Well, the first week results are in for the latest T.I. album and it looks like the diminutive trap rapper has a bonafide best seller. With nearly 500K moved in the first week I guess T.I. still knows how to sell that shit. I consider this feat even greater than the total sales of ‘King’ because T.I. didn’t have a feature film to buttress this album. Even though ESPN did give the single ‘Big Things Poppin’ a push, T.I. did all the heavy lifting for this album on his own.
Now that T.I. has firmly established himself as the king of this rap shit I wish he would do a collabo with Kellz. I could see them reigniting that ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ series. I think that between these two you have more split personalities and inner conflict innuendo to make at least a dozen albums. Lord knows that T.I. has enough TRL fans to keep Kellz satisfied. Also, I wish T.I. would wear a mask or some other shit that clearly identified the TIP character. Or is it the T.I. character? Whatever.
Back at the ranch it’s all carte blanche. If units of ‘T.I. vs. TIP’ continue to move this well T.I. may end up being the big money earner for the third quarter cRap Music Fantasy League. The good news for rap music is that you can still sell an album if there are some fans out there feeling your style (read: white kids). This bodes well for both Fisty Scent and Khanghey as they prepare for their autumn album releases. Nobody runs the suburbs like these two clowns. I’ve wondered sometimes if they’re the same person. Have they ever been in the same room at the same time? It’s like they’re fraternal twins. One is a hyper-violent Black male caricature, while the other is a hyper-emo Black male mannequin. Fifty and Ye Tudda should become a duo. They could call themselves The Wonder Twins. How scary good would that be? They would own the Billboard charts for sure.
The glaring fact that T.I.’s success has shown me is that the internets has little to no effect on record sales. Everyone on the ‘nets that I trust as tastemakers has said that the T.I. album lacked the pop and focus of his previous projects. It was described as a lazy effort from the Lilliputian rapper on top of a somewhat clichéd concept. Some folks said that the album wasn’t even worth downloading… Illegally! Looks to me like there were a whole lot of people that didn’t get the ‘T.I. vs. TIP sucks ass’ memo. I’m not surprised either since half the country reportedly voted for George Bush too. So while good albums like Joell Ortiz’ ‘Bodega Chronicles’ and ‘Red Gone Wild’ languish on the store shelves less acclaimed releases move units.
Maybe that’s the answer now for Kanye and Curtis to ring up some success at the sales counter… Make a shitty album that the internets hates.