We all know how finding music can be. Some months it’s hard to find anything good and then there are some months where there’s simply too much good music for you to handle. Ladies and Gentlemen, that month has come. This March, hip-hop fans will be overloaded with amazing material from a large list of rappers, both established, and up and coming. The New ERA has got you covered with a highlight (in no particular order) of what you can expect next month.
OCD – Up Before The World – March 7th, 2011
Up Before The World is the second project from OCD. The group consists of Moosh and Twist, two Philly high school students trying to make it in the rap game. They released their first mixtape, Never Never Land, last year and received a series of positive reviews. Since then, they’ve developed their craft releasing songs like “Since Day One” and “City Kids” (video below). They also recently performed in PA with Mac Miller and Fortune Family so it’s safe to say they’re doing big things. After months of waiting, Up Before The World promises to be a solid tape.
Download: OCD – Up Before The World
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers – March 8th, 2011
Lasers is by far the most anticipated album on this month, and potentially the year. It’s been a little over three years since we last got an album from Lupe. Originally Lupe vowed to only release three albums and then retire from rap. Several times on The Cool, he alluded to his last album which was to be called LupEND. After sleeping on it for months and receiving pressure from his record label, Lupe decided to postpone the album and planned to release The Great American Rap Album instead during the Summer of 2009. That didn’t work out either and Lupe began working on a different album originally called We Are Lasers. The title was then shortened to Lasers, a backronym for “Love Always Shines, Everytime Remember 2 Smile”. For months, fans waited for the album’s release. However, it never came out. Lupe allegedly had even been working on his fourth album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, leaving fans wondering what happened to Lasers. After a very successful petition was issued to Atlantic Records, featuring over 32,000 signatures (including mine), Atlantic got their act together and announced a release date of March 8th, 2011. Since then, we’ve gotten a nice taste of how the album will sound. In the last few weeks, Lupe has released several tracks off Lasers, including “The Show Goes On“, the controversial “Words I Never Said“, and more recently, “All Black Everything“, a song Lupe has claimed to be one of his best ever. With features from Skylar Grey, Trey Songz, and John Legend, Lasers has the potential to become a timeless classic in the future.
Buy: Lupe Fiasco – Lasers