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AllHipHop ChartWatch: Rick Ross, Z-Ro. J-Dilla, Stimuli and Others Cometh!

            It’s

a cold, sparse week out there for Hip Hop. 

There are only three acts representing Hip Hop in the top 50 with two of

them in the top ten.  Jay-Z drops from

three to four selling 41,000 copies of his latest disc The Blueprint 3.  The Black

Eyed Peas fall a spot from five to six with their smash album The E.N.D.  The group moves another 34,000 copies.  Meanwhile, Drake is beyond the top ten but

still manages to grab the 23rd spot selling 17,000 copies of his mixtape-released-as-a-album

So Far Gone.

            Some

solid albums have dropped over the past few weeks but haven’t come anywhere

near the top ten.  The commenters below

usually say that Jay helped to clear out autotune but the question is what is

left?  A lot of Hip Hop is being thrown

against the top ten’s wall but none of it appears to be sticking.  Let’s see what happens in the upcoming weeks. 

 

Dropping

This Week

 

            First

up this week is another installment to the J. Dilla collection.  This posthumous release by the late, great

Jay Dee entitled Dillanthology, vol. 3

features guest appearance by Madlib, Guilty Simpson, Black Thought, Common, and

D’Angelo.  The production is, of course,

handled by Jay Dee as J. Dilla.  Those

that are fans of Slum Village, J. Dilla, or Hip Hop in general should go out

and pick this one up.

             Next up is the new face of Ruthless

Records.  Newcomer Hopsin is an actor who

has appeared in Fame and That’s So Raven (If Drake can come from Degrassi then I guess this dude can come

from That’s So Raven) and now is

making his recording debut with the album Gazing

At The Moonlight.  I don’t know too

much about him except the fact that he wears white contacts and his first

single is “Pans In The Kitchen.”  We’ll

see if he’s going to be the one to bring Ruthless back.

            Then

we come to the Rick Ross backed group Triple C’s (Carol City Cartel) with their

debut album Custom Cars & Cycles.  The group is composed of Ross, Gunplay, and

Torch who have been rapping together for the last decade.  Don’t know how this album is going to be

because you never know what you’re going to get when rappers bring their

friends into the booth.  You never know….

            Next

up is Brooklyn MC Sha Stimuli who is well known for releasing a themed mixtape

each month during the year 2008.  He now

drops his debut album entitled My Soul To

Keep.  The album feature Freeway,

Young Chris, Torae, and Bellringer with production by Just Blaze.  If you have any doubts about him take a look

at one of the 12 mixtapes he released last year.  This one should be sure to impress so pick it

up.

            Next

we come to Canadian Hip Hop group Swollen members who release their fith full length

studio album Armed To The Teeth.  The album features Tech N9ne, Saafir, Talib Kweli,

Everlast, and Glasses Malone to name a few. 

This is the first album that the group has released in around three

years so fans should go out and pick this one up.

            He

was one of the features on the previous album and now he returns with his 10th

studio album K.O.D (King of Darkness).  Guest

features include Three 6 MafiaBrotha Lynch HungKing GordyKutt CalhounKrizz Kaliko and Big Scoob.  Fans of Tech N9ne and his Strange Music label

should not be disappointed by this latest release.

            Last but not least is Houston MC

Z-Ro with his the second installment of his drug inspired trilogy.  Cocaine

is the rapper’s 13th solo studio album and features the usual

Houston suspects.  It comes on the heels

of the Z-Ro’s last release, Crack,

and before his next Heroin.  He’s really going all out with the drug

theme.

            That’s it for dropping.  Go out and pick up an album.

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