(AllHipHop News) Analysts are projecting that major label debuts from both Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T., who released their albums this past Tuesday (June 5), will move between 40,000 and 45,000 units. Curren$y's The Stoned Immaculate and K.R.I.T.'s Live From the Underground have both received stellar reviews however the lack of radio promotion and singles have visibly resulted in the lack of sales for both Warner Bros. Music and Def Jam. Album sales in general were down nine percent from the same week last year according to HDD.
Following a week of non-stop media resulting from her no-show at Hot 97's Summer Jam concert this past weekend, Young Money artist Nicki Minaj's sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, has been certified gold with over 508,000 copies sold since its release two months ago. The album has produced the singles "Right By My Side" with Chris Brown, "Beez In the Trap" with 2 Chainz, and "Starships" which has already sold over two million digital singles worldwide.
Following their last album, 2010's Rise Up, Earlier this week, multi-platinum selling Hip-Hop group Cypress Hill released a new collaborative EP with dubstep producer Rusko titled Cypress x Rusko. AOL Music was tasked with streaming the five-track EP which you can listen to here. Cypress x Rusko features a single guest appearance which comes from Nas' Distant Relatives partner, Damian Marley. In early March, group member Sen-Dog told Rolling Stone of the genre-bending collaboration, "I think dubstep is a natural progression of Hip-Hop...Especially the way that we formulated it with Rusko. There's definitely some roughness to it." The vinyl version of Cypress x Ruskowill be available on July 13.