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Jay-Z Is Still King Of The Charts

September 23, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

In its second week, Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 3” is still number one on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums list. Jay sold 476,000 in the first week and another 298,000 in its second. Jay has been touring and appearing on various TV shows to promote the album.

In other rap album news, Kid Cudi’s debut “Man On The Moon: The End Of Day” is at number four with 104,000 albums sold. The album already has two top 50 hits (“Day ‘N’ Night” and “Make Her Say”.) and Drake’s EP “So Far Gone” is at number six with 73,000 albums sold.

Drake – So Far Gone EP

September 18, 2009

Written By: Victoria Hill
(Urban/Pop Editor)

Label: Young Money – Rating:

Drake is one of hip-hop’s newest rising stars…he has toured with Lil Wayne, released three mixtapes and appeared on several hot singles with Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.

“So Far Gone” is Drake’s first EP. Originally released as a mixtape earlier this year, its two singles “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful” became big hits, and the decision was made to release an album. Only 5 of the 18 songs from the mixtape appear on the EP, with “Fear” and “I’m Goin’ In” being new. The EP boasts guest appearances from Trey Songz, Lil Wayne and Bun B. I particularly like the track “Fear,” as it speaks to facing an uncertain future and finding your place.

The EP’s strongest track, “Best I Ever Had”, Drake is not afraid to boast that “when my album drops/bitches will buy it for the picture/and n****s will buy it too/and claim they got it for they sister.” I love Drake’s confidence and swagger because if you are going to deliver a line like this, you better have something to back it up- which he does have.

On “Successful” (featuring Trey Songz and Lil Wayne), Drake raps about success- “the money, the cars and the clothes”, but getting through the shit life can bring is real success. I find it refreshing that Drake realizes that as much as “the money, the cars and the clothes” are nice- it’s not a true picture of success, you also need to be successful in all the aspects of life (family, home, relationships).

Drake has a wise beyond his years feel, which I enjoy. I could tell that Drake is not content with simple, but is striving for something more. “So Far Gone” is a good introduction to Drake and what we can expect from him when he releases his full length album in 2010.

Drake Signs With Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown Records

September 17, 2009

Breakout hip-hop/R&B sensation Drake has officially signed with Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown Records. On September 15, 2009, Drake will drop So Far Gone, his first mini-album with the imprint while continuing to ready his forthcoming full-length debut album, due out in early 2010.

So Far Gone contains seven songs, including the definitive summer jam of 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” which claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B and Hip-Hop Songs chart, as well as the Ringtones chart, plus ranked No. 2 on the all-important Hot 100 chart. So Far Gone also boasts “Successful,” Drake’s sizzling new single featuring Lil Wayne and Trey Songz, which is swiftly edging its way to Top 10 positioning on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Rap Songs charts, among others. Hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne makes multiple appearances on So Far Gone, turning up alongside Young Jeezy on “I’m Goin In” and again on “Uptown,” which also features an assist from Bun B. Other highlights on So Far Gone include the tracks “The Calm,” “Fear” and “Houstatlantavegas.”

“Drake has what it takes to represent Young Money to the fullest,” said Young Money Records CEO Lil Wayne, who has helped Drake cultivate his unique and infectious sound. “When I first heard him, I saw that he had the motivation, the drive, and the raw skills. Young Money is the place for Drake to take his sound to the next level.”

“We are extremely proud of Lil Wayne, the launch of Young Money Records, and the roster of hot new talent that Wayne is getting ready to introduce to the world,” added Ronald “Slim” Williams, Co-CEO of Cash Money Records Group. “Drake is a talented individual and a humble person with a tireless work ethic. We’re happy to have him as part of the Young Money/Cash Money family.”

Drake is a Canadian-born artist who grew up in Toronto and Memphis. He first appeared with Lil Wayne on 2007’s “Man of the Year” after making a buzz worthy impact on the mixtape scene. His collaborations with Eminem, Kanye West and Jay-Z are among the most exciting releases of 2009. A former cast member of the N’s Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake is hardly a stranger to the spotlight—but his best is certainly yet to come.