Staff Predictions: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj & Lloyd Banks

Yesterday was the big day. Several hip-hop releases dropped a day earlier than the standard Tuesday release date for albums. With the likes of Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Lloyd Banks being among the monstrous Monday releases next week should produce some big numbers on the charts. We already hit the streets to pick the brains of diehard hip-hop heads to get their predictions on Mr. West and Ms. Minaj’s first week’s numbers CLICK HERE but now it’s time for the experts to chime in. Yeah, the XXL staff put up their lunch money (figuratively speaking of course) and placed their bets on the first week numbers for Kanye, Nicki, Banks. Let us know which staffer you think is closest.

KANYE WEST’S MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY

Rob: 770k
Adam: 900k
Neli: 950k
Nicole: 900k
Jesse: 700k
Anslem: 453k
Rondell: 875k
Vanessa: 654k
Amber: 740k
Thomas: 711k

NICKI MINAJ’S PINK FRIDAY

Rob: 425k
Adam: 350k
Neli: 300k
Nicole: 300k
Jesse: 450k
Anslem: 183k
Rondell: 490k
Vanessa: 312k
Amber: 500k
Thomas: 458k

LLOYD BANKS’ HUNGER FOR MORE 2

Rob: 87k
Adam: 70k
Neli: 120k
Nicole: 90k
Jesse: 65k
Anslem:
Rondell:
Vanessa:
Amber:
Thomas:

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  • raymond

    banks may not sell the most outta these 2 “pop stars”, but he sure as hell had the best album though.

  • DJCastano

    Hopefully Banks does more numbers than you all predict b/c he deserves to. His album shits on Nikki’s and is better than Kanyes.

    • BIBBS

      IF YOU THINK THE BANKS ALBUM IS BETTER THAN KANYE’S YOU MUST BE FROM NEW YORK, BOTH YOU CLOWNS CANT BE SERIOUS, YOU PROBABLY THINK BANKS IS BETTER RAPPER TO!!!! @LARRY…BANKS IS GONNA SELL ALOT MORE THAN THESE PREDICTIONS..IM IN CHICAGO AND THEY SOLD OUT OF HIS CD IN THE BEST BUY I WENT TO… HE SURE SOLD MORE CDS THAN HIS LABEL THOUGHT HE WOULD!

  • http://facebook larry byrne

    there’s no way kanye will sell more than eminem first west no way,,,and on the xxlmag poll people wanted 2 hear banks album more than nicki’s,,,and banks album is sold out in new york

  • jlabella11

    I think Adam is the closest as far as his Kanye and Lloyd numbers. I don’t quite think Nicki will sell 350K, I would think closer to 275-280K. And for the first two posters- it’s cool to support Banks because his album is good, but to say it’s better than Kanye’s is laughable

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    I’m guessing…

    Kanye-550-610k

    Minaj-180-220k

    Banks-56-61k

  • Ayottemc

    You can’t be serious….. Dude banks album will get more than these sad projections… Every rap site that had a poll on whose album they wanted to hear more…. Banks won on almost all of them…. You must be crazy

  • sergio

    BANKS.

  • Mitch 3K

    Thats wishful thinkin g with them Kanye predictions, lol

  • Sha

    Yeah…. Adam had the best prediction numbers.

    And while Banks may have a solid album, to say it is better than Kanye’s is a SERIOUS JOKE! Whoever said this dumb shit deserves to have their hip-hop license revoked. Banks definitely didn’t put in the amount of work or get the type of results that Kanye got. Please dudes….. Go take a hip-hop class.

    • jlabella11

      exactly. anyone who says Banks put out a better album than Kanye has a MAJOR bias towards Banks

  • http://facebook.com canadafan

    ok im not a kanye west fan i think hes an asshole but i think my beautiful dark twisted fantasy is the most creative hip hop album in a while beatwise lyricwise i predict platinum the first week .

  • Mitch 3k

    @ canadafan

    lol, I wish somebody I knew in real life would make a bet with me on that, be easy money

    No way that album is goin plat in a week……. I aint hatin because the album is good, but he aint pushin a milli man

  • alderman j

    LLoyd Banks should sell about 150000 first week, yall talking 70000, those are indie numbers!!!! Thats more like second week for Banks. I truly believe he been writing for FIF, and if LLOYD BANKS aint write N DA CLUB, FIF dont look like a chimpanzee!!!

  • detroit

    most comments are from dudes which i am but yall gotta realize every little girl in America looks up to nicki minaj right now i think she does a milli a milli

    • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

      what’s up homie?

      i agree with that…lil’ women & the ruPaul crowd…

      and I’m gonna admit I heard the leak of PF…

      not good…

      Pilot Talk 2>>>>>>>>Pink Friday

    • nicholasdelorejo

      Cosign to Detroit. I think Kanye well outsell everyone this week but in the long run I think that Nicki will sell the most. Like Syk said, her fan base are the same crowd that made Black Eyed Peas’ “the End” go 3x platinum and even that album debuted low on the charts. I copped all 3 albums and Nicki’s possessed the same formula as “The End”. If she does accomplish this then be on the look out for Lil B dropping the album soon.

  • Q461

    I can’t really predict numbers…but Ye and Minaj will both sell more than Banks. G-unit is yeterdays news and todays kids (who are the ones buying records) worship Kanye, Minaj and Drake. Crazy how fast things change.

    Don’t forget Curren$y and Yelawolf also dropped projects yall. Go cop em!

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    All I will say is this…there are more nicki cds on the shelf at target and best buy in my area than anything. and the people/persons i see buying it are old folks buying it for their granddaughters/kids. i haven’t seen a young teen buy it yet. trust me most of these young folks don’t work. this black woman in target today picked up nicki’s cd, started walking slow with it, and looked back at the location where she got it. mumbled words to herself and shook her head. my mother said “old goat don’t want to buy it”….parents..listen to what you’re daughters are listening to. and you wonder why these young girls turn fast and hot in the draws…. hell every other cd is almost gone, even susan boyle for god’s sake. but nicki’s is still there lol

  • Jehova

    larry byrne

    Kanye’s last RAP ALBUM Graduation sold 950k, the one before that 850k. Eminems 3 latest sold 600-700k

  • jlabella11

    I think the reason Kanye’s is going to sell so much (not necessarily first week), is because the majority of hip hop fans (and music fans in general) are actually realizing how great of a record it is. You know Nicki will move some units because she’s hot shit at the moment, and the album is pretty good. Banks HFM2 is full of bangers and should be bought, but I don’t think the casual or average fan will even give it a look, like they will with Kanye’s and Nicki’s. Curren$y’s Pilot Talk 2 is basically what you would expect from him, it’s dope. He’s got a wild fanbase and he’ll sell a handful but obviously not that many. But he doesn’t care about the numbers anyways.
    Pce.

  • Gator

    WTF do y’all be talking about? Banks has the best album out right now….kanye shit hot but all that shit not rap or shit you can play everyday all day. Nicki album good too. I like kanye but be real about this shit. Kanye is rap/whatever…..banks is real hip hop. Y’all need to really listen to what banks is saying….kanye can never spit like that….period banks should sell more but he not cause kanye and nicki has major labels backing them…..banks good job nigga

    • jlabella11

      This arguement is full of holes man. You’re just spewing out random thoughts that aren’t remotely true.

      “kanye shit hot but all that shiti not rap or shit you can play everyday all day.”- thats quite an opinion of yours. I think an album as thought out and structured as Kanye’s would have much more replay value than Banks’ album. And let me make clear that I enjoyed Banks’ album alot.

      “Kanye is rap/whatever…banks is real hip hop.”- That doesn’t work towards your arguement, and quite frankly it’s a pretty irrelevant thing to say. the fact that Banks has a sharper and more hardcore style doesn’t at all mean he is a better lyricist than Kanye.

      • Gator

        Kanye west album is nice for now……he is not a better rapper or hip hop artist then banks…….he is a better producer. His album is put together better but that’s about it…..banks is better then 90% of hip hop and rap artist……..kanye is average rap wit amazin production…….banks is amazin rap wit average production…..period

        • nicholasdelorejo

          @ glador,

          I see what your saying. But I think your argument is a bit flawed. If Kanye was just an average rapper with amazing production then he would be on par with the likes of Rick Ross, Diddy, or Baby and you know Kanye’s above their level. Banks is a dope lyricists and with amazing production he would be great but I still think Kanye would be a slightly better artist than him because Kanye possess a vision in his music. Same with the singers on American Idol. They may sound exactly like Aretha, Gladys, or Whitney Houston but they still don’t have anything to pave their own lane. That’s probably the reason why they could never sell well with their debuts even when they recieve such high level of exposure. Banks is a good rapper but does his music seperate him from good artists like Juelz, Budden, or even Fab. MBDTF is a brand of music outside of nearly anything in all of pop music.

  • tommy gunz

    HFM2 with the blue friday joints is the dopest album…kanye’s shit is sick too and will of course sell the most….anybody buyin a nicki minaj album should go facefuck a chainsaw

  • Tabascin

    Ima set this str8 for every idiot writing……

    Banks has the best RAP album….. prediction of 75k cause he doesn’t cater to popcorn and most his following broke so they just download lol…
    Kanye has the best Hip-Hop album (and yes there’s a difference)….. prediction of 475k cause he ain’t as big as Em but white folks love him lmao..
    Nicki has the best pop album….. 300k all the girls and Gays gonna pick that up lol….

    • LosAngelesYaYa

      Thank You for setting this straight! LMFAO

  • reallyy???

    Lloyd Banks doesn’t think Lloyd Banks album is better than Kanye’s. People just wanna be different.

  • Zuluboy Wonda

    Still sleepin’ on Banks huh? I know he won’t beat Ye, but Nicki may sure get it… XXL is bias – 1st of they did that Ye vs Minaj, now they see Banks got some heat, they ridin’ his wagon… there’re other artist droppin’ e.g. Curren$y, wassup with dat?

    • LosAngelesYaYa

      Yeeeeee that Pilot Talk 2 is NICE. Nice is an understatement, I love it.

  • LosAngelesYaYa

    Wow thy violated my son Banks. His album is better than both.. Nicki album is by far the worst rap album I’ve heard this year. You’ve got to be kidding me.

  • Mavvericks66

    I have all three..Sales will Be Kanye, Nicki, Lloyd
    Quality of project ….Kanye, Lloyd, Nicki
    Nic’s album is not bad it’s just Not on the same level, but she will do solid numbers enough that she can ride for a bit tour hit the studio and come with another CD in 13,14months..
    Kanye is on some other Pluto ish sooooo

  • david husslesoft

    If somebody like Banks album more then Kanyes does not mean they dont know music they just like a different sound.
    Kanye and Nickis records are more pop Banks album is a more aggressive feel.
    I think Kanyes album is great but right now I am more into Banks he has a alot great features and they dont feel forced the album really flows and it has the energy I am looking for right now.

  • Flashy

    You guys must be Kidding right u seriously think his LlOyd The Banks will only sell 65k…Get the Fuck outta here!!! u fucking hating faggots youl regret it when he blows..i coped the album already and all my friends copped his album..nt even one of my friends bought the Kanye album…oh and u can forget about nicki…no ones buying that shit execpt Gurls real talk….BankSSSS!!! PLK Forever always Underated…then its Lupe Fiasco….

  • TheFuture

    I JUST WANNA SAY FUCK U XXL MAG!!!…BANKS SHITS ON ALL OF EM!!!!! DONT TRY TO DOWN PLAY HIS SHIT U CORPORATE FAGGETS..LIKE U DID NAS..U GUYS DONT KNOW ALOT OF US STILL RIDING HIS SHIT SINCE 04…THE TRACKS ARE FIRE….SPECIALLY THE SONG ”FATHER TIME” THAT SHIT TAKES U BACK ..SAD…TOUCHES NERVES…I MEAN THE SOUND IS JUST CRAZY..WAY BACK TO THE UNITS EMPIRE…HE TEARS THE TRACK…UP,UNTILS THEYRES NOTHIN LEFT ,NT THESE 1STEP 2STEP BUBBLEGUM RAPPERS…GET THE FUCK OUTA HERE!!!!!!

  • theomen

    Hope ‘Ye goes plat 1st week!

  • nicholasdelorejo

    First off to the Lloyd Banks supporters let me say that I too think that Banks is a dope lyricist with a solid album (better than his debut and “Rotten Apple” combined). But you gotta remember the kind of fans that Banks has. I don’t believe in the notion of white people buying more albums than black people because their are several black artists that have sold well this year (Sade, Monica, Eyrkah Badu) and they don’t cater much to a white fans base. But if there was a genre of music that I can pinpoint that has the most dead beat, non-supportive consumers then hip-hop would be it. I bought alll three albums and as soon as some dudes heard about it, they were pulling their laptops out and asking me if they can rip all three albums. Rap fans will continue to bitch about hip-hop going pop in order to sell yet will be eager to find ways to not go out and purchase the “real” hip-hop they claim to want. So don’t get made at “pop” rappers for selling more. Get made at those dudes who will go about their way to cop Banks and other music for free.

  • Whoa

    I’m pretty impress that Kanye is going to sell 500k and he doesn’t even have any top 10 or even 20 singles.

  • http://www.yahoo.com DR@$t-iQ Alkoholik

    Kanye West- 700k
    banks- 350k
    Minaj- 105k

  • caino

    l doubt Kanye wil break 500k

    Niki Minaj will break 250K

    Banks – 100k if he is lucky (tho the album is pretty dope)

  • Lol.

    To say that Kanye’s album is better than banks is just plain BS.

    I will say that both albums have the same strength, different styles tho, and whatever people feel like personally thats their opinion.

    Nickis album is good, but it’s not close to banks nor kanye.

    I will say this, support real experimenting music, buy kanye west album.
    I will say this, support real hiphop, buy banks new album!
    I will say this, support a new artist, buy minaj album.

    But really just make sure that you buy the album that you think will be the best for hiphop.

    Imma buy All three but if i got 2 choose ill choose banks, cuz he deserves it after all the free material he has given us and how hiphop his album is.

    Sales predictions

    Kanye west, 350-400 k

    Minaj, 100 – 300 k

    Banks, 60 – 250 k.

  • M. Baby!

    I think I’m the only one that thinks Kayne can sell a Mill +…Word. This album is a masterpiece.

  • yoprince

    banks will sell around 45k. i have no idea if his album is good. i haven’t rapidshared it yet, but i have been impressed with his output lately.

    nicki will sell 340k. great numbers for a debut and another huge success for the YM camp. this album will be a strong seller throughout the holiday season. girls love nicki.

    Kanye will do A MILLI. The response to his album has been insane for the past two weeks. The reviews are deafeningly positive. It is a hip-hop and pop classic. It’s also an album with a clear vision, yet every song is its own moment. It is pretty much indisputably the album of the year, even with stellar product from The National, Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, The Roots coming out this year. this is an album that every person between the ages of 17-35 will feel they need to have listened to.

  • steve

    Banks album was undershipped horribly so they are having a hard time predicting his sales… EMI supposedly has reacted fast to the undershipment and has shipped alotta copies so we shall see

  • that nigga

    Kanye – 600-800,000
    Niccki – 400-600,00
    Banks – 350,000

  • jul3

    ayo raymond ! kanye is a hip hop artist not a pop star! nd mr loyd is a rapper

  • Kdotg

    kanye album lacks wit all thats goin on in my city of the chi he is sayin nothin and banks album is better than kanye west album and kanye album production wise is not dat good and in fact is a very boring album and is far from what hiphop is and banks did what banks does great album from him striaght hiphop and very informing of the street strugle thats goin on like he said niggas throwin everything at you except a peace sign