Charts Don’t Lie: February 8
This week we see Ne-Yo make his grand entrance on the Billboard 200 with Non-Fiction, and we're also analyzing Lupe Fiasco and Joey Bada$$ in their second week out. As we saw last week, Joey Bad started off strong with a #5 debut, much higher than Lupe's Tetsuo & Youth. However was that just hype for his first week out? This week we're seeing Joey make quite steep drop to #41, and although Lupe has dropped as well, he's actually coming in slightly higher than B4.DA.$$.
Chart’s Don’t Lie: February 1
This week both Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco finally make their splash on the Billboard 200. One splash was bigger than another, though. The sales projections for both artists were pretty accurate, with Joey doing 57,694 units when you take into account the single and album streams, and Lupe doing 42,458. Joey's numbers not only outdid his veteran competitor Lupe Fiasco, but he also outdid fellow newcomers Rae Sremmurd, who are currently charting in their third week.
Samples Of The Week: January 29 (Lupe Fiasco Edition)
In weeks past, we've chosen to dedicate editions of Samples Of The Week to new albums by J. Cole, Fabolous and Joey Bada$$, which were all chock full of beats that utilized samples. This week, it's Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth that gets the nod, thanks to three particularly noticeable samples/interpolations. Read on to see where Lupe found the sounds to make his dope new album.
First Week Sales For Joey Bada$$' "B4.Da.$$" & Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth"
Last week, a young star and a down-on-his-luck veteran both released intelligent, career-revitalizing albums, but who sold more?
Review: Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth"
Lupe Fiasco has been in a battle with Atlantic records for what seems to be forever. We all know about his discontent with Lasers and on his mixtape Friend of the People he made it clear that he wanted off the label. He did not get his wish before this album dropped, and that almost prevented us from hearing this album entirely. Lupe has done interviews in which he says the album would never come out if Atlantic Records had their way. Given the acclaim that this album has been receiving lately, that would have been a tragedy.
Lupe Fiasco's Message To Kid Cudi: "Talk To Me, Before I Fuck You Up”
A couple weeks back, Lupe Fiasco and Kid Cudi had a bit of a back-and-forth on Twitter, following Lupe's support of Kendrick Lamar's views on Ferguson.
Top 15 Star Wars References In Hip-Hop
The teaser trailer for the first new Star Wars movie in nearly a decade dropped on Thanksgiving Day and we all began to process it in stages.
First Week Sales Projections For Joey Bada$$ & Lupe Fiasco
Just yesterday we saw the release of two highly anticipated albums, one from a veteran in the game, and one from a relatively new artist. Joey Bada$$ delivered his long-awaited debut album, while Lupe Fiasco delivered his final album on Atlantic, his fifth LP. Who will sell more?
Top Tracks Of The Week: January 12- Jan. 20
Here it is, our weekly rundown of what’s new and notable at the top of our charts. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our Top 100 chart. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration.
Stream Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth"
After several setbacks and threats to Atlantic Records from Anonymous, Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth is here. Tetsuo & Youth is Lupe's 5th album, and marks the end of his relationship with Atlantic Records.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 16)
Nothing too new is going on in the game this past week. In other words, hip-hop is just going right now. And that's not bad: Vince Staples is alive and still hating on Chris Paul, Jay Z still knows how to tweet, Meek Mill is still free and he's #woke. Common and John Legend won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song ("Glory" from Selma), but other than that, things have been a 40 degree day. The tweets are still fire though.
Lupe Fiasco Says He Doesn't "Want To Be Relevant Today"
Recently Lupe Fiasco logged off twitter once and for all (or at least, for now), citing that he wanted to "go back to the shadows." With his new album Tetsuo & Youth arriving any day now, Billboard has posted a new interview with the rapper where he echoes the same sentiments from his final twitter farewell.
Lupe Fiasco Says He's Done Tweeting, Wants To "Go Back To The Shadows"
Some says "Twitter rants," some say "album promotion," but whatever you call it, Lupe Fiasco has been sparking beef all over Twitter in the weeks before his long-delayed Tetsuo & Youth drops.
Azealia Banks & Lupe Fiasco Go At It On Twitter [Update: Kid Cudi Gets Involved]
This was bound to happen sooner or later. In the age of online beefing, Azealia Banks and Lupe Fiasco are two of the most prolific personalities in hip-hop. While they may often struggle to get their music out, their opinions seem to face no such problems. Lately, they've been circling each others' orbits, nearly always coming out on the opposite sides of issues, but never colliding head-on until now.
Lupe Fiasco & GrandeMarshall Clash Over "Adoration Of The Magi" Beat On Twitter
This morning, Lupe Fiasco dropped off a new track from Tetsuo & Youth, the DJ Dahi-produced "Adoration Of The Magi." Soon enough, someone on Twitter pointed out that the song's beat was almost identical to the one Dahi used on Philadelphia rapper GrandeMarshall's 2012 track "Ellie Fox." One thing
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 27)
So that does it. This is the final 140 Bars Or Less of the year. While many were shedding melancholic tears at the year's final days and others totally checked out because of holiday festivities, the news kept coming in to give a fitting end to one of the most divisive years in recent memory.
Lupe Fiasco Tweets Photo Of Himself In KKK Robes, Freddie Gibbs Responds [Update: Gibbs Apologizes]
Lupe Fiasco's taking a strange approach to the promotion of his upcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth. This afternoon, he tweeted a photo of himself in full KKK attire with the caption “The friend of my enemy is my enemy. Tetsuo & Youth 1/20/2015" (view it below), a still taken from his 2013 video "1234."
Lupe Fiasco Unveils "Tetsuo & Youth" Tracklist [Update: Artwork Revealed]
Lupe Fiasco has had plenty of issues with Atlantic, especially when it comes to putting music out without compromises. Things started getting shaky with LASERS, an album Lupe has since expressed was "the label's record" and not his own. Things got heated between the rapper and Atlantic once again when he expressed his frustration with the delay of his new album, Tetsuo & Youth on Twitter a few months back.
Lupe Fiasco May Have "Anonymous" Hackers To Thank For His Release Date
It comes as no surprise that hacker group Anonymous are fans of Lupe Fiasco. The radical collective are known to take action against those who oppose the right to free speech, often taking similar political stands to the outspoken emcee -- their latest target being Lupe's own label, Atlantic.
Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth" Album Gets A Release Date
After Atlantic Records pushed aside Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth album due to failure to produce a pop single, the label decides to comes through tonight and announce a release date for it finally.