AllHipHop ChartWatch: The Charts Suck, Real Rap Rises

ChartWatch for March 24, 2010

It looks like we are at another low point in the year where not a lot of music is coming out from the hip hop arena. We are too far away from that end of the year, holiday push but not close enough to the summer to get a group of new releases. That doesn’t mean the charts are totally devoid of hip hop. Ludacris falls a couple of spot but still holds strong at the number three position with his seventh album, Battle of the Sexes. This week the Atlanta MC sells another 57,000 copies due to hit singles like “How Low” and “My Chick Bad.”

Next up is The Black Eyed Peas and their latest album The E.N.D. The group actually jumps up two spots to number seven selling 39,000 copies this week.

They are followed by Lil Wayne and his label Young Money. The Crescent City MC sells 24,000 copies of his experimental rock album Rebirth while his label sells 16,000 copies of We Are Young Money. Wayne takes the number 17th spot and Young Money rest at number 25.

Dropping This Week

I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies?and hypothesis can’t define how I be droppin these?mockeries, lyrically perform armed robbery?Flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me

-Inspectah Deck, Triumph

This is the beginning of one of the most classic verses in Hip Hop said by none other than Inspectah Deck. The complete verse, arguably the best on a song packed with heavy hitting MCs, is well known by any fan of the music. This week Inspectah Deck drops his fourth solo album, The Manifesto. The album features Cormega, Raekwon, Planet Asia, Kurrupt, Billy Danze, and Cappadonna to name a few. I don’t know how the album is because I, like a lot of others, really haven’t listened to Deck since the classic verse so if anybody out there heard the album let the rest of us know.

Next up is Memphis Bleek. That’s right Memphis Bleek. The New York MC is coming out with his fifth album titled The Process. The new album features Denim, Rick Ross, Uncle Murda, Neo Da Matrix, Pharrell, and not Jay-Z. It’s also coming out on not Jay-Z’s label, Mass Appeal Entertainment. Hey, maybe Bleek is really trying to do it on his own. Much respect to him because if I had a multi-platinum selling, chart topping, company owning, rapper friend, I would straight Tony Yayo it. Just drop albums for no reason featuring “the rapper everyone wants to hear” and just be the ultimate tax write off. All jokes aside, good luck to ya Bleek.

Snoop Dogg is dropping More Malice a follow up/expansion to his recently released Malice in Wonderland. This is, once again, a CD/DVD combo with music and an accompanying movie. More Malice has five new songs and two more remixes. If you want to know anything about the album then just flip on your tv because Snoop has been everywhere lately. He’s pushing this re-release harder then he did the original.

Madlib is back again with the next installment of his Beat Konducta series. Medicine Show No. 3: Beat Konducta In Africa features forty instrumental tracks largely influenced by funk, soul, and jazz from places like Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Botswana, and the Ivory Coast.

Brother Lynch Hung invites his fans out to eat on his new album Dinner And A Movie. It’s Brother Lynch Hung so if you’re a fan you ought to know what to expect. If you’re not a fan but still want to try out the music then take a look at the album cover and you ought to know what to expect.

That’s it for this week. See you next week with ChartWatch.

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