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Odd Future maps out a busy spring, Lil Wayne gets back with his daddy and De La Soul downsizes -- read on for the Rap-Up list.
Odd Future Kicks Off 2012 With New Album, Tour, TV Show
Odd Future is back in business. Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats, Frank Ocean, Leftbrain, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Syd the Kyd and The Internet will release their new album, “Of Tape Vol. 2,” March 20. Details and dates for an accompanying 10-city national tour are being finalized and will be announced soon.
While on the road, the crew will hawk its wares at various pop-up stores and premier its Adult Swim series “Loiter Squad” prior to each concert. “Loiter Squad” is set to premier March 25. Although it will be a busy spring for the rap collective, new albums from Tyler, the Creator and Mellowhype will also arrive in 2012.
Lil Wayne Stuntin’ With His Daddy
Birdman and Lil Wayne will re-up in 2012. The YMCMB duo will release “Like Father, Like Son2,” their second collaborative album, later this year. It’ll be the follow-up to 2006’s “Like Father, Like Son” project, which included the hit single “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” kicked off Wayne’s run as a Cash Money executive and set the stage for Wayne’s ultraprolific recording spree of the last five-plus years.
Although the new Birdman and Lil Wayne project was originally envisioned as a 2011 release, it was pushed to 2012 and was mentioned in a Birdman tweet this weekend. Although the pair recorded material for the project in 2010 and 2011, it’s a safe bet to say that it’ll include a batch of brand new material. Wayne doesn’t seem like someone who sits on dated tracks.
De La Soul Goes From Three To Two On New Project
One of the most innovative rap groups of all time, De La Soul helped popularize skits on rap albums and introduced its own slang on its landmark recordings of the late 1980s and early 1990s, including “Me Myself And I” and “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey).” Dave, Posdnuos and DJ Mase have stayed busy touring and recording during the last decade, but Dave (who doubles as Trugoy) and Pos have announced that they’ll be working without Mase on First Serve, a side group whose debut album is slated for an April release.
First Serve’s “The Goon Time Mixtape” is available online now. Given that Mase played an integral role on all of De La Soul’s recordings, it’ll be interesting to see how Dave and Pos’ sound and style changes without him.