Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj Fans Debate Sales Predictions For Upcoming Albums 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Singer Nicki Minaj (L) and rapper Lil Wayne of Young Money accept Best Group award onstage during the BET Awards '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
"Pink Friday 2" and "Welcome 2 Collegrove" are both set to drop on November 17th.

Young Money fans are eating in 2023. With the release of For All The Dogs, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne are now gearing up for their respective bodies of work. However, Nicki’s Pink Friday 2 was already set to drop on November 17th when Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz announced the release date for Welcome 2 Collegrove, which will drop on the same day. Needless to say, it feels like it’s already a first-week sales showdown between the mentor and the mentee.

Already, their respective fanbases are debating who will emerge with the higher first-week sales. For the most part, many of the Barbz feel a type of way about Lil Wayne dropping on the same day as the artist that he signed. Many pointed out that it seemed odd that Lil Wayne had put himself in a position to compete against Nicki Minaj rather than letting her shine. However, it doesn’t seem likely that Welcome 2 Collegrove will outsell Pink Friday 2, especially considering the success of the lead single, “Super Freaky Girl.”

How Much Did Queen & Collegrove Sell In The First Week?

While both of these projects are highly anticipated efforts in hip-hop as a whole, another reason why it seems likely that Nicki Minaj will outsell 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne is purely based on numbers. Nicki’s last album, Queen, moved 155K units in its first week in 2018, although she debuted at #2 behind Travis Scott’s Astroworld. Meanwhile, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne’s ColleGrove moved 53,000 units in its first week in 2016 including 34,000 from pure sales.

Unfortunately, it’s too early for any formal predictions of what each album will sell. Regardless, it’ll be a great day for hip-hop fans. In the past few weeks, both Wayne and Nicki have unloaded new singles. Weezy unveiled Tha Fix Before Tha VI while Nicki Minaj recently delivered “For All The Barbz,” a remix to Drake and Chief Keef’s “All The Parties.” Which album will you be checking out first on November 17th? Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz’s Welcome 2 ColleGrove 2 or Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday 2? Sound off in the comments below. 

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.