By EW Staff
Updated August 16, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT


JAZZY JEFF The Magnificent The former Fresh Prince sidekick’s solo debut has hip-hop soul courtesy of Jill Scott and the Roots.

SLUM VILLAGE Trinity After major renovations–new member, new label–these three Detroit MCs are looking to up their standards of living.


AMBER Naked Tommy Boy’s club diva gets ready to reclaim dance floors and bass-friendly radio with her third studio album.

ANGIE MARTINEZ Animal House Hot 97 personality gets help from Missy, N.O.R.E., and Lil’ Mo on her latest. What, no Nas?

JOHN OATES Phunk Shui The first-ever solo LP from Hall and Oates’ short, hairy one!

PULP We Love Life After almost 20 years of cult-fave status, it’s about time the common people got hip to this band’s sound.

LEE ANN WOMACK Something Worth Leaving Behind CMA female vocalist of the year hopes you dance out of the record store with her latest.

BEENIE MAN Tropical Storm Jamaica’s premiere dancehall DJ gets help from pop-savvy labelmates Janet Jackson and the Neptunes.

BERLIN Voyeur The band releases its first new material in 16 years with a guest appearance from Billy Corgan.

FRANK BLACK AND THE CATHOLICS Black Letter Days and Devil’s Workshop Here comes your man with two new albums.


TRINA Diamond Princess Miami’s nastiest mama takes another stab at propriety, with Ludacris and Eve on board.

SILVERCHAIR Diorama Barely of age but ready to rock, Aussie surf-bum heartthrobs unleash their fourth studio release Stateside.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Songs for the Deaf Friend and tour buddy Dave Grohl lends this California band some extra weight.

EVE Eve-olution The first lady of hip-hop ruff-rydes again, this time alongside guests Truth Hurts, Snoop Dogg, and Alicia Keys.