Nicki Minaj isn’t just the Princess of Young Money, the Queens talent is also the top hip-hop act on The Billboard Top 200 album chart.
While she slipped three spots from last week to No. 5, Minaj is still the highest selling rap artist for the second week in a row with 31,900 copies of her debut LP, Pink Friday, flying off the shelves over the last seven days. While the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) already certified the disc platinum, she has yet to officially move one million units. According to Nielsen SoundScan, PF sold 922,400 copies after 2 months on the charts.
Five spots down at No. 10 is Nicki’s “Monster” collaborator Kanye West. Yeezy’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was purchased 25.200 times this sales cycle, making his overall stats equal 940,600.
Eminem, who experienced a huge boost in sales over the holiday season, is making his way back down the charts as he slipped nine seats to No. 14. Fans still bagged up an additional 21,400 copies of Recovery this week, giving Em a 30-week total of 3,469,700.
Closing out the Top 40 is T.I. and Lil Wayne. Tip’s No Mercy fell to No. 24 this go-round, while Weezy’s I Am Not A Human Being tripped two slots to No. 27. The King of the South added about 14,800 CDs to his overall tally, which now sits at 367,400. Wayne scooped up around 12,200 customers, bringing his 16-week total to 691,900.
Lil Wayne strikes a pose for his third Rolling Stone cover. The issue marks his first print interview since his release from jail last November. Below are a few excerpts. The mag hits newsstands January 21st.
On Gambling For Commisary:
“I’d bust a nigga’s ass at Uno,” he told writer Josh Eells. “We gamble for phone time. I’d take nigga’s commissary: Lemme get them cookies, lemme get them chips, get that soup.”
On LeBron James and Dwayne Wade
When Wayne sat court-side at a recent Miami Heat/New Orleans Hornets game he was upset that Lebron James and Dwayne Wade never came over to talk to him. “Them niggas never speak to a nigga,” he says. “They don’t chuck me the deuce or nothing. Nigga spent all that money on them fucking tickets… Come holla at me. We sit right by them little bitch-ass niggas. At least come ask me why I’m not rooting for you.”
On Solitary Confidment
He spent his final month in jail in solitary after he was caught with an iPod charger in his cell. It could have been worse: He also had a watch with an MP3 player on it, but another inmate took the rap. “He was a solid nigga,” says Wayne. “Shout-out to Charles…Solitary was the worst. No TV. No radio. No commissary. Basically you’re in there 23 hours a day.” The only upside was he had a window where he could watch cars go by. “I used to sit at that motherfucker all day,” he says.
New Reading Material
In prison he read biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Joan Jett, Vince Lombardi and Anthony Kiedis. “[Kiedis'] Scar Tissue was really good,” he says. “I also read the Bible for the first time. It was deep! I liked the parts where some character was once this, but he ended up being that. Like he’d be dissing Jesus, and then he ends up being a saint. That was cool.”
Trina, Birdman, and Ne-Yo are the kind of celebrities lounging in VIP on a Sunday evening at LIV in Miami Beach. But what do you do when you're partying with the best and want to show them a good time - tell your hostess you would like to order 25 bottles of Moet & Chandon's Nectar Imperial Rosè better known in the urban world as "bottles of Rosè". Of course, when you're really looking to really impress your guests... sign for it.
Atlanta-based trio Travis Porter recently sat down to speak with AllHipHop.com about the group’s recent success and their hit song “Make it Rain.”
The track shot up the Billboard charts, reaching as high as #14 on the Rap/Hip-Hop charts and #100 on the Hot 100.
Additionally, Florida rappers Rick Ross and T-Pain made popular remixes of the song, and while no official remix has been released yet, the group seems to be happy with how the Hip-Hop community has embraced their recent hit.
“The song is Top 20, Top 15, we felt that feeling before, because when we dropped ‘All The Way Turnt Up’, that thing went crazy in a matter of months,” group member Quez explained to AllHipHop.com. “So we are used to feeling the hype. It feels good to go to people’s states and being able to take n****s b*****s and s**t."
“Remix hasn’t dropped yet, but I f**k wit Rick Ross verse,” Quez continued. “It feels good to feel people diggin yo’ s**t and feeling it, something that you made and having your verses heard by big names.”
Travis Porter announced a major deal with Jive Records in November of 2010, after a long independent grind. They said the trials and tribulations that came with being independent prepared them for their major label deal.
“Its really not a process, its just like, you grind and you doing your job,” Travis Porter group member Lakeem told AllHipHop.com. “Since you got signed, you got that push. It don’t stop though, just since you get signed. You get the bigger push, that bigger look. It’s like radio, and radio costs.”
The group is looking to build a buzz before their official album, Porterland drops.
“Your grind don’t stop when you signed, its like the whole world's eyes is on you,” group member Strap told AllHipHop.com. “We bout to shoot the 'Bring it Back' video. We working.”
Blink-182 Drummer Travis Barker has confirmed a variety of Hip-Hop stars will be featured on his highly anticipated upcoming solo debut, Give The Drummer Some, which is due in stores this March via Interscope.
Rep's for the label have confirmed an all-star cast of rappers have lined up to support Travis Barker's inaugural debut, which will land in stores on March 15th, 2011.
The first official single "Can A Drummer Get Some" by itself features a who's who in Hip-Hop, with guest appearances by The Game, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.
Other guests confirmed for the release include Slaughterhouse ("Devil's Got A Hold of Me"), Kid Cudi ("Cool Head"), Paul Wall, Kurupt and J Roc ("Don't F**k With Me) and The Clipse ("City of Dreams").
Travis already dropped the single "Jump Down" featuring The Cool Kids, which is already being sold as a single.
The diverse musician has also enlisted his favorite artists in the art world to create visual representations for every track on Give The Drummer Some.
Artists like Mr. Cartoon, Risk One, Skinhead Rob, Cool Head, Jeff Soto, Richard Sanchez contributed to the album artwork, while Rock & Roll artist Pushead created the over.
Pushead is a veteran artist who has created album covers for artists ranging from Metallica to Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith).
Travis Barker is also in the studio with a reformed Blink-182. The group will drop a new album this year as well.
If you were hoping for all kinds of grandiose festivities for Monica’s wedding to her younger baller boo Shannon Brown, the joke’s on you.
It would appear that Ms. Thang has been Mrs. Brown since before the end of 2010.
The rumors have been swirling for two months that Mo and Shannon got married prior to her moving in with her fiance in LA in November. The marriage took place in front of the couple’s parents.
Over the weekend, a reader emailed me to say that Monica went into the Clayton County office 2 weeks ago to change her last name to Brown.
Normally, I would call my good friend, Monica, and ask her to confirm the rumors myself, but I decided to do what other bloggers stopped doing — research the rumors myself.
The rumors are true: Monica and Shannon Brown are indeed married. An official with the NBA also confirmed the marriage, which took place in Los Angeles on November 22, 2010.
A friend of Shannon Brown’s says he is relieved that the news is out because he respects his wife and he has been wearing his wedding band recently. The friend said Shannon and Monica plan to wed officially in front of family and friends (again) in Los Angeles in June.
So, why do famous people go on shows like “Celebrity Apprentice?” Maybe it’s the fun of meeting Donald Trump and listening to him yell “You’re fired!”
Or maybe it’s to make a little money.
It seems several of the contestants on the new season are in deep hock to the feds or to their states. Here’s a list that the Detroit News compiled detailing the tax woes of “Apprentice” hopefuls.
Among the list is rapper Lil Jon. The IRS filed a $638,937 lien against him in South Carolina, the report said.
Star Jones, LaToya Jackson, Gary Busey, Dionne Warwick and Jose Canseco are also mentioned for owing back taxes in varying amounts.