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Source: Time Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar’s last album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, sold well over a million records, was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and is widely considered to be a universally acclaimed rap classic. It’s hard to imagine how the young emcee will top that. Little is known about his next album, but the snippet featured in a recent Beats By Dre ad sounded incredible. Between Lamar’s next album and ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, it’s shaping up to a be a big year for their Top Dawg Entertainment label.

Pharrell, TBD

After having the Best 2013 Ever with contributions to two of the year’s biggest chart toppers — Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” — and earning himself seven Grammy nominations along the way, including Producer of the Year, Pharrell announced that he was signing with Columbia and releasing a solo album. While there’s no doubt that Pharrell is a creative genius with an undeniably brilliant career, he has yet to put out an essential album that he can call entirely his own. It will be interesting to see what he releases, but based on “Happy,” which will reportedly be included on the LP, Pharrell will be continuing his winning streak well into 2014.

Nicki Minaj, TBD

Hip-hop’s reigning queen, Nicki Minaj, is set to release her third album sometime next year. Although we don’t know many details on the upcoming project, Minaj did hint that the record will be a departure from her previous material and reportedly took inspiration from her busy life. The rapper’s 2012 album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and featured singles “Starships” and “Beez In The Trap” and left fans eager for more from the fast-flowing emcee. The singer surprised fans with a taste of her new material when she dropped a remix of PTAF’s “Boss Ass B*tch” right before the new year, and if it’s any indication of her new album, it sounds like Minaj is ready to get back to her hip hop roots.

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