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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    l’ma give this one to Cypress Hill!!

    18K

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    Everybody should cop every Gang Starr album. RIP Guru!

    • General

      Def RIP to Guru. Can’t say enough about Gang Starr’s legacy…

      As far as the Cd’s droppin this week, I honestly think none of these Cd’s will put up over 10k in sales. With that being said I already bought Kurupt’s CD, and will def cop Devin and Little Brothers joints this week…

  • P. Harris

    “Wherever you are Baby Pah / realize that your essence is divine son / and let it shine son / As we refine son, aiyyo, this shit’ll blow your mind son / We’re royalty”

    RIP Guru

    LeftBack – Little Brother

  • A.K.

    On the real, who the hell is checking for any of these guys? Juelz Santana could only get 50 ppl to reach small ass Home niteclub in T.O., you think any of these guys will sell over 125 (hundred) copies? LMAO..nicca pleeeeeeaaaase……R.I.P Guru

  • sparkcity911

    Gotta support the other side,LITTLE BROTHER WHAT UP,NORTHCAKK WHAT UP,SOUTHCRACK SEE YOU YO.GLAD YOU CATS ARE BACK IN THE LAB.

  • sparkcity911

    PEACE TO DA GOD GURU..HOLD YOUR HEAD PREM.

  • epinz

    little brother all day!!!!

  • 315mike99

    Real Hip Hop will never die. Guru lives on through his music and our memories. Legends are forever. R.I.P. Keith Elam aka Guru

  • RIP GURU

    XXL GET ON YOUR SHIT GURU JUST DIED. FUCK THIS PREDICTIONS GARBAGE REAL HIP HOP NEWS IS HAPPENENING, RIP GURU

  • ARKANSAS

    RICK RAWSE GONNA SMOKE THE COMPETION WITH HIS COP GUN!!!! lol MAN I’M HATING MEN LIKE SOME LESBIANS! JUST DONT BLAZE UP IN FRONT OF OFFICER RICCEY! I KNOW THIS BLOG IS ABOUT 420/ AND WHOSE GONNA SMOKE THE COMPETITON BUT I WILL MAKE EVERY DAY I WAKE AND SHAKE TO EXPLOIT FRAUDULANCE, WHENEVER SEEN…

  • FLYBOY40

    imma burn it down to KUSH & ORANGE JUICE and that shits free like juvenile said “the less money on bullshit the more for the weed”

  • Anonymous

    Left back wont do 20k sorry the minsterl show only did 33k when the economy was better and they name was bigger i dont see left back doing more than 8

  • Jesus Martinez

    I will be picking up Devin the Dude and Cypress Hill, didn’t know Kurupt had one dropping.
    Cypress will sell the most, they got a track with Tom Morrello from Rage Against the Machine thats getting play on rock radio

  • El Tico Loco

    I don’t how they do in Soundscan but I’m coppin Little Brother’s last album and will be in my collection just like the Listenin, Minstrel Show, Chitlin Cicuits, the Gangsta Grillz mixtape, the Mick Boogie (Justus for all)joint and the GetBack u name it I fucks with LB. What are ya’ll coppin? Fuck the sales what do YOU want to buy or are ya’ll just gonna follow the crowd?

    • El Tico Loco

      err- don’t care how they do …

      BTW- Smokin one for Keith E E

  • Tonytosway

    Yall sure Little brother just dropped today?? I remember seeing the Leftback album at samgoody a couple weeks ago!!!

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Mos def copping the Little Brother album, thats a no-brainer; that and the rest of the Gangstarr albums I don’t have in my collection.

    And get that Fornever album with Murs and 9th Wonder, ish is fire!

  • Lil Parcheeze

    Check out the new Kottonmouth King cd called Long Live the Kings

  • Lil Parcheeze

    Check out the new Kottonmouth King cd called Long Live the Kings for all the real smokers

  • latino heat

    devin the dude!!! every time devin drops i’m at the store THAT DAY. as i’ve said many times he is quietly one of the top 5 most consistent acts in hip-hop.

    also, getting LB and will eventually give Kurupt a listen. this is Kurupt’s 1st official album in a few years isn’t it? hopefully he can take it back to the old days. i haven’t listened to Cypress in years. too heavy on the rock sound for me these days.

    with that being said, Cypress will sell the most. (18,000 copies i predict) they have a very loyal following while the other 3 are strictly underground. (around 3,000 – 5,000 copies each for all 3 of the others)

  • alex

    does no one care about andre nickatina?
    his album and that new cleph titled x apathy x chino xl x buckshot song are the two things that are brightening up this dark dark day

    • latino heat

      @ Alex

      i’m from the Bay, and with the exception of a few stoner white boys, no one cares about Andre Nickatina.

  • East

    BRISCO!!!!!

  • gaddic

    Guru getting heavily dick-ridden now that he passed
    Gang starr made a significant contribution to hip
    hop
    Just hope no fanatics go claiming dude is the GOAT or something
    Tragic death though at 43?
    Shows you no one knows when we’ll go

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