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  Ten Most Anticipated Albums of 2005

Little Brother - The Minstrel Show (Atlantic)
Guest List: Joe Scudda, Yazarah, Elzhi(Slum Village)
Release Date: Quarter 3 or 2005
Reason 2 Anticipate: Big Pooh promises to awaken us like a spring mattress. 9th Wonder has been labeled the Pete Rock of our generation, and Phonte’s “tailor-made” flow is still intact.

Custom Made - Pillow Talk (Custom Made)
Guest List: Mobb Deep, Jedi Mind Tricks, Inspectah Deck
Release Date: June 2
Reason 2 Anticipate: There’s always a mystique factor about a relatively unknown group with bright prospects. Every West Coast MC has been on the same mission for the past 8 years - to resurrect the West. This lyrical powerhouse is doing it with a unique approach - they strip their sound off the conventional heavy bass line, and focus on catchy hooks and dazzling lyrical content, laid over jazzy beats.

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Kanye West - Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Guest List: John Mayer, GLC, Consequence John Legend, Keyshia Cole
Release Date : Late June
Reason 2 Anticipate: We get to watch Kanye argue his way to the top for a second consecutive time. Plus, there’ll be another dime in one of the videos that’ll follow this sophomore LP. Oh and the supposed gold chain that accompany every major release these days.

Common - BE (Geffen)
Guest List: John Legend, Bilal, Kanye West(as if you didn’t know that already)
Release Date: May 26. A bootleg version might be available on the net.
Reason 2 Anticipate: Comm is supposed to tell us how and why he fell in love with Erykah on this record.

Styles P - Time Is Money (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
Guest List: Talib Kweli, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch,(the usual suspects), Mario Winans, JE
Release Date: June 2005
Reason 2 Listen: D-Block is set to unleash their 127th official 50 Cent diss song on SP’s album. The Ghost is expected to float all over the record in what’s possibly the more versatile of his two solo efforts.

Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told(Fort Nox/Atlantic)
Guest List: Saigon, Saigon, and Saigon.
Reason 2 Anticipate: Sai got “the bowtie flow; he’ll bring it to your neck” Although, Alchemist and Scram Jones are slated to bless Saigon’s project, it’ll be interesting to see how he can maintain his razor sharp lyrical edge over club-ready Just Blaze production.

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- Monkey Barz (Boot Camp)
Guest List: 9th Wonder, Buckshot
Release Date: May 31
Reason 2 Anticipate: “I send your ass to heaven, muthafucka ask about ‘Pac” His blend of lyricism, wit and wordplay make the craft look so easy. His style is like a manual named “Hip Hop 4 Dummies”

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Buckshot & 9th Wonder - Chemistry (Boot Camp)
Guest List: Little Brother, L.E.G.A.C.Y., Joe Scuddah
Release Date: May 24
Reason 2 Listen: We can’t get enough of these 100% 9th Wonder records; So far, they’ve all successfully gone plastic. But those collabos are diamond to Hip Hop heads. Chemistry and Monkey Barz are the 2/3 of the Boot Camp tripple threat this year. Hi-Tek and Steele complete the cypher with Smif 'n' Wessun Reloaded(June)

Fat Joe - All or Nothing or Things of That Nature(Atlantic) or whatever he decides to go with next
Guest List: Nelly, Mashonda, Cool & Dre, All Terror Squad affiliates, dead or alive.
Release Date: May 24
Reason 2 Listen: To find out what he'll eventually title the album. Also, Joey will attempt to protect his NY Crown - the one he won last year for “Most Improved Rapper”

AZ - Final Call (Universal)
Guest List: Tony Sunshine, CL Smooth, Rell, Ron G
Release Date: Never
Reason 2 Listen: AZ’s non-stop flow, “Magic Hour”, another “Quiet Money” song, and the fact that fans will discover new ways to sleep on him again.


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