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10 Hot New Rap Releases – September 2009

September is undoubtedly the best month for new hip-hop releases thus far. The arrival of buzzworthy albums like Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 and Blueprint III should make your trip to the record store much more exciting this month. Here are September’s Top 10 New Rap CDs.

10. Skyzoo – ‘The Salvation’

Skyzoo - Salvation
Theme is the name of the game on Skyzoo’s The Salvation LP. The Brooklyn MC says he always wanted to drop an album since he was 9 and uses Salvation as a canvass to paint a portrait of his life. Skyzoo’s latest is light on guest features, but the production cast features heavy-hitters like Just Blaze, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Needlz, Illmind, and Nottz.
Street Date: September 8, 2009

9. Beanie Sigel – ‘The Broad Street Bully’

Beanie Sigel - Broad Street Bully
Contrary to many reports, The Broad Street Bully is not an official Beanie Sigel album. According to a report by, some songs on the LP have already appeared on Sig’s MySpace page. The good news, however, is that Sigel and State Property ally Freeway are planning to record a joint album in the future.
Street Date: September 15, 2009

8. Killer Mike – ‘Underground Atlanta’

Killer Mike - Underground Atlanta
Led by the potent single “I’m A Fool With It,” Underground Atlanta is Killer Mike’s new 2-disc LP. The album features T.I., Gucci Mane, OJ da Juiceman, and others.
Street Date: September 8, 2009

7. Q-Tip – ‘Kamaal The Abstract’

Q-Tip - Kamaal the Abstract© Battery Records
After eight years in label limbo, Q-Tip’s 2001 LP Kamaal The Abstract will finally get to see the light of day. The album features nine tracks that the Tribe Called Quest frontman produced entirely on his own. Listen to select tracks from Kamaal The Abstract here.
Street Date: September 15, 2009

6. KRS One & Buckshot – ‘Survival Skills’

KRS-One and Buckshot - Survival Skills
Buckshot is fast becoming synonymous with collaborative albums. After two go-rounds with 9th Wonder, Buck teams up with KRS-One for a joint album, Survival Skills. “Robot” is the lead cut from Survival Skills.
Street Date: September 8, 2009

5. Kid Cudi – ‘Man On The Moon: The End Of Day’

Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon: The End Of Day© Universal Motown
If this early review of Man On The Moon is anything to go by, Cudi’s debut sounds like one hell of an adventurous album. Collaborators include RATATAT, MGMT, and Chip the Ripper. See what I mean?
Street Date: September 15, 2009

4. Brother Ali – ‘Us’

© Rhymesayers Entertainment
Ant, who oversaw production on Ali’s Undisputed Truth LP, returns to man the boards on Us. The album offers a profound personal glimpse into a vulnerability seldom seen or heard in music, while simultaneously touching on the strengths and flaws of the human condition. Ali explores such topics as drug abuse, divorce, homophobia. Guest appearances include: Chuck D, Freeway, Joell Ortiz and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition making strong appearances.
Street Date: September 22, 2009

3. Ghostface Killah – ‘The Wizard of Poetry’

© Def Jam
“I wanted to take it to a more mature level,” Ghostface says of his new direction. “It’s like having the same piece of p-ssy for 20 years. Sometimes you just need to change it up.” Will Wizard of Poetry be the album that finally taints Ghost’s nearly impeccable discography?
Street Date: September 29, 2009

2. Raekwon – ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2’

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2
Through all the rumors and pushbacks, the one aspect of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II that I was most concerned about was the production. With RZA contributing a measly 2 tracks to the album, Rae turned to the elite sound architects such as Marley Marl, Pete Rock, and J Dilla for additional beats. Expect some viscous beats and witty, intelligent narratives.
Street Date: September 8, 2009

1. Jay-Z – ‘Blueprint III’

Jay-Z - Blueprint 3 Cover© Roc Nation
Jay-Z is arguably the biggest hip-hop star of our time, so it’s no surprise that Blueprint 3 sits comfortably atop this month’s Top New Rap Releases. Blueprint III will be released on 9/11 to coincide with the anniversary of the tragic terrorist events of 2001. It also marks the 8th anniversary of the original Blueprint.
Street Date: September 11, 2009


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