Drake has been setting and breaking records all year and he has another one to add to the list. According to released reports from Neilsen Soundscan, Drizzy's If You're Reading This It's Too Late, is the top selling digital album of 2015. It has sold over 951,000 digital copies.
IYRTITL dropped digitally on Feb. 21st and sold 535,000 its first week, debuting in the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The physical copy of the album hit stores on Apr. 21st. With all sales plus streaming combined, the album achieved platinum status. This album has also been crowned the most illegally downloaded album for 2015 as well.
Other top hip-hop digital albums that landed among the list include Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly at no. 5 with over 479,000 digitally sold, Drake and Future's What A Time To Be Alive at no. 6 with over 396,000 sold and Dr. Dre's Compton at the no. 9 slot with over 364,000 sold.
And a bad song cannot be saved by the two best singers in the world.
- Quincy Jones
Truth. See? Stuff like that makes it easy to understand why Kendrick Lamar seemed overwhelmed (at first) at the prospect of a sit-down conversation with Quincy Jones. The two talk about where they are from, where their music came from, working with Michael Jackson back in the "Thriller" days and more.
After announcing that he was heading out on an intimate, 8-date tour to promote To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar has revealed the first four cities he will be performing in.
[ALSO READ: Kendrick Lamar Pays Homage To Eazy-E In Reflective Essay] For "Kunta's Groove Sessions," K. Dot will be bringing along fellow TDE spitter Jay Rock and his own live band, named Wesley's Theory after the opening track of TPAB. The "Blacker the Berry" rapper will be hitting the stage in smaller venues than what he is used to when he visits Atlanta, Dallas, Washington, D.C and Oakland.
Ticket information is available here. Peep the first four tour dates below.
Yesterday (October 8) Jeezy stopped by the A3C Festival in his hometown of Atlanta to have a 40-minute live interview with noted journalist Marc Lamont Hill. The Loudermilk Center was filled to capacity as the self-proclaimed creator of Trap music discussed his upcoming Church In These Streets album, conversing with Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Meek Mill versus Drake battle, and more.
On the concept behind his Church In These Streets album: In a society where everybody's trying to bring us down as a culture, I wanted to uplift us. Gods don't kill gods. We just speak highly of each other. The whole theory behind Church In These Streets - just so you know I'm not Creflo Dollar or nothing like that. He wants that $80 million jet. I'll take a Caprice.
But I just wanted people to take me seriously. Everything that I've ever said in my music was the god-honest truth. When I say "church in the streets," I mean in the streets. I don't mean in the church...
When you come to a Jeezy show, it's a lot of people that's been through the same struggle that I've been through. They understand my way of thinking. I want to bring that to the world. I came and I did Trap music - I did start that just so you know - because it was the only thing that I had that I could be genuine about and still be myself, tell my story and people understood it. That started a whole genre of music.
When you say church in the streets, it's just me taking that responsibility. Don't get it messed up. It's still hard. The album's going to be hard. It ain't nothing soft about it. It's real.
When we came up, we had OGs and people we respected, but this generation ain't like that. So I'm going to see if I can bring some of that back.
On embracing the Pastor Young nickname: I definitely didn't go Ma$e. [laughs]. When I came in the game I was the Snowman. That was for a lot of reasons, but nowadays I feel like I'm somebody that's held to a high regard and high standards.
It's on me to give the younger cats the game, because when you got in this game I told you how to trap or die and get your money. But obviously a lot of y'all grew up now, so you want to know what the next step is. Pastor Young is somebody you got to take seriously. You don't want to hear what you got to do next from the Snowman. It's a little different.
The homies just started calling me [Pastor Young], because everybody that knows me knows that if you talk to Jeezy, everything I'm going to say to you is positive. I had so much negativity in my life, I'm just a positive person.
On the killing of Michael Brown and the aftermath in Ferguson: If you ask me a lot of people just care about their money. They don't care about their people. That could be their own family. Some people get this money and don't even take care of their kids. Some people get this money and don't take care of their momma. So why would they go speak on an incident that has nothing to do with them? That has something to do with a young, black man that got gunned down in a town that they never been to before?
Me and Wiz Khalifa was on tour. That was like the worst date of the whole tour. I remember going to Wiz's room, and I said, "I really think we should give the money we make tonight to the family." He was with it. I actually spoke with Mike Brown's mother.
Yowda and Fat Trel, two new signees to MMG team up for a remix to "Still Ballin." This track is Las Vegas and D.C. chopped up and trapped out. In the video Yowda and Trel post up outside a spot in the hood, while the editor goes back and forth between NBA clips and dunk highlights.
Kendrick Lamar has always been vocal about the influence that west coast legends have had on his career. For the new issue of PAPER magazine, the "King Kunta" rapper has penned an essay paying homage to N.W.A frontman Eazy-E.
K. Dot recalled when he first heard Eazy-E's music and how it helped him put his young life in perspective.
[ALSO READ: Tickets To Kendrick Lamar's Kennedy Center Performance Sold Out During Pre-Sale] "I would go outside and see the same imagery in my reality as the things they were talking about on the record," he wrote. "From the way these guys talked to the way they carried themselves to the type of activities that they were involved in, the whole thing was a real life introspective report from the ghetto. Looking at them and sitting inside my community, it left a big toll on me because it always let me know that no matter how far I go, I gotta stay in reach of the people and what's going on in the neighborhood, whether it's a harsh reality or not."
The "Nowstalgia" issue, which features Grace Jones and FKA Twigs as the cover stars, also has Swizz Beatz reflecting on the influence of the Notorious B.I.G and Eminem discussing Tupac's impact. The issue hits stands Oct. 20th.
Charlamagne Tha God doesn't bite his tongue ever, and he actually doesn't seem too far off with his analysis of Omarion's position as at a part of the MMG collective. Charlamagne seems to believe that Omarion isn't promoted properly on the MMG label. Fans even commented on social media saying they forgot he was on the label or they had no idea he was on the label to begin with. Omarion responded basically saying whether he's promoted well or not, he's still successful and sh*t is still happening. Well 'Post To Be' did well, but would it have done as well without the assist from Chris Brown and barely-can-sing Jhene Aiko's grocery line? LOL.
It appears it could. London posted a picture to his IG page of him in the studio with Kendrick. The caption reads, "To Keepin a 100 ft. Kendrick Lamar."
You may know the beatmaker's name from the "we got London On Da track" tag at the beginning of songs like Tip's "About The Money", Young Thug's "Check," Lil Wayne's "Amazing Amy," and Rich Homie Quan's "They Don't Know."
Will Kendrick be one of the next rappers to get the "we got London On Da track" drop?
Thug Misses Khia has kept us talking over the years with her wild antics. It's been 13 years since she hit the scene with her debut album Thug Misses and lead single "My Neck, My Back." She never stays gone too long..... well on social media at least. Recently, she took shots at Janet Jackson and Tamar Braxton. She said Janet Jackson cut her out of the music video for their collaborative single, "So Excited," because Janet thought Khia was sleeping with Jermaine Dupri. Khia also said her last album was better than Tamar Braxton's last two albums. Oh Khia!
"LOVE BUG on the loose Temple hills MD. Lol Turn up," 50 Cent, captioned an Instagram photo from last Saturday. These posted memories arose from the recent Effen Vodka promo run from (Oct. 3). It quickly became apparent that an ardent supporter seemed to "pour up," with abandon.
The vibrant lady referred to as "Love Bug" stole the spotlight and quickly made use of her fleeting flame. With a clutched bottle of the Dutch brand in hand, this ardent supporter proceeded to throw it back at the Queens' entrepreneur. With a smile on his face, soon the "Candy Shop" rapper would partake in the shenanigans.
As the successful spokesperson of the spirited brand, Fif, is taking his responsibilities seriously. Stepping aside from his previous guerrilla marking campaigns, the proven titan has employed a grassroots marketing campaign which seems to be going down, oh so smoothly.
Grammy®-nominated hip-hop magnate Rick Ross announces his eight studio album BLACK MARKET set to arrive in December on Maybach Music Group / Def Jam Recordings. BLACK MARKET, Rozay's third full-length album release in less than two years, will be the follow-up to Rick Ross' Hood Billionaire, released November 2014 and Mastermind in March 2014, his fifth career album to debut at #1 Soundscan. To announce the album, Rick Ross premiered his brand new single, "Sorry" featuring Chris Brown, this morning on the nationally syndicated "Breakfast Club" morning show on Power 105.1 in New York City. "Sorry" will go up for sale at all digital retailers and streaming partners on October 9th. Leading up to the BLACK MARKET announcement, this summer Rick Ross released a stellar mixtape entitled "Black Dollar," which was heralded by critics for Ross' humble and honest wordplay. Pitchfork exclaimed, "that voice of his, and the way he makes it leap and tremble with joy, can momentarily make you believe anything," while XXL stated "Rick Ross is on the ascent again." To date, the mixtape has over 1.7 million listens on mixtape site DatPiff. Hood Billionaire and Mastermind succeeded Ross' 2012 release, God Forgives, I Don't, his fourth album to debut at #1 Soundscan, which included top hits "Touch'N You" featuring Usher, "So Sophisticated" featuring Meek Mill, and fan favorite "Diced Pineapples" featuring Drake and Wale. Ross' previous best-selling albums include Port Of Miami (2006), Trilla (2008), and Deeper Than Rap (2009), all of which debuted at #1 Soundscan; and Teflon Don (2010).
Since releasing their Pharrell produced single "Last Kiss" we haven't heard much from Overdoz. Today the group makes their return with new single "Why We Never Leave The Ghetto" produced by Terrace Martin & Fredwreck. Debut album "2008" coming soon!
After serving as the news director for a decade, Miss Info is parting ways with Hot 97. Through a statement with Billboard, she said she is leaving to focus relaunching her own website, MissInfo.tv and penning a parenting book.
"2015 has been such an incredible year so far," she said in a statement. "With a new baby, upcoming site relaunch, and a book on the way, it feels like everything is on the changing table. This wasn't an easy decision, as I've shared so many unforgettable moments with my Hot 97 family. I want to thank everyone from the jocks and creatives to sales and promotions, for their immeasurable support both on and off air."
[ALSO READ: Cipha Sounds Leaves Hot 97] Miss Info is now added to the list of elder statesmen who have left the station. Angie Martinez took her talents to their rival station Power 105.1 last year while former music director Karlie Hustle and DJ Cipha Sounds also resigned from their positions.