The first half of 2016 has seen blockbuster album releases in the music industry from heavy-weights returning to chart greatness. The first quarter gave us Rihanna’s ANTI project, which spawned one of the biggest tracks of the year thus far ‘Work‘, while the second quarter gave us Drake’s juggernaut album VIEWS which sold over one million copies in a week. Powerhouse vocalist Beyonce stunned in April too with her feature-length movie debut of her second visual LP Lemonade, which came with a herd of rumours about miss “Becky with the good hair.” We also saw Skepta impress with his Konnichiwa LP, which solidified Grime’s growth across North America. However, the year isn’t over just yet and there are many more acts still to release. Now that the dust has settled and anticipation for more music begins to grow, L Ø S T C U L T U R Ehas got you covered with the 5 biggest and most anticipated drops of the Summer/Fall.
Tory Lanez – I Told You
Anyone that’s been following Hip-hop for the last few years knows that Canada is on the come up, specifically the Toronto scene. Headed by artists such as Bryson Tiller, a whole new perspective and eye is on the 6, waiting for who’ll be next to dominate from the region. Tory Lanez has been a highly popular Soundcloud act for years now releasing his most known tracks such as ‘Teyana‘, ‘Karreuche” and ‘Say It‘ through the platform. Tory is not letting up either as both his Tanto Metro and Devontesampled‘Luv‘ and remixed ‘Controlla‘ are very popular right now. This growth and anticipation is in the build up to Tory’s debut album I Told You hotly slated for an August release. Part of Tory’s skillset is that he’s more diverse than Bryson. He can produce, do multiple genres and is more consistent in crafting hits, it’ll be interesting to see if he can maintain a presence and interest once his debut arrives.
Frank Ocean – Boys Don’t Cry
If there is anyone who has left their fans in the dark for a worrying amount of time it’s R&B crooner Frank Ocean. It’s been over four years since Frank’s Grammy nominated LP channel ORANGE, which included his breakout hit ‘Thinking ‘Bout You‘. The California based act has been prepping his follow up for over two years and teased a July release last April via Tumblr. A year later, and again Frank assured a July release on his website through a picture of a stamp featuring the alleged 2015 date also. It’s impressive what Frank was able to do on his last effort with the fusion of genres such as Funk, Soul and Gospel, and also to see his efforts with Beyonce [‘Superpower‘]. Boys Don’t Cry is shaping up to be a step up from all of this considering the time taken to work on it and also the star-studded production line up featuring the likes of Hitboy and Dangermouse.
Jojo – Mad Love
Jojo has been in the music industry for more than a decade and as a child showed huge promise. However, her then label Blackground Records kept her trapped as an artist and unable to release music. Fast-forward to 2013 and Jojo finally seeked legal action and after a year of back and forth with both parties, not only did she get granted her release but Atlantic Records put pen to paper with the singer and signed her to their roster. Since her signing she’s released two EP’s #LoveJojo and it’s sequel and is due to drop her highly anticipated third album Mad Love this fall. Despite Jojo’s legalities in the past she has one of the best voices in the industry and it’s growth hasn’t been documented because of her time out of the public eye. She’s a diamond in the rough with a real sense of artistry, hopefully this era the world will get to witness how much star potential Jojo has always had within.
Mick Jenkins– TBC
Mick Jenkins is one of Chicago’s new-school’s elite acts. After years of building his presence within the region and amplifying his brand over the States, Mick decided to take this international last year travelling to Europe as well as various venues across North America, which sold extremely well. On the music side of things Mick Jenkins has been highly praised for his second EP The Water[s] which was his lyrical coming out party in the rap arena. Breakouts of the record were the title track and in particular ‘Martyrs‘, which caught the ear of powerhouse producer Timbaland, who personally extended a co-sign to the rapper. Mick experimented last summer on his third EP Wave[s] in terms of edgier production. The project was still deemed a massive success. With Mick’s solid progression both in the musical sense and in building an atmosphere and impact globally, fans across the country expected him to feature on XXL’s 2015 Freshman list. After being snubbed for not only the 2015 cover but also this years edition, it’ll be an intriguing watch to see if Mick’s album due imminently will have a reach big enough to oust some of the XXL Freshman of the year.
Tinashe – Joyride
Tinashe blasted back into the mainstream arena in 2014 with her urban smash ‘2 On‘ which set the foundation for a huge career. However, the housing album Aquarius entered the Billboard Hot 100 Charts at #89 and peaked at #24 later in the year. Tinashe has still managed to achieve huge feats despite this setback. She’s been part of a Janet JacksonBET Awards tribute with the likes of Ciara and Jason Derulo, had a successful World Tour, which she’s wrapping up right now and gained consistent critical praise on not only Aquarius, but the vast majority of her mixtape collection, including Black Water and Amethyst. Tinashe’s skill comes in her majestic nature, she gives off hints of Janet Jackson, Aaliyah and Ciara in her movement and vocal capabilities, she clearly has potential to be a premiere act in the industry, her shortcomings come in her promotion and campaigns around her projects. Hopefully Joyride, her sophomore effort, can re-claim what ‘2 On‘ began two years ago.
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