Judgment Day

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There’s been a lot of hype behind the one major rap artist to actually release an album this summer. No, pushback, patna, the T.I. vs. T.I.P. platter is in those few record stores that still exist today and available for legal downloads (believe it or not, there is such a thing). Now it’s up to them consumers. Not us critics, editors and bloggers. We’ve had our say and most of it hasn’t been exactly glowing.

Still despite the poor forecast reports, Clifford Jr. hasn’t seemed to lose any of his swagger. He feels he’s got a classic in his mitts and he’s pushin’ his product down our throats. The top selling rapper of the ‘06 has been promoting harder than Don King doing everything from chin-checkin’ rival rapper Ludarcris’ manager, snubbing Tony Yayo’s outstretched hand at the BET awards to remixing his single “Big Shit Poppin’” for ESPN. Anybody watch SportsCenter lately? You can’t escape that damn song.

Apparently the premiere network for all things athletic has some contest goin’ on about who is today’s ultimate sports star and Mannie Fresh’s bombastic track serves as the soundtrack. Plus if you listen close enough you’ll hear Cliffy cashing in with some new lyrics (cha-ching!): “Now let me hear you say/SportsCenter poppin’/Everything stoppin’/When SportsCenter poppin’/Everything stoppin’/ When SportsCenter poppin’/You know everything stoppin’/You wanna know who ballin’/We gonna show you all about it/Now do it, do it, do it.” Ha! I don’t make this shit up.

OK, this ain’t no Jay-Z Kingdom Come pre-game push, I’ll give you that, but all things considered, the Rubber Band Man is in good standing. This is probably the first real test to see just how terrible rap sales are in today’s climate. 300K is the new gold? Shit, Tip sold 522K the first week the last time. Anything less than that is uncivilized. And a big failure for Lyor Cohen and the fine folks over at Warner/Atlantic could be disastrous.

Now I haven’t used any of my industry juice to find out what them pre-orders are lookin’ like, I’m just gonna wait til manana and go on hitsdailydouble like the rest of youse. But I’ll keep the fingers crossed that like it says on my wife’s mag, T.I. has the last laugh. You see as much as y’all enjoy watching these car crashes, unless somebody proves to be a true rap heavyweight I’m gonna be out of business like EPMD. You see I can’t make the songs but I can sure as hell sell the muthafucka that makes ‘em. And I’m just not ready to put Talib Kweli on the cover yet. Sorry.

Epilogue: Picture YN coolin’ out on the Fourth of July and if you heard he was on his roof deck at his new crib in BK it wasn’t a lie.

  • suckaniggadickmakeaniggarich

    1st…. so check the name hoe

    • http://dee_man_tee@yahoo.com nikita

      man shawty u dont know what u talking bout u really need to be quiet anyway u get your fact straight.

  • Hannah Smith

    Still sticking with the ‘primary school kid personalizes existing rap lyrics’ schtick, eh?

    Innovative!

  • http://T.I.pisstilltheking soundoff

    T.I.P is still the king all the great rappers grow and yall don’t understand that every album is not gonna sound like trap muzic

  • Danny

    I personally think T.I will flop…

  • chuck

    If T.I. does over 500k the first week i’ll be shocked and impressed. Im rooting for him, even though I thought T.I vs T.I.P was his worst album ever. I want to see him do good.

  • EReal

    LOL @ YN for speculatin on that Yayo shit.

    I wanna know if it was intentional or not, ya kna mean? lol.

    The album sucks, I got it last week before it dropped because SOHH’s Gyant leaked the shit in his blog, lol.

    Trap Muzik > Urban > King > Ti V Tip

    1 hunned.

  • EReal

    Hannah Smith Says:

    July 3rd, 2007 at 2:20 pm
    Still sticking with the ‘primary school kid personalizes existing rap lyrics’ schtick, eh?

    Innovative!
    ^
    Why are you such a bitch?

  • Latino Thug

    it hurt me say it but it seems like TIP is gonna flop this time, he’s gonna get the number one spot the first week with some 250k sold, but from there it’s going down

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    its pretty good. not as good as king. 3 1/2 out of 5.

  • Pancho

    why are you not ready to put Kweli on the cover?

    you may move more units than usual just for shock vglue alone!

  • Anthony The Executive

    The album isn’t solid at all and this coming from a TI fan.

  • Purple Hulk

    WHY WOULDNT YOU PUT KWELI ON THE COVER?
    YOU HAVE A PROBLEM PUTTING REAL LYRICISTS ON THE COVER?

  • Maddi

    “Trap Muzik > Urban > King > Ti V Tip”

    Do u even know what ur talkin bout Ereal?
    U even missed out 1 of his albums.

    Im Serious!

    Damn step ya game up G-Unit groupie.

  • Fixda

    Purple Hulk I agree with you WTF why wouldn’t kweli be on it?Rather put another t.i. cover?You gotta recognize who deserves it!Eardrum will be way better than all the bullshit that dropped this year!

  • diggsy

    I personally think Danny sucks cock

  • agee

    275,000 copies. I heard some of the album cuts on Angie Martinez in studio series. And I am not feeling it at all.

  • Cuban Link

    im not really all that thrilled for this album, and i didnt really like Big Shit Poppin too much, but i did think You Know What It Is was kinda cool, even thou its been like the 36232326 song with ‘what you know’ involved, but im gonna cop this album regardless.We need to keep sales high to keep the game together

  • efrain fernandez

    selling has become easy for these rappers but will he have good music thats the million dollar question. my bet his shit will go stayl///

  • Cinsere

    Nevermind Kweli…where’s Common’s cover at?! All the leaked songs have been fire! AND he’s coming off a REAL classic album, which your mag crowned and are now trying to take back (I read that Finding Forever review…that’s some real bullshit!). But I guess there’s no room, what with your solid rotation of 50, Wayne, TI and Jeezy…rinse and repeat

  • Cuban Link

    efrain fernandez Says:

    July 3rd, 2007 at 10:12 pm
    selling has become easy for these rappers but will he have good music thats the million dollar question. my bet his shit will go stayl///

    ^Where the fuck have you been from these last two years?

  • VLsteve

    south sucks PERIOD.

  • Purple Hulk

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    VLsteve Says:

    July 4th, 2007 at 1:10 am

    south sucks PERIOD.

    I DIDNT KNOW THE GETO BOYS, OUTKAST, GOODIE MOB, K-RINO, AND LITTLE BROTHER ALL SUCK

  • tsmith7791

    i guarantee this gets at least a xl even though it isnt very good

  • http://xxl anthony

    after i heard ti vs tip that shit better flop

  • Cinsere

    ^^^He got an L

  • http://sugarbread.blogspot.com sugarbread

    Since when did album sales reflect the quality of an album? If we are saying an album is worthy because it has sold a lot of copies, then we are forgetting about all the classic albums that never went gold (see Golden-Era hip-hop pre-1992). Just because T.I. opened at over 500,000 does not redeem this dissonant, self-inflated album.

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    @sugarbread – album sales do not equal quality, but in this rap climate, album sales equal staying on top of the game. t.i. did gold the first week = all of his pre-release hype and shit was worth it, and he can now do it all again next year.

  • http://notbadforanexslave.com Nelson

    T.I. TOO MUCH: Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. will have the best-selling album in the country next week. Better known as Atlanta rapper T.I., the Grammy-winning hip-hop star’s new release, T.I. vs. T.I.P., on his own Grand Hustle label through Atlantic, looks headed over the 500k mark, heating up the summer sales season and easily making him next week’s #1 album. Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland is up next with her sophomore album for Columbia, Ms. Kelly, the follow-up to her 2002 effort, Simply Deep, on target for sales over 100k, according to reports from retailers still recovering from Fourth of July fireworks. RCA’s new Velvet Revolver album, Libertad, the successor to the 2004 double-platinum debut, Contraband, sees the rock supergroup at, or just shy of, the 100k mark. (7/5p)

  • aaliyah

    my man ti should not b in jail