Hot Rap Singles: November 2012

This month's collection of new hip-hop is more unsettled than usual. Kid Cudi's "Just What I Am" is a return to form after his pretentious WZRD "rock" project, but it's unclear if Indicud will drop before the end of the year. Other artists who pushed their albums back to 2013 include 50 Cent, who is still trying to build momentum for Street King Immortal with "First Date"; Ludacris, who has a new teaser from Ludaversal called "Representin'"; and Pusha T ("Pain"). Big Boi's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors was supposed to come out on November 13, but it's currently in dreaded "TBD" status, so content yourself with "Mama Told Me," as well as the fact that his album won't have that much-discussed Little Dragon collaboration.

So who's ready for the Christmas rush? Perhaps T.I., whose Trouble Man is currently set for December 18. He has another single from it, "Ball." Beyond the chaos of the major leagues, Bay Area rap kings Too Short and E-40 come together on "Dump Truck," the lead single from their Mob Music and Function Music project, while LoveRance follows up his club smash "Up" with "Akup." Finally, if you're curious about the Chicago hood rap scene that caught a huge black eye when Chief Keef Tweeted jokes about a rival rapper's murder, we've got songs from Lil Reese ("Us" and "Traffic" with Keef) and Lil Durk ("L's Anthem").

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