Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t is tracking to sell a around 200,000 copies by the end of its first week on August 5, according to Billboard’s industry sources.
The publication expects the Bawse’s fifth studio album to become his fourth No. 1 LP on the Billboard 200, when the charts new top 10 is revealed on Wednesday morning (August 8).
If Billboard’s early projection comes to fruition, then God Forgives, I Don’t will spell Rozay’s best first-week sales numbers since Trilla (2008) entered the charts with 198,000 units moved, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Ross dropped his current LP on Tuesday (July 31) to great fanfare and buzz just over a month after his Maybach Music Group released their Self Made, Vol. 2 compilation album.
God Forgives, I Don’t features the star-studded likes of Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Andre 3000 and Rozay’s MMG family members Meek Mill, Wale, Stalley and R&B crooner Omarion.
The Teflon Don has already dropped three singles in support of the project, including the most recent, “Hold Me Back.”
The Miami MC recently confirmed rumors of the gritty, New Orleans-shot video for “Hold Me Back” being banned by BET, prompting a conversation between him and the network’s president Stephen Hill to finally green light the clip.
“Shout out to Stephen Hill,” Rozay recently told The Breakfast Club morning show of New York City’s Power 105.1 dial. “Homie done showed me love over the past five, six years. I seen him yesterday, we had a conversation and he gave it the green light.”
When The Breakfast Club inquired as to why the video was banned in the first place, Ross only offered:
“Just based of the content of the record, not so much the visuals, and I respected that. But we worked it out, super, super clean BET edit.”—Jakinder Singh