Who Is Mike Stud And How The Hell Did He Debut At No. 2 On iTunes Last Week?
The numbers are in. Mike Stud’s debut album, Relief, landed at No. 40 on this week’s Billboard 200, selling 9,200 copies independently. Mike first picked up the mic after an injury derailed the Division I athlete’s plans to play baseball professionally. It’s been just over two years since he released his first viral video, and now the 24-year-old out of Cranston, Rhode Island, is on his way to breaking out of the “college-rapper” lane, and into that of a legitimate recording artist. After Relief soared to No. 1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts and No. 2 overall last week, we caught up with Mike for the first time since we spotlighted him on The Break last year. Find out what he has to say about his first week sales, the indie grind and plans to impact radio.