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"Jesus Is King" Will Never Come Out: A List of Hip-Hop Albums That Never Dropped

With Jesus Is King's release date changed once again to this Friday, let's take a look at hip-hop's other infamous releases that never materialized.

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Chances are October 25 will come and go without a new album from Kanye West.

We've come to expect being disappointed by Kanye. And despite his recent official "announcement" about the release of his album Jesus Is King via Twitter, fans were quick to troll and dismiss the tweet as a false promise. It's been a rough road for Kanye fans in the last year. His recent "Sunday Service" performances have disturbed the masses. Some believe they affirm Kanye's long-held God complex, while others view his latest post-MAGA obsession to be more of a manic episode. Some believe he's simply spreading the gospel and that he's truly been "saved." Regardless, it's all cast Jesus Is King in a puzzling light, and fans truly don't know what to expect, or whether to expect anything at all. The one thing we know for certain is that the guy is a total pr*ck to his wife these days.

Will Jesus Is King become the next Fear Inoculum? Probably. It would be quite like Kanye to be his own hype beast. In the meantime, let's take a look back at a few of hip-hop's other notorious unreleased projects, all of which are, honestly, more likely to be released in 2019 than Jesus Is King.

MC Hammer and 2Pac's ​"Too Tight​"

MC Hammer signed with Death Row in 1995, but his highly-anticipated label debut, Too Tight, never saw the light of day. The project was much anticipated because of Hammer's alleged collaborations with Tupac Shakur on the project. The former left the record company shortly after the death of the latter. He later explained in an interview his concerns over the circumstances surrounding Tupac's death. He spoke to the rapper right before he died, and he was in Las Vegas the night of the shooting. Hammer later released "Too Late Playa," which featured the late Shakur as well as Big Daddy Kane and Danny Boy.Too Tight probably would have been amazing.

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Happy Birthday, Elliott Smith: The Indie Rock Legend's 10 Best Songs

The singer-songwriter would have been 51 today.

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Today, August 6, 2020, Elliott Smith would have turned 51 years old.

Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised in north Texas, and spent a good portion of his life in Portland, Oregon before settling in Los Angeles. Before his sudden and mysterious death in 2003, the prolific singer-songwriter released five studio albums of poignant, rootsy indie rock, with his sixth studio album and a compilation of rarities being released posthumously. He became known for his dismal lyrics—often referencing his mental health and substance abuse habits—and his distinctively whispery vocals, which he often double-tracked to create an eerie, textured ambiance.

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Not Weird: Jordan Peele to Debut the "The Twilight Zone" on April Fool's Day

Sure, because parody is reality and science fiction is the new logic in 2019.

With a historic number of mass shootings (at least 23), back-to-back natural disasters, and the Eagles winning Super Bowl LII, 2018 proved that reality is a horror show.

But Jordan Peele knows we're bewildered at what's happening in the world these days and will now direct our attention to an alternate world. In December, the comedian announced he was to produce and host a reboot of the cult classic Twilight Zone, stating, "Too many times this year it's felt like we were living in a twilight zone, and I can't think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences."

On Thursday, CBS All Access finally confirmed the premiere date for the show's revival. On Twitter, the production shared a brief promotional video announcing its plans to debut to All Access subscribers with two episodes available on April 1. New episodes will be released every Thursday, beginning April 11.

The black and white clip is a plain pastiche of the 1959 classic, whose over-dramatization is a familiar subject of parody. The original series' narrator, Rod Sterling, began each episode for five seasons with a dire introduction: "There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call the Twilight Zone."

Now the Get Out producer will narrate the anthology series, having found inspiration for his own projects in the original. He told Rolling Stone this week, "It's terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling, and it opens up a world. It opens up your imagination." A large number of well-regarded cast members are expected to participate in the show's skits, keeping to a Black Mirror-style of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The cast includes John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Jacob Tremblay, and Steven Yeun.

Still, a premiere planned for April Fools' Day, combined with Peele's irreverent brand of humor, begs the question of whether or not there's a publicity prank underlying this The Twilight Zone reboot. With the show's promotional clip providing such scant imagery and a distinct lack of unique style, the remake could be more of a parody than we're led to believe. But after the year America's had, including watching Anthony Scaramucci glide from Trump's White House to Celebrity Big Brother, parody is reality and science fiction is the new logic in 2019.


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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