Rick Ross‘ pal Wale earns his first No. 1 album while Kanye West‘s sales tumble and Robin Thicke continues his smooth glide toward winning the Song of the Summer competition. Here’s Soundscanner’s look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales numbers:
Who the f*ck does Wale think he is? That’s one of the first things you hear on his new LP, The Gifted, that just dropped on Tuesday. After years of mix tape buzz and MMG label comradery, is the DMV rapper’s third album worth all the hype?
With all promotion and celebration around his new album The Gifted, Wale found time to visit the Bethune School in Atlanta, Georgia last week in support of Saving Our Daughters. The non-profit organization aims to spark positive activism and empower teenagers to act positively in their community, and has received celebrity support from the likes of T.I., K.Michelle, and Nas over the years.
French Montana‘s iced out. Three big a*s diamond chains are draping his neck as he stands in VIP, entourage galore, hidden behind dark sunglasses. NYC’s HiLo is packed with industry heads, reality stars, other rappers and droves of ladies and gents there only for bragging rights to say they were there. Read more…
It’s official: the NBA is breaking up with hip-hop. Shaq, Ron Artest, and anyone else who has blown a majority of their paychecks on studio time, you might want to sit down for this. Last week Lil Wayne was complaining about being kicked out of American Airlines Arena during a Miami Heat game, and now hometown hero Wale can’t get any respect while watching his Wizards (lose, badly) in person.
To build excitement ahead of his fifth album Jesus Piece‘s arrival on December 11th, Game has been dropping new music each week, #SundayService style. This week the Compton rapper and soon-to-be hitched Marrying The Game star used the pulpit to share a Wale collaboration called “Stripper.” Not your grandmother’s Sunday Service, this latest installment pays homage to dancers, but not the kind you’ll see at Lincoln Center.
Over a lazy and soulful beat, he goes into great (and often vulgar) detail as to the things he likes about strippers: work ethic (“She got two jobs, work late, college courses on her plate”), her look (“Them high heels, that black lace, that long weave”) and their taste in music (“UGK on the iPod”). He’s got one girl in particular on his mind, a girl with hips “like the kit of a Challenger” and she’s “the best [Drake's] ever had”: Maliah Michel.
“I knew Maliah before Maliah went to H-Town and that’s straight up,” he raps, staking certain claims for Drake’s -ex. And as for Drake’s tendency to rap about her, Game sounds like he’s not having it: “Drake talking ‘bout her /Make a n**** mad, you heard that song? Yeah, best that he ever had.” Wale chimes in in agreement, but unlike Drake, he is careful not to step on Game’s toes: “My favorite stripper although I got some options.”
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Rick Ross‘ “Diced Pineapples,” featuring a spoken word intro from MMG affiliate Wale and a sweet hook by Drake, has had us scratching our heads since the beginning. When it was just a title on a track list, we wondered what on earth Ross might have to say about the titular golden fruit. Before it’s release, he suggested that it was inspired by his doctor mandated post-seizure diet, when he ate woke up every morning at at diced pineapples at his doctors insistence. But then we heard the slow-and-sexy song and realized that it’s not about pineapple at all, really. There’s a little fruit-as-sex (“diced pineapple make make my baby taste the best”) and fruit-as-riches (“diced pineapples, talking diamonds by the jar”) action, but it’s otherwise a pretty standard Bawse affair.
And so we held out hope that Ross might go in on a pineapple in the video the way he did that steak in the “So Sophisticated” video. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as the video that arrived last night features only a flash of pineapple (see below). Instead, the Vitamin C deficient feature finds Ross and his boys and a bunch of pretty ladies taking in beautiful Caribbean sunsets while enjoying a well Instagram-ed vacation. You know, a relaxing affair, just like the doctor would prescribe. Read more…