It’s that time again, folks. We’ve highlighted a selection of albums coming up in June that you must, must, must check out. This month’s list was tough to compile. With so many solid albums slated for release in June, I was actually hoping some might be pushed back so we could squeeze them all in.

But we managed to pinpoint our five, eventually. Nothing but the finest in hip-hop, R&B, and a new gal who should make just as much an impression on this side of the Atlantic as she has in her native Great Britain.

5. R Kelly – Write Me Back (June 26th)
With a career as illustrious as his has been, the Pied Piper will be either groundbreaking or disappointing with this chapter. More uptempo than we are used to with this album, Share My Love, the album’s first single is more disco than it is bump and grind which is actually somewhat refreshing, just as his “Step in the Name” of Love was almost a decade ago. As controversial as his life may have been, Kelly has a strong fan base, and this album has the potential to see Kelly shed the negativity and bask in the glory of his past success.


4.Maroon 5 – Overexposed (June26th)
No band really does what Maroon 5 is able to pull off. The LA collective’s fourth studio effort comes after immense success with their re-released version of “Moves Like Jagger” from their last album, Hands All Over. Monopolizing on the presence a certain Wiz Khalifa has in music these days, Adam Levine and the gang teamed up with the future Mr. Amber Rose for the lead single from Overexposed, “Payphone.” If this track and “One More Night” are anything to go for, this effort from Maroon 5 will be a sure hit for Summer 2012.


3. Usher – Looking 4 Myself (June 12th)
So Usher is back to hopefully put right what he got, in my estimation, quite wrong with Raymond v. Raymond a couple of years ago. With Climax dominating the airwaves, this ‘revolutionary pop’ Usher has promised us actually evokes interest. With cohesiveness molding this album together much more than it did the last, Usher utilizes the production to reaffirm just why he is at the top of his game.


2. Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events (June 5th)
This debut album from the Scottish songstress Emeli Sande has already birthed a string of top ten hits in the UK, establishing Emeli as a force to be reckoned with as both a songwriter and a performer. A firm fave of Simon Cowell, having penned songs for various acts in his camp, Our Version of Events delivers a constant flow of singles. She has been spotted this year supporting Coldplay on various dates of their world tour.


1. Big K.R.I.T – Live from the Underground (June 5th)
This has to be the most anticipated album in hip-hop right now. The official debut from Mississippi lyricist Big K.R.I.T has been pushed back time and time again for one reason after another, but we will finally see it unveiled next week. Boasting a supporting cast of Ludacris, Bun B, Anthony Hamilton and a bevy of his Southern brethren, K.R.I.T holds nothing back on the first “official” installment of his Def Jam career.

source: roc4life