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4/20 Predictions – Who’s Gonna Smoke the Competition?

Although I personally don’t partake in herbal refreshments, I know that today is the national smoker’s holiday known as 4/20. Pardon my naivety on the subject but I always forget the significance of the date but according to the wonders of Google I’m told that it has something to do with some California weed heads that used to light up after school at 4:20 pm.

**Kanye shrug**

At any rate, although I don’t smoke, a lot of rappers do (or so I’ve heard) and that’s why it seems like quite a few of them got geeked about their beloved smoker’s holiday falling on a Tuesday this year. Since that’s the magical day that labels sometimes release albums we can look forward to projects from the likes of Cypress Hill (Rise Up), Little Brother (LeftBack), Kurupt (Street Lights) and Devin the Dude (Suite #420) dropping today.

A couple weeks back I got a chance to chop it up with Devin and he told me that he’d been waiting for this particular 4/20 for sometime now. “Me and DJ Domo was sittin’ around the studio, like in 2005 or so, when he asked me to think about putting the next album out on 4/20,” he revealed. “We got excited about the idea until we looked at a calendar and found out that the next available April 20th that fell on a Tuesday was 2010! We were like, ‘Damn! That’s too long… I don’t even know if I’ll still be rappin! Lookin’ back at that the other day, we both fell-out laughin’.”

With a couple other notable MCs dropping today, it’s looking like Super Tuesday: Smoker’s Edition. As always with a hip-hop-heavy release date, the XXL staff made their personal predictions about each artist’s first week sales numbers (see below).

I also got to bump heads with Cypress Hill recently and they chimed in with their own thoughts about their chances of smoking the competition. [Watch below].

So here’s the staff’s numbers, now tell us who you think will come out on top when the sales numbers drop next week. Will you buy, buy or just pass? —Anslem Samuel

Kurupt, Street Lights – 2K
Little Brother, LeftBack – 3K
Cypress Hill, Rise Up – 2K
Devin the Dude, Suite #420 – 4K

Kurupt, Street Lights – 8K
Little Brother, LeftBack – 20K
Cypress Hill, Rise Up – 40K
Devin the Dude, Suite #420 – 30K

Kurupt, Street Lights – 5K
Little Brother, LeftBack – 5K
Cypress Hill, Rise Up – 40K
Devin the Dude, Suite #420 – 5K

Kurupt, Street Lights – 5K
Little Brother, LeftBack – 15K
Cypress Hill, Rise Up – 15K
Devin the Dude, Suite #420 – 20K

Kurupt, Street Lights – 5K
Little Brother, LeftBack – 20K
Cypress Hill, Rise Up – 10K
Devin the Dude, Suite #420 – 5K

Kurupt, Street Lights – 3K
Little Brother, LeftBack – 12K
Cypress Hill, Rise Up – 22K
Devin the Dude, Suite #420 – 10K

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