Drake + Miguel
Fame is a motherfucker. It can turn down-to-earth, intelligent people into raging megalomaniacs who constantly rap about their dicks and sponsorships. Struggle makes better art than lounging around in the Delano penthouse. Go figure. Drake did not exactly start out as the most promising cat in the rap game. Dude was a Canadian child TV star. And yet there's something supremely disappointing about "Started from the Bottom." First, it's total bullshit. He didn't start from the bottom of anything. Second, we turned to Drake as an antidote to the big titties and Bentleys of mainstream rap. Drake's been hanging around Lil Wayne too much. Then again, every time we begin to doubt the guy, he delivers on his record. Take Care was a downbeat epic, a rare case of a hip-hop album being worthy of being deemed "gorgeous." Every taste from the upcoming Nothing Was the Same smells rotten, as he's somehow stretching to be both too hard and too soft. And yet! His third album will likely change the game, again, ever so slightly.
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Robin Thicke + Chris Brown + Enrique Iglesias + Flo Rida + Icona Pop + Avril Lavigne + Travie McCoy + Fifth Harmony | Mon 9
Drake + Miguel | Thu 12
Beyoncé | Dec 13
Kanye West + Kendrick Lamar | Dec 17–Dec 18
Jay Z | Jan 9