Archive for March 30, 2011
Rapper Pusha T has recorded for a variety of labels throughout his career, which started with Elektra Records in 1997 with the release of Clipse’s first album Exclusive Audio Footage and the underground hit, “The Funeral.”
After years of label turmoil, Pusha-T said he finally feels at home with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.
“The dope part about G.O.O.D. Music is that everybody has a lane. Like ever-y-body has a lane,” Pusha-T told AllHipHop.com.
Throughout the years, Pusha, along with his brother Malice, dropped albums for the Arista distributed label, Star Trak, which was helmed by their longtime friend, Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes.
In 2003, the group was moved to Jive as part of a merger, while Star Trak went over to Interscope.
The Clipse suffered at Jive, just as sales across the music industry began to lag.
To complicate matters, Clipse’s longtime, respected business manager Anthony “Geezy” Gonzales was sentenced to 32 years for heading $20 million dollar cocaine distribution ring, that stretched throughout Virginia and several other southern states.
The projections are in. Wiz Khalifa’s major label debut, Rolling Papers, is reportedly on track to sell around 190,00 to 210,000 copies come next week.
According to the one-day sales estimates by the industry insiders at hitsdailydouble.com, the 2010 XXL Freshman will pick up the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Top 200 albums charts. Pop queen Britney Spears on her way to earning the No. 1 seat.
Snoop Dogg’s The Doggumentary is on its way to selling around 45,000-50,000 units.
Stay tuned to XXLMag.com to find out the official Nielsen SoundScan numbers next Wednesday, April 5.
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck Japan, causing a devastating tsunami that swept over cities in the northern part of the country. The impact was such that the West Coast of the United States and South America were on high alert. Recorded at 9.0 on the Richter scale, it was the most powerful quake ever to hit the country. To date, the official death toll has risen over 9,500, and more than 16,000 people are listed as missing. We take a look at the trends and MCs Japan’s influenced from fashion to art and everywhere in-between.