Drake’s More Life is going to be the biggest album release of the year so far. But it isn’t expected to do nearly as well as his last project
Hits Daily Double projects the playlist will move 500-550k copies in its first week sales plus streaming.
200 to 250K of that is expected to be in pure album sales.
Drake’s last project Views did a little over a million SPS first week in April of 2016, so that’s a significant decline if correct.
Finishing a distant second this week will be Rick Ross’s Rather You Than Me. The Bawse’s ninth album is slated to do 85 to 95K in its opening frame.
That’s a nice bump up from 2015’s Black Market, which did 65K first week SPS.
Of course, Ross didn’t completely trash Birdman and shade Nicki Minaj on that album.
What did you think of More Life and Rather You Than Me?
NEW YORK CITY, NY – Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze occupy high ranks in the list of big name producers in the game, most especially in the realm of Hip Hop production. The pair engaged in a friendly Instagram Live battle over the weekend, with Swizz narrowly gaining the win over Just with an unreleased track that featured a few rap legends.
On Thursday, the two rap behemoths were seen together in a video clip via Swizz Beatz’s Instagram page announcing their Friday night beat battle. Just playfully talked trash in saying he was going to “take out” Swizz and announcing the rules for the battle along with an accompanying clip of Swizz showing respect for his friend but saying he’s prepared for war.
For over two hours, Just and Swizz went beat for beat with original compositions, some of their major hits, and making the rules up as they went along. Hosted by Hot 97’s Ebro Darden and attended by the likes of Busta Rhymes, the gentlemen sparred using classic breakbeats like “Pump Me Up” and “Big Beat,” displaying little rarely televised DJ skills from the two.
From there, live beat construction took place with Swizz and Just clearly enjoying the moment as a crowd of onlookers gathered in the studio while mashing up some of their classic productions. Freeway’s classic “Roc the Mic” was an early crowd pleaser with Swizz treating the affair more like a Jamaican sound system clash with rare exclusives and strong cuts such as “Banned From TV” from N.O.R.E. among others.
However, near the end of the battle, Swizz pulled out the big secret weapon in playing an energetic unreleased track featuring longtime collaborator DMX, Jadakiss, Jay Z and Nas. Needless to say, the reaction in the room told all the stories it needed to, including Busta breaking into patois to describe what he just witnessed.
Check out the entire beat battle between Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz in the clip above. Hit the 2:24:00 mark to hear the unreleased track.