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Random Acts of Podcast EP223: The WIZRD Study Guide

On this week’s episode of RAOP we go into full detail of Future's new album "The WIZRD", call up our homie Tremaine for his thoughts on the miss call in the Saints vs Rams game, thoughts on the new Dragon Ball Super Broly movie and a ton more other topics. Remember to send in your listener questions, #TheyNeedTheirAssBeat or #RealNiggaOfTheWeek submissions, email us at MAIL@RAOPodcast.com or call 424-260-RAOP to leave a voicemail.

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The Most Anticipated Projects of 2019
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A new year brings a clean slate, and with that comes fresh new music. 2018 brought a doozy of releases; so much it was being debated that there was TOO MUCH new music on the streets. Still, fans are anticipating a bevy of new releases in 2019. Here’s the artists we’re anticipating to drop new projects to end the decade.

Schoolboy Q

It never surprises me that Top Dawg sets the tone each year, and this time around it’s Groovy Q’s turn to drop. Last we heard from him was back in 2016 with his sophomore album Blankface LP. He’s killed some features here and there, and Q was reported to be close to finishing his third major studio album before he pushed it back due to the sudden, unexpected death of his good friend Mac Miller.

Signs on Q’s Instagram point to him being ready to release some new heat, so we’re excited to hear what he has in store for us this time around.

Isaiah Rashad

Isaiah Rashad has been real quiet since the release of his sophomore album The Sun’s Tirade. Last August Top Dawg hinted at a few more albums on the way, leading to speculation a new project from Rashad was on the horizon. While we already know how Kendrick, Jay Rock, & SZA can roll, I’m real interested to see which direction is Zay is headed.

Dreamville - Revenge of the Dreamers 3

Following the Revenge of the Dreamers 3 sessions so far has been one of my favorite moments in the early stages of the year Watching the sessions from the outside-in via social media feels like an exclusive invite-only club with other artists, musicians and media members. Seeing the sessions unfold has been organically amazing to witness.

J. Cole - The Fall Off 

Cole teased The Fall Off during his KOD run. We haven’t heard much about its status lately, but Cole has appeared to be re-inspired, working in the studio more often and exploring different producers. It’s cool to see Cole expand in that way, and I’m anxious to see if it will play a part in creating his next album.

Future presents: The WZRD

2018 felt like a light year musically for Fewtch. He dropped four projects, including the curated soundtrack to Superfly, but his presence wasn’t necessarily felt last year. That all changes this weekend with the release of The WZRD.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana 

One of the more underrated rappers in the game, Freddie Gibbs dropped two projects in 2018: the Curren$y-collaborated Fetti and his project with Kenny Beatz, Freddie. For the last few months he’s been teasing his follow-up to 2014’s Piñata with Madlib - Bandana. Expect more of the same heat from Freddie in the new year.

21 Savage & Young Nudy

Both 21 Savage & Young Nudy were making their rounds in 2018 with their respective solo projects, Nudy’s Slime Ball 3 and I Was  > I Am from 21. Both projects helped solidify both of their positions in the Atlanta rap scene. The two announced a collaborative project at the end of last year and have dropped a single for the project, Since When.

Chance The Rapper

Aside from the features and some loosies given to us, we haven’t received a full blown project from Chicago’s friendly neighborhood rapper since 2016’s Coloring Book. Chance has a few expected projects in the works, including his own solo album and two collaborative albums: one with Childish Gambino and the other with Kanye West. He’s been very tight-lipped about his next project, so stay tuned.

Pusha T

I don’t have many details yet, but i’ve heard through the grapevines that Pusha T would be releasing an album this year. There’s not a lot of information regarding this but at this point, anything is possible with the president of GOOD Music. 

Random Acts of Podcast EP 191: an hour and 41 minutes of toxic masculinity

On this week's episode we get extra Toxic and give our Top 5 male chauvinist pig bars on Future's new Beast Mode 2 EP, break down Plies IG videos, crazy women and a ton more other topics. Remember to send in your listener questions, #TheyNeedTheirAssBeat or #RealNiggaOfTheWeek submissions, email us at MAIL@RAOPodcast.com or call 424-260-RAOP to leave a voicemail.

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Most anticipated albums of 2018

There’s a couple of things that come to mind when I think about New Years; it’s new beginnings, new energy, new people, new opportunities, and most importantly, new music. Every year when it feels there’s no way the music atmosphere can get that better, I’m  hit me with that “Iight BET” text message from the new year.  New music releases in 2018  means new sounds, waves, flows, tunes, artists, etc. When it’s not the usual artists dominating, there’s always some new faces that make big noise for themselves.  Despite push back old heads give us, music is in a great spot. With all of these diverse  categories of hip-hop specifically tailored to different crowds, you would think complaining about the state of music would experience some cutback.  But people are never satisfied. Either way it goes,  I’m excited to hear  what’s in stored for our 2018 Life soundtrack. I’ve come up with the list of rappers whom in which I’m excited for releasing new music this year.

Migos - Culture 2

Coming off an astounding year, Migos are already prepping for their upcoming album Culture 2, which drops on January 26th. This release falls a day before the one year anniversary of Culture. With two single already in rotation (Motor Sport and Stir Fry), I’m interested in what direction the group is taking the sound & vibe this next go round. I don't know if it’s because of the Quality Control compilation release, but the buzz doesn't feel entirely the same as it did last year. However, I have faith in Migos to drop that flame. I'm looking forward to hearing my guy Offset (aka the BEST MIGO out the group) to do work on the album. . 

Rae Sremmurd - Sremmlife 3

SremmLife 3 has been teased on several occasions by Mike Will Made It and the group through social media and interviews. Back in August while with speaking with Tim Westwood , Swae Lee confirmed that SremmLife 3 was just about complete. Prior to that, Slim Jxmmi initially said initially that the third album was going to be a departure from the Sremmlife series, but later, Swae changed the plans up. We haven’t got an actual release date yet, but we were told it’s supposed to drop sometime in January. I’m not sure if it will since release dates always change, but I’m certain Sremmlife 3 will drop for us sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

On a side note, I really wish they would start dropping their albums in the spring time so their records could blow up and get in the summer rotation.

YG- Just Re’d Up 3

When we last heard YG on his Red Friday EP, he said on Public Service Announcement intro "Just Re’d Up 3 coming soon.” YG has been quietly working in the lab, whether with Mustard for the album or assisting with features with other rappers. He’s dropped some loosie singles post-Still Brazy in Fuck it up, YNS & Pop it Shake It. It’s about to be about two years since Still Brazy dropped (which i think is top album of 2016 despite some push back since the album missed Mustards’ presence) and I think it’s about time for a new YG album in order to prep us for the summer.

Nipsey Hussle - Victory Lap

It's about DAMN time our playa’ potna Nipsey Hussle is finally dropping Victory Lap on February 16th. I’ve been a fan of his music since Hussle in the House dropped and he’s grabbed me with his mixtapes series Bullets Aint Got No Name and The Marathon. After Crenshaw dropped in 2013, Nipsey started teasing us with Victory Lap, but it was starting to reach Detox status. But it seems like Victory Lap is finally about to happen. If my boy Cyhi could delay his album process and drop heat like No Dope on Sundays, then I have all the faith in Nipsey.

Travis Scott- Astroworld

Travis Scott is for the people and he proves it every single time with each new project release. Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight is still holding it down as we’re we wait for Astroworld. Huncho Jack with Quavo was cool and all, but we all are waiting for what’s coming with their own projects. Last year, Trav dropped three throwaway records; Green and Purple with Playboi Carti, The Butterfly Effect, and A Man. I’m anxious to hear what new sounds he's got cooking in the works with Mike Dean. He had a great all star cast on his last album and i’m interested in who's making contributions this next go round. Will he outdo Birds and Rodeo? Stay tuned.

Schoolboy Q- TBD

Blank Face was the album of 2016, point blank period. Schoolboy Q came through with the heat and it still sticks today. If you follow Q on Snapchat or his IG stories, then you would know he’s putting the finishing touches on his next album. He’s already warned us that he’s taking the mainstream route with the production. We don’t know much about the new album yet but I can guarantee you that Q’s is about to lace us with some heat the TDE way.

Jay Rock - TBD

Jay Rock has been silently working on his next album for awhile now. TDE has already made their power move by dropping King’s Dead with Kendrick and Future, which not only will serve as a single for The Black Panther but also the first single off his upcoming Album. We don’t have a lot of information regarding the album, but judging off the snippets, I'm looking forward to the album. I can’t wait until the second single comes out.

Future - TBD

We’ve been long overdue for a new solo Future album. Last year, he pulled a double whammy on us dropping FUTURE & HNDRXX, both albums which could possibly be argued as the best albums of 2017.  The only thing missing is a Grammy nomination but only time will tell.

Between the rumors of Beast Mode 2 with him & Zaytoven and finding he will be curating the soundtrack for the Superfly remake, there’s no telling exactly what direction Future is going to go with his music. All we can tell you is that expect some new heat soon. To keep it a buck, I really hope somehow we can add No Wallet into the mix.

Drake - TBD

At the end of “Do Not Disturb,” Drake said,  “Takin summer off, cause they tell me I need recovery/ Maybe gettin’ back to my regular life will humble me/ I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary.”  We really don’t know what Drizzy has in stored for us this year, but based on the snippets that’s dropped on social media, he’s been working. Even though I would much rather prefer him to take the year off and really put his foot into the next album, he’s going to do what he want to do. All I can hope for is more flame to come on the way.

Kanye West - TBD

As an OG Kanye stan,  these days I feel bittersweet about him as a whole from his recent music to how he is as a person.  Even though I’m not as fond of him as I was before, there’s still some love for Uncle Ye deep down. Not only do we want the best for him, but we also want the mild sauce flowing back in his veins.

He was very quiet for the most of 2017 minus a verse on Cyhi’s Dat Side. We’ve heard from numerous members of G.O.O.D. Music that Kanye is back on his “five beats a day for three summers” flow. I’m not believing anything until I actually hear it. But the good thing about Ye’s music is that you’ll never know what to expect from him. So for that, I’m interested to see where he will take it since he’s been so quiet.

Scarcity vs. Surplus
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“Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation”
— Oscar Wilde

The mixtape era was an incredible time. Artists unexpectedly released a brand new compilation of music just about every month, in some cases every other week. In middle school and high school, I remember rushing home every day after school (or after the occasional cypher) to check DatPiff for the latest drop. Whether it was a new, original beat from the in-house producer or a guest verse from a major act in the clique, it was still fresh material that felt familiar.

We as fans were definitely spoiled during this era, and no one ran the circuit to their advantage better than the South. Artists like Lil Wayne released quality mixtapes bookended by studio albums. From 2003 to 2011, he released six studio projects (seven if you wanna count "Rebirth,") and eleven mixtapes. Hate it or love it, but Weezy is one of the most important figures in hip-hop, helping the genre bulrush its way into the mainstream giant it is today.

He used the "more is better" strategy and completely flipped the industry on its head. But an argument in favor of an taking his or her time in creating content. Take Dr. Dre for example. His life trajectory in music is truly something to admire. In the span of 30 years, he went from DJ, to producer/engineer, to emcee, to multi-million dollar business executive.

Dre's his extensive production history and work behind the scenes is well known, but when it comes to his own albums, he does not rush into anything. He dropped The Chronic in December 1992, a classic piece of art that set the foundation for 90s hip-hop. He could have continued his hot streak until the flame burned out, but he didn't. Dre didn't force anything for the sake of a drop. Instead, he took a step back to focus on producing and growing his brand. When the time was right, he hit us with 2001 in 1999. 2 for 2 with solo studio albums.

 A little over a decade passed before a definitive update on his planned third album Detox came out. It was scrapped in 2014, and instead Dre was inspired by the city that raised him and the biopic he was making at the time. Enter Compton. Dre really showed out on his latest record, a high-quality album that wasn't forced, which defines and sums up his legacy: patiently efficient with a deadly accuracy.

Pros and cons can be pointed out in both approaches, but they're not law. The most important thing for an artist to do is to stay in their lane when it comes to either strategy. Adopting a style that you're not comfortable with, in all walks of life, could really hurt your game. You become stale if you're not consistent, and you will get blasted for subpar work that was rushed.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIDAL

Thanks to streaming platforms, it's easier than ever to find new music. Fresh acts pop up on the scene daily, making artist discovery the most flooded that it's ever been.

It can be overwhelming to keep up with new releases. In terms of the "surplus approach," many artists have continued to use this method of success. When Gucci Mane came home from his most recent bid, he didn't skip a beat, releasing six mixtapes and four albums in less than 20 months.

New age rappers have adopted the same mentality:create as much music as possible and share it as frequently as possible. "After making six or 700 hundred songs, we'll pick the album," Future said in an interview.

Even if these are just reference tracks or stems, that's an insane number. Not unbelievable though, especially after the massive 2017 that Future had.

Jay-Z and André 3000, photographed speaking during the  MTV  “Video Music Awards,” held at the  Radio City Music Hall  in New York City on August 31, 2006.

Jay-Z and André 3000, photographed speaking during the MTV “Video Music Awards,” held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 31, 2006.

Then you have artists who  are very reserved when it comes to producing content, even in modern times. The "scarcity approach" has worked for established rappers.

Take JAY-Z and Andre 3000. Both were highly popular in the 90s and 2000s, but have slowed down their gears in the last decade. HOV dropped three albums in an 8 year period, and Three Stacks? Well, he's been completely off the grid besides the occasional sample. They're both well into their 40s and removed from rap full time, but when they decide to make their presence felt, we all pay attention.

Jay Electronica is another rapper that comes to mind. It's crazy his debut single dropped in 2007 and there's still no album attached to it. But being too scarce might be a bad thing, as it could lose you fans and financial opportunities.

In the end, scarcity vs. surplus comes down to listener preference. We shouldn't be demanding artists to push out content for the sake of doing, but we shouldn't really get pissed if they push out "too much" content. If you ain't feeling a particular style, move on and just let 'em cook.