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As “Illmatic” celebrates its 20-year anniversary, HipHopDX reports on Nas’ sales figures for the artist’s seven solo studio albums.
Nas’ debut album, Illlmatic, which was released 20 years ago today (April 19, 1994), is one of, if not his most celebrated project yet. The album, which was released via Columbia Records, is not his best-selling effort, however. That honor goes to 1996′s It Was Written.
HipHopDX looked into the sales figures for all of Nas’ seven solo studio albums. The Queensbridge emcee’s solo work has included several sets, including his most recent project, Life Is Good.
Sales figures for Nas’ Illmatic XX have not been released, therefore the project is not included. The effort, which includes remixes of the emcee’s 1994 debut album, received a 3 out of 5 in its HipHopDX review. “For the last 20 years, Nas has both run from and back to Illmatic,” HipHopDX said in its review of the project. “He’s mocked Golden Era romanticists rhyming, ‘They thought I’d make another Illmatic, but it’s always forward I’m moving / Never backwards stupid, here’s another classic’ on an album whose very title, Stillmatic, incorporated the name of his crowning artistic achievement. Now, two decades removed from his debut, Sony/Columbia offers a re-release of Illmatic. The inherent trouble with such reflections is that without new perspectives, they’re essentially overpriced reminders of the source material. This is where Illmatic XX resides.”
The sales figures of Nas’ albums are as follows, as of March 2014. All figures below are in the following format: Album title, Label, Year, Sales Total.
Illmatic Columbia 1994 1,654,000
It Was Written Columbia 1996 2,595,000
I Am… Columbia 1999 2,178,000
Nastradamus Columbia 1999 1,262,000
Stillmatic Columbia 2001 2,179,000
God’s Son Columbia 2002 1,362,000
Lost Tapes Columbia 2002 361,000
Street’s Disciple Columbia 2004 724,000
Hip Hop Is Dead Def Jam 2006 785,000
Untitled Def Jam 2008 480,000
Life Is Good Def Jam 2012 380,000
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On the surface, this should be a great time for Wu-Tang Clan. The group is prepping the release of their comeback album A Better Tomorrow, their first since 2007′s 8 Diagrams, while simultaneously upending industry conventions by selling one copy of a different 31-track album titled The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
But the revered hip-hop crew seems more divided than ever, at least among certain members. Earlier this week, RZA claimed that Raekwon has essentially disappeared from the recording of A Better Tomorrow, and that creatively, the two were on “different paths.” Rolling Stone got on the phone with an angry, passionate Raekwon, who rebutted RZA’s charges, accused him of lying and lobbied harsh charges against the Wu-Tang producer.
RZA told Vlad TV, “I haven’t had a chance to really talk to him about why [you're not involved with the album]. But I would say that maybe creatively we on different paths.” What’s your response to that?
I don’t know why he said he didn’t speak to me, because he did speak to me. We spoke about two weeks ago. It was me, him, his brother and business partner Devine and we talked about why I’m not there right now. They know where I’m at and at the end of the day, him saying he didn’t speak to me is a bold-faced lie.
And yeah, we are at creative differences because at the end of the day, I want to win. I’m used to being a winner. Being that I feel the team is being compromised by his so-called “logic” of making music, I have a problem with that because I love my fans. I would never want to give my fans anything other than the best. So when we’re sitting there discussing the creative process of making a great album for the fans, I’m not going to never settle for less. I’m not the only one [in the group] that feels this way too.
What do you mean specifically when you say the team is compromised?
This sh*t is not right. It’s not making us give the fans the best that we can give them. So of course we have a problem with that. It’s like coming out with some music that you’re not feeling. Therefore, it’s being compromised by RZA and his brother Devine, Mitchell Diggs. My thing is, yeah, he’s right, we’re on different pages when it comes to being creative because RZA, you’re not in the field no more. I’m still paying attention to what’s going on and an amazing group that’s got so much potential to be bigger than what they are if they just focus and come out with great music. On “Keep Watch,” you put this new young kid on there who nobody knows who he is – and I’m not taking shots at the kid – but I don’t even know who he is. That song is something that the crew didn’t have knowledge of, from what I’m being told. Dudes ain’t feeling good about it.
What do you think of “Keep Watch”?
I hate it. I hate it. I don’t hate sh*t, but I hate that fu*kin’ record. It ain’t the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it’s the production. And I ain’t sh*tting on the producer because he’s one of our soldiers. But if it ain’t where it need to be… It’s 20 years later. We talkin ’bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin’ and making fiery sh*t and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre sh*t? That ain’t part of our plan.
How much of A Better Tomorrow have you heard?
The bottom line: I’m not happy with that. I’m not happy with the direction of the music and I’m not happy with how dudes is treating dudes’ business. What are we giving the fans? What are we giving the people that help us be here? If it don’t feel right, I can’t be fake. And I’m not the only one who feels like that. Fans want the best and I have to sit here and work that hard to give them the best. Period.
You say you’re not the only one who feels like this, but is this a majority of the Clan or a few members?
I can’t speak for brothers. If they’re going to sit there and allow themselves to be comfortable with what’s being made, i don’t know that part. The so-called “organization,” – the business dudes – they made that decision to come out with that record. That’s where I have a problem. That’s not how it works. As a team, we make these decisions. My thing is this: For every problem, we try to find a solution. But the first thing is, we have to make sure that we’re all comfortable doing business. For me, I don’t mind doing whatever it takes to make sure Wu-Tang Clan has the greatest album that they could ever make. But first things first: Business is business and you gotta respect that.
Where specifically do you feel slighted, businesswise?
In order for Chef to work, the Chef contract has to be correct. It has to be a situation where I can say, “You know what? This is the best situation for me and my family.” That’s who I work for. I work for my family.
It almost sounds like you’re on strike.
It’s the same as being an athlete. I don’t give a fu*k if it’s Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant. They will not touch the floor if their managers or lawyers are saying, “Listen, sh*t ain’t right.” So therefore, I’m in a limbo situation. So yeah, you’re right. I am on strike. It ain’t the fact that I don’t want to be there. Because of course I want to be there. But if we’re there, we gotta do the best everything. We gotta work 10 times harder, because that’s what I’m signing in for. I’m not about listening to somebody that’s not an artist telling me what the fu*k they think is hot.
As far as the RZA, I respect him, I love him – the love ain’t gonna go anywhere – but you’re not in the music world no more. So to me, you need to take a backseat and respect the n—as that is playing the game. I’m always out in the field and finding out what’s going on with the new. Period.
Do you think it’s him or other people getting into his ear?
RZA’s the type of dude where, in the 90s, he ruled. Now it’s a new day. You’re not attached no more. It’s like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new fu*king game plan. I sit here with integrity all the time. When it comes to my music. When it comes to my business. When it comes to the fans. I’m always going to give them the best of me. And I know the Wu-Tang Clan is built like that, but if they’re sitting there listening to one man, ain’t no “I” in “Team.”
So what’s the solution that makes you happy and ready to work?
It ain’t about making me happy; it’s about doing business and negotiating the best terms and making me feel like, “You’re not lying to me.” But before anything, everybody else’s business might be taken care of correctly where they can move forward, but Chef is not! My sh*t ain’t together! I have to deal with that first.
Second, RZA’s saying this is Wu-Tang’s last album? OK. Cool. That’s what it is? You the Abbot? It’s the Abbot show? Aiight, then it’s the last fu*kin’ album. I’m cool with that. But at the same time, you’re not going to have me be attached to something that’s broke. Because if it’s already broke, why fix it?
Do you think part of it is the expectations put upon the group after 20 years?
We created something that wound up being so big, it has to sit on a certain kind of podium. It has to be sitting up there shining. It can’t be sitting up there with bullet holes and all this bullsh*t on it. I love my fans. I would never give them something that I feel is not a hit or a win. We made decisions together when it came to making great music. Today, I don’t know where RZA’s mind is at. I don’t know if he looks at himself as being a top producer. But you’re not the top producer no more. You’re definitely one of the best, but you’re not one of the best today.
We said with this album right here, let’s go use some of the relationships with the producers and artists that we know and let’s make something that the fans can be like, “Goddamn.” You don’t go out there and put somebody on the fu*king record that nobody never heard of. That’s an insult to us. I’m just sitting back in the bleachers just watching sh*t. There’s no animosity with me and my brothers. My issue is with fu*kin’ management. And whoever sits in that chair, RZA and Devine, that’s they sh*t that they have to deal with. You’re not going to bury my career with your dumb moves.
Was there talk about working with other producers?
There definitely were conversations about this like, “Let’s make this a colorful album with some of the hottest producers in the game.” Motherfu*kers love and respect us enough where it’s like, “If you call me, it would be an honor to be involved with it.” But RZA, you’re the guy that can do that and I don’t understand why he’s not doing that. We want to continue to hold that belt the way it’s supposed to be held.
Did you ever think about leaving the group?
[Pauses] I would never leave the group. Before, I would say to myself, “It can be fixed.” We’ve done so much work together as a family that I would never turn my back on that. But if my business ain’t right, then it’s causing me to do what my heart is telling me to do.
On a scale of 0-10, what are the odds that you end up on A Better Tomorrow?
We at a two right now. It’s like climbing up a fu*kin’ mountain if you got on slippers.
It’s sad. It hurts. It’s all about the fans. It’s all about them saying, “This is my favorite fu*kin’ hip-hop group in the world.” I have a job to do for them. And I would never let my fans down and make something I feel is mediocre just to say I made it. That’s not Raekwon.
50 Cent commends both Jay Z and Puff Daddy for remaining relevant throughout their careers.
During an interview with Baltimore’s 92Q Jams, 50 Cent gave credit to fellow artist Puff Daddy for remaining relevant in music for so long, but also revealed that the Bad Boy Records founder doesn’t have any music that anyone would want to hear. He then called Puff’s “Big Homie” record, which features Rick Ross and French Montana, garbage.
While commending Puff for being relevant without having to release any music, 50 Cent also gave credit to Jay Z for being an artist who has remained relevant throughout his career.
50 Cent also addressed his upcoming album, Animal Ambition, which he again referred to as a project about prosperity. He commented on the project being the second half of a journey that started with his debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.
In a past interview with Sonic Electronix, 50 Cent described Animal Ambition as a project about prosperity and also compared the LP to The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Warning.”
Audio from 50 Cent’s interview can be found at 92Q.com.
A rapper who worked with members of the group Wu-Tang Clan cut off his penis and jumped from a second floor balcony in an apparent suicide attempt, TMZ reports.
Andre Johnson was found on the sidewalk outside an apartment building in West Hollywood at 1:00 am on Wednesday morning and taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital in critical condition.
A spokesperson for the hospital said it does not comment on patients.
Johnson is also known by the stage names Christ Bearer and Andre Roxx, and is in the rap group Northstar. Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA produced Northstar’s debut album.
Members of Northstar told TMZ they were there when Johnson, without warning, cut off his penis and leaped. They said by the time they got downstairs he was running around screaming.
They also said hard drugs were not involved.
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Kendrick Lamar’s 2013 track ‘bi*ch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ was discussed in the trial of Oscar Pistorius today (April 10).
The Olympic athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14, 2013. Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder. The prosecution says he intentionally killed her during an argument.
According to Associated Press, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel referred to WhatsApp messages which revealed Pistorius and Steenkamp had argued about him playing Kendrick Lamar in his car.
A message from Steenkamp to Pistorius that was shown in court read: “I’m scared of you sometimes and how u snap at me and of how you will react to me. You make me happy 90% of the time and I think we are amazing together but I am not some other bi*ch you may know trying to kill your vibe.”
Pistorius’ replied: “I was upset that you just left me after we got food to go talk to a guy and I was standing right behind you watching you touch his arm and ignore me. And when I spoke up you introduced me which you could’ve done but when I left you just kept on chatting to him when clearly I was upset. I asked Martin to put on that Kendrick Lamar album in the car and don’t know it.”
He continued: “Granted that it was a sh*t song but you should’ve just lent forward and whispered in my ear to change it seeing as I had to drive to pick up your friend.”
Nel asked if the name of the song was ‘bi*ch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’, but Pistorius said he couldn’t remember the specific song. The prosecutor responded that Steenkamp would have been right to take offence, but “we can’t ask her”.
Chris Brown will have to appear in a Washington, D.C. court on April 23rd to fight an assault case and the next two weeks could be rough. According to TMZ, Chris Brown has been placed in general population in a Virgina jail until his court date.
TMZ cites administrative source at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia confirming Brown’s arrival to the jail as an inmate. Prior to arriving at the Northern Neck Regional Jail, a Los Angeles judge placed Brown in 23 hours of solitary confinement three weeks ago.
Under Brown’s original jail terms, he would only be allowed to shower once every two days and would have no television access. However, at his new jail in Virgina, Brown has regular access to showers, exercise equipment and more.