Last year was definitely not the best for major label releases. No hip hop album went platinum, and no album sold over 200k before December. And many promised albums were left open. But, 2015 looks as if it will be huge for hip hop releases.
First, what we know will be dropping. Joey Bada$$'s debut album B4.DA.$$ will be released on January 20th, as well as Lupe Fiasco's Tetso and Youth. Action Bronson's debut album Mr. Wonderful will be dropping on March 24. So far, those are the only officially announced to be dropped, but their are plenty other albums that will soon be announced.
Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment's free album Surf was announced late last year, and was supposed to be released before the end of the year, so it'll probably be dropping soon. Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock were also supposed to be releasing albums by the end of 2014, but never did, so they both will probably be releasing their respective albums in the first quarter of this year. Lil Wayne said that Tha Carter V will also be released in the first quarter, but amid major label disputes this may not be happening. Drake, Migos, Nas, Meek Mill, Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Gang, Macklemore, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Domo Genesis, Danny Brown, Pusha T, Miguel, James Blake, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, A$AP Rocky, Ferg, and Nast, and Run The Jewels have all either announced that they will be releasing albums this year, or are working on another album.
There are a few other big names who haven't officially announced yet, but there is a very good chance they'll drop. Both Kanye West and Frank Ocean haven't said anything about new albums, but have dropped a new song each, and many others have rumored that they are done, or almost finished with their albums. Another Watch The Throne album is also heavily rumored to be released soon. And Jay Electronica's Act II: Patients of Nobility has been delayed and delayed for years, but it is possible that 2015 will be the year of Jay Elect.