Right now might be the best period of new music in recent memory, with lots of top artists releasing fresh content for the end of the year. Here are the albums I’m most looking forward to in the next few months, and why you should share my excitement.

Lupe Fiasco-Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

September 25

One of the most polarizing figures in the music industry, Lupe Fiasco is releasing the sequel to his debut album, Food & Liquor, in two segments, the first to come this Tuesday. With the singles, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”, “Bitch Bad”, “Lamborghini Angels” and “Battle Scars” already released, Lupe appears to be returning to his social commentary style of rapping. His recent beef with Chicago rapper Chief Keef has only drawn more attention to the project.

 

Mumford & Sons-Babel

September 25

The only album on the list not in the Hip Hop/Rap genre, Babel is the sophomore effort by the British group Mumford & Sons. I became a huge fan after listening to their first CD, Sigh No More and have been anticipating their follow up ever since. The songwriting by the boys from London is absolutely remarkable and their music appeals to fans of all musical styles.

 

Kendrick Lamar-good kid, m.A.A.d city

October 22

Kendrick Lamar, a.k.a. K-Dot and member of the Black Hippies, is finally set to release his major label debut. Section.80, which he released independently, garnered the 25 year old from Compton the respect of most of the industry, and to be fair, it’s tight. There may be no one in the industry that can match the lyricism of Kendrick. Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre, and Mary J. Blige are among the artists set to appear on the album.

 

Meek Mill-Dreams & Nightmares

October 30

Considering he’s appeared on MMG’s two group projects, it’s hard to believe that it’s taken Meek this long to drop his first solo album. Keeping with the theme of his Dreamchasers mixtapes, Dreams & Nightmares should put the Philly emcee on the mainstream map for good. Lead singles “Amen” and “Burn” are already doing well, not hard to imagine considering they feature Drake and Big Sean, respectively.

 

A$AP Rocky-LongLiveA$AP

October 31

In just one year, A$AP Rocky has gone from unknown to superstar, performing live on Jimmy Fallon and producing a ton of hype for his first album. Gaining attention from his LiveLoveA$AP mixtape and the hit Purple Swag, Rocky signed a deal with Sony and RCA records. The first single off his rookie album is Goldie, produced by Hit-Boy, and features his signature altered deep voice on the hook.

 

Albums without a release date: Big Sean’s sophomore album (title unknown), Wiz Khalifa’s o.n.i.f.c. and Kid Cudi’s Indicud will likely be must-buys. Big Sean is rapidly improving his already successful sound and the recently released Detroit mixtape was very, very good. Khalifa is also getting ready to drop his second studio album and continue to  expand his brand. Kid Cudi is attempting his own version of The Chronic 2001 with Indicud, which is set to be a double-disc release.

 

 

That’s my list. Which one of these excites you the most or what albums are you anticipating?