What A Time To Be Alive… Indeed.
Through a sea of speculation, trolling and hints, What A Time To Be Alive arrives as what many people are calling a victory lap for two of the biggest artists this year. Whether you’re a mixtape junky, a Drizzy-remix addict or someone who has walked into any club anywhere in North America, you’ve probably noticed 2015 has been an enormously successful year for both Drake & Future. While first-week sales are not yet in for WATTBA, the album is projected to move around 500K in its first week. To put things into perspective, if this is achieved, it will rival the largest Hip-Hop album sales in 2015, which is held by who? Drake of course, and despite where you may stand on FBGOVO, possibly going platinum twice in one year is an incredible feat in itself.
The Game is bringing his A-game
While it was already exciting enough that The Game would be releasing a follow up album to his infamous and highly regarded debut album, The Documentary, we’re now getting word that not only are we getting a follow up, but it’s a “double” follow up if you will. After revealing an already feature-stacked 19-song tracklist, tapping talent from all corners of the industry, The Game stated in an interview with Peter Rosenberg recently that fans would also be getting a part 2 packed with another 19 tracks. The first installment of The Documentary 2 will drop October 9th and the second installment will arrive on October 17th. Seems like Game has been putting in some serious work in the studio recently, let’s hope it lives up to the hype.
Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings
It’s that wonderful time of year again, when Forbes tells us who really took home the ‘W’ this year. While it isn’t much of a surprise as to who holds the crown once again, what’s interesting is who filled the other spots. In 2015, P. Diddy comes in at #1 largely in part to Ciroc, with Jay Z holding down #2. Drake surprisingly arrives at #3, I guess OVO Fest did well this year, not to mention he’s on the brink of going double platinum in 12 months. At #4 is Dr. Dre who is no doubt seeing some big bucks thanks to this summer’s hit movie Straight Outta Compton and to his new radio show on Beats1 appropriately titled “The Pharmacy”. Coming in at #5 is master-producer Pharrell, who can attribute most of this year’s earnings to his role in the TV Series “The Voice” and royalties from producing.
B.L.O.W – Tory Lanez
Church in These Streets – Jeezy
No Dayz Off – 2 Chainz
Work – Rick Ross
Dedicated – Game Ft. Future & Sonyae
El Chapo – Game ft. Skrillex
Stunna – Young thug
Came From nothing – Migos
Scholarships – Drake x Future
Live From the gutter – Drake x Future
Jumpman – Drake x Future
30 for 30 freestyle – Drake