Drake sells over half a million first-week records, while Childish Gambino and Webbie smash the charts with Top 20 debuts.
For the second week in a row, a Hip Hop album debuted at #1. As reported, Toronto acting sensation-turned-emcee/singer double-threat Drake scored the top of the charts with his sophomore studio album, Take Care. Drake was not alone though, as another actor-turned-emcee, Childish Gambino (a/k/a Donald Glover) nearly grabbed a Top 10 with his independent release.
Following yesterday's news that her second album would arrive in early 2012, Nicki Minaj has announced the album title and release date for the follow-up to last year's Pink Friday.
In a Twitter post, the Harajuku Barbie announced that the title for her sophomore LP will be Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, a nod to her alter-ego. The album is slated for release on February 14, 2012, or Valentine's Day.
LL Cool J may have semi-retired after 2008′s album Exit 13, but the Queen’s rapper has by no means put down the microphone.
LL is currently enjoying airplay with the new song “No More,” featuring R&B superstar Ne-Yo.
Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Big Boi will you song writer/producer DeVyne Stephens at the “Roll Over Hunger” skate party tomorrow (November 23).
The “Roll Over Hunger” skating party will benefit the Hosea Feed the Hungry Foundation, which operates in Atlanta and feeds over 200,000 meals to homeless people during the holiday seasons.
Jay-Z, recently named one of GQ’s “Men of the Year,” attended the 16th annual party held to celebrate the honor this past Friday night in West Hollywood along with his pregnant wife, Beyonce.
The Hip-Hop power couple is expecting their first child in February.
On November 15th, B.o.B took a break from his birthday celebration to donate $10,000 to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. Grabbing the mic to explain why he’s giving back to the community, Bobby Ray explained that he’s always felt supported and wanted to take the opportunity to help out.
Cash Money Records CEO Brian “Birdman” Williams explained his motives behind signing hip-hop star Busta Rhymes to the label. According to Birdman, signing Busta Rhymes was a logical choice, given his consistent popularity in hip-hop since he debuted in 1991 as a member of seminal hip-hop group Leaders of the New School.
“Busta Rhymes is the perfect addition to the YMCMB team. He is one of the strongest artists in the game and one of best lyricists in the history of hip-hop,” Bryan “Birdman” Williams told AHH in a statement. “He is a hard worker, knows his sound and together we are going to be making hit records for years to come.”
Kid CuDi and Dot Da Genius have announced the release for their debut under the group name W Z R D. The duo, formerly known as 2 Be Continuum, will drop their currently untitled LP on January 30th, which is also CuDi's birthday. According to Cudders, the album, which will not include any profanity, was pushed back in order to "get the proper time to mix and master." He also revealed that a snippet of the first single will be released "soon," and that it's geared towards his female fans.
Veteran hip-hop duo Mobb Deep will celebrate the release of their new EP Black Cocainewith a star-studded release party in New York next week.
The group will perform new material from Black Cocaine at B.B. Kings in Times Square, on November 22 during the party, which will feature Mister Cee on the turntables.
Legendary Run-DMC group member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels has announced he is dropping a brand-new album titled Rock Solid.
The first single from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member’s new album is a double-sided release titled “Attention Please!” b/w a track titled “Rock Solid.”