VIBE’s Five Most Unanticipated Albums of 2010

2010 has some highly anticipated albums on the way. The following albums aren’t those.

Lil Wayne, Rebirth (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown) – We know he’s heading to jail for a gun charge, but Weezy just as easily should’ve been thrown in the pen for this rock catastrophe. Originally planned for a February 2009 release, Rebirth’s been pushed back to this summer. In the meantime, we’re expecting Rebirth to give our ears the same labor pains as last month’s premature delivery.

Lloyd Banks, TBD (G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) – If the underwhelming sales figure from big brother 50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct is any indication of how many G-Unit fans still exist, the self-proclaimed punchline king is going to receive more apathy than applause come next album.

Lil Jon, Crunk Rock (BME/Universal) – Jon’s been trying to unload this brick since 2006, back when “Snap Yo Fingers” was hot. But that time’s past. Sorry, crunk is dead.

Cassie, Electro Love (Bad Boy/Interscope) – Cassie’s got so much going for herself: a lovely half-head of hair, a solid modeling career and she’s Diddy’s angel. But vocally, her self-titled debut album––complete with its sultry smash “Me & U”––didn’t do much for many. Electro Love doesn’t seem to be shooting sparks, either.

Omarion, Ollusion (EMI) – Somewhere between the death of the boy band and the emergence of Chris Brown, B2K’s old leading man’s stock took a spill. He just doesn’t know it yet. When his album drops next week, he’ll find out. ––Brad Wete