Honest (Epic Records/A1/Freebandz)
Release Date: Originally scheduled for November '13, Future's Twitter account currently says, "COMING SOON."
The Skinny: Perpetually delayed despite the critical acclaim for 2012's Pluto and the pop appeal of that album's biggest single, "Turn on the Lights," the Auto-Tune sweetheart of rap and bullshit has been hammering away at a release date with vulnerable tracks ("Honest") and futuristic bangers ("Karate Chop," "Sh!t"). The Miley Cyrus-featuring robo-ballad "Real and True" — complete with a doin'-it-in-space video — and a rumored and much-coveted guest spot from André 3000 (recall that Dungeon Family elder spokesman Big Rube introduced Pluto, and Future's cousin is Dungeon Fam producer Rico Wade) better be enough to convince label suits to set this one free. He talks more about it with us here.
Worth Noting: Real-life lovers Future and Ciara are enacting one of the most heartening back-and-forth romances in hip-hop right now via her "Body Party" and his recent mixtape track "Hands on U." Let's just hope they keep the coy slow jams coming. BRANDON SODERBERG