Charts Don’t Lie: April 20

This week on the charts we see a new entry with Top Dawg's lady SZA, who made a strong debut considering it's her first release on the label/first release for sale. Similar to Isaiah Rashad's Cilvia...

  • Charts Don’t Lie: April 20
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    This week on the charts we see a new entry with Top Dawg's lady SZA, who made a strong debut considering it's her first release on the label/first release for sale. Similar to Isaiah Rashad's Cilvia Demo, which debuted at #40, SZA's Z debuted at #39 by moving 7,000 units. This proves the strength of the TDE fan base and the support they have for the label, no matter the artist and style...
  • The Tortoise & The Hare: First Week vs. Longterm Sales
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    Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say. In an era of immediate consumption and instant gratification, we want something the second it becomes available, if not before. We wait in line overnight so we can be the first in our group of friends to have the newest iPhone, Call of Duty, or retro Jawwdins. Being a first adopter is a pride thing, and some care about it more than others, but nobody...
  • In The A: The Changing Faces Of Atlanta Hip-Hop
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    Atlanta, Georgia. The city bursting with waffle houses and strip clubs also happens to be one of today’s hip-hop capitals. Trap music has skyrocketed over the past couple years, ATL being its home. Twenty years ago, however, there was a much different picture in the A. The Dirty South was simply trying to garner recognition while the East and West Coasts shared a stranglehold on the rap scene....
  • Charts Don't Lie: January 20th
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    This week on Charts Don’t Lie, R&B artists who infuse their music with hip hop collaborations and sounds continue to rule, however things are about to change as A$AP Rocky’s studio debut is projected to top the Billboard 200 next week.  In the interim, we see the holdovers from 2012 selling solid with some of the best albums of the year still appearing on the charts.  If you’re...
  • Talking To Logic & C-Sick On "Two Kings"
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    Logic was quietly grinding in his hometown of Maryland for some time, releasing tape after tape, before he hit it big and signed a deal with Def Jam. His story is similar to that of many rappers: an absentee father, a mother with a drug addiction, and a high school drop out. However, Logic is not your average rapper. The emcee first stepped to the mixtape game with Young, Broke, And Infamous,...
  • Charts Don't Lie: September 2nd
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    Sales charts are more than just bar graphs and seismic looking line work, it is a complex network of retail results and online data. Though it can’t be tallied to perfection, it is nevertheless reliable when approached with a discerning eye. Such sight-seeing is at the core of Charts Don’t Lie, an on-going look at the top performing records in Rap and R&B. Unlike other coverage this...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: January 13th
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    We saw a brief hiatus of Charts Don't Lie over the holiday break, but that doesn't mean sales slowed down, in fact, it appears to have been the opposite. Over the holiday season, many artists saw a rise on the charts as more copies were sold of their respective albums. So this week, you'll see artists featured that probably haven't appeared on Charts for a while. It's interesting to see which...
  • Underrated Audio: Feb. 6- 12
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    Check out some underground/slept-on tunes you may have missed last week.       Ro Ransom- Temperature Ro Ransom, formerly Nero, is dope and highly slept-on. He released this track over Missy Elliott's 'Hot Boyz' instrumental to start prepping us for the release of “Ransomnia.” This won't be on “Ransomnia” but he kills it nonetheless. Definitely one of my favourites from last...
  • Charts Don't Lie: July 7
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    This week on Charts Don't Lie we have one new entry, and that's Wale with The Gifted. Wale is an interesting rapper to consider, because there's no denying people love to hate on him. We saw this with the resurgence of old tweets from rappers-- one thing they seemed to all have in common was their strong dislike from Mr. Folarin. And it's not even just those tweets from back in the day, even now,...
  • Charts Don't Lie: July 14
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    Soon Jay-Z is going to be on the charts, undoubtedly dominating the top spot, which belonged to J. Cole this week. Jay-Z's new album has made waves not only for it's creative rollout but for changing the rules of RIAA, in order to ensure the album went platinum before it even dropped, unlike our other chart-toppers this week, who are working their way to platinum the old-fashioned way. On top of...
  • Underrated Audio: May 7-13
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    You know how it goes. We've grabbed some of the tracks we thought were overlooked this past week, and placed them all in one place (here) for your enjoyment. This week it really is about rappers that are overlooked (apart from Party Next Door, who is not a rapper at all). From Jon Connor, to Stalley, to Tree, it's generally agreed that these rappers don't get the credit they deserve, and they're...
  • Underrated Audio: June 22-28
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    This week we keep it short and sweet for y'all. We've got four cuts from upstarts in music, who all deliver vastly different sounds, from the indie-kinda-rap OnCue spits, to the r'n'b ish JMSN delivers, to the '90s sounding rap from Dillon Cooper. We also threw in a cut from Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks. Plus we have G-Unit rapper Precious Paris featured, so we can all reminisce on G-Unit days for a...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: November 17th
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    Eminem week officially hit us with full force. We've seen legendary rappers like Jay Z and Kanye West both drop albums this past year, but none compared to the chart domination of Slim Shady. As we mentioned last week, a few of Em's old albums had popped back up on the Billboard 200, presumably due to anticipation for new one, MMLP2. Well, this past week, that was taken to the next level, with...
  • Underrated Audio: June 14- June 20
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    Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here. This week's contenders offer a range of sounds, from slightly ratchet to low-key chilling. We're looking at four...
  • Underrated Audio: March 22- March 28
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    Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here. Although we missed a week last week, this week we've returned with five choice cuts that were slept on recent times....
  • Scottie Pippen Sued For $4M After Knocking Man Out In Malibu
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    Scottie Pippen was involved in a short altercation outside Nobu, a restaurant in Malibu, that ended up with Pip punching a man, and said man crumbling to the ground and being knocked out.   Now that man is suing the Hall Of Fame forward for $4 million.Police are still investigating the incident, but they had interviewed Pippen, and witnesses had said the man was intoxicated and was berating the...
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