AllHipHop ChartWatch for April 28, 2010No Hip Hop in the top 10 but there is
Usher. Hes kind of Hip Hop. Well not
really but hes got some rappers on his album.
This week Raymond vs Raymond
comes in at number five and sells 51,000 copies.
Moving beyond the top ten we have the
Black Eyed Peas whose latest album, The
E.N.D, sells another 21,000 copies and grabs the number 17 spot.
They are followed by Ludacris who holds
the number 18 spot. This week the
Atlanta rapper moves another 20,000 copies of his seventh studio album, Battle of the Sexes.
The next group was in Dropping last
week and this week they claim the 22nd spot. Cypress Hill come back to the music world
after a brief hiatus and sells 17,000 copies of their latest, Rise Up.
Finally Lil Waynes attempt at rock
music is still (amazingly) selling. This
week the New Orleans rapper moves another 11,000 copies of Rebirth and grabs the number 40 spot.
It came out last week. It wasnt in the top ten this week but it
shoulda been. This week its Devin the
Dude. This artist has been grinding out
of Houston since the mid-nineties (15 of those years with Rap-A-Lot.) After coming out with the Odd Squad the
rapper went solo and has since released six studio albums. Devin has worked with some notable Hip Hop
figures including Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Scarface, De La Soul, Nas, 8Ball, Andre
3000, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Bun B just to name a few. His last album is titled Suite 420 and, in typical Devin the Dude fashion, features the MC
rapping and singing about wine, weed, and women in his humorous, narrative
flow. Its not in the top ten for this
week...it shoulda been.
First up this week in Dropping is
someone that should have been in the column last week. I got Devin the Dude, Cypress Hill, and
Little Brother but I forgot Kurrupt.
Last week the westcoast MC release Streetlights,
his sixth studio album. The new disc features
appearances from Xzibit, Snoop Dogg, DJ Drama, DJ Quick, Tone, Problem, and
Terrace Martin. Thanks to Bertofab
(Dont know what that means or stands for but Im sure it makes sense) for
pointing it out in the comments section.
One things for sure Kurrupt, Little Brother, Devin the Dude, and
Cypress Hill have a strong fan base and they will let you know if youre
The first artist dropping this week is from outside the United
States. Anita Tijoux was born in France
while her family was exiled due to the political climate in Chile. Upon returning to her home country Tijoux joined
a series of Hip Hop groups throughout the late nineties. Since then Tijoux has won a string of awards
throughout the international community but is relatively unknown in the
U.S. She is now releasing her fifth solo
record titled 1977. This album is said to be inspired by her
childhood in France and an ode to the 90s Hip Hop that inspired her during her
teen years in Chile. I know that U.S.
fans arent big on hearing international Hip Hop albums but with artist like
K-OS dropping solid albums maybe listeners should give Anita Tijoux a chance.
Staying in that international vein is
another Latin American artist with a little more U.S. notoriety. Now, Im not a big fan of reggaeton so I
pretty much had my radio switched off a couple of years ago, but I will give
credit where it is due...this next artist has a strong fan base. Daddy Yankee has carved out a huge niche
worldwide, a significant portion of which comes from the U.S. This week he releases his ninth studio album,
Daddy Yankee Mundial, which
translated means Daddy Yankee Worldwide.
This album is said by Yankee to be a mixture of a few musical styles
including raggaeton, soca, and bachata.
It was supposed to come out around this time last year so fans should be
really happy to see it finally coming out this week.
Next up is a highly anticipated artist
amongst Hip Hop fans and artists alike.
Coming out of Atlanta is B.o.B and his debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray. He, along with Wale, Asher Roth Drake, and
Kid Cudi are some of the artist thought to be the new class of Hip Hop. B.o.B produced close to half of his debut
album which features Bruno Mars, Lupe Fiasco, Hayley Williams, T.I., Janelle
Monae, River Cuomo, Eminem and Ricco Barrino.
That eclectic list of feature artists should give fans a little preview
of how the album will feel. I havent
liked every B.o.B song (I want to punch my radio every time I hear Nothin on
You) but I do appreciate the diversity he brings to the game. Like the artist in todays Shoulda Been
section B.o.B sings, raps, produces, and plays multiple instruments. Dont be like me and let that first single
fool you if you want to know about B.o.B take a listen to some of his mixtapes
and then go pick up The Adventures of
Its an international kind of day so
lets hop across the pond and take a look at Ty with his latest album Special Kind of Fool. The London born rapper has released three
albums previously and worked with the likes of Estelle, De La Soul, Speech,
Zion I and Basement Jaxx.
So thats the charts and the albums
dropping this week. Go out there and
pick up an album.