UPDATE (Friday, 1:30 p.m.): Per the man himself, Bun B's new project is still untitled.
Is it Fall already? Considering that Houston rap doesn't seem to recognize dates on the calendar, we're here pretty much anticipating rappers and musicians to say they're releasing something like gifts on Christmas. So far, here's what we do know is on the horizon: the most anticipated rap releases for the rest of 2013.
5. Maxo Kream, Quicc Strikes Due Date: September 30 The leader of the Kream Clicc has been busy fighting through a delay to get to this, his second mixtape with plenty of heavy features from the likes of Le$, Doughbeezy, A$AP Ant from the A$AP Mob and more. Besides, there hasn't been anything in the city that packs the sort of goosebumps of fear like "Lewinsky." Click here to listen to "Too It," a loosie track not slated to be on Quicc Strikes.
4. Slim Thug & Z-Ro, A King & A Boss Due Date: TBA According to some reports, the album was supposed to drop Tuesday but now finds itself somewhere in limbo (again). Doesn't mean that nearly three singles in, Ro & Thugga remain two of the more prominent members of Houston's previous rap generation to remain dominant on local airwaves. At this point, it might be the biggest commercial release of the year from the city -- if it ever comes out.
3. Bun B,
Trill 4 Life Untitled Due Date: November 12 Earlier this month, Bun came down from standing on Short Texas' Mount Olympus, and signing coloring books, and gave us mere peasants a new solo track entitled "Fire." Rick Ross showed up to be fed grapes, 2 Chainz appeared to have his dreads played with and be taught how to zig (not zag) from a robbery.
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2. Le$, Settle 4 Le$ Vol. 3 Due Date: November 22 By sheer consistency, Le$ has taken a firm grip on Houston rider music, blending nimble punchlines and minor anecdotes about weed, fast women and cars into a glossy status. May's E36 was only a fraction of what is said to be in store for the third offering of his best series, Settle 4 Le$. We know DJ Mr. Rogers, among others, is going to have a chief responsibility in making sure it sounds like it belongs on a Grand Theft Auto soundtrack.
1. Doughbeezy, Footprints On the Moon Due Date: TBA In August, Doughbeezy was going to place his name at the doorstep of that whole "Best Tape In Houston" platitude with Footprints On the Moon. His buzz at that point was damn near supernova, and sort of still is despite FOTM being delayed with not even a whimper of a single to be heard.
But as large as he looms over Houston these days, Doughbeezy has nearly every major rapper in the city on speed-dial to craft something great. We know what we're getting from Bun and (to an extent) Le$, but Dough has promised that this would be the tape to set him up. He even has a new tattoo on his forearm to prove it.
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