Discover the most highly anticipated hip hop albums dropping this summer 2024, and get ready to jam to the top 5 biggest releases in the genre.

As the sun heats up, so does the anticipation for a slew of highly-anticipated hip-hop albums set to drop this summer. After a relatively quiet 2023, some of the genre’s biggest names and most promising rising stars are gearing up to release new music. Here’s a look at the top five albums poised to make a significant impact in the hip-hop world this season.

1. Eminem – The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce)

Twenty-five years after he burst onto the scene, Eminem is ready to put his provocative alter ego, Slim Shady, to rest. In a surprise announcement in April, Eminem revealed his upcoming album, The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce), with a teaser styled as a mock murder news report. The album’s lead single, “Houdini,” has already stirred excitement, featuring contributions from rap legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent, as well as comedians Pete Davidson and Shane Gillis. This project promises to be a dramatic farewell to Slim Shady, with Eminem confronting the legacy of the character that has both defined and shadowed his career.

2. ASAP Rocky – Don’t Be Dumb

ASAP Rocky’s fourth studio album, Don’t Be Dumb, is set to drop this summer, and fans couldn’t be more excited. Known for his eclectic style and introspective lyrics, Rocky has been teasing this project for a while. Despite a slow output due to frequent leaks, the rapper has managed to build anticipation with singles like “Same Problems” and “D.M.B.”. The album boasts an impressive lineup of producers, including Metro Boomin, Hit-Boy, and Tyler, the Creator, alongside newcomers like Madlib, The Alchemist, and Hitkidd. Although the guest vocalists remain under wraps, rumors suggest exciting collaborations that could make this album a standout in Rocky’s discography.

3. Moneybagg Yo – Speak Now

After exploring his emotional side on his 2023 mixtape Hard to Love, Moneybagg Yo is set to dive even deeper with his upcoming album, Speak Now, scheduled for release on June 14. The Memphis rapper has promised that this project will be both informative and raw, offering fans a more comprehensive look into his personal experiences and thoughts. Given his previous success and the authenticity he brings to his music, Speak Now is expected to resonate strongly with listeners and further solidify Moneybagg Yo’s place in the hip-hop scene.

4. Lupe Fiasco – Samurai

Lupe Fiasco, known for his intricate lyricism and conceptual albums, is set to release his ninth studio album, Samurai, on June 28. Following the acclaimed Drill Music in Zion from 2022, this new project is expected to be one of Fiasco’s most introspective works yet. With its deep, thought-provoking themes and elite rapping style, Samurai promises to continue the Chicago emcee’s tradition of blending personal insights with broader social commentary, making it a highly anticipated release for fans of conscious rap.

5. Cardi B – [Untitled Second Album]

Six years after her groundbreaking debut Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B is finally ready to drop her long-awaited second album this summer. Despite the lengthy gap, Cardi B’s status in the industry has only grown, thanks to hits like “WAP” and collaborations with major artists. While the album’s title remains a mystery, Cardi has hinted that it’s nearly complete, with just a few final touches needed. Given the success of her previous work and her continued relevance in the hip-hop and pop landscapes, this release is sure to be one of the biggest events of the summer.

Conclusion

This summer promises to be a major one for hip-hop, with a mix of veteran artists and newer talents poised to drop highly anticipated albums. From Eminem’s dramatic farewell to Slim Shady to Cardi B’s long-awaited sophomore effort, the diversity and depth of these upcoming projects highlight the genre’s vibrant and evolving nature. Fans have a lot to look forward to as these albums hit the shelves and streaming platforms, potentially shaping the sound of hip-hop for the year ahead.

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