Here Are the First Week Sales Projections for Eminem, N*E*R*D, and G-Eazy

This week saw a considerable amount of releases in the hip-hop realm, from Eminem's highly anticipated ninth studio album Revival and G-Eazy's third studio album The Beautiful & Damned, to Jeezy's Pressure. Though we still have a bit of time before the official numbers come in, HITS Daily Double has released its projections for what those numbers will look like.

Unsurprisingly, Eminem is projected to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Charts with an estimated 280-300k total units moved.

G-Eazy's The Beautiful & Damned isn't too far behind with 135-155k. Jeezy's Pressure, which is stacked with features from Diddy , 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz, Kendrick LamarJ. Cole and more, is projected to move 55-65k while the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is also dominating the box office, comes in fourth on the list with  38-44k. 

N*E*R*D's fifth studio album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES rounds it off with 16-21k. The project boasts features from FutureRihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more. 

G-Eazy will head on the road beginning in February to support his newly released album. The tour, in which he will be accompanied by Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo, will kick off in Houston. Check out dates below. 

The Beautiful & Damned Tour Dates
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Feb. 17 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Feb. 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Feb. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
Feb. 28 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON – Rebel March 14 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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 On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska recap the Jeezy episode and the fan reactions before jumping into the daily news, including Eminem’s new song and Kodak Black trolling Jay Z.  

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Kodak Black Takes Playful Jab at Jay Z

Hip-hop’s generation gap has never been more prominent. While old heads constantly question the skills and originality of the new wave, the new wave disregards the old heads as out of touch and irrelevant. It’s an intense debate that has resulted in some controversial statements from each side trying to defend their respective era’s superiority. And now, Kodak Black has entered the old vs. new discussion with a bold—and almost laughable—argument: He suggests his lyrics are better than those of Jay Z

Take a minute to let that soak in. Yes, he’s comparing himself to Jay Z—the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling hip-hop mogul whose discography spans more than two decades. But hey, it might also just be Kodak messing around or trolling, as some call it. 

Kodak made a post to Instagram titled “Rap in the 90’s [sic] vs. rap now” with a side-by-side photo of him and Jay above their own lyrics. The post featured the hook from Hov’s 1998 “Money, Cash, Hoes” song featuring DMX and compared it to the hook on Kodak’s 2016 “I Can” track. The Painting Pictures rapper captioned the image: “Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit.”

 

Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit

A post shared by Project Baby (@kodakblack) on Dec 12, 2017 at 10:40am PST

Kodak tried it. Though we doubt this is a serious jab, many fans were quick to call out Kodak for attempting to prove his lyrical skills were better than those of Shawn “I’ve sold more than 100 million records” Carter.

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Jeezy’s New Album ‘Pressure’ Will Feature a Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole Collab

Jeezy has a lot of talented friends, and it looks like the whole crew will be making cameos on his upcoming album Pressure.

The 13-track record has almost as many guest appearances as it does songs. Get ready for drop-ins by Diddy, 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz and more. Then of course, there’s an eagerly awaited collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole called “American Dream.” 

Jury’s still out on how big Cole and Kendrick’s contributions are, but we’re definitely on team #fullverseplease. 

Fans have been keeping their fingers crossed for a Cole/Kendrick joint album for like… ever, but this summer TDE co-president Terrence “Punch” Henderson​ crushed our dreams, tweeting that the record would “probably never” happen. Ouch. That being said, “American Dream” may be fans’ next-best-thing.

Pressure drops December 15 on Def Jam, but you can already listen to two tracks from the LP: “Bottles Up with Diddy and “Cold Summer with Tee Grizzley.

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Kodak Black Drops Four New Songs

On Saturday night, Kodak Black hit up Instagram to announce he would release new music around 9 p.m. ET. And, thankfully for fans, he came through.

The Florida rapper dropped a track called “Snap Shit,” followed by “Roll N Peace,” “Down South,” and “Right Now” on YouTube.

And, no, it isn’t a special occasion. Kodak said he decided to share the tracks simply because he was bored. 

You can listen to the songs below. 




The tracks arrive a little over a month after Kodak dropped his Project Baby 2 mixtape, featuring Offset, John Wicks, and more.

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On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of news, including a possible Eminem album release date, the latest on Kodak Black's legal troubles, a new Chance the Rapper issue with labels, and much more. 

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Kodak Black Reveals Why He Walked Out on ‘Wild ‘N Out Live’ Performance

While I was a fan of Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out​ for a bit, I fell out of watching it. Well, that's how I like to frame it; if I'm keeping it a buck, I probably aged out of the show. MTV really is for the kids, right? Either way, I was still surprised to hear that Cannon's literally taken his show on the road, with Hitman Holla, Conceited, and other guys from the show traveling across the country, recreating the hilarious series for a live audience and, at times, inviting some musical guests to perform.

This past Saturday, Nick Cannon and company slid through Orlando to perform Wild N' Out live (with word that a portion of the proceeds would be going to help the victims of Hurricane Irma). Their special musical guest? Florida native Kodak Black, who made waves when he apparently didn't finish his set.

Kodak's abrupt ending got blamed on everything from Kodak “tweaking” to his music kept skipping and his mic stopped working, but according to Kodak, it had something to do with his contract.

He alludes to Nick Cannon and/or the promo team for this show (tour?) breached their contract due to them leaking his “surprise performance three times.” He went on to say that he was only contracted for one song and he “sorta” did three for them. 

If Kodak's contract really said that his performance was supposed to be secret, then he might have a case, considering that Nick Cannon tweeted about Kodak being on the show a few days before they hit Orlando. Without seeing the contract, it's hard to know who is actually right, but it is interesting to see Kodak take this much of a stance due to perceived contract disputes (or, at the very least, coming up with good lies as reason to cut his show short).

For those who are wondering, the Wild 'N Out tour has four more stops in October and November.

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Kodak Black Brings Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” Full Circle With His Own Remix

It's hard to go anywhere without hearing Cardi B's “Bodak Yellow” this summer, though I can't imagine why you'd want to. That song bumps, whether you're at the club or just driving through the city with your windows down, and if it doesn't make you feel some type of way, we are just not alike.

Frankly, it's sort of surprising more remixes haven't popped up, but Kodak Black is here to change that up. Audio has been released of him flowing over the instrumental for Cardi's track, though he did decide to change the name up to “Kodak Orange.” He sounds right at home over the instrumental, and he probably should, because this is where things start to get a little interesting.

 

A lot of hip-hop fans are aware that “Bodak Yellow” takes inspiration from a Kodak Black song, “No Flockin.” The style of the instrumental is similar, but it's Kodak's flow and cadence on the song that are obvious inspirations for Cardi's more recent hit. His voice hits a crescendo to punctuate the space between the bars, and we saw Cardi rap in that exact same style when “Bodak Yellow” dropped earlier this year. Listen to the similarities:

So while Kodak is technically remixing Cardi's song, he's also in a roundabout way remixing his own song, which is a confusing, hilarious, and fascinating thing to have happen. The best part is there seems to be no animosity over Cardi cribbing his song, and Kodak even shows some love for the Bronx native at the beginning of “Kodak Orange.”

“You know why I fuck with Cardi B? Because they be thinkin’ both of us crazy and shit,” he says at the beginning of the song. “This sound like some 'Bodak Orange' shit, some 'Kodak Orange' shit.”

Jacking somebody's flow has gotten many a rapper in trouble in the past, and it's sort of refreshing to have it go the other way this time. It probably helps that Kodak is allegedly collecting checks from all these “Bodak Yellow” sales and streams, at least if you believe what he tells fans on his livestreams.

You can listen to a snippet of “Kodak Orange” up top.

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