The year 2022 continues to be one of the years that will go down in hip-hop history after a summer that brought back Kendrick Lamar from his four-year hiatus, Drake dropping a dance album, Lil Baby dropping It’s Only Me this month, and the likes of Pusha T and NBA Young Boy, we’ve seen music projects go head to head that we sometimes find it difficult even choose our favorites.
While it might seem like we’ve seen quite a good number when it comes to album releases this year, there are still some upcoming projects we can’t help but anticipate. As we enjoy some of our favorite albums, let’s look at some upcoming hip-hop albums that are set to drop this year.
Drake & 21 Savage – Her Loss
After putting out magic on Drake’s Jimmy Cooks off his Honestly, Nevermind album, Drake and 21 Savage are set to drop a new joint album titled Her Loss. The duo made the announcement in the newly released video for Jimmy Cooks by putting out an inscription at exactly 1:25 minutes into the video that stated the release date. The write-up read “HER LOSS ALBUM BY DRAKE AND 21 SAVAGE OCTOBER 28, 2022.”
Drake and 21 Savage have worked together on many occasions, including on the Certified Lover Boy track “Knife Talk,” and Drake’s verse on “Mr. Right Now,” from 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s Savage Mode II. The upcoming project would mark their first album together.
Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre – Missionary
Snoop kicked off this year with his BODR album with DJ Drama and now he’s announced a forthcoming album with Dr. Dre. The Long Beach rapper confirmed the news during his recent appearance on Stephen A. Smith’s Know Mercy podcast, “you’re the first one to hear this: Me and Dr. Dre have been working on an album for the past two months, and it’ll be done in November.” “It’s our 30th anniversary to Doggystyle. And the name of the album is Missionary.”
Doggystyle marked Snoop’s debut album in 1993 under Death Row Records earning him the Soul Train Awards for Best Rap Album. With this upcoming album titled, “Missionary” we can’t wait to see the thrills Snoop and Dre are about to bring.
Saweetie – Pretty Bitch Music
After releasing her Best Friend EP in 2021, Saweetie is set to release her debut album, Pretty Bicth Music. The album was originally slated to be released in June 2021 but was delayed because she didn’t want to rush it but rather wants to make it “a way of life.” She had gone to social media to explain her reasons for the delay “We not rushing art, we taking our time! This ain’t no microwave sh-t! It’s baking and it will definitely be worth the taste.” “The challenge that I’m setting for myself is that I want every song to make someone do something,” she added.
Although the release date of the album has not been disclosed, Saweetie told HollywoodLife in August 2021 that her album is done and deserves to be taken seriously when released.
Cardi B – TBD
Cardi B dropped her debut album Invasion of Privacy in June 2017 and it blew up the charts and even won a Grammy. Since then the rapper has become a baddie in the hip-hop music scene.
In December 2021, Cardi revealed her sophomore album would be dropping in 2022 after a very hectic year. “It’s been really…it’s been a lot,” she said. “It’s been a lot trying to balance my motherf*cking life. Now I gotta put out this album.”
The arrival of “Up” as the second single of her second album gave the Bronx rapper another opportunity to assure her fans that she is working on the new album, but the songs simply aren’t all there yet.
SZA – TBD
SZA’s upcoming studio album has been in the works since the release of her debut album CTRL in 2017. In a cover story with Complex, she spoke on the album delay stating that when it comes to the creative sophomore album she’s just playing it ear to ear. However, SZA announced that her album is done and would soon be released shortly after winning her first-ever Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Kiss Me More with Doja Cat at the 2022 Grammy Awards. “I just actually finished it up in Hawaii so just turning it in.” “It’s probably my most unisex album yet, “she added. We can’t wait for the album to drop as SZA has kept us on our toes for five years.