New Releases: Mannie Fresh, Thrice, Hardhead, Hip Hop Hits Vol. 9 & More

Hip-hop leads the pack in a quiet week for the music business.

Even the most prolific artists need to take a little break for the holidays, which explains why there are so few albums hitting stores this week.

Mannie Fresh is one of the few artists working overtime, giving us a window into his thought process as he releases his debut solo effort, Mind of Mannie Fresh. The Big Tymers member and producer has put together a Southern-rap album that also features collaborations with David Banner and Petey Pablo.

Mannie hits the new releases list twice as hard this week with his inclusion on Hip Hop Hits Vol. 9, which also features tracks by Ludacris ("Blow It Out"), Chingy ("I Like That"), and John Legend ("Selfish").

Out Tuesday, December 21:

  • Mannie Fresh - Mind of Mannie Fresh (Cash Money)

    Buy Now: Mind of Mannie Fresh (Cash Money)

  • Hardhead - Hardhead (Big Boy)

  • Alex Stealthy - Being (Pangea)

  • Various artists - Chicano Sounds Radio: The Mix Tape, Vol. 1 (Thump)

  • Various artists - Party 93.1 Anthems Vol. 2 (Empire Musicwerks/ VI Music)

  • Various artists - The Project (Thump)

  • Various artists - Hip Hop Hits Vol. 9 (Image Entertainment)

  • Various artists - Soundtrack to: "A Christmas Carol - The Musical" (Jay Records)

  • Various artists - Pull My Finger 2: Farts, Barfs and Belches (The Orchard/ Jingle Smells)

  • DVD: Thrice - "If We Could Only See Us Now" (Island Def Jam)

December 28:

  • John Legend - Get Lifted (Sony)