This year has already seen a number of long-awaited releases by high-profile artists, including Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and Daft Punk’s uncharacteristically human, warm Random Access Memories (which technically isn’t out yet but is streaming on iTunes, not to mention illegally downloadable, which is about the same thing). But certain hip-hop and R&B fans are keeping their focus locked on two records they’ve been waiting for seemingly forever, which are finally about to drop.

Moroccan-born NYC rapper French Montana made a big splash on the rap scene a few years ago and has spent the time since releasing a string of increasingly fiery mixtapes, but his long-promised official solo debut’s been tied up in label politics for years now. Excuse My French, which has already produced two Hot 100 singles, “Freaks” (featuring Nicki Minaj) and “Pop That” (featuring a vanload of massive rap stars), is finally set to be released on May 21.