AllHipHop Chartwatch:MJ Stays King, Underground Rap Won't Stop, BEP's Hang On
Chartwatch for July 22, 2009
Welcome back to Chartwatch where we countdown the top ten albums of the week and show new artists coming out in Hip-Hop. Last week Michael Jackson cut my article pretty short by controlling half of the top ten and it looks like this week will be the same.
So, whats going on in Hip Hop this week? Obama wants your kids to aspire to be more than Lebron or Lil Wayne which is not really a bad idea. Gucci Man is/isnt in jail. Video was released showing that Jermaine Dupri and Pacman Jones have both too much money and too much time on their hands. The Game continues his war against Jay-Z, and Jay-Z finally comments. 50 Cent is now dropping tracks against The Game as well as Young Buck. Plus, Joe Budden and Wu Tang squashed/didnt squash their beef. I would say that rap is getting like wrestling but wrestling is no where near as dramatic right now. It might be good for the kids to aspire to be something else...like a reality TV star. B.E.T and VH1 are hiring. I figure if Chance & Real and Tiny & Toya can get TV shows anyone can. Your kids may want to take a look at a few of the artist in Dropping This Week to get some different perspectives in Hip Hop.
Like I said early the charts this week are once again controlled by Michael Jackson who has five albums in the top ten. His Number Ones album falls to number two followed by the Essential Michael Jackson at number three, Thriller at the number four spot, Off The Wall at number eight, and finally Bad at number nine.
American Idol alum Daughtry takes the number one spot with his sophomore album Leave This Town.
Coming in at number five is Maxwell. His new album BLACKsummers night holds on to the charts with help from the singles Pretty Wings and Bad Habits.
The Hanna Montana 3 soundtrack comes in at number six.
The compilation album, Now 31, comes in at number seven. Everyone is familiar with the Now series so if you havent listen to any music in the last month pick up a copy and catch up.
Finally the Black Eyed Peas come in, again, at number 10 with their latest studio album The E.N.D. I don't want to get Perez Hilton'd, but who is buying their album?
DROPPING THIS WEEK
In dropping this week show new Hip-Hop albums coming out for the week, plus we try to give artists some exposure they may not get in the mainstream. Hopefully fans will start branching our and give some new artists a chance.
Before we get started, last week we showcased the rerelease of Hip Hop legends the Beastie Boys 1994 album Ill Communication. Well this week it was announced on of the group members, Adam MCA Yauch has a cancerous tumor forcing the group to postpone their tour. Luckily it is treatable and hopefully the group will be back on the road soon. Now onto the new albums.
The first up in dropping this week is underground MC Awol. He teams up with producer Factor to create Owl Hours, the follow up to there 2007 effort Only Death Can Kill You. The album is executive produced by Xzibit and features the westcoast MC along with Aesop Rock, B-Real, and Ceschi. Those that are fans of Awol do not have to be told to pick this one up, but if you havent heard the Los Angeles MC now would be the time to start.
Next up Nashville, Tennessee rapper Haystak returns with his 15th album, Came A Long Way. The rapper has gained a moderate amount of regional success over the last decade with his albums The Natural, Cracks The Safe, and Car Fulla White Boys.
Flip over to the reviews page to check out our next artist, DJ Spinna. He drops his new album Sonic Smash with a few guest features including Torae, Phontae of Little Brother, and Elzhi. Really flip over and read the review and hopefully youll go pick up the album afterwards.
Seattle rap group Dyme Def drop their sophomore album Panic after the underground acclaim of their debut Space Music. The group was been getting some good reviews so you may want to check them out.
The next group originally known as Sixth Sense and now known as Eyedea and Abilities drops their new album By The Throat. The duo, for one, has an amazing album cover and are kind of known for incorporating art with their music. It has been five years since the duo released an album so theit fans have been waiting on this one.
Roughly a month ago we did a dropping this week which featured Guces new album Gucey Guce Doe Boy: I Got That Cake Mix. Besides having an incrediblely long titled the album also featured cover art of a thugged out Pillsbury Dough Boy (yes .gangster) taking the baking/drug metaphor to a new ridiculous level. Well Guce returns this week with his new album with J Stalin, Giants & Elephants. Theres not much more I can say about this album so Ill stop there.
Finally Trife Diesel a.k.a Trife da God drops his debut disc Better Late Than Never. He has been featured on a few Ghostface albums and the Wu Tang MC returns the favor by appearing on the new disc along with Royce Da 59, Freeway, and Termanology.
Well see next week if any of the new albums make it onto the top 10 charts.