most anticipated hip hop albums of 2012

Last year was no doubt a great year for hip hop. And, if all of the following albums were to be released this year–which they most certainly won’t be–2012 would be a an even better one.

Fingers crossed. In vain.

Disclaimer: The following album titles and release dates are, in some cases, only speculation–albeit by more important people than me–and, therefore, are given with varying degrees of tentativeness (re: Detox).

JANUARY 24 Lazerbeak & Plain Ole Bill Lava Bangers

JANUARY 24 Saigon & Just Blaze Warning Shots 3: One Foot in the Grave

JANUARY 30 FEBRUARY 28 Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius WZRD

JANUARY 31 AraabMuzik Instrumental University

FEBRUARY T.I. Trouble Man

FEBRUARY 13 Brother Ali The Bite Marked Heart EP

FEBRUARY 14 BJ The Chicago Kid PINEaPPLENOW-LaTERS

FEBRUARY 14 APRIL 3 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

FEBRUARY 19 Blu & Madlib ucla

FEBRUARY 20 MARCH 5 Big K.R.I.T. 4Eva and a Day

FEBRUARY 28 Chiddy Bang BreakfastFEBRUARY 21 via iTunes

FEBRUARY 28 Ja Rule Pain is Love 2

MARCH Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate

MARCH 5 Brother Ali & Jake One Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color

MARCH 13 B.o.B. Strange Clouds

MARCH 27 Apollo Brown and O.C. Trophies

MARCH 27 Bumpy Knuckles & DJ Premier Kolexion

SPRING Black Star Aretha [Franklin] mixtape

SPRING Frank Ocean Untitled

SPRING G.O.O.D. Music compilation Untitled

SPRING/EARLY SUMMER Fabolous Loso’s Way 2

APRIL Slaughterhouse Untitled

APRIL 1 Big Boi Daddy Fat Sax…Soul Funk Crusader

APRIL 20 Curren$y & The Alchemist Re-Conversionalize

MAY Tyler, the Creator Wolf

JUNE Big K.R.I.T. Live from the Underground

SUMMER Big Sean Untitled

SUMMER J. Cole Untitled

TBA A$AP Rocky and AraabMuzik A$VPMUZIK

TBA Black Star Untitled

TBA Diamond District March on Washington

TBA Dr. Dre Detox

TBA Elzhi The Feed

TBA Fashawn & Exile The Ecology

TBA Jay Electronica Act II: Patients of Nobility

TBA Jay-Z Untitled

TBA Jay-Z & Kanye West Untitled

TBA Kanye West Untitled

TBA Kendrick Lamar Good Kid in a Mad City

TBA Kenn Starr Two Track Mind

TBA Lupe Fiasco Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album

TBA Machine Gun Kelly Lace Up

TBA Nas Life is Good

TBA Nas & Common Nas.Com

TBA Outkast Untitled

TBA Pusha T Untitled

TBA Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious

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