We're approaching the halfway mark of 2018 and some of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B are gearing up to release new music. You can see some of the most anticipated albums on the way below.

Kanye West plans to dominate the summer, producing records by Pusha T (DAYTONA), Nas and Teyana Taylor, while also dropping a new solo album and a collaboration with Kid Cudi (Kids See Ghosts). All five of these projects will be released in the five-week stretch between Memorial Day Weekend and June 22.

Other big names with release dates confirmed for new albums include Drake, Ne-Yo, Wiz Khalifa and Nicki Minaj. And we've also included projects that we know are in the works, even if we have incomplete information, which includes discs by a pair of legends who are back in the studio.

Will Smith is prepping his first release since 2005's Lost & Found, telling fans on YouTube, “So I’m excited, I’m re-energized and I’m creating wildly like I used to. I’m ready. I got the beast back." Mariah Carey recently signed with Roc Nation and is working with JAY-Z. "I’m in the studio starting a new album of regular music," she said in March. "Meaning it’s not a Christmas album. I’m kind of restarting, and I’m working with Roc Nation now, so that’s great.”

2018 Hip-Hop New Releases

June 1
Kanye West - Love Everyone
Black Thought, 9th Wonder & the Soul Council - Streams of Thought Vol 1
Dizzy Wright - Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done (EP)

June 8
Kanye West & Kid Cudi - Kids See Ghosts
Ne-Yo - Good Man
Freeway - Think Free

June 15
Nas - Untitled
Jay Rock - Redemption

June 22
Jedi Mind Tricks - The Bridge and the Abyss
Teyana Taylor - Untitled 

June 29
Drake - Scorpion
E-40 - The Gift of Gab
Danny! - The Book of Daniel

July 13
Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers II

July 27
Too Short - The Pimp Tape

Aug. 10
Nicki Minaj - Queen

Rumored / Release Date TBA

2 Chainz - Rap or Go to the League
Mariah Carey - Untitled
Childish Gambino - Spirits 
Curren$y - Back at Burnie's
Cypress Hill - Elephants on Acid
Danny Brown - Untitled
DJ Khaled - Father of Asahd
Earl Sweatshirt - Untitled
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Gucci Mane - The Evil Genius
Redman - Muddy Waters Too
Run the Jewels - Untitled
Will Smith - Untitled
ScHoolboy Q - Untitled
Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli 2
YG - Stay Dangerous

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