Wale is making this a Christmas to remember. The Maybach Music MC has revealed the tracklisting for his new mixtape Folarin, which drops at 2 p.m. EST on Christmas Eve. The 21 tracks feature appearances from Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Scarface, Jhené Aiko, Trinidad James, Chrisette Michele, and more, with production by Diplo, Beat Billionaire, Rico Beats, and KeY Wane.
“I’m so happy with the finished product,” tweeted Wale. “I appreciate all the love the fans have showed me. You guys deserve this free music!”
JoJo will turn 22 and celebrate the release of her mixtape Agápē on December 20. The singer has revealed the tracklisting for the follow-up to her 2010 tape Can’t Take That Away From Me. The 13 tracks, described as a “labor of love,” include the singles “We Get By” and the André 3000-inspired “André.”
“This mixtape is meant to be experienced when you have 27-28 minutes to go on a little journey with me and listen to some stories,” said JoJo. “There are interludes, outerludes, random shit, my dad playing harmonica, and a conversation between my whole family at Thanksgiving.”
Just days after unveiling the release date and cover art, A$AP Rocky has tweeted the tracklisting for his long-awaited debut Long.Live.A$AP.
The 16 tracks from the Harlem rapper feature an eclectic mix of collaborators including Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch, Santigold, Pharrell, ScHoolboy Q, Big K.R.I.T., Skrillex, Yelawolf, Gucci Mane, and more, plus the first single “F**kin’ Problems” with Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar.
Long.Live.A$AP drops January 15. See who made the lineup.
Big Boi is calling on some famous friends for his genre-bending sophomore album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Due December 11, the star-studded set includes 14 tracks with appearances from T.I., Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, A$AP Rocky, UGK, Big K.R.I.T., Kid Cudi, and many more. The deluxe edition will contain three bonus cuts.
“Action Packed from top to bottom. All Killer NO Filler!” said the OutKast rapper of the follow-up to his 2010 debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.
See the tracklisting below and check out the cool, yet creepy animated artwork above.
There is no shortage of star power on T.I.’s eighth album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. The Atlanta rapper has revealed the illustrated cover art and star-studded tracklisting as part of his “Trouble Man Tuesdays” series.
The 16 tracks include appearances from Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, André 3000, Pink, CeeLo Green, Meek Mill, and more, plus production by Pharrell, No I.D., DJ Toomp, T-Minus, and Rico Love.
“I think it’s a lot more urban than Paper Trail, and less apologetic than No Mercy,” said Tip of the follow-up to his 2010 album. “I think it’s more diversified than T.I. vs. T.I.P. though. It’s got a lotta heart, it’s got a lotta edge. It’s a creative album. It’s probably harder than most of the shit that’s coming out right now.”
Trouble Man arrives just in time for the holidays on December 18. See the tracklisting below.
LL Cool J pledges his allegiance to hip-hop on the cover of his 14th studio album Authentic Hip-Hop, due February 12, 2013. In the photo, the brawny rapper/actor sits in front of a black-and-white flag with his name on it. He has dedicated the project to his loyal fans, who have grown with him throughout the years.
“I’m not trying to compete with 17-year-olds on the radio, but I am talking directly to the folks who came up with me,” LL tells ESSENCE. “We may not be teenagers anymore, but we do still like to have fun.”
The album, his first since 2008’s Exit 13, has already spawned the singles “Ratchet” and “Take It” featuring Joe.
UPDATE: Check out the official tracklisting, which includes an appearance from Monica.
Dawn Richard is giving a gift to her fans this holiday season. Before her full-length debut GoldenHeart arrives at the top of the year, the R&B songstress will release her Christmas EP Whiteout on December 1. The project includes her 2011 single “December Sky” and four new tracks.
“This is strictly for the Die Hearts out there,” said Dawn, referring to her loyal fan base. “The focus is on the album, but we wanted to do something special for the movement that has been following us for a while.”
Dawn revealed the tracklisting by drawing it in lipstick on the mirror of a bathroom. See what goodies she has in store this Christmas.
Game brings together hip-hop’s finest on his fifth album Jesus Piece. Due December 11, the star-studded set includes 12 tracks, with appearances from Kanye West, Common, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie Foxx, Meek Mill, and more.
The project has stirred controversy for its religious theme and deluxe artwork, but Game is not worried. “At the end of the day, everybody’s going to appreciate the concept, appreciate the music, and I think I’ll have the best album to come out this year,” he told Rap-Up TV.