Big Sean's "Hall," Juicy J Staying "Trippy" and The Week Ahead


Here at The DJBooth we strive to always keep our readers well informed of all the latest album, mixtape and EP releases. Moving forward, every Friday we will now

preview the week ahead in new releases

, highlighting the hip hop projects, both free and sold, that should be on your music radar. Starting with...

Big Sean "Hall of Fame"


G.O.O.D/Island Def Jam


When Big Sean became "

Finally Famous

" on his debut in 2011, many fans and industry insiders had predicted his ultimate success. However, even his most loyal supporters couldn't have envisioned that the Detroit native's career would take off faster than a SR-71 Blackbird. In the past two years, Sean has accumulated 4.5 million Twitter followers, delivered arguably the best verse on a song with

Jay Z


Kanye West

(see "


") and is now on the verge of releasing his sophomore album. The

Hall of Fame

, in any sport, is usually reserved for retirees who are minimally five years removed from their playing days. Sean, on the other hand, looks to give his entrance speech on only his second tour of duty. [

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Juicy J "Stay Trippy"


Taylor Gang/Columbia


Justin Timberlake



and now Juicy J. What exactly do these three hitmakers all have in common? They've all left group acts in search of a successful solo career. We all know how that transition went for the former two, but for the latter the jury is still very much out to lunch. "Stay Trippy" marks the major label, solo debut for Three 6 Mafia co-founder and Memphis rap veteran. While a faction of the hip hop community openly questioned J's decision to sign a record deal with new school star

Wiz Khalifa

and his

Taylor Gang Records



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The Miami-bred artist is a Trojan horse in today's underground rap landscape.


Fenix Flexin Learned How to Inspire Himself

In a post-Shoreline Mafia world, rapper Fenix Flexin has found peace within himself. He breaks it down for Audiomack World.



), the end result has been prime time exposure to a mainstream audience and a cult club classic in "

Bandz a Make Her Dance

." [

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Goodie Mob "Age Against the Machine"


The Right Records


For nine years, the public has clamored for a new Goodie Mob album. Hell, not counting the veteran crew's mediocre work on their three previous albums, it's been nearly twenty years since their acclaimed debut,

Soul Food

. Amazingly, though, despite a stellar,

Janelle Monáe

-assisted lead single ("

Special Education

"), the buzz for ""Age Against the Machine" has been minimal. Luckily, for fans of hip-hop's yesteryear,

Cee-Lo Green

and company took their time crafting the new 18-track album, happily ignoring label influences, cliche trends and the current sonic landscape. As someone, somewhere once famously stated: "It is age that wins out in the end." On Tuesday, we shall see. [

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Krizz Kaliko "Son Of Sam"


Strange Music


DJBooth readers are super familiar with newer

Strange Music

acts like ¡MAYDAY! and Rittz, but aside from label owner

Tech N9ne

the second longest tenured artist on the indie powerhouse's roster is Krizz Kaliko. The Kansas City native, whose new album "Son Of Sam" marks the fifth release of his career, is known for entertainingly intertwining singing and rapping, a style that, while not unique to the artist, has built him a loyal, and dedicated fanbase over the past seven years. [

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Juicy J's "Ballin" Single "Featuring" Kanye is an Exercise in Unmet Expectations

Juicy J and Kanye on the same track is a guaranteed banger, right? Wrong.


The Story Behind Eminem's Verse on Big Sean's "No Favors"

"I just thought he was letting me down easy."


Rappers I've Met: I Once Interviewed Big Sean in a Family Bathroom

You know, the extra-large, unisex bathrooms that have a toilet, a sink, no urinal, and paper towels all over the floor.


Big Sean "Finishing" His Fourth Studio Album, Expectations Are High

A brand new album from the G.O.O.D. Music emcee appears ticketed for a late 2016 release.