So far, 2019 has been a quiet year for rap. Future headlined January with The WZRD and Boogie ascended to the next level with Everything’s for Sale. But since the tail-end of December 2018, most of the rap game has been quiet.

That will change tonight with three major album releases and a couple other projects. You might get different opinions on which release is most important, but I would put Harverd Dropout by Lil Pump at the top of the totem, if for no other reason than it’s high anticipation due to delays. The album was originally slated for release on rapper Gazzy Garcia/Lil Pump’s 18th birthday, August 17, 2018. The album was delayed to September, rumored for October or later release, and now finally releases in February.

Harverd Dropout will draw from six released tracks on it’s sixteen track total. “Esskeetit,” “Drug Addicts,” “Multimillionaire,” “Butterfly Doors,” and “Racks on Racks” will all appear on the album, alongside “I Love It,” the smash hit with Kanye West. The confirmed tracklist also features Lil Uzi Vert (on “Multimillionaire”), Smokepurpp, Offset, Quavo, Lil Wayne, YG, and 2 Chainz.

After I get my share of catchy hooks and simple lyrics from Lil Pump, I’ll shift my attention to Offset’s first solo album: Father of 4. The last Migo to release a solo project, Offset’s release was also delayed from a planned December 2018 drop. The first single, “Red Room,” showed Offset will be bringing his signature lyricism and song-writing abilities while sharing my personal stories than Quavo and Takeoff. The recently announced album title seems to bring this personal theme to the forefront.

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Gunna enjoyed a great 2018, breaking out with solid features, a joint album with Lil Baby, and perhaps most importantly his appearance on Travis Scott’s “YOSEMITE.” Drip Harder enjoyed commercial success, and Gunna will look to ride his fame into the new year. Drip or Down 2 will release February 22nd, and promises features from Lil Baby, Young Thug, and Playboi Carti.

Gunna created buzz when he released the album artwork for Drip or Drown 2 and let’s just say opinions were mixed at best, and at worst, he was the laughing stock of the day for some timelines. I still like to believe any publicity is good publicity and he definitely had people talking.

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Drip or Drown 2 – Gunna

Besides these three anticipated albums, English rapper Giggs (prominently featured on Drake’s “KMT” from More Life) will be releasing his 5th studio album, Big Bad. Smif-N-Wessun, an on-and-off hip-hop duo of over 20 years, will be releasing The All.

What will you be listening to? Could we get some new singles as well? Stay tuned, and follow B-Sak Rap Blog on Twitter for more!

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