Chico Dusty would be so disappointed

For a minute there, it looked like hip-hop was officially back from the abyss. That Drake album came out, and while it didn’t do two million its first week out, as predicted by some random dipshit MTV News found and presented as if his opinion was at all relevant, it still sold upwards of half a million copies its first week out – which would have been impressive even 10 years ago, let alone today. Then that Eminem album came along and blew it out of the water. It sold damn near three quarters of a million copies its first week out, despite the fact that it’s an even worse album than his big ’09 comeback effort, which didn’t sell nearly.

It didn’t make any sense. The only thing I could think is that a lot of black people might be having problems with their computers, and they can’t afford to replace them, what with the state of the economy. It’s cheaper to just find out where they still sell CDs and go back to buying CDs. Even though once you’ve bought about 20 of them (I used to have hundreds), you could have bought a decent computer. I wrote some of the best dick jokes in the history of hip-hop journalism on a laptop that cost less than $400. And then of course it died. I read somewhere the other day that, as, erm, amazing as it is that something like a fourth of the people on Twitter here in the US are black, a lot of it has to do with the fact that black people are so into mobile devices. Black people and hispanics (presumably East Coast-style hispanics, not these people at Home Depot) are much more likely to own especially fancy mobile devices, and much more likely to use them for shit like mocking people with fucked up haircuts on Twitter.

Things were looking up for Big Boi, whose Sir Luscious Left Nut was set to be released three weeks after the Eminem album hit stores, after having been delayed for something like two years – just in time to capitalize on the upward trend in rap album sales, but not so close that he’d have to worry about competing with the likes of Drake and Eminem. Certainly he could move enough units to top the Billboard albums chart, after those two albums had already been in the stores for a few weeks. He wouldn’t be like the rest of this year’s tax writeoffs, who somehow managed to get beat their first week out by that Black Eyed Peas album, which has been out since back when Sir Luscious Left Nut was first supposed too come out. I’ll admit, I was a little bit nervous the other day, when I published my post on how Left Nut sounds like the boring Big Boi parts from a few different OutKast albums all stitched together, and how Jive Records was right to be concerned that it was poised for huge, embarrassing commercial failure. I knew my instincts are pretty much always right about everything, and I knew that the chorus of clueless cracka-ass crackas praising Left Nut as if it came with a coupon for a free blowski meant absolutely nothing at all, but I was worried that some of that Joementum from the past few weeks of rap album sales would carry over into this past week and make it seem as if I was wrong. As if!

As it turns out, I didn’t have any cause for concern. I was right. Again. Sir Luscious Left Nut sold even worse than I expected: only about 60,000 copies sold its first week in stores, and on iTunes, i.e. about one per every critic on the Internets who tried to make it seem as if it’s the new Supreme Clientele, with a few left over for members of Big Boi’s family, and especially hardened OutKast stans – the kind of people who have Idlewild on DVD. Next week, it’ll probably sell about half as many copies, and then it’ll fall off even further from there. This shit might not hit the six figure mark, let alone gold. Usually, they don’t allow you too remain on a major label when you fuck up so royally, especially when it’s your second colossal fuckup in a row and hence it’s probably not a fluke, but Big Boi is fortunate in that he’ll have a deal with Island Def Jam as long as LA Reid is in charge there. He’s quoted as saying so in the New York Times, the newspaper of record. That might even stand up in court, if he tries to renege. I’ll have to ask TPAR, if I run into him here in Chicago, where I’ve come to see Pavement this weekend.

  • Andre

    Fuck u Boi. Big Boi’s alubm was near classic and who cares how many records it sold. It’ll be remember years from now and that’s more important than going plantium now and then being forgotten tomorrow.

    • lonestar_playa

      i blame the fans and the internet also for the low sales. u got so called hip hop fans here just stealin music off the computer now! the generation of hip hop fans ain’t what it used to b. i wish it wuz a way dey can stop dis shit! the album wuz jammin by the way

  • Andre

    Fuck u Boi. Big Boi’s album was near classic and who cares how many records it sold. It’ll be remember years from now and that’s more important than going plantium now and then being forgotten tomorrow.

  • Andre

    Big Boi’s album was near classic and who cares how many records it sold. It’ll be remember years from now and that’s more important than going plantium now and then being forgotten tomorrow.

  • Andre

    Big Boi’s album. That’s what I meant.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “Big Boi’s album was near classic ”

    ^ how is this accurate?

    It just came out. How is it “classic” and “was”?

    Your giving it a past labeling and a future stance. Let it breathe first homie.

  • SansBeach

    I think this was kind of a waste of post only because I dont think anybody expected him to do big numbers. On top of that album sells do not always equate to quality of music.

    With that being said you did have 1 gem:

    “I read somewhere the other day that, as, erm, amazing as it is that something like a fourth of the people on Twitter here in the US are black, a lot of it has to do with the fact that black people are so into mobile devices. Black people and hispanics (presumably East Coast-style hispanics, not these people at Home Depot) are much more likely to own especially fancy mobile devices, and much more likely to use them for shit like mocking people with fucked up haircuts on Twitter.”

    Does anybody else remember when Boondocks had that episode on nigga technology?

    I live on the east coast that statement could not be more true every black and latina woman I know has a blackberry or iphone or is getting one and for what?

    Most them can not even use a laptop to write decent resume, but they sure know how to get a tweeter feed and check bossip on their phone. Or jail break a phone whatever that is?

    Its some shameful shit really.

  • http://www.chimpout.com/ It’s that retarded nigga, Byron Crawford

    Hey, the retard’s back. I bet your one of those niggas Bill Cosby was talking about. Your the nigga that stole the pound cake. You must be, considering the fact that you have the Coca-Cola in your hand. Fuck YOU Byron, you stupid nigga boy.

  • Worley

    Don’t let Bol get you all excited. This is Def Jam’s cheap ass marketing budget at work. Last week’s post was for the release. This week’s post is for 2nd week sales. We’ll probably never hear Bol mention it again unless Def Jam cuts another check.

  • http://www.chimpout.com/ JIM CROW

    FUCK YOU NIGGERS!!! GO BACK TO AFRICA. YOU ARE ALL DUMB NIGGERS. WHAT YOU SAY HAS NO RELEVANCE. ALL OF YOU SHOULD GO TO THE BACK OF THE BUS AND BE SILENCED. YOU ALL SHOULD BE PICKING THE COTTON FROM MY PLANTATION IN MISSISSIPPI. MAN, YOU GIVE A NIGGER A YARD AND THEY’LL TAKE A MILE. HEY, BYRON CRAWFORD, DID YOU KNOW THAT MY GREAT GRAND DADDY GAVE YOU YOUR SLAVE NAME. BLACKS ARE STUPID AND SHOULD REALLY SHUT THE HELL UP. US WHITES LAUGH AT SHIT LIKE THIS. HEY, BYRON, THE KKK IS COMING TO LYNCH YOUR ASS AND BURN A CROSS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM. XXL IS A COON MAGAZINE MADE BY NIGGERS, FOR NIGGERS. DIE PORCH MONKEYS. DIE!!!

    SINCERELY,
    JIM CROW

  • El Tico Loco

    ^^^^

    Another friend of Whoopie who’s not racist perhaps

  • http://www.chimpout.com/ JIM CROW

    THE KKK IS HAVING A PARADE IN ST. LOUIS THREE MONTHS FROM NOW. YOU NIGGERS BETTER RUN AND HIDE BECAUSE WE’RE COMING FOR YOU!!! YOU COON NIGGERS ARE AS GOOD AS DEAD. BYRON, WE WILL FIND YOU! WHETHER IT BE IN ST. LOUIS, UNIVERSITY CITY, OR WHERE EVER, WE WILL FIND YOUR PORK ASS AND ROAST IT. BETTER YET, WE’LL MAKE YOUR FAT ASS WORK AT ONE OUR PLANTATIONS IN MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, OR WHERE EVER IN THE SOUTH. WE’LL WHIP YOUR FAT ASS UNTIL IT BLEEDS. WELL FIND YOUR MOTHER AND USE HER AS OUR SEX SLAVE. WE’LL USE A FUCKING MACHINE AND FUCK HER PUSSY UNTIL IT’S SWOLLEN. THEN, WE WILL FIND YOUR FATHER AND TIE HIS ASS ONTO THE RAILROAD TRACKS AND WAIT UNTIL A TRAIN COMES BY AND RUNS HIS UNCLE TOM ASS OVER. TILL NEXT TIME NIGGER BOY!

    SINCERELY,
    JIM CROW

    • Huey Newton

      LOL I laugh at you ignorance why is a KKK member on xxl website? Is it because you crave black culture….. just like your white women do?

  • http://www.chimpout.com/ JIM CROW

    I’M BACK NIGGERS. THE KKK WILL BE HAVING A TOUR ALL ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES. WHICH ONE OF YOU NIGGERS ARE READY TO DIE. WHEN YOUR AT THE LIQUOR STORE TONIGHT, LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER. WE JUST MIGHT BEHIND YOU WITH A HECKLER & KOCH MP5 BEHIND YOUR HEAD, READY TO SHOOT. UNCLE TOMS ARE ACTUALLY WORSE THAN REGULAR NIGGERS. UNCLE TOM NIGGERS TRY TO BE LIKE US, BUT THEY CAN’T. YOU’RE STILL BLACK, STUPID, AND UGLY. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SINCERELY,
    JIM CROW

    • David

      Jim Crow…Someone should have told your parents, who obviously are brother and sister, not to fuck. This is a hip hop website and its a shame that inbred wastes of oxygen, the fucking scum of the earth such as yourself, have to come on and leave messages like you did. You are worse than Muslim extremist terrorist. You don’t have the American spirit, moral, values, etc…you are un-American. The KKK won’t be having a tour, you’ll be hiding behind your masks like the cowards you all are. I feel sorry for the inbred kids you are probably going to have. They’ll never have a chance.

    • mav

      yo jim crow did u know that most of the people in those white supremacist groups r known for bein some of the most poorly educated whites in the country…congratulations idiot

  • kcz253z

    I think the new Big Boi album is fucking GREAT!!!! Just my opinion. I used to like BOL’s blog but, now it seems he just try’s to stir shit up. I guess that’s just what he does. And i’m not a Pavement fan but, was kind of pumped to see them at the Sasquatch Musiv Festival and Pavement SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!

  • BossGame

    I see somebody walk in on Mommy gargling with the chocolate man’s unborn again! Silly Teabagger. Go watch Glenn Beck, stool stain! Good post Bol, I don’t agree, but shyt was funny.

  • Phil

    if record sells meant anything mc hammer would be 1 of the greatest rappers ever. sir lucious is near classic. if andre would get his shit together they could make another real album (the last was stankonia)

  • Sha

    A MESSAGE TO XXL…..

    PLEASE CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!

    There is no way you should be allowing the type of things written by “JIM CROW” to appear on this site. It is racist, violent, and directly attacks all Americans. I would seriously consider forwarding this information to the appropriate authorities. Not snitching, but recognizing the fact that sometimes the authorities are needed to weed out potential danger to all Americans. Please review the postings written by “JIM CROW” immediately and respond appropriately.

    Sincerely,

    Sha

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PROMOTE IGNORANCE???

    YOU GET IGNORANCE!!!

    NOW CLEAN THIS SH^T UP.

  • these posts are racist

    Byron,

    Why didn’t you email me and try to set something up?

    • http://www.chimpout.com/ JIM CROW

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      THIS IS THE REAL KKK NIGGER! BYRON IS A NIGGER AND DON’T YOU EVER FORGET IT! AS ARE YOU STUPID! ANYWAY, THE KKK WILL BE IN KANSAS CITY IN THREE MONTHS! GET READY NIGGERS IN KC! THE KKK WILL BE IN OKLAHOMA CITY SHORTLY THERE AFTER MAKING SURE THAT YOU NIGGERS ARE OUT PICKING COTTON LIKE YOUR SUPPOSED TO. YOU NIGGERS ARE FUNNY. MY KKK “HOMEBOYS” AND I WERE JUST LAUGHING AT YOU NIGGERS AND THAT UNCLE TOM NIGGER, BYRON CRAWFORD! YOU NIGGERS SHOULD BE AT MY PLANTATION! YOU ILLITERATE NIGGERS SHOULD ALL BE BANNED FROM SCHOOL ON A COUNT OF YOU ALL CAN’T COUNT. DUMB NIGGERS! BYE NIGGERS!

      SINCERELY,
      JIM CROW

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  • RR

    If Bol hates all the new-school artists (Drake, Kid Cudi, Charles Hamilton, etc.) and also hates all the old-school vets (Jay-Z, Big Boi, etc.), then who does he actually like?

    Bol, is their a single artist in hip-hop that you actually enjoy?

    • these posts are racist

      No.

      • http://www.chimpout.com/ JIM CROW

        DEAR, these posts are racist

        YOUR NEXT NIGGER! YOU BETTER HOPE THAT WE DON’T BURN A CROSS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM! YOUR A NIGGER! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF! XXL.COM IS A NIGGER SITE FOR NIGGERS SUCH AS YOURSELF. BYE NIGGER!!! NIGGER, NIGGER, NIGGER!!!

  • http://none jim

    Bol, you are dumb and so is this post of yours. That album is great. I repeat you are dumb.

  • http://www.chimpout.com/ JIM CROW

    NIGGERS, NIGGERS, NIGGERS!!! CUCKOO FOR COCOA PUFF NIGGERS! BYRON AND THE REST OF YOU NIGGERS ARE ILLITERATE AND DISGUSTING! YOU APES SHOULD BE AT THE ZOO! BYRON CRAWFORD LOOKS AND ACTS LIKE A FUCKING PANDA, SO HE MUST BE A FUCKING PANDA OR APE OR SOME SHIT LIKE THAT! I’VE SEEN YOU NIGGERS AT THE ZOO BEFORE. ANYWAY, THE KKK WILL BE IN MACON, GA IN 2 WEEKS AND MIGHT EVEN MAKE A PIT STOP IN ATLANTA! A BUNCH OF YOU NIGGERS LIVE THERE! WELL, BYE NIGGERS!

    SINCERELY,
    JIM CROW

    • Alien8ed

      Jim Crow is black!

  • audio tech

    yo syk i got this bufoon’s info…he’ll b gettin a visit SOON

    • Crackee

      who Bol, or this Jim Crow faget?

      • Crackee

        *Faggot

      • Crackee

        *meant to say faggot

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    dude is just trying to get you guys going. he likes jayz and big boi and all the upstarts. him being everybodies favorite rappers worst critic gets him hate which equals love because you hate him. hate+hate=love regardless, big boi couldn’t have came better. his flow is stale and concepts aren’t dope. he needs andre like ashy larry needs dave chappelle.

  • Corbin

    I understand being a hip hop critic is not always easy, writing honest opinionated reviews or articles and having a blog to talk about such things will have its share of detractors and arguments but what about also being a hip hop supporter at the same time?

    I feel like XXL really needs to step up in its journalism department, not too long ago I thought things were heading in a positive direction with R.A. the Rugged man doing some blog spots and Killer Mike’s write ups have been extremely good. They had humour but also gave information on a wide range of topics that generated discussion and provided knowledge to build on which is key to improving any situation.

    ( according to everyone i speak to Hip Hop needs improving as of late )

    But i also feel like XXL’s resident bloggers have been dropping the ball and lowering the bar as far their content is concerned. It seems to me that record sales numbers is an all too easy article to write about and is done all too often around here.

    Byron, you offer no helpful advice along with your ” sound” judgments on how artists are nothing but failures these days. As a contributing voice to one of the more mainstream and accepted magazines/websites about this culture that is ” in an abyss” why don’t you help out? You have the medium for it, and you get paid for it, It would help the culture you comment on which in turn keeps you employed which then in turn provides readers something to think about and build with. Be constructive. Its really a win win for you.

  • http://j-mace.deviantart.com Shawty J

    If you skipped out on Big Boi’s album, you missed out, period. Big Boi was pretty much placed in a losing position in between all the developmental hell that Jive put him through and Def Jam dropping the ball on the promotion. Had I not actively been waiting for the album to come out would’ve missed out on it myself.

  • http://HipHopSymposium.Blogspot.Com Rufus Smith

    I haven’t gotten around to listening to Big Boi’s album yet. But my guess is I won’t like it. Honestly, I even have trouble listening to 3000 but at least he’s a superb lyricist, which I can appreciate. But both of them are just weird/silly rappers. I don’t even know how to categorize their music. Alternative? Idk, I guess. But Def Jam ripped Big Boi off by not allowing Andre on the album. With just 1 or 2 Andre features the album would have sold in the 6 figure range. Actually half of his sales probably came as a result of his affiliation with the guy. Look at it like this: it’s an OutKast album with no Andre. Lol so in that regard, 60,000 is not bad.

    • Hanch

      U mean Jive Records right? Why would Def Jam not allow Andre 3000 on this record? It was Jive that wouldnt release the songs not Def Jam.

    • KGdaArtist

      It was Jive who wouldn’t let Dre be on Big Boi’s album.

  • tommy gunz

    lol @ anybody reading paragraphical response comments

    big boi’s album was dope btw…but i didnt pay for it

    :(

  • tommy gunz

    sorry about the above post, im an idiot

  • j.

    “and I knew that the chorus of clueless cracka-ass crackas praising Left Nut as if it came with a coupon for a free blowski meant absolutely nothing at all,”

    ^^^
    So true. I tried to like it, I gave the record a shot but it’s plain old boring.

  • Anonymous

    “chorus of clueless cracka-ass crackas praising Left Nut as if it came with a coupon for a free blowski”

    Tell me about it. They had this guy on fucking Charlie Rose who had Big Boi’s nut so far down his throat calling it smart witty and all that jazz. I don’t hate the album but it seems like OutKast fans are desperately reaching for straws on this one.

  • Cal

    LOL at everyone ignoring Jim Crow!

  • JB

    Album Official Best Of Year So Far

  • romil

    best album hands down

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  • black

    I find it very funny that if i post something critical of xxl it doesn’t show, but everything this jim crow girl racist post shows.
    Vannessa Satten, fucking resign and do it fast.

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  • KGdaArtist

    I’m glad this is just YOUR opinion Byron and it doesn’t speak for everybody. I happened to have actually bought Big Boi’s cd (regular & deluxe edition). It’s all about quality, I just want music I can actually listen to. I can listen to his cd from start to finish without pushing the skip to next button. He doesn’t have boring parts stitched together, you’re just too sorry to pay attention to what he is actually saying. I may be the only person on here who doesn’t care for a Drake’s music (nor have a twitter). I don’t see your name on any albums I have. After reading this, now I remember why I read everybody else post on the website but yours smh. When you do an album and sell that many then blog about it. Until then, your opinion don’t mean anything.

  • Port Lyfe

    Sound like some Hater shit to me. That Big Boi riding!

  • J-Luna

    The only thing consistently failing is this guys blog posts, somebody get something actually worth reading on this site.

  • your stupid

    The Big Boi album is garbage…tryin to make some new old outkast southern sound and ended up soundin wack…even the joint w/ TI is lame…get Andre to stop makin movies and get in the studio ya dusty mafugga!

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  • Chico Dusty

    This is one of the best rap albums ever. Just give it a chance and listen to it three or four times through and you will agree. Im proud.

  • Ben

    lol i think by reading these posts you can see how good big boi is and how much respect he has and how little respect this Byron guy has. This is my first visit to this site and this idiot has put me off every coming back. Racists and people who dont even know what the first thing about the stuff they are talking about.

    xxl should be disappointed of themselves.

  • j-shean

    The best album of the year. Haven’t met anyone other than this idiot who disagrees. The reason theres low sales is everyone downloaded it illegally, the people with real taste don’t have money to spare.

  • SoCal619

    What do you mean by your “Hispanic” statements? You don’t know shit about our culture. FYI the is no such thing as “East Coast Hispanics” only PR’s out there and they are far from Hispanic. Black people could never stand in front of Home Depot because they don’t know what hard work is except for fast food joints where they never become the Manager. Black people will stay living ghetto fabulous because it’s all they know and that’s all they teach each other. Get a real job that makes real money before you open your mouth next time fool.

  • jbiggie

    Shiiit, the album was out for over a year before i even heard of it. When i listed to it, it wasn’t an entirely bad album but the art is in the eye of the creator (i guess).

  • PODDI

    what a bunch of bullshit. Big Boi has always been one of the best rappers ever to live on this planet, and he proved that on this groovy/funky record, that can take you back to the old classic songs of Outkast, but with a newer sound. His lyrics and flow is on the same level as biggie. I would say that Sir luscious left foot was the best album of the year 2010.