There was also a track worked on with Skrillex that felt too close to dubstep sounds, and has been shelved for later. Also, according to Dean, “Black Skinhead” “almost got deaded because it was too much like a soccer song.” And one more footnote on omissions: “On Watch the Throne, we were gonna use the hook of ‘We Are Young’ before [Fun.] got it. [Watch the Throne producer Jeff Bhasker co-wrote/produced ‘We Are Young’.]” Now that. Is. Pretty crazy. I think I speak for all of us when I say, bless you for letting that sleeping dog lie.
The numbers are in on one of hip-hop’s busiest weeks ever. After battling for shelf space last Tuesday (June 18), Kanye West’s Yeezus, J. Cole’s Born Sinner and Mac Miller’s Watching Movies with the Sound Off claim the top three spots on the Billboard 200 — and HDD have got the stats. Despite using unorthodox promotional methods, Yeezus earns Kanye his fifth No. 1 with 328,800 first-week sales. Not only falling short of its 360-380k projections, this also marks Mr. West’s lowest first-week performance ever. His previous lowest was The College Dropout, which moved 441,000 copies back in 2004.
In a close second is J. Cole’s Born Sinner, which totalled 297,922 units. The record is a victory all round for Cole, topping his 270-290k projections and outperforming his 2011 debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which sold 218,000 first-week copies. Meanwhile, Mac Miller sits comfortably at No. 3 after Watching Movies with Sound Off shifted 101,795 units — a shade over its 100k prediction. This isn’t far off the 145,000 first-week copies Blue Slide Park topped the Billboard 200 with back in 2011; not bad considering he didn’t have a charting single this time around.
Kanye came over to play me what I assumed was going to be the finished album at three weeks before the last possible delivery date. We ended up listening to three hours of partially finished pieces. The raw material was very strong but hadn’t yet come into focus. Many of the vocals hadn’t been recorded yet, and many of those still didn’t have lyrics. From what he played me, it sounded like several months more work had to be done.
We were working on a Sunday [the same day West attended a baby shower for girlfriend Kim Kardashian] and the album was to be turned in two days later. Kanye was planning to go to Milan that night. Five songs still needed vocals and two or three of them still needed lyrics. He said, “Don’t worry, I will score 40 points for you in the fourth quarter.” In the two hours before had to run out to catch the plane, he did exactly that: finished all lyrics and performed them with gusto.
Yo freej what’s up with that cartoon guy?
They just junked the voting rights act
Our Supreme Court did
Where you illuminati nikkas at now?
President going to eat foo foo in the Motherland
(Translated from Japanese)