell gave his fans a two-week notice before dropping ‘G I R L’ — a part-funk, part-soul, part-pop ode to the fairer sex. And Kid Cudi only gave a few hours notice before he treated his supporters to a new opus. Although he previously announced ‘SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon’ late last year, the actual release date wasn’t revealed until hours before it debuted. Cudi’s fourth album hit iTunes on Feb. 25 at midnight.

March was the biggest month for hip-hop and R&B releases so far. Rick Ross kicked off the month with his oft-delayed ‘Mastermind.’ Then gangsta rap reigned supreme for a week when YG‘s ‘My Krazy Life’ and Freddie Gibbs and Madlib‘s ‘Pinata’ dropped the same day to much acclaim. Ashanti‘s ‘Braveheart’ and Young Money’s ‘Rise of an Empire’ arrived as well.

The Step Brothers’ (comprised of the Alchemist and Evidence) ‘Lord Steppington’ and ScHoolboy Q‘s ‘Oxymoron’ also satisfied hip-hop heads by dropping in January and February, respectively. ScHoolboy Q had his first No. 1 album with his effort.

There’s still nine more months of new music releases to go. Kanye West will dominate the conversation soon enough if his album hits in summer 2014. Future‘s ‘Honest, Iggy Azalea‘s ‘The New Classic’ and 50 Cent‘s ‘Animal Ambition’ are on their way as well. Also, a Jay Electronica LP just might drop this year judging from his recent track with Jay Z, ‘We Made It.’

Here are the albums dropping throughout the year.

2014 New Music Releases

Jan. 1
Del the Funky Homosapien, ‘Iller Than Most’

Jan. 2
French Montana, ‘Coke Boys 4′

Jan. 7
Kid Ink, ‘My Own Lane’

Jan. 21
Step Brothers, ‘Lord Steppington’

Jan. 28
J. Holiday, ‘Guilty Conscience’
Algebra Blessett, ‘Recovery’

Feb. 4
Toni Braxton & Babyface, ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’

Feb. 18
The Doppelgangaz, ‘Peach Kehd’

Feb. 25
ScHoolboy Q, ‘Oxymoron’
Kid Cudi, ‘SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon’

Feb. 27
Vince Staples, ‘Shyne Coldchain II’

March 3
Rick Ross, ‘Mastermind’
Pharrell Williams, ‘G I R L’

March 4
Ashanti, ‘BraveHeart’
Black Milk, ‘Glitches in the Break’

March 11
Young Money, ‘Rise of an Empire’
Aloe Blacc, ‘Lift Your Spirit’
Ledisi, ‘The Truth’

March 18
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, ’Piñata’
YG, ‘My Krazy Life’

March 25
Sage the Gemini, ’Remember Me’

April 1
Mobb Deep, ‘The Infamous Mobb Deep’
Smoke DZA, ‘Dream.ZONE.Achieve’

April 8
Chuck Inglish, ‘Convertibles’
SZA, ‘Z’

April 15
Pharoahe Monch, ‘P.T.S.D.’
Nas, ‘Illmatic XX’
August Alsina, ‘Testimony’

April 22
Kelis, ‘Food’
Future, ‘Honest’
Asher Roth, ‘RetroHash’
Iggy Azalea, ‘The New Classic’
Jesse Boykins III ‘Love Apparatus’

April 29
Styles P, ‘Phantom and the Ghost’

May 5
Chris Brown, ‘X’

May 6
Tech N9ne, ‘Collabos: Strangeulation’
Atmosphere, ‘Southsiders’

May 13
Ice Cube, ‘Everythang’s Corrupt’
IamSu!, ‘Sincerely Yours’

May 20
Blu, ‘Good to Be Home’

June 3
50 Cent, ‘Animal Ambition’
Sage Francis, ‘Copper Gone’
Madlib, ‘Pinata Beats’

June 10
Murs & Mayday, ‘Mursday’
Canibus, ‘Fait Accompli’
Open Mike Eagle, ‘Dark Comedy’

June 17
Big Freedia, ‘Just Be Free’
Gucci Mane & Migos, ‘The Green Album’
Sam Smith, ‘In the Lonely Hour’

June 24
G-Eazy, ‘These Things Happen’
Buckshot & P-Money, ‘BackPack Travels’ 
Ab-Soul, ‘These Days…’

June 30
Trey Songz, ‘Trigga’

July 1
Robin Thicke, ‘Paula’
Trey Songz, ‘Trigga’

July 15
Lil Boosie, ‘Touchdown 2 Cause Hell’
E-40, ’Sharp On All 4 Corners Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4′

July 22
Common, ‘Nobody’s Smiling’
Krayzie Bone, ‘Chasing the Devil’
Cormega, ‘Mega Philosophy’

Aug. 12
Dilated Peoples, ‘Directors of Photography’
DJ Mustard, ’10 Summers Worldwide’
The Underachievers, ’Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium’
Twista, ‘The Dark Horse’
Wara From The NBHD, ‘The Neighborhood’
FKA Twigs, ‘LP1′

Aug. 19
Wiz Khalifa, ‘Blacc Hollywood’
Statik Selektah, ‘What Goes Around…’

Aug. 25
A$AP Mob, ‘L.O.R.D.’
Jhene Aiko, ‘Souled Out’
Souls Of Mischief & Adrian Younge, ‘There Is Only Now’

Sept. 2
Jeezy, ‘Seen It All’
P Reign, ‘Dear America’

Sept. 9
Jhene Aiko, ‘Souled Out’
Lecrae, ‘Anomaly’
Michelle Williams, ‘Journey to Freedom’
Meek Mill, ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’
Rittz, ‘Next to Nothing’

Sept. 12
DJ Mustard, ’10 Summers’

Sept. 16
Chris Brown, ‘X’
50 Cent, ‘Street King Immortal’
Raekwon, ‘Fly International Luxurious Art’
Game, ‘Year of the Wolf’
Joell Ortiz, ‘House Slippers’

Sept. 23
Jennifer Hudson, ‘JHUD’
Bishop Nehru, ‘NehruvianDOOM’
Luke James, ‘Luke James’

Sept. 30
Joey Bada$$, ‘B4.Da.$$’
Boyz II Men, ‘Collide’
Ne-Yo, ‘Non-Fiction’
Fashawn, ‘The Ecology’

TBA
Kanye West, TBA
Mariah Carey, TBA
Kat Dahlia, ‘My Garden’

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