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Subject: What’s Crackin’
Dear Summer -
Hey, how’s it going? It’s been a minute. I know you like to be m.i.a. when winter rolls around, I wish I could do the same. I’m sure you could tell I was a tad bit upset with you last time you were here, but it’s whatever. Lets start anew. A new season brings change, right?Last time we kicked it I really thought Dr. Dre was finally going to release Detox after those two buzzworthy singles “Kush” and “I Need a Doctor.” You know damn well I’ve been waiting on that album since high school, college and grad school. But all is well. You made up for it big time after J.Cole’s Cole World : The Sideline Story and Game’s R.E.D. Album. Oh, by the way, thanks for Big Sean’s Finally Famous: The Album, DJ Khaled’s We The Best Forever and Maybach Music Group’s Self Made Vol. 1. Those were nice surprises I wasn’t expecting. They really helped me get out the house and into the clubs to work on my two-step. I was especially pleased that Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Watch the Throne didn’t disappoint. It came with huge expectations and did not disappoint. I can even say the same for Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV…thank you.
So now that the weather is warming up, looks like we’re going to have a dope lineup of spring releases with Nicki Minaj unleashing her sophomore effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, on April 3, and her YMCMB brother Bow Wow is set to release his Underrated album April 10. Most of Atlanta is bringing their heat in the spring too, with Future setting off his debut, Pluto, on 4/10 and B.O.B.’s Strange Clouds dropping on 5/1 followed by From Day 1 via Travis Porter on 5/29. Things seem to be shaping up pretty nicely on the R&B scene as well with with super-nova Chris Brown set to deliver his Fortune LP May 8.
All that is good news given that the fall and winter brought us a relatively quiet fourth quarter. Besides Drake’s
super-banging LP Take Care
, Rick Ross’s
big health scare
came at the worse possible time and now we have to wait for Lord knows how long for God Forgives, I Don’t
, but I’m glad he’s better.
Honestly I prefer your time of the season over the frigid cold and rainy spring any day, ever since Will Smith’s 1991 classic “Summer Time” (side note: You know I’m listening to Jay-Z’s “Dear Summer” freestyle as I’m writing this).
I heard you’re bringing a lot of long-awaited heat with you this time around.
I can’t front, I’m most excited to hear Waka Flocka’s Flockaveli
followup, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family,
that should be here June 12. The G.O.O.D. Music crew is finally close to finishing up their compilation album according to bombastic producer Mannie Fresh,
who has some featured production on the forthcoming album. It should be safe to look forward to that project this summer also, since a few candid photos of the team working in the studio surfaced
earlier this year.
Young Maybach Music Group gunner Meek Mill
had an incredible year, and told Hot 97
radio personality Angie Martinez
to let his debut go this summer too.
Even though 50 Cent said he’s dropping his often delayed 5th LP, still untitled, on July 2, I don’t believe him too much. I think the good doctor’s rubbing off on him. Thankfully, Bad Boy’s latest recruit French Montana is set to let his debut, Please Excuse My French, go on July 17.
Although it’s a strong possibility that all these release dates may not come to fruition, I have faith that the majority of them will. I know industry politics can trip up and delay things sometimes, but I got a good feeling that this will be another great season on the hip hop forefront — we both know you bring out the best in rappers.
I’m anxiously awaiting your arrival. See you soon!