City Girls' "RAW" First Week Sales Projections Are Here, Point To Disappointing Debut

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 26: (L-R) JT and Yung Miami of City Girls attend the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

The Miami duo is set to sell less than 10K equivalent copies of their new LP, although it's certainly made a splash in media circles.

City Girls finally made their full-length comeback with their new album RAW last week, with a lot of fiery verses, bouncy production, energetic features, and a distilled and... well, raw version of their Miami bass sound. However, it looks like RAW (Real A** W***es) did not connect with audiences like they probably expected. Moreover, the duo is anticipated to sell between 6K and 8K album-equivalent units in the LP's first week, based on initial sales projections as of writing this article. As such, many probably see these numbers as disappointing, but they don't account for all the attention and press they've gotten over not just the past few years, but very recently.

For example, City Girls recently performed a medley of new material at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards. In addition, they've had plenty of prominent interviews and the support of the whole industry, but it looks like the album isn't performing as well as other rap projects this year. Of course, this all comes with the caveat that sales just don't matter, as it's more important to focus on the artistry at hand. When seen through that perspective, it's hard to be anything less than complacent at worst and fully satisfied at best with RAW.

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City Girls Performing At The 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 3: In this image released on October 10, 2023 JT and Yung Miami of the City Girls perform during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2023 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 3, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage/Getty Images)

After all, the album is so representative of the niche that the Florida femcees carved out for themselves with their music. It's definitely for the hardcore fans, and perhaps it's that stick-to-your-guns attitude that didn't make it translate to a wider audience. Also, since it's been so long since City Girls burst onto the scene in a big way, it's fair to say that this impacted the contemporary hype around them, as well. Regardless, JT doesn't think that they have a bad project, and while album performance is big, it's only one part of a much larger artistic equation.

Meanwhile, some of their biggest singles and hits still get play, and a lot of exposure means that they're always finding new fans and connecting strongly with their established fanbase. Overall, do you think RAW continues this trend or did they miss the mark for even their most hardcore fans? Let us know what you think in the comments down below. On that note, log back into HNHH for the latest news and updates on City Girls.

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About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.