Drake’s Thank Me Later: The Numbers Are In

1 DRAKE YM/CASH MONEY/UNIV MOTOWN 462,989*

So Drake didn’t sell a billion copies of Thank Me Later huh. I can’t say I’m all that surprised. I figured he’d probably do a respectable 500-600K, but I was also prepared for him to do something completely ridiculous like 2 million. Over saturation can either work for you or against you and this seems to be a case of the latter. Not that I blame his handlers/Universal for flooding the market. That’s what your supposed to do with an artist that’s buzzing right? I suppose. I think there’s a balance that needs to be struck though. You don’t want people to walk into the record store and say “who the fuck is this guy”, but you also don’t want them thinking, “not this fucking guy again”.


Hype is a helluva drug. It clouds the judgement of rappers, fans and critics alike. It can also hurt just as much as it can help, if not more. If Drake wasn’t so over hyped, this 462K he did would seem like an epic debut. But with expectations what they were, anything short of a million first week will be viewed by many as a failure. Which is completely absurd. To put things in perspective, Jay-Z, arguably the most famous rapper living, did 475K his first week out with Blueprint 3. And you’re out of your mind if you think this Drake album isn’t eventually going platinum.

I like Thank Me later. It’s cool. It could’ve been way better though. I liked it more after one listen than I did So Far Gone after one listen. One of my NMC brethren who shall remain nameless, says he can’t get through TML without falling asleep. Ha ha. That’s how I felt about SFG, but (most of it) grew on me. It was mostly all the singing that turned me off. TML is really just a more polished version of SFG, but for whatever reason the singing doesn’t bug me as much this time around. Maybe it was all of that polish.

So what does all of this mean for the music industry? Probably nothing except that it’s just as hard to sell records as it was last year and the year before, and that the Carter 3 numbers were an anomaly. I’m sure there are some valuable lessons to be learned here, I’m just not quite sure what they are yet. Drake was supposed to be the guy who would usher in a new era of rap artists. He’s really one of the first artists to enjoy a rabid stan-base both on and offline. He’s got bars and he appeals to the ladies and the TRL crowd. He’s relatively “safe”. He’s supposed to be putting up NSYNC numbers right? He was supposed to be the rap industry savior that would introduce a new model and rewrite the rules of success. but that’s the thing about selling records for a living though, it’s a fucking crap shoot if there ever was one.

I’ll stick to blogging (for now).

You know what’s crazy though? I bet you some dude with half of the backing and co-signs of Drake will come out in the next couple of years and crush everybody. He’s probably out there somewhere right now quietly putting out mixtapes or leaking songs on the Internet. Isn’t that how it always works? It’s always the sleepers who come back and blow up. Who could’ve ever guessed that the skinny dude warming up crowds for Kane would turn into the Jay-Z we know today. Who ever thought Curtis would overcome all of the obstacles life threw at him to accomplish what he has? I guess that’s what keeps all of you aspiring rappers going.

(*these #’s are from HitsDailyDouble, and they’ve been known to be off by a few thousand, so that number may change by tonight when Soundscan reports)


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155 Responses to “Drake’s Thank Me Later: The Numbers Are In”

  1. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    Port Of Miami was dope.
    ^
    Word to White House, Cross That Line, Street Life, I’m a G, It Ain’t a Problem, Its My Time…etc.

  2. JihaD Says:

    JihaD Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm
    *daps Verses*

    @ Kev,

    I had a pretty lengthy answer for you, backed up by facts and whatnot, but apparently Ashmi’s shitty website decided it didn’t deserve to be posted. To answer your question about which label had the best run:

    1. No Limit
    2. Roc-A-Fella
    3. Cash Money (past and current)

    Percy was able to get platinum plaques outta himself, Corey, and Silkk (while crossing that nigga over, word to that Mya shit), Mystikal, etc, while getting gold ones outta such luminaries as Mr. Serv-On, Romeo, Fiend, Soulja Slim, Young Bleed, etc. Plus, Percy gotta get his credit for putting together the model for that MCEO shit, plus diverisfying his portfolio with the movies/soundtracks/shoes/clothing/toys/etc. Plus, give Percy credit for somehow being able to release EVERY artist’s project he ever signed… Ask O & Sparks, Da Rahnjaz, Diamonds in Da Ruff, Peedi Crakk, or such Cash Money artists as Lac & Stone, Mikkey Halsted, TQ, Strings, etc.

    JihaD

  3. Mook Says:

    Eskay I don’t know man…SFG was that shit. SFG had probably the same amount of slow jams that TML has and honestly some were better than those found on TML. With that said TML is still a dope cd.

  4. E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    good write up eskay

  5. mcb Says:

    # mcb Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    # kevfrescura de talco Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    macca…

    i got you in there, same fashion. holla. i’ll take that bar round this time too. word.
    ^^^
    Definitely man, shit since i owe you 1 already, you might get 2.
    Good looks, for real, much appreciated. I’ll bring my shitty video camera too to see if i can get some dec footage of your dudes performing, nh.

    i gotta upload the last one still…

    alright, back to the books, gettin pass this shit, get paid, etc…

    *studies, dreaming of success*

  6. CRAZY_Clark_W_Griswold_The88th Says:

    ______________________________________________who Gives a Shit. corny still.

  7. E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    Who could’ve ever guessed that the skinny dude warming up crowds for with Kane would turn into the Jay-Z
    ^
    ahem

    edit needed

  8. J Says:

    Kanye doing 450k first week without tons of promotional buildup and nothing but singing on 808s is still the most impressive thing i’ve seen in recent memory.

  9. dee Says:

    the numbers cant really be accurately analyzed until some established hip hop artist drops an album, for comparison purposes. Maybe that’s Em, this week? We’ll see.

    What can be said is, if Best I Ever Had had dropped as the first single..

    This shit would have sold outrageous numbers.

  10. casket face Says:

    smh relapse climb to #7 on billboard, yet tml hasn’t made a “blip” on either neilson or billboard.

    word 460K? just STOP LYING yo DAMN!

  11. shemesh Says:

    id like reiterate my love for BLOWOUT COMB by Digable Planets

    it is a PERFECT album.

  12. JihaD Says:

    AmpGeez aka Your Mother’s “Friend” Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm
    Why sign an artist and offer little to zero support?

    Hustling backwards.

    Look at Fif. He put enough into Banks & Yayo (Buck too) that he can put energy into getting them hot so when he cools he can ride their wave back to hotness….if that makes any sense at all.

    ^^^

    This. 50 blew up, then made sure each artist (Jayeceon, Chris, Marvin, and David) could sell records. In a lot of ways, he fucked up his own career by making sure they all went platinum (or eventually platinum in Marv’s case). If he would have done them niggas Camel style, he would have took their best songs ala “can I get a,” “Put ya hands up,” and “Give It to Me,” then tell them its a “good look.”

    JihaD

  13. CRAZY_Clark_W_Griswold_The88th Says:

    ….Drop’d the album Strictly Business & u thought it would fold, 30 days later, the LP went gold….

  14. Beave Says:

    All I know is if you have a PENIS, you did not buy that album!!!!!

  15. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    Who could’ve ever guessed that the skinny dude warming up crowds for with Kane would turn into the Jay-Z

    ^^

    the realist typed “for,” the stan typed “with”

  16. dos equis Says:

    99% of his fans wear high heels

  17. why? Says:

    Cole is ok but his fanbase is weak and don’t seem to be a lot of ppl saying that dude really got next. I think dude should get with dudes like mos, spitta, JE, stalley nd the dudes they collab with. Seems like the crowd he belongs in.

    Oh damn Aubrey sold less than what I thought.

  18. Ivan Says:

    “He was supposed to be the rap industry savior…”

    He was? Says who? I dunno man, I think 450K+ is phenomenal for an opening debut. He should be counting his blessings – and so should the label.

  19. heroin headliner Says:

    Port of Miami was classic
    ^
    word…..a lot of honesty spat in those bars…..RAWSE was like the precursor to Barack on that joint…..word to White House…..

    BAWSE

  20. hl Says:

    DRAKE YM/CASH MONEY/UNIV MOTOWN 462,989

    #whogivesafidduck?

  21. Hopp Says:

    ” That’s how I felt about SFG, but (most of it) grew on me. ”

    I advise you to take the it of the parentheses, sk. It’d make the sentence more cohesive.

  22. Beave Says:

    Well, it has happened. A Jew is running the rap game.

  23. verses Says:

    Hype is a helluva drug. It clouds the judgement of rappers, fans and critics alike.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    BONG

  24. AmpGeez aka Your Mother's "Friend" Says:

    Yo eskay…

    STFU B

  25. hl Says:

    Yo eskay…

    STFU B

    ^rofl

  26. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    AmpGeez aka Your Mother’s “Friend” Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Why sign an artist and offer little to zero support?

    Hustling backwards.

    Look at Fif. He put enough into Banks & Yayo (Buck too) that he can put energy into getting them hot so when he cools he can ride their wave back to hotness….if that makes any sense at all.
    ————————————–

    I see what you’re saying, but a big part of 50’s self marketing was beefing with other dudes. So the options of collaborating with guys outside of the Aftermath Stable wasn’t really there for him even if he wanted to.

    As for building up stars to ride off when you cool, whether he tried or not Jay had more success with that than 50. Kanye is singlehandedly maintaining his artistic credibility while he make cheesy hits that get surprisingly popular.

  27. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    Plus, Percy gotta get his credit for putting together the model for that MCEO shit, plus diverisfying his portfolio with the movies/soundtracks/shoes/clothing/toys/etc. Plus, give Percy credit for somehow being able to release EVERY artist’s project he ever signed

    ^

    yea jihad, but you could use that regions consumers and compare their loyalty to the whole UK.

    in the east coast that support doesn’t exists like that. this side of things is ‘majors first’ cause locally you won’t be influential enough when throwin ‘em bones.

    i’ont take naan away from the southern bidness models, but Pac had to die for that to take traction.

    sorry nahki.

  28. verses Says:

    dos equis Says:

    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:07 pm
    99% of his fans wear high heels

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    *chuckles*

    shots fired at nation

  29. Mook Says:

    Kanye doing 450k first week without tons of promotional buildup and nothing but singing on 808s is still the most impressive thing i’ve seen in recent memory.

    ^
    I remember Kanye debuted the Love Lockdown joint on Ellen. That’s a lot of promotion right there. Not to mention all those banners he had around Times Square.

    maxpreme.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/kaws-kanye-west-808s-heartbreak-billboard-1.jpg

  30. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    # Beave Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Well, it has happened. A Jew is running the rap game.
    ———————————–

    Word, I told those 80s rappers to stop letting Rick Rubin do their beats, but no one listened. And now look, it’s happened.

  31. why? Says:

    Sade wins. Her doing an album after 10 years and selling over 500k is impressive.

  32. casket face Says:

    it’s disgusting, late 2008 eskay couldn’t stand drake now he’s a post whore for the complex media network spreading propaganda and lies…

    eskay how does it feel to be an industry “gloryhole”? not knowing who cock goes in your mouth for the month?

    smh

  33. hl Says:

    Word, I told those 80s rappers to stop letting Rick Rubin do their beats, but no one listened. And now look, it’s happened.

    ^lmao

  34. Hopp Says:

    ” Sade wins. Her doing an album after 10 years and selling over 500k is impressive. ”

    Word …

  35. silas aka simon Says:

    wait so a guy from canada who was in a wheelchair on a show on nickelodeon didnt have any content or life experience to use to conect with people ? and a bunch of sheep went and bought a record because tv told them he was the new face of hip hop aka the guy who gave justin bieber a shout in his liner notes ??? regardless those numbers in this climate is a win but all the payola to let aubreys post ride all night on na might put them in the red

  36. dos equis Says:

    Niggaz talk about fif was based on beef..he got shot/stabbed by rappers..wtf he posed to do? He crushed every problem as soon as it came up after that. A nigga don’t need to get shot more than once to learn not to fuck with niggaz. They was really trynna kill the kid.

  37. dos equis Says:

    I gave Game hits
    he told me to suck his dick
    started screamin wess side
    and Dre ain’t say shit

  38. Beave Says:

    DIPSET HURRY UP! DIPSET HURRY THE FUCK UP! REAL NIGGAS IS DYING OUT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Big_seth Says:

    Good analysis.

    I still say SFG was Wack and TML would be great without the singing.

    and I like singing… just not Drake singing.

    and he is still def a record label creation (Kanye + Wayne = $$$) but the album is decent IMO. Maybe the part that he bit from Ye. LOL

  40. hl Says:

    Fifty is like 1 for 9 in rap battles IMO. That’s me though.

  41. A Chick Says:

    I think the numbers are REALLY good considering he didn’t have a lead single like BIEH…or even like Successful…..or Money to Blow..or Every Girl…damn Drake what happened?! lol

    I still supported thou. But the stannette in me hates to admit that SFG kinda exceeds TML by a lot.
    I look forward to his next album though.

  42. mcb Says:

    # Beave Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Well, it has happened. A Jew is running the rap game.
    ^^^^

    woah woah waoh, he;s only half Jewish.

    *shout out to MC Serch, majority of the Beastie Boys…*

  43. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    And you’re out of your mind if you think this Drake album isn’t eventually going platinum.

    ^

    nah. even if you don’t like a male who sings, and you think like this, AAAND you listento R&B w/a chic, w/e chic,

    aubrey will go plat next week.

  44. heroin headliner Says:

    it’s disgusting, late 2008 eskay couldn’t stand
    drake now he’s a post whore for the complex
    media network spreading propaganda and lies…
    eskay how does it feel to be an industry
    “ gloryhole”? not knowing who cock goes in your
    mouth for the month?
    smh
    ^
    Damn casket castrating ya boy…..he going in (yes homo)…..

    *ducks*

  45. eskay Says:

    >>edit needed

    thanks. u faggots talking shit can blow dick.

  46. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    # casket face Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    it’s disgusting, late 2008 eskay couldn’t stand drake now he’s a post whore for the complex media network spreading propaganda and lies…

    eskay how does it feel to be an industry “gloryhole”? not knowing who cock goes in your mouth for the month?

    smh
    —————————-

    Holy crap…eskay just got owned.

    I was gonna make a comment but what’s the point?

  47. dos equis Says:

    Now we just eat of him
    And when I talk to Em
    a smile comes on his face
    he tells me this the case
    enemies stay enemiesss
    but friends they changeee

  48. why? Says:

    Whoppie goldbergs and birdmans baby and the white girl Mic snatcher run the rap game not a Jew.

  49. Tong Po Flo Says:

    You don’t want people to walk into the record store and say “who the fuck is this guy”, but you also don’t want them thinking, “not this fucking guy again”.

    ^ word

  50. R.J.Orion Says:

    im 23 with a money tree

  51. eskay Says:

    >>late 2008 eskay couldn’t stand drake

    not gonna respond to this fuckhead, except to say that’s a lie. cuz I know people read nonsense and believe it. link to me ever saying I couldn’t stand Drake or eat dog shit.

  52. Armani Says:

    Rap is dying, it has already peaked and is going down. Drake took too long with this, shit died out. Also records dont sell cuz of blogs and torrents. mix that all up and thats why drake “only” did this.

  53. mcb Says:

    why? Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:07 pm
    ….I think dude should get with dudes like mos, spitta, JE, stalley nd the dudes they collab with. Seems like the crowd he belongs in.
    ^^^

    This. That song he did with Mos JE and Talib with Hi-Tek on the beat was nice.
    Helps show people he can chop it up with the big timers (no Birdman).

    I like J Cole, think he couild really be sick. Hope he does that album up or something. Gotta keep going.

  54. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    eskay couldn’t stand drake now he’s a post whore for the complex media network spreading propaganda and lies

    ^

    yeah but that news is YEARS old. aint his fault these hip-hop purist commenters aint Heinz.

  55. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    FUN FACT:Wayne did 400k second week. And 3rd.

  56. Mook Says:

    aubrey will go plat next week.

    ^
    Name 1 album that has sold more the second week than it did the first week. I’ll wait.

  57. dos equis Says:

    BISD > TML

  58. Hopp Says:

    ” FUN FACT:Wayne did 400k second week. And 3rd. ”

    Damn.

  59. dos equis Says:

    Fifty singing > Jewwannaman singins

  60. R.J.Orion Says:

    my 15 minutes started an hour ago

  61. heroin headliner Says:

    that shit that make your soul burn…..slooooooow……

  62. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    link to me ever saying I couldn’t stand Drake or eat dog shit.

    ^

    you were on ya twit tellin a nahmenter that the reason drake lives on nah is cause nation loves him…..

    public record, eskay.

  63. Beave Says:

    Well Mr. Drake is going to get some nice chunk of change out of this. Will his videos become more arrogant and flashy? Or will he still be playing the sweet heart role telling everybody on how he gets played by women?

  64. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    eskay would take a Wendy’s gift card that was wedged between Drake’s asscheeks.

  65. R.J.Orion Says:

    there smoke in the air before, that was me clearin’ it

  66. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    # dos equis Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    BISD > TML
    ——————————

    They were both quite soulless as far as how they approached their subject matter.

  67. R.J.Orion Says:

    my dad called me up knowin that i still listen

  68. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    Name 1 album that has sold more the second week than it did the first week. I’ll wait.

    ^

    whose saying more per say. i’m saying by day 14 of retail TML it will be plat.

    y’all don’t follow jew-nomics in hip-hop? lol

  69. Mook Says:

    BISD > TML

    ^
    We already have a Ross stan here. We don’t need a 50 stan.

  70. mcb Says:

    he is not the face of rap to people who
    A) dont focus on the radio for their source of music. And i dont mean a legit station, I mean the one that plays 6 songs an hour, and each song twice in that 60 min.
    B)know what he is, and his style.
    C) try on their own to evaluate artists.

    lets all relax, its not like Nas just came out wiht a club BAMMA style album or Rakim released a yodel track, its just Aubrey. more artists may (i really dont care/know) try to be like him, and some were before he was around, but you don’t think that violent, that hard hitting or that drug rap wont try to take the light away, act as a rebellion if the singing/shitty bars phase took over.

    im typing way too much, back to work
    SMH@myself.

  71. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    land….c’mon. Now you’re just quoting random lines, not the actual good ones [they're mostly on his earlier stuff anyway]

  72. eskay Says:

    >>you were on ya twit tellin a nahmenter that the reason drake lives on nah is cause nation loves him

    link or go fuck your own mother. what I probably said was that nation and Dre are the Drake fans around here and do the majority of the posts which is true.

    and yeah guys, somebody paid me to say that dude was surrounded by too much hype and the album was ok.

    cuz you know, if you don’t come out and say something straight up sucks, you must be taking payola.

  73. R.J.Orion Says:

    world series attitude, champagne bottle life

  74. dos equis Says:

    I have to counterbalance my hate for today’s hip pop music with the fact that most of the youth today is soft also..so when you take that into effect I can see why Drake did those numbers.

    A Drake album
    ..Intro..
    I used to be poor..now I got money..
    I once kissed Rihanna..
    now I got money and hurts that my closest friends don’t
    Outro.

    Nigga aint spit once useful lyric,,all drake shit can only be rerapped to females. Not one of his songs give (straight niggaz) the “ooooh you heard that” face.

    I cant fuck with that babyshit.

  75. A Chick Says:

    Did Nation get the day off or somethin? Eskay’s ode to Drake just doesn’t feel right.

  76. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    # Hopp Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    ” FUN FACT:Wayne did 400k second week. And 3rd. ”

    Damn.
    ——————————

    Seriously.

    I know Wayne’s a major game changer in hip hop just from how swift, and extreme his rise to the top was, but I STILL don’t think I get it entirely. And I’m a fan. Everything aligned I guess.

    He was THAT much bigger than the next 4 biggest rappers.

  77. R.J.Orion Says:

    RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:25 pm
    land….c’mon. Now you’re just quoting random lines, not the actual good ones [they're mostly on his earlier stuff anyway]

    ———

    shhhh… be quiet nigga …

    im listening to TML right now and im quoting lines from that…

    *BACK TO BUSINESS*

    y-YOU could thank me now, and oh my goodness you welcome, you welcome

  78. dos equis Says:

    Aggressive content > Aggregate content

    yea..they can’t fuck wit ya boy

    *waves the heat to eat….waves his right to speak*

  79. Get Murked Says:

    I don’t know, it sort of seems like Drake was marketed as being likeable for just about everyone (Blacks, Jews, girls, tv fans, r & b people) and it backfired.

    There was too much rapping for the girls, too much singing for the dudes and a whole lot of neglect as far as his Jewish heritage was concerned (except for in interviews. )

    Wayne, comparatively, is a rappin’ ass goon/stoner/lunatic-hybrid and came out and killed. Yeah, he had more albums to build up to it all, but he also only had to drop ‘Lollipop’ instead of two sub-par singles, that couldn’t match up to his mixtape stuff.

    White people, old folks, everyone was down because he wasn’t shoved down their throats (PAUSE) as someone who they should/could relate to. Same goes for Kanye & Hov.

  80. silas aka simon Says:

    cuz you know, if you don’t come out and say something straight up sucks, you must be taking payola.

    ^^^

    really ??? cause the nahbar and your defensiveness about the subject . . .

  81. dos equis Says:

    # A Chick Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Did Nation get the day off or somethin? Eskay’s ode to Drake just doesn’t feel right.

    ^^eskay’s a closet Jew

  82. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    link or go fuck your own mother. what I probably said was

    ^

    WHY I GOTTA FUCK MY MOM ESK?

    nicca, you seldom respond to me. thas how i know ya male booby is hurt.

    thas a skrong ‘probably’ from the actual blog owner.

    STFU and get that NAH-B-Q poppin now that i got ya attention.

    everything else you say is just general knowledge a mouse click away.

  83. Mook Says:

    A Drake album
    ..Intro..
    I used to be poor..now I got money..
    I once kissed Rihanna..
    now I got money and hurts that my closest friends don’t
    Outro.

    ^^
    lmao

  84. R.J.Orion Says:

    that make me wish i had a little less mileage on me

  85. mcb Says:

    dos equis

    I agree.

    I don’t mind stupid ignorant shit if im in the mood for it, know what it is. He literally contradicts himself song to song, I know this is not unusual for a rapper to be like “I love fucking everyone” one song then “i love my girl, dont need anyone else” the next but the themes of the songs too. and the fact that he really doesnt have any rewindable lyrics, and no real message in the majorit yof the album other than, im famous and its awesome, im famous and its tough, and i like women.

  86. Get Murked Says:

    ****PLUS: you can smell the bitchassness in Drizzy from Pluto****

  87. Dewill Says:

    Hey What’s up??

  88. R.J.Orion Says:

    non musical niggas is over-analyzing the musical niggas

    LMAO

    imagine that

  89. Shooter Says:

    snatching bitches top of the building…

  90. dos equis Says:

    @getmurked..Wayne is believable in all the shit he raps about….Would Wayne write a “she broke my heart” song about some bitch he kissed once in the club?

    Drake’s whole aura is curtains..see thru.

  91. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    Get Murked Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Wayne, comparatively, is a rappin’ ass goon/stoner/lunatic-hybrid and came out and killed. Yeah, he had more albums to build up to it all, but he also only had to drop ‘Lollipop’ instead of two sub-par singles, that couldn’t match up to his mixtape stuff.
    ———————————-

    Lollipop was a big part of Wayne`s success, but you have to remember he had a lot of mixtapes out too, and they also had his best stuff.

  92. R.J.Orion Says:

    Get Murked Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm
    ****PLUS: you can smell the bitchassness in Drizzy from Pluto****

    ——————-

    stop sniffing niggas

  93. A Chick Says:

    I wish Esk WOULD take payola and layoff these ads from hell.
    I gotta update my Adobe and Javascript just to run this damn site on my computer.

    And I’m still having nightmares from the Denzel automatic loading movie clip.

  94. RJ Says:

    Why’s my comment still awaiting moderation??

  95. R.J.Orion Says:

    you know you know how the story go

  96. Get Murked Says:

    @getmurked..Wayne is believable in all the shit he raps about….Would Wayne write a “she broke my heart” song about some bitch he kissed once in the club?

    Drake’s whole aura is curtains..see thru.

    ———–

    @dos Exactly! I believe some old nigga once said: “He’s alright/but he’s not real”

  97. casket face Says:

    # Mook Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    aubrey will go plat next week.

    ^
    Name 1 album that has sold more the second week than it did the first week. I’ll wait.
    _________________________

    Illmatic

    ….pick your swag up when no one is lookin’ b, i won’t tell

  98. R.J.Orion Says:

    RJ Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:33 pm
    Why’s my comment still awaiting moderation??

    ——————

    cause you need a new, more distinct screen name, Scrappy …

  99. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    thas how i know ya male booby is hurt.
    —————————

    ROFL…oh man.

  100. de la swole Says:

    Drake’s whole aura is meat curtains..

  101. dos equis Says:

    Wayne, comparatively, is a rappin’ ass goon/stoner/lunatic-hybrid and came out and killed. Yeah, he had more albums to build up to it all, but he also only had to drop ‘Lollipop’ instead of two sub-par singles, that couldn’t match up to his mixtape stuff.

    ^^^Wayne be talking that pull ya panties to the side shit to the bitches..Drake want a bitch to take off her clothes so he can fold them.

  102. mcb Says:

    as a Jewish person, whos talked to other Jews who do like Drake,
    half of them didnt know he was Jewish at first, but guess how the other half got to like him…

    but really, Jewish people are cheap. ill be real, i try to do the opposite (see Chappelle Show stereotype skit), but im saying Jewish guys prob arent buying it, but those girls sure are. or the guys are buying it for them.

    if he started putting Jewish stuff in his music, it would be realllly strange. i havent read all his interviews, because thats ridiculous, but he doesn’t strike me as the J that goes to temple, knows about teh customs, or even knows how to spell yarmulke (pron: yamuka). I have no problem with any of that, but including Jewish shit and forcing it on a song would be weird. I mean Nas has some, Jay Elec, etc… without being Jewish, but with Drake it would just seem like more BS (like the content of TML).

  103. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    Wayne has a MUCH more versatile style than Drake, so over-saturation didn`t hurt him as much. Drake has one flow, one style of punchlines.

  104. casket face Says:

    A Chick Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I wish Esk WOULD take payola and layoff these ads from hell.
    I gotta update my Adobe and Javascript just to run this damn site on my computer.

    And I’m still having nightmares from the Denzel automatic loading movie clip
    _________________

    STFU and get back in your stable bitch

  105. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    I’ll stick to blogging (for now).

    ^

    c’mon esk this ya grift for life.

    you in ya 30S’ NICCA! jus like me! if this ya lane in hip-hop own it dude. smh.

    you done graff’d, shoveled shit for the industry and elsewhere, now you tryna make it seem like you have other options in hip-hop?

    LMFAO!

    thas why steve stoute laugh at puff, nas, and hov and still in knee deep(n) in this.

    keep romanticizin’….loooool

  106. Cypher Says:

    A Chick Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I wish Esk WOULD take payola and layoff these ads from hell.
    I gotta update my Adobe and Javascript just to run this damn site on my computer.

    And I’m still having nightmares from the Denzel automatic loading movie clip
    _________________

    STFU and get back in your stable bitch

    ^^
    So far gone…

  107. Get Murked Says:

    Lollipop was a big part of Wayne`s success, but you have to remember he had a lot of mixtapes out too, and they also had his best stuff.

    ——-

    @ RNC: Yes he did, but the mixtape stuff didn’t overshadow the popularity of his single and album. People weren’t disappointed in his album and saying it should be more like his mixtapes. They were happy he made an album that was semi-coherent.

  108. Mook Says:

    Wayne has a MUCH more versatile style than Drake

    ^
    Yep. I just got done listening to Miss Me, Uptown, and Ignant Shit. Wayne outshines Drake on each of those tracks.
    Wayne = Verbal Diarrhea

  109. JihaD Says:

    RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm
    AmpGeez aka Your Mother’s “Friend” Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Why sign an artist and offer little to zero support?

    Hustling backwards.

    Look at Fif. He put enough into Banks & Yayo (Buck too) that he can put energy into getting them hot so when he cools he can ride their wave back to hotness….if that makes any sense at all.
    ————————————–

    I see what you’re saying, but a big part of 50’s self marketing was beefing with other dudes. So the options of collaborating with guys outside of the Aftermath Stable wasn’t really there for him even if he wanted to.

    As for building up stars to ride off when you cool, whether he tried or not Jay had more success with that than 50. Kanye is singlehandedly maintaining his artistic credibility while he make cheesy hits that get surprisingly popular.

    ^^^

    But Camel didn’t make Kanye hot, Kanye came into the game at the right time as an alternative to the bling/hardcore rap, and he needs to pray to the rhyme book El Che left in Chi everyday for Jesus Walks.

    JihaD

  110. Get Murked Says:

    Wayne be talking that pull ya panties to the side shit to the bitches..Drake want a bitch to take off her clothes so he can fold them.

    ^^^

    *DEAD*

  111. casket face Says:

    # dos equis Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    ^^^Wayne be talking that pull ya panties to the side shit to the bitches..Drake want a bitch to take off her clothes so he can fold them.
    _______________________

    word

    he’s is to hookers what barrack was to blacks pre-election

  112. Mook Says:

    “Unstoppable” too.

  113. Suvio-Blue Says:

    Sade wins. Her doing an album after 10 years and selling over 500k is impressive.
    ^^^^

    and i bet she wont co-sign this dude like she did Raekwon and this nigga singin! lol

  114. silas aka simon Says:

    he’s is to hookers what barrack was to blacks pre-election

    ^^^

    sounds like you were working on your craft on your hiatus

  115. ShowTimeNY Says:

    Those numbers exceeded my exspectations. I thought he’d do around 250,000. And Im usually Good money. I think Find Your Love grew on people. I think that song did more for him than Over.

    Click the Name For Music.

    Im almost done with Average Aint Me pt. 2
    I dont think theres ever been anybody to have 4 distinct vocal tones and present them on one project. If someone like me busts the game would never be the same.

  116. Patron James Says:

    I don’t know, it sort of seems like Drake was marketed as being likeable for just about everyone (Blacks, Jews, girls, tv fans, r & b people) and it backfired.

    There was too much rapping for the girls, too much singing for the dudes and a whole lot of neglect as far as his Jewish heritage was concerned (except for in interviews. )

    Wayne, comparatively, is a rappin’ ass goon/stoner/lunatic-hybrid and came out and killed. Yeah, he had more albums to build up to it all, but he also only had to drop ‘Lollipop’ instead of two sub-par singles, that couldn’t match up to his mixtape stuff.

    White people, old folks, everyone was down because he wasn’t shoved down their throats (PAUSE) as someone who they should/could relate to. Same goes for Kanye & Hov.
    ^^^

    Get Murked saying the truth

  117. Patron James Says:

    RNC = A Chick

  118. Suvio-Blue Says:

    i just saw hip-hop hitch hiking…

  119. J. Caesar Says:

    good shit eskay but somehow some way jay-z gets mentioned lol but seriously if you took the strongest songs from SFG AND TML and combined them it would be a amazing debut. TML is a good album but like i mentioned in another pot atleast for now after “miss me” i don’t listen to anything else

  120. Suvio-Blue Says:

    Sittin in someones car right now and they got the drake album playin in the background I thought it was Sade…whoa what’s goin on with hip-hop?

    ^^^^
    my mans just posted this on FB lol

  121. J Says:

    RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    June 22nd, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    Wayne has a MUCH more versatile style than Drake, so over-saturation didn`t hurt him as much. Drake has one flow, one style of punchlines

    ———

    i can see this point. lets be real though, drake is a talented dude but his whole steez is either rap like wayne or make songs like kanye. i mean, wouldn’t most people just logically hold out until either of those two guys drop their next album instead of settling for someone imitating them?

    it’s like, i could watch kobe ball but if jordan is still killing shit on the bulls, going to watch mj play has top priority.

  122. Shawty S.O. Says:

    unfortunetly
    So Far Gone > Thank Me Later

  123. Bicro Says:

    Fuck this record, and fuck Drake.

  124. Hi Hater! Says:

    RECOVERY > Drake

  125. YaBoy88 Says:

    Everyone keeps talking how wayne came thru and smashed the game after dropping CArter 3, but like right now how niggas hatin on drake, ALOT of people were hating on Wayne’s album… (It aint better than Dedication 2 though!) (Wayne ain’t spttin’ like he used too) (This album is all over the place…) and so on, and so on. Now Carter 3 was that hot shit? It was good, dont get me wrong, but don’t act like half of ya’ll weren’t hating on him and lollipop then, fuck outta..

  126. Jay Says:

    That is still more than Eminem will sell

  127. AltDog Says:

    Drake almost went Gold his first week out. The album was available in it’s entirety for two weeks before the release date. That being said, So Far Gone crushes Thank Me Later. Thank Me Later is still a solid debut album. One has to question why the majority of the album (before the last 8 songs leaked) was available before the album dropped. These leaks with all the features weren’t necessary to feed the hypebeast and the album would have sold a lot more if the half the album wasn’t out last month. Whoever is in charge of marketing the album should slap themselves two times. I had the bootleg but I copped 2 copies to support Mr. Graham.

    AltDog

    “Tuesdays used to matter no the only thing that happens is you, you, and you say shit I been had that…”

  128. AltDog Says:

    *Correction*

    “Tuesdays used to matter now the only thing that happens is you, you, and you say shit I been had that…”

  129. PHD Says:

    appreciate eskay adding his 2 cents…

    I actually bought the album and supported the kid…

  130. Suvio-Blue Says:

    i dont understand y ppl waste time talmbout album sales, that shit is out the window, im willin to bet outta Drakes 460k, 325 of it was bitches…that prob only bought it for 2 songs

  131. Branson_Blunts Says:

    check my other comments I told you niggas this Canuck would go triple plywood

  132. Yessir Says:

    DRAKE DID OVER A MILLION IN CANADA!

    Platinum in Canada in a week! Dont hate.. almost gold in a week aint bad in the US..

  133. Bigspitgame Says:

    “Tuesdays used to matter now the only thing that happens is you, you, and you say shit I been had that…”
    ^
    wale?

  134. cbean390 Says:

    Everyone keeps talking how wayne came thru and smashed the game after dropping CArter 3, but like right now how niggas hatin on drake, ALOT of people were hating on Wayne’s album… (It aint better than Dedication 2 though!) (Wayne ain’t spttin’ like he used too) (This album is all over the place…) and so on, and so on. Now Carter 3 was that hot shit? It was good, dont get me wrong, but don’t act like half of ya’ll weren’t hating on him and lollipop then, fuck outta..

    ^
    This

  135. cbean390 Says:

    That is still more than Eminem will sell

    ______________________________________________

    You’re not serious, right?

  136. AltDog Says:

    Yessir,

    Drake went Gold in Canada. 40K. 80K is Platinum in Canada.

  137. AltDog Says:

    Bigspitgame (Pause / no shots),

    Wale – The Perfect Plan – The Mixtape About Nothing

  138. WULU Says:

    id like reiterate my love for BLOWOUT COMB by Digable Planets

    it is a PERFECT album

    ^^^

    reachin’ is better.

    drake’s people waited too long to put tml out.

    had they put out this tape last winter, shit would have done at least 250k more easy.

  139. MC Says:

    DRAKE DID OVER A MILLION IN CANADA!

    Platinum in Canada in a week! Dont hate.. almost gold in a week aint bad in the US..

    ^^^^^

    Platinum in Canada is like 100K. Do the knowledge.

  140. Bigspitgame Says:

    Bigspitgame (Pause / no shots),
    =====================================
    no shots taking but allow me to clarify… Ima big nigga ( *sigh*, Pause)… And my moniker is SPITGAME… I spit game cuz baby I can’t talk it… And I rap circles around these new urkels…So no homo, none, pause and all that shit but there’s no need cuz ain’t nuttin homo bout me whatsoever… I will G the panties off a lotta y’all mommas/sisters/aunts/ and/ or grammas if they look like Pam Grier circa 5 yrs ago… All Hetero

  141. Bigspitgame Says:

    Taken>taking

  142. rich Says:

    yo
    there should be more pieces like this on rap for the week

  143. Blarg1234 Says:

    Nice commentary on the situation here. I personally was dissapointed, if only because I’m sure that had this been released at the end of march (it’s original date), it would have sold at least 700,000 in its first week. Drake is still commercially hot, but he’s definately cooled off since then.

  144. Super Tone Says:

    The leftovers from Thank Me Later…ahem…You Know You Know & Greatness are better than the Album…and i’m talking Beat wise…verses were ehhh….Drake falled short big time…..

  145. Bigspitgame Says:

    “Find Solace in the nights embrace/ Life’s movin at a lightning pace, yeah/ sweet success why yes I’d like a taste/ a nigga hungry if you put that food in frun’me I will wipe the plate/ clean, I mean who wouldn’t wanna slice a steak/ to replace whatever we pullin out this micro-wave/ Transcending time and space/ When they ask me how I’m doin, tell him God Is Great/ The just shall live by his faith/ now what you gittin me for fathers day huh?/ Rather Fly Ma don’t mind the cape/ Hold on tight momma while I Take/ you anywhere in all your wildest dreams while you wide awake/ Can you dig it is you tryn escape?/ She Said U Gotta Ask?, I know that’s right baby my mistake/ Mind body soul mine ta take/ offered to cook for me said it’s so many dishes I can Make/ I said I’m fresh from out the booth honey I just ate/ but no matter I could eat again/ put it next ta niggas beats I can squeeze it in/ can’t talk less you got upwards of a G ta spend/ what’s is this language that u speaking in? Huh/ The Memoirs where do we begin/ start the tape recorder, you might need a pen/ While lames was spending the evenin in/ I was 17 wit my team coppin ki’s in tens/ thousand dollar bottle spots in white tees n timbs/ Disrespecin the dress code how did he git in?/ no fake ID I wasn’t sneaking in/ The owners told me they was happy ta see me again/ but that was on account a all the biness we’d bring in/ Family like ours who needed friends?/ Fingers stickin from the kush no seed a stem/ Can you feel it baby breathe it in *deep breath*/  Don’t exhale yet keep it in/ Then blow shot guns to ya lil diva friends/ This is us we dont give a fuck who we offend/ Its just glimpse I see u peakin in, whas up/ somebody throw them fags a peace sign/ The real is back, the bullshit is at a decline/ Rap Game remind me of the Crack Game, spitting that Caine niggas Should be baggin these lines/ Saran wrap for the CD jacket design/ ima run it an Im jukin past ya D Line/ adjust ya lenses sir you lookin at a phenom/ All by myself here a nigga havin me time”

  146. deezle4dayz Says:

    tml is gunna be on the charts for at least a year most of middle america isnt picking up albums the first week they drop…sfg did 73,000 first week n ended up gold…if they pick the right single after miss me hes gunna sell over 2 million

  147. rocstar Says:

    jayz greatest hits gona do better than TML

  148. AFGun Says:

    they waited too long to drop the album. his buzz died down.. if they released it late 09 early 10 he wudv sold more..

  149. Cen Says:

    I got Drake’s back, fuck y’all.

  150. mailer daemon Says:

    the singing is great it makes him more dynamic/access different markets. It makes it a record i can listen to with my family. Karoake is my fav track.

    Horay for dynamic music! Gangsta/thug music is boring…

  151. mailer daemon Says:

    also, anyone notice that certain posts have no comments while others have hundreds? i guess it’s to protect perceptions of certain posts. ps i love nahright!

  152. RZ Says:

    good write up, what drake did in 2010 and the whole buzz he has built is crazy. It may be the hype that drives me to make this statement but i think he has shifted the whole climate for talent in rap. Drake has almost made “being lyrical” cool. drake just made it very hard on himself by making Thank Me Later the way it is. He chose to debut as an artist vs. a rapper. And either way the album is going to do numbers…. Ryley Zane

  153. RZ Says:

    and like someone mentioned before, the 5 or 6 songs that leaked really early including the jay-z features and jeezy features fucked with his sales.

  154. thastrings Says:

    WOULDA SOLD A MILL IF NO TRACKS WERE LEAKED.

  155. tre Says:

    To me, Kanye has had one of the largest rises to stardom thus far. If there was anyone that I would have initially discounted as a successful rapper it’d probably be him.

    Arguably, Kayne’s success has done more to usher in a new era of rap artists (for better or worse).

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