The rapper’s father was also a well-respected activist.
2017 was a banner year for hip-hop. Fans got projects from their favorite legends (Jay Z, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Big Boi, Gucci Mane) and new legends (Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil B, Vince Staples, Rapsody), as well as got introduced to a slew of upcoming artists that are looking to make an impact in 2018. Yet, even with such an abundance of music to choose from, we’re still waiting on albums by the likes of Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Travis Scott, The Internet, and much more.
In regards to Earl, he has promised new music in 2018, which is good news for people who have been anticipating a follow-up to his 2015 output, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Travis Scott and Quavo gave us an early Christmas present with Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, but Scott’s AstroWorld and a Quavo solo project will likely be the most-talked about albums of the New Year. Finally, after months of singles and killer verses over some popular songs, Nicki Minaj is poised to remind everyone why she’s one of the greatest MCs and a pop force with her new album.
Certainly there’s plenty of more albums we’re anticipating, but here’s a list of albums that we need right now.
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When the mood strikes, Earl Sweatshirt can be a master promoter. Need I remind you of Mocha Desire? But ever since his label made 2015's I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside available for pre-order—effectively spoiling Earl's plans for a surprise release—he's been very careful about what makes it to the public's ears.
That's not to say Earl has been hibernating. There have been plenty of highlight moments in the time since I Don't Like Shit. Earl reunited with Tyler, the Creator at Camp Flog Gnaw last year amidst rumors of a rift, and his verse on Danny Brown's “Really Doe” might be the best on a song stacked with heavyweights. But when it comes to solo material, we've only gotten hints at the direction Earl's heading on this next album.
And there is a next album—Earl confirmed it back in February, and there have been hints and live performances that prove he's been hard at work. So while we wait for the release date to finally come, get familiar with everything we know about Earl Sweatshirt's next album above.
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Wifisfuneral has been grinding for years, growing a dedicated fan base and racking up millions of streams. He released his album When Hell Falls earlier this year and signed to Alamo/Interscope in March, so it's safe to say that the Florida rapper is in a great spot right now.
While he was in New York, Wifisfuneral stopped by to explain where his unique rap name came from, what it means, and why a good name is so important in 2017. “I think I fucking suck at picking names,” he admits, also breaking down his previous rap names that were inspired by artists like Earl Sweatshirt and Gucci Mane.
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It’s always good to see rappers taking responsibility for their actions. Tyler, The Creator is coming out publicly to say that it was he who illegally sped through a residential neighborhood in California in a Ferrari and not Justin Bieber, as was previously reported.
According to TMZ, the Odd Future frontman admitted it was him and not the teen heartthrob, who broke the speed limit. “That Was Me Behind The Wheel Of Justins Vehicle. Don’t Blame Him. People Are Actually Evil Swearing Up And Down That It Was Who It Wasnt.” Tyler tweeted.
That Was Me Behind The Wheel Of Justins Vehicle. Don’t Blame Him. People Are Actually Evil Swearing Up And Down That It Was Who It Wasnt.
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) June 1, 2013
Biebs responded that it was all good and threw in a dig against those who accused him of fathering a child a few years ago. “all good buddy. i deal with this everyday. thanks though. the baby aint mine either,” Bieber shared.
According to TMZ, former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson said that he personally witnessed Justin in the driver’s seat after the luxury vehicle sped through their ritzy hood. The site reports that “at least three other people also saw Justin behind the wheel” and the neighbors are not happy.
Legal issues aside, Tyler has been keeping busy musically this summer. He’s slated to appear on Mac Miller‘s upcoming Watching Movies With the Sound Off on June 18 alongside the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Jay Electronica and Action Bronson.