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5 Albums to Look Forward to in June

Carlo Mantuano

-50 Cent, Animal Ambition
Release date: June 3rd

It’s been over five years since we got a full-length release from the G-Unit rapper. 50 has been pretty active promoting this album and he already has dropped ten singles for this eleven-track album. Still, the final cohesive product is worth looking forward to. 50 is also slated to put out another album later this year titled “Street King Immortal.”

-Jack White, Lazaretto
Release date: June 10th

This is White’s second solo album and has hinted that it will be similar to his 2012 release Blunderbuss; a mix of styles and sounds throughout the album. The title track and lead single off the album kicks with a combination of gritty guitar sounds and switching melodies. White also released an instrumental track titled “High Ball Stepper” and the video seems like what it would be to look inside the head of this enigmatic modern rock star.

-Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
Release date: June 16th

For Del Rey’s third studio album, she worked extensively with Black Keys lead singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach. Auerbach ended up producing the album and in Del Rey’s first single, “West Coast,” it’s easier to hear Auerbach’s influence with the clean-cut guitar and stripped down sound. Look for a different sound, but still the same dark and cinematic themes that Del Rey always evokes in her music.

-Jennifer Lopez, A.K.A.
Release date: June 17th

Expect somewhat of a different sound from Lopez. The ten-track album has tracks produced by electronic artist Diplo and hip-hop producer DJ Mustard. There are also features from hip-hop artists French Montana, T.I., Iggy Azalea, Rick Ross, and Pitbull. Lopez herself has stated that this album might be something different: “It’s gonna be a different sound, I think a lot has happened to me in the past year or two, I’ve changed a little bit, my ideas about love has changed…you grow.”

-Ab-Soul, These Days…
Release date: June 24th

TDE and Black Hippy rapper Ab-Soul is finally slated to release his third studio album. Ab-Soul recently unveiled the artwork for the album, which features Ab-Soul in a crucifixion-like scene, and the first single “Stigmata.” It should be interesting to hear what kind of sound Ab-Soul goes for. His past two albums feature two distinct themes: 2012 Control System plays off his drug and conspiracy riddled thoughts, while his 2012 Longterm Mentality chronicles his life story. Also, expect appearances from his Black Hippy comrades Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock.

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