This year was crazy, and somehow it’s not even over yet.
2016 has already had an unprecedented year for major album releases. There wasKanye West‘s perpetually-updating The Life of Pablo, Beyoncé’s stunningLEMONADE visual album, and Frank Ocean‘s double release of ENDLESS andBlonde, just to name a few.
We’ve arrived at Q4 and started our album of the year debates, but 2016 remains far from over. The Weeknd is set to deliver his Starboy album at the end of the month, Kid Cudi‘s delayed Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’ album still awaits a new release date, and Drake has a “playlist project” on the way. It’s unlikely that every single one of these will actually be released before 2017, or at all, but other things we don’t even know about might pop up too. Happy listening! Below, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming and rumored releases to look forward to as the year comes to a close.
1. The Weeknd, Starboy
2. Drake, More Life
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To celebrate his 30th birthday, Drake guested on OVO Sound Radio, delivering four new tracks and announcing More Life, dropping in December. The Canadian rapper said that More Life would be a “playlist project,” as opposed to an album or mixtape, meaning it could feature appearances from artists on the OVO label and affiliates like Popcaan and Skepta.
3. A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service
A Tribe Called Quest, and the hip-hop-loving world, suffered a major loss when Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor passed away in March. A week ago, Q-Tip announcedvia a handwritten note that ATCQ would be releasing their final album as a group on November 11. We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service will be the group’s first album in 18 years and will feature all four members of the group as well as André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, And Elton John.
4. Gucci Mane, The Return of East Atlanta Santa
Since his release from prison in May, Gucci Mane has been just as prolific as ever, dropping Everybody Looking and Woptober in quick succession. Guwop used the release of his latest project as opportunity to announce a new installment in hisEast Atlanta Santa mixtape series. Gucci Mane will be releasing The Return of East Atlanta Santa on December 16, just in time for the holiday season.
5. YG, Red Friday
After dropping Still Brazy in June, YG took to Twitter in November to announce the Red Friday mixtape, due out November 25. The Compton rapper cut his teeth with popular mixtapes alongside DJ Mustard, such as 4Hunnid Degreez and theJust Re’d Up series. Red Friday will be his first solo mixtape in nearly three years.
6. Kid Cudi, Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’
Kid Cudi‘s Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’ album was originally slated for a late-September release. The scheduled date came and went, and, in October, Cudi took to Facebook to announce that he would be checking himself into rehab. “The album is still on the way. Promise. I wanted to square away all the business before I got here so I could focus on my recovery,” he wrote.
7. Gorillaz, TBA
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Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have been hinting at a new Gorillaz album for much of 2016. In July, Albarn said that the album would be done “fairly soon.”The group has recently been releasing multimedia stories on their Instagram that examine the backstory of each animated character from the band. “Band members” have even conducted interviews; Russel from Gorillaz recently told Puss Pussabout the upcoming project: “You can expect whatever you like. What is coming will come, whether you expect it or not.”
8. Young M.A, Sleepwalkin’ Vol. 2
Young M.A. owned the summer with “OOOUUU” and the Brookyn rapper is out to prove that she’s much more than just a one-hit wonder. During an interview withRolling Stone in September, Young M.A said that her hit single would be featured on an upcoming mixtape: “Last year I dropped Sleepwalkin’ on November 4, 2015. I think I’m going to do the same this year, and drop it on the same date, and call itSleepwalkin’ Volume 2, and put “Ooouuu” as well as “Summer Story” on it.
9. Migos, Culture
Migos have been consistently releasing quality singles for much of the year, but their Culture album is still forthcoming. In September, the trio promised that the album would arrive by the end of the month. With that date behind them, the Atlanta rap group took to social media a few weeks ago to share a handwritten tracklist for the album.
10. Arca, Reverie
In July, Venezuelan producer Arca released Entrañas, a free project, and a video for “Sin Rumbo.” The releases came with a promise that “the album will come out this year.” The album he was referring to is Reverie, the follow-up to 2015’sMutant. Arca shared a teaser video for the project in February on his Instagram.
11. Tinashe, Joyride and NIGHTR1DE
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In April, Tinashe cancelled the remainder of her world tour in order to work on her sophomore album Joyride. “I will be wrapping up the finishing touches on Joyride by the end of May, and will be back on the road shortly thereafter to see all of you,” she wrote on Facebook. The album still doesn’t have an official release date, but Tinashe’s NIGHTR1DE mixtape will be available at midnight tonight.
12. SZA, A
A photo posted by SZA (@justsza) on Oct 28, 2016 at 6:13pm PDT
Back in February, Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith announced a prospective list of projects that the label expected to drop in 2016, including SZA‘s debut album A. In a since deleted tweet, SZA aired her frustrations out, writing, “I actually quit . @iamstillpunch can release my album if he ever feels like it. Y’all be blessed.” The caption for a recent Instagram post was more optimistic: “Finishing things.”
13. Kanye West, Turbo Grafx 16
Shortly after the release of The Life of Pablo, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce that his next album would be called Turbo Grafx 16, named after a gaming console released in late ’80s. The album hasn’t been mentioned since then, and Kanye’s mind seems to have moved on to other endeavors, like hiscollaborative album with Drake.
14. Young Thug, HY!£UN35
HY!£UN35, which is supposed to be Young Thug‘s debut studio album, wasannounced over a year ago. Never one for the traditional, Thugger went on the HY!£UN35 tour but still hasn’t dropped the album. However, in a recent interview with V Magazine, Young Thug promised a new album by the end of the year and said that it would be “ten times harder than Jeffery.”
15. Nicki Minaj, TBA
A photo posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on Oct 16, 2016 at 4:15am PDT
Nicki Minaj recently trolled fans by announcing a surprise album called Pick My Fruit Out. After admitting to the practical joke, Minaj called in to The Breakfast Club to explain herself. In response to a question about the potential for Beam Me Up Scotty 2, she replied, “”I’m not closed off to it, but I definitely won’t tell anyone if I’m doing that. If I was working on a mixtape, I wouldn’t tell anyone that. I would just surprise my fans with it.” On Thursday, she captioned an Instagram, “One more month.”