Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
Winston Churchill stated that, “a fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” Thus, the supporters of Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Lil B fit into this framework perfectly. In essence, any enthusiastic individual devoted to an artist is considered a fan. The term “fanatic” being derived from a pair of Latin words invested with religious connotations. Understanding stems from such roots as devotees of Hip Hop acts worship them like gods. However, some men just want to watch the world burn, believing themselves better than the art form they won’t shut up about. “Haters” is what they’re called and any attention they’re afforded is a waste. Praise is given to the fans instead who keep this art alive, because though their adoration may at times be foolish it nevertheless breathes soul into the system. Onto their idols:
1) G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer: With 216,115 albums sold in their first week they conquered this chart without a question. Unfortunately, the sons of summer debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 thanks to the release of Pink’s latest effort.
2) 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story: An additional 17,557 records means the man with two necklaces is still shining. With “No Lie” holding strong and “Birthday Song” climbing the Hot 100 it’s no question that he’ll be back again next week.
3) Frank Ocean – Channel Orange: Chalk up another 14,182 to his tally, and thanks for a soulful SNL musical appearance his numbers are only improving. Despite the idiocy directed towards sexuality his hard work continues to receive the appreciation it deserves.
4) Tech N9ne – E.B.A.H.: Though his fanbase is modest they are nevertheless dedicated. 13,165 of them purchased Evil Brain Angel Heart in its first week and no doubt feel blessed to have new material from the master.
5) Trey Songz – Chapter V: Another week and another 12,725 sold. Though “Heart Attack” isn’t performing as well as other R&B singles his album sales are making up for that fact. Trigga’s fandom may not be able to crown him with gold, but they’re going to try their damnedest.
Just like Slaughterhouse, DMX didn’t see the second week success he may have deserved. Suffice it to say, the sound of yesteryear isn’t as sought after as some may believe. Perhaps 50’s upcoming album will prove this point wrong, but until then the need for something new persists. With debut albums coming from Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky next month it seems that the wait won’t be long. Until then, remember to support your favorite artists, because the charts are here to see how many actually do.