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Apr
12

I ♥ Tuesdays Vol. 9

For better or worse, 2011 will be remembered as the year of: The ThroneswagCloud RapOFWGKTAhipster R&BTaylor Gang, the emasculation of Drizzy, the rise of (M-M-M-M-M)Maybach Music Group and unfortunately, continued YMCMB dominance.

Who will rule 2012?  Here are 5 predictions of things to come:

The Return of Earl Sweatshirt

Though 2011 was undoubtedly the year that Odd Future crossed over thanks to the successes of Tyler and Frank Ocean, it all happened with the Wolf Gang’s most talented lyricist in exile at a Samoan boarding academy.  With his 18th birthday coming in February, speculation persists that Thebe will return to SoCal and begin crafting his follow-up to his disturbingly dope debut project Earl. Here’s hoping the Early Man hasn’t lost any of hischarm charisma.

ASAP/Raider Klan Come Up

De facto ASAP Mob leader Rocky has already made significant noise with his Halloween release LiveLoveASAP, and looks to continue his run in the new year (see “Pretty Flacko” above.)  And now, with a collaborative posse record slated for spring 2012, the rest of the crew (Ant, Twelvy, Ferg, Nast, Ty Beats) look to soak up some of the shine as well.  Don’t sleep on SpaceGhost Purrp and his Raider Klan, either, as young’n looks to ride the wave and take his lo-fi leaned out shit to the forefront of the rap game. 

Kendrick Blows Up

Section.80 was widely acclaimed as one of the best albums of 2011 (and it was), but the name Kendrick Lamar still only managed to buzz among those with their ears close to the street Interwebs. Now, with countless show-stealing features and a tour with Drake under his belt, K. Dot shows no signs of slowing down and looks poised to bring the noise in ’12.  

Kanye Drops Another Classic

Watch the Throne was certainly a successful project, but I couldn’t help but feel like Yeezy was handcuffed creatively by Hov’s traditionalism.  Not that there weren’t risks on the project (to mixed results), but in comparison with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy it seemed Mr. West was limited in terms of experimentation.  Now, with the rap world back in his corner, the sky seems to be the limit, and although there have been no announcements made, I expect to hear ‘Ye’s sixth studio album sometime late in the year. 

Slaughterhouse Crossover

Real heads have always respected the emcee skills possessed by Royce da 5’9″.  Of course, it took a joint EP with Eminem and a number one single with gotdamn Bruno Mars for the rest of the world to take notice.  In 2012, it seems as though Marshall will use his massive influence to shine some light on recent Shady Records signees Buddens, Joell, and Crook – Slaughterhouse, collectively – in time for the release of their second studio album in April.

Detox

 Just playing.

Happy New Year, ya’ll. I wish you nothing but big tings in 2012.  Back for another year, it’s The Blast.

–Noakes

Originally published January 3, 2012 at theblast-blog.com

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