It look's like Outkast is set to take over the game in 2005 just as they did in 2003/2004. The sixth OutKast album, 10 the Hard Way, is due for release in the summer 2005. The album was originally set to release in June but has been pushed back.
Intended as a throwback to the Southernplayalisticadillakmusic days, the album will feature ten songs, all strictly hip hop, and all produced by Organized Noise. It's been rumored to be a return to the hardcore hip-hop that they originally emerged with. Also on the immediate horizon is protege' Killer Mike and his second release Ghetto Extraordinary which I've heard and has the potential to be major.