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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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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Jay Z Shouts Out Meek Mill During 4:44 Show in Philadelphia

During the most recent stop on his 4:44 tour, HOV paid tribute to Meek Mill by calling out his unjust imprisonment and performing his hit track “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).” While performing in Meek's hometown of Philadelphia on Friday, Jay told the crowd, “That man is being stomped by the system. That man is in jail for doing wheelies and breaking up a fight.” 

 

Many fans in attendance, in addition to Trey Songz and Yo Gotti, were seen sporting “Free Meek” merch at the Wells Fargo center Friday night. Jay added “Free Meek” before playing the same intro he performed alongside the Philly native during Made in America in September. Similar to the crowd's reaction when Meek surprisingly joined Jay on stage, the Philly concertgoers lost it when Jay brought out the intro to Dreams and Nightmares

 

Tonight was LEGENDARY #FREEMEEKMILL @MEEKMILL

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During his show at the Wells Fargo Center, Jay reminded the crowd of how Colin Kaepernick shed light on the racist institutions that continue to target people of color. “That shit is not about inanimate objects. It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.” HOV has been very vocal about his opinion regarding Meek's imprisonment. In an op-ed he wrote in the New York Times, Jay wrote about the unjust racial prejudices that prompted Meek's sentencing.

You can check out footage from Jay's performance above.

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Creek Boyz Are Going Global With Positivity, Unity, and the Contagious Hit “With My Team”

In today's hip-hop, the group mentality has become almost non-existent amongst artists and fans alike. Most groups today center around one star act and when a group manages to hold it together like the Migos, we as fans encourage them to break apart and release solo work. Groups like Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and A Tribe Called Quest all had their rough patches, but they all maintained a balance and there were rarely points where one member completely separated himself from the group to a point of no return. Baltimore rap group Creek Boyz plan to bring the concept of unity back to the forefront of hip-hop.

Earlier this year, Turk P. Diddy, Fedi Mula, J. Reezy, and ETS Breeze built a huge buzz with their single, “With My Team.” The song took off online and was actually was the first song the four members ever recorded together as a unit. They've formed an unbreakable bond since then, both on and off-record, to the point where they even stack their vocals in the studio and record at the same time, in the same booth. Today, the group is here with a revamped video for their breakout hit and also spoke to us about their impact and the importance of teamwork.

How did you all come together?

Turk P. Diddy: The music, that's what brought us together initially. I met Fetty back in middle school. We consider each other brothers from another mother, for real. That's what we call each other.

How long have you guys been making music together?

Fedi Mula: I'd say about a year and a half but we didn't all really come together as one at first. It was more like J Reezy and Breeze had their thing and me and Turk had our thing and then we just brought it all together and named it Creek Boyz.

When did you bring it together, on “With My Team?”

All: Yessir!

Who influenced you guys growing up? I saw you guys mention Gucci Mane, Styles P, and The Lox before.

Turk: My parents really influenced me, because of the struggles I had to go through at home. My grandmother, she's the one that had passed away, she influenced me. She was the first person in my family to actually tell me to pursue this career even when everybody else in the family was like, “Nah, don't be a rapper, be something else.” Family influenced us.

J. Reezy: Musical influences would have to be Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane, Three 6 Mafia.

Turk: J Cole, Fab, Nas, and Biggie. That's all I'm here for, that's all of my music, fam.

Breeze: My big brother, my brother played the drums, we were always musically inclined. We used to go to church and stuff like that. So we kind of carried that over to the street and eventually we mixed everything. Growing up I listened to Dru Hill, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass—that's where we get the old school from.

Fedi: I grew up with music, born into the family of it. Everybody, like my whole family was trying to do music at one point. So, it just was what it was. It was a natural attraction. By the time I got eight, nine years old, I sung in my elementary choir, Woodland Elementary with Ms. Otis. I got kicked out two years later, so I started rapping. My older brother did everything, he was always making beats on Fruity Loops. He played a big influence. As far as musical influences, Michael Jackson, number one, 2Pac, number two, and then I like all the groups going nuts like the Temptations.

You guys shout out kids a lot in your interviews and stuff, do you think that most of your fans are younger?

Turk: That's what I see, yeah.

Fedi: We’re influencing all of the young'uns coming up right now.

Does that affect the kind of music that you guys record?  

Turk: Yeah, we got to make sure stuff is kid-friendly, PG-13 type of lyrics. I mean, I still go crazy, but I try not to. You gotta keep pushing it in a different way.

So no more “Keep Them Freaks Out.”

Turk: Let 'em keep them freaks out the house. [LaughsNah, you're gonna still get that, still get that aesthetic!

The whole world was built on teamwork, but everybody says they did it by themselves.

How do you guys pick who's gonna be on each song? Is it open to everybody or do you work together separately and then come together with different songs?

Breeze: Every song and everything we do usually comes natural. So if one of us comes up with a hook or a song, we all try and flow but some people it comes naturally in certain types of songs. We don't force nothing, everything we do comes genuinely. Usually we vibe separately and then come to the studio, bring it all together, and that's what makes the masterpiece.

Whose idea was it to stack vocals like that and have all four of you singing into the microphone at the same time?

Fedi: Our producer. That's our style, that's our new genre of music.

How have you guys adjusted to the music industry? Have you gotten to meet any people involved in the industry, like other rappers and stuff like that?

Turk: Fetty Wap, Trey Songz, Gotti. A couple other artists on 300 like Tee Grizzley, TK Kravitz.

Fedi: The music industry just has encouraged us to all be on the same page so we can show them all that this team is really a team.

Turk: None of that funny stuff. Show them the unity in the group.

What’s in store for 2018?

J. Reezy: Albums, solo projects, tour, merch, awards, more money. [Laughs] That’s just me brainstorming. I’m gonna keep it 100 with you, where we’re from, I’d feel lucky to be alive next year. Anything could happen. Our main focus is to get to 2018.

How important is it that you have such a strong following amongst kids in your environment, knowing the potential dangers both you and them face on a day-to-day basis?

Fedi: It’s a huge impact. Especially just being able to work together as a team. The whole world was built on teamwork, but everybody says they did it by themselves.

Breeze: I agree.

Turk: Let me give you a quick story. A little boy was rapping to me, trying to freestyle, but the only thing he could rap about was killing and shooting. So I asked him why and he said, “I only rap about it because everyone else talks about it.”

So what we’re doing right now is setting a positive example. There’s a lot of tension going on in our city. The power that we have is the power to change these kids’ perceptions on life. Instead of being a drug dealer you can be a doctor, a nurse, a ball player… or a rapper!

 

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A Boogie Wit da Hoodie on Kanye’s Best Album, His Daughter, and NYC Summers

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie is on fire. His song “Drowning” is racking up hundreds of millions of plays, and his new album The Bigger Artist includes features from 21 Savage, Trey Songz, Kodak Black, and more. A Boogie stopped by for the latest episode of Trending Topics, and discussed his new music, NYC summers, Kanye's College Dropout, and having a daughter. Let us know who you want to see on Trending Topics next in the comments. 

Check out our Who Is? with A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and our Trending Topics with Smokepurpp below. 

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2 Chainz Drops New Song “4 AM” f/ Travis Scott, Reveals Tracklist for ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’

Over the weekend, 2 Chainz previewed a new collaboration with Travis Scott, and now the track has finally arrived. “4 AM” features a turned-up hook from La Flame, slick bars from Chainz, and production from Murda Beatz and Cubeatz.

Along with the new record, 2 Chainz has unveiled the full tracklist for Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. Guests on the 16-song project include Nicki Minaj, Migos, Pharrell, and Swae Lee. Drake also pops up on “Big Amount,” which 2 Chainz previously released on his 2016 mixtape Daniel Son; Necklace Don.

Check out “4 AM” and the tracklist for Pretty Girls Like Trap Music below. The project, due out June 16, is available for pre-order on iTunes.

1. “Saturday Night”
2. “Riverdale Rd”
3. “Good Drank” f/ Gucci Mane and Quavo
4. “4 AM” f/ Travis Scott
5. “Door Swangin”
6. “Realize” f/ Nicki Minaj
7. “Poor Fool” f/ Swae Lee
8. “Big Amount” f/ Drake
9. “It’s a Vibe” f/ Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, and Jhené Aiko
10. “Rolls Royce Bitch”
11. “Sleep When U Die”
12. “Trap Check”
13. Blue Cheese f/ Migos
14. “OG Kush Diet”
15. “Bailan” f/ Pharrell
16. “Burglar Bars” f/ Monica

 

Full Tracklisting!!! …Pre Order album now & get 4am Feat @travisscott instantly‼️ #prettygirlsliketrapmusic 6/16

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Don Cheadle Didn’t Realize ‘Rush Hour 2’ Reference in Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” Video

If you missed the Rush Hour 2 reference in Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” visual, don’t feel too bad. Even the original Kung Fu Kenny didn’t realize the connection at first.

In a new interview with Pitchfork, Don Cheadle opened up about his starring role in Kendrick’s latest music video. He admitted he wasn’t aware the rapper’s Kung Fu Kenny alter ego was modeled after his Rush Hour 2 character of the same name.

“I didn’t know that until the next day. He got that from my character in Rush Hour 2,” the actor explained. “He was like, ‘Duh!’ He texted me like, ‘Dude are you serious? You didn’t know that?’ […] I did not put it together. Then I went to Coachella and saw him perform, and I saw the video before the thing and still didn’t figure it out. And then I went on Twitter and someone had randomly tweeted, ‘Don Cheadle is the original Kung Fu Kenny.’ I went, ‘Wait a minute, I did play a character named Kenny who did kung fu and spoke Chinese.’”

Cheadle also revealed he didn’t have much time to prepare for the project, as he was contacted by Kendrick only a couple of days before filming began. He told Pitchfork the Compton rapper hit him up out of the blue and asked if he wanted to be involved in the music video. Cheadle said he agreed before knowing he would play a cop who rapped a big portion of the song.

“I was like, ‘Uh OK, you know you’re like the best rapper in the world, so what are you talking about.’ He sent me the lyrics and was like, ‘You just have to get this much of it down,”’which was like half of it [laughs]. I was like, ‘Are you gonna have a teleprompter?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s gonna be fine.’”

The pressure was on. Though Cheadle is no stranger to memorizing lines, he said delivering the “DNA” rap was much more difficult than memorizing a script. He said the tricky part was figuring out how each thought segued into the next.

“It takes a deep dive to kind of figure out why one verse creates the other verse and what it comes out of and all of that,” he said. “So it’s tricky to memorize because it’s so specific to the way he thinks. But then when we got in there, we really just started playing. We just started improvising, really.”

As you can see in the final result, Cheadle pulled it off perfectly.

You can read the full interview—in which the actor also mentions his opening dialogue in the video, his friendship with K-Dot, and Geraldo Rivera’s criticism—over at Pitchfork.

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