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The Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Albums of 2022

From Kendrick Lamar to Megan Thee Stallion, here are the rap albums we’d like to hear in 2022

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There’s a lot of new music for hip-hop fans to be excited about in 2022. After a year of delayed album drops, canceled tours, and radio silence from most major rappers not named Ye or Drake, it looks like we’ll finally get some of the music that the pandemic stole from us. And if the festival and tour announcements for the summer are any indication, things are sure to get interesting. From Kendrick Lamar to Megan Thee Stallion, and maybe even Kanye West, 2022 is shaping up to be a year full of surprises from some of rap’s biggest names.

Of course, the world is a bizarre place these days, and anything could happen. But for the sake of optimism, here are some of our most anticipated rap albums for 2022.

From Rolling Stone US


Kendrick Lamar

Album: TBD
Release Date: TBA

That it’s been five years since Kendrick Lamar released his cross-dimensional missive DAMN doesn’t take away from its personal and political urgency. Kendrick’s clear-eyed and spiritually adventurous record is the reason one must refer to him these days as Pulitzer Prize-winner Kendrick Lamar. Still, in those five years since the release of Damn, Kendrick has been as frustratingly cryptic as you’d expect. He recently announced that his next record will be his last with the storied label TDE where he’s been his entire career. Now, after making “top of the morning” a catchphrase in 2021, on Baby Keem’s “Range Brothers,” not to mention his upcoming Super Bowl Halftime performance, it seems like 2022 might be the year Kendrick graces us briefly with his presence. Chances are it’ll make for a lasting impression.