Last Friday I wrote a post about all the things that I felt ruin rap albums. The next night I covered two events, the second of which was a Hip-Hop show that featured The Rising Sun Quest and Sketch Tha Cataclysm, both of whom are former Artists of the Week here at Adam's World as well as shining examples of everything that’s great about Hip-Hop.
Soulja Boy posted strong numbers this week clocking in at #4 with 117,000 copies sold. That beat out last week's top rap debut as Gorilla Zoe's "Welcome To The Zoo" could only muster up 35,000 sales and a #18 debut. R&B has ruled the charts on the urban side in the last two weeks with Keyshia Cole making an especially strong debut last week. Kanye West remains as the only other rapper in the top ten with 92,000 units of "Graduation" moving last week putting him at #8. 50 Cent drops out of the top 10 for those still caught up in the rivalry.
Soulja Boy's rise to the top will likely mimic that of another boy, Rich Boy, whose debut album posted magnificent first week sales only to fall off the charts quickly. To Soulja Boy's credit, his "Soulja Girl" single is catching on more than anything on the Rich Boy album (outside of "Throw Some D's") so he might superman dat hoe and YOOUUUU on the Billboard chart a little while longer.
We were alerted to this by www.BallerStatus.com so respect due. If you check the www.DefJam.com website you'll notice Joe Budden has been stricken from the artist roster. An anonymous employee of Universal Music Group reported that the rapper is "looking for a new home." A posted alleged to be Budden on the unofficial www.JoeBudden.org site responded to a post by a fan who asked if he was on or off of Def Jam by simply posting "off." Considering how many times his albums have gone delayed or unreleased and how underutilized he was at Def Jam, this is undoubtedly for the best.
In a recent www.BallerStatus.com article Erick Sermon expressed dismay that he and Parrish Smith, collectively EPMD, haven't yet been mentioned for a VH1 Hip-Hop Honor despite the awards being around four years. "We was gonna boycott because we wasn't nominated to be inducted for the Hip-Hop Honors yet. Everyone was like, 'When they doing ya'll?'" It sounds as though Sermon suspects EPMD's appearance would greatly benefit the credibility of the awards show, and this writer is inclined to agree. Sermon did give them a small measure of props though. "I guess it's gonna be around for a while because it was successful again. I think a lot more stars showed up then the previous ones." Thanks to BallerStatus for providing this news and showing that we were not the only ones dissatisfied by the awards.
I listen to a lot of rap albums, far too many most would say, but that's part of the job. Usually I have more albums on my desk than there are hours in the day, but thankfully some artists have found ways to make sure they don't get a full listen, or in some cases, any listen at all. For those aspiring rappers out there wondering what makes an album terrible here are some ways to guarantee your album never gets listened to by yours truly.
Fifty seven year old MC Mars is like no other MC you’ve ever heard and no other person you've ever met. He’s been a cab driver for over 30 years. He wrote a book about his life as a cabbie titled Don’t Take Me The Long Way and recently released a rap album to accompany it titled Letz Cabalaborate. He had the good fortune to be in the studio with George Clinton at one point, a realized dream that he wrote about in his book, and anyone who hops into his cab might be treated to a live freestyle and leave with some MC Mars related material. “I sell records out of the cab and I sell books out of the cab,” Mars explains, “I’m actually grinding it out so I’m doing pretty well.” MC Mars is also living with HIV. I met Mars at an event for Beyond Race Magazine in NYC a few months ago and this week I linked up with him again to discuss his initial thoughts on the first days of Hip-Hop, how his life has changed since he was diagnosed with HIV, and tripping while on Hofstra University’s unispan.
We at RapReviews.com were contacted by Lashawn, a cousin of rap artist Kokane (also known as Mr. Kane) who told us that Kokane's mother passed away this Wednesday due to complications from bone cancer. We want to send our condolences to Kokane and all members of his extended family. It doesn't help that Kokane's career has been hurt by poor promotion and bad record deals, and since his mother had no funeral insurance Kokane has to try to cover her burial expenses himself. Lawshawn asked us to pass along that if you would like to make donations for the funeral arrangements they can go to Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier in the name of Debra Long & Zubaidah Long. Here's the address.
Rose Hills Mortuary 3888 Workman Mill Rd. Whittier, CA 90601
(September 26, 2007 - Brooklyn, NY) Seminal rapper, hip-hop icon, and founding member of the mighty Hieroglyphics crew, Del The Funky Homosapien has embarked on the beginning of a 2-month long nationwide tour in support of his long anticipated album, The 11th Hour. The tour, which shares the name of his upcoming album, will also feature fellow Hiero founder A-Plus, along with Devin The Dude with the Coughee Brothers, Bukue One, The Serendipity Projects and special guests Knobody and Junk Science to perform on select dates.
On the 11th Hour Tour, Del will be performing a mix of classic cuts from his previous albums along with new tracks from the upcoming album, including the tracks "Sit Down" and "Workin' It." The aptly named The 11th Hour marks Del's first solo release in almost 7 years. Having experienced his fair share of life's trials and tribulations over the course of his long and successful career, Del explained the reason for the album title. "You can't fully control all the different variables that come into play in your life. Something is bound to be faulty and set you back," says Del. He explains, "I've spent the last couple of years dealing with drama in my life, touring the country several times over, and diving deep into studying music theory." Fans can celebrate the fruits of Del's labor of love with the release of The 11th Hour in early '08.
For The 11th Hour, Del has partnered with legendary New York based indie hip-hop label Definitive Jux, with the backing of the label he helped create, Hiero Imperium.
Bursting onto the scene in 1990, Del the Funky Homosapien started his professional career writing lyrics for his cousin Ice Cube's crew, Da Lench Mob when he was still in high school. Soon, Elektra Recording Group signed him and released the critically acclaimed album, I Wish My Brother Georgia Was Here. After releasing another album, No Need For Alarm in 1994, Del, along with grammar school buddies, Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love, and Domino, founded one of the most successful indie hip-hop collectives of all time, The Hieroglyphics. Hiero Imperium has etched out their place in history as the trailblazer for artist owned and operated hip-hop labels and also for embracing the internet as a means of selling their merchandise as early as 1997. Del, along with the rest of the members of Hiero and their third-eye logo are recognized around the world for their lyrical prowess, great live shows, and dozens of critically acclaimed releases which have sold over 3 million units collectively.
11th Hour Tour Dates: Del the Funky Homosapien, featuring A-Plus (Souls of Mischief), Devin The Dude with the Coughee Brothers, Bukue One, The Serendipity Project and special guests Knobody, Junk Science, and Iller Than Theirs to perform on select dates.
Fri-Sep-21: SANTA CLARA, CA; AVALON NIGHT CLUB Sat-Sep-22: SANTA CRUZ, CA; THE CATALYST Sun-Sep-23: SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA; SLO BREWING Mon-Sep-24: LOS ANGELES, CA; HOUSE OF BLUES Tue-Sep-25: SOLANA BEACH, CA; BELLY UP TAVERN Thu-Sep-27: LAS VEGAS, NV; JILLIANS Fri-Sep-28: FLAGSTAFF, AZ; ORPHEUM THEATER Sat-Sep-29: PHOENIX, AZ; MARQUEE THEATER Sun-Sep-30: ALBUQUERQUE, NM; SUNSHINE THEATER Tue-Oct-02: HOUSTON, TX; THE WAREHOUSE Wed-Oct-03: AUSTIN, TX; EMOS Thu-Oct-04: NEW ORLEANS, LA; TIPITINAS Fri-Oct-05: BATON ROUGE, LA; SPANISH MOON Sat-Oct-06: TALLAHASSEE, FL; BETA BAR Sun-Oct-07: TAMPA, FL; STATE THEATER Tue-Oct-09: ORLANDO, FL; THE SOCIAL Wed-Oct-10: CHARLESTON, SC; VILLAGE TAVERN Thu-Oct-11: ATHENS, GA; GEORGIA THEATER Fri-Oct-12: ASHEVILLE, NC; ORANGE PEEL Sat-Oct-13: CARRBORO, NC; CATS CRADLE Sun-Oct-14: CHARLOTTESVILLE, NC; SATELITTE BALLROOM Mon-Oct-15: BALTIMORE, MD; SONAR Wed-Oct-17: PHILADELPHIA, PA; WORLD CAFÉ LIVE Fri-Oct-19: NEW YORK, NY; BB KINGS (late show) Sat-Oct-20: BOSTON, MA; MIDDLE EAST Sun-Oct-21: BURLINGTON, VT; HIGHER GROUND Tue-Oct-23: ANN ARBOR, MI; BLIND PIG Wed-Oct-24: COLUMBUS, OH; SKULLYS Thu-Oct-25: LEXINGTON, KY; THE DAME Fri-Oct-26: BLOOMINGTON, IN; BLUEBIRD THEATRE Sat-Oct-27: CHICAGO, IL; THE METRO Sun-Oct-28: MADISON, WI; HIGH NOON SALOON Mon-Oct-29: DULUTH, MN; PIZZA LUCE Tue-Oct-30: MINNEAPOLIS, MN; FIRST AVENUE Wed-Oct-31: OMAHA, NE; SLOWDOWN Thu-Nov-01: FT. COLLINS, CO; AGGIE THEATER Fri-Nov-02: DENVER, CO; CERVANTIS Sat-Nov-03: ASPEN, CO; BELLY UP TAVERN Sun-Nov-04: BOULDER, CO; FOX THEATER Mon-Nov-05: PARK CITY, UT; SUEDE Thu-Nov-08: PORTLAND, OR; ROSELAND Fri-Nov-09: SEATTLE, WA; SHOWBOX Sat-Nov-10: EUGENE, OR; WOW HALL Sun-Nov-11: CHICO, CA; SENATOR THEATRE Tue-Nov-13: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; SLIMS Wed-Nov-14: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; SLIMS
Candice Smart sent us this press release about Sean P, the YoungBloodz rapper formerly known as Sean Paul, making a charitable donation in his home state. Thanks to Candice for sending us this press release and a publicity photo.
Known for his charitable spirit almost as much as his rap talents, one of Atlanta's own entertainers, Sean P. (formerly known as Sean Paul of The YoungBloodz) is helping the citizens of Georgia by making a $5,000 donation to H.E.A.T., a nonprofit organization that provides energy assistant statewide for Georgians in need.
When he learned that the working poor families and senior citizens in Georgia were having difficulty affording their energy bills, he decided to do something to help. "I could hardly believe that people in my own community had to make decisions about whether to buy food and medicine or pay their energy bills," Sean P. said.
Not only did he make a contribution, but he set up a campaign with H.E.A.T. to challenge other entertainers in Georgia to get involved with energy assistance programs. Attached is a photo of Sean presenting a check to H.E.A.T. director of development, Staci Bush. -- C.S.