Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/22/2013

MMG hits charts with "Self Made 3" and The Roots & Elvis Costello break through the Top 20 with "Wise Up Ghosts And Other Songs."

This week, some additions broke into the Billboard Top 200 charts. MMG, for instance, broke into the Top 5 with the debut of its new compilation album, MMG Presents: Self Made Vol. 3. Another addition to the charts came by way of a different collaboration. Elvis Costello and The Roots teamed up to bring Wise Up Ghosts And Other Songs to the charts, breaking the album into the Top 20. 

While The Weeknd's Kissland opened with greater sales numbers than 2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. 2: #MeTime last week, The Weeknd dropped further than Chainz this week. The Weeknd, who opened at #2 in its opening week, fell to #9 with approximately 26,000 units sold this week. A similar drop was seen with last week's #1 selling album, Keith Urban's Fuse, which dropped from #1 to #8 after selling approximately 31,000 units this week. 

MMG Hits #4 With Self Made 3

MMG entered the charts this week at #4 with MMG Presents: Self Made Vol. 3. The album sold approximately 50,000 units in its first week. "It just feels good to see this come to fruition," Rick Ross said of Self Made 3 during a recent interview with New York radio station Power 105.1. "It was just an idea, just a couple of years ago. For all of us, it's just a little alley-oop leading into our own solo projects, our own solo albums that we want to give our people. It's just fun to get together...We believe in putting out that work. That's what keeps us at the top of this game. Compilations, for artists like ourselves, is always a good thing. When you hear these records and you hear the new artists we bringin' to the folds, the new producers, all the different sounds, and it just give everybody a chance to shine in their own light. I love it." The album was the highest Hip Hop debut on the charts this week.  

2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. 2: #MeTime Sails Into #7 In Its Second Week

Last week, 2 Chainz entered the charts at #3 with B.O.A.T.S. 2: #MeTime. This week, Chainz fell to #7 after selling approximately 35,000 copies of the album in its second week. Recently, Chainz spoke about album sales projections. “Of course I care," Chainz said about sales. "I’m still gon’ grind it out. If it does 50,000, I’ll probably be mad as hell and do something like buy another car, make myself feel better...But at the same time, I know it’s a race and if anybody know me, it’s hard to really get me down, get me discouraged. I’m very optimistic.” 

Elvis Costello & The Roots Appear On Charts With Wise Up Ghosts And Other Songs

The Roots and Elvis Costello teamed up for Wise Up Ghosts And Other Songsan album that entered the charts at #16. Wise Up Ghosts And Other Songs sold approximately 18,000 units this week as it debuted on the charts. In January 2013, The Roots' ?uestlove spoke about how the group's collaboration with Costello came about. "It was really love at first sight," ?uestlove said in the article. "The second time he came on ['Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'], we surpassed the first one. So by the third time, he was like, 'Let's stop messing around and do something together.'" Costello has been behind several solo selections, such as "Watching The Detectives," "Radio, Radio" and "Pump It Up." This marks the group's first collaborative project with Costello. 

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/22/2013

#4. MMG - MMG Presents: Self Made Vol. 3 50,000 (50,000) 

#7. 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime - 35,000 (98,000)

#9. The Weeknd - Kiss Land - 26,000 (122,000)

#11. Tamar Braxton - Love & War - 20,000 (169,000)

#16. Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghosts And Other Songs - 18,000 (18,000)

#22. Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail - 15,000 (990,000)

#23. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady - 15,000 (62,000)

#36. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 10,000 (1,080,000)

#44. Juicy J - Stay Trippy - 8,000 (106,000)

#58. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 7,000 (1,040,000) 

#75. Big Sean - Hall of Fame - 5,000 (104,000)

* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.

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344 Comments

  • Anonymous

    SELF MADE 3 shoulda sold 100,000 easily. This is coming from a Hip Hop Head (KRS One, RA the Rugged Man, Reks are all dudes I fuck with).

  • Anonymous

    "Banks is worth more than everyone on MMG, excluding ross... shit even Tony Yayo is" You want me to believe Tony Yayo has $28 million dollars? lol Lay off the pipe, homie.

  • Anonymous

    "No, he won't" Thank you industry insider, but previously he went gold, so I doubt his ride is over just like that. He just needs to stop jumping on every other song.

  • Anonymous

    "but is already one of the richest to ever do it. building companies and business from the ground up takes time" He got most of his money years back. Now he just invests in easy profit ventures, and tries to get fast money by promoting boxing, or doing horrible STV movies. You act like he's turned the business world upside down. Is he successful? Of course, but someone with half his money could be deemed successful, but more importantly they're relevant. Money without relevance is nothing to admire.

  • Anonymous

    When you're one of the top 5 richest rappers in the world like Diddy, Dre and 50" Mayweather has just about as much money as 50 has. He just made 50 million off one fight. That's a boss right there. Diddy, Dre and Jay Z are all business minded. 50 is street minded. He isn't seeing his wealth increase anymore. 7 million in 2013? That's only 1 million more than Ross. That can't be true lol Curtis is the godfather according to you. The smartest guy ever conceived by a single mother. Come on. Why isn't he worth half a billion like Diddy is? I need answers, sport.

    • Anonymous

      what does mayweather have to do with anything? hes been in the game half as long as diddy, ross, jay, dre, and birdman but is already one of the richest to ever do it. building companies and business from the ground up takes time. he may only make 7 million this year but in 3 years he might make 200 million.

  • Anonymous

    "what the rush?" Let's shoot for the full decade like Dre has.

    • Anonymous

      When you're one of the top 5 richest rappers in the world like Diddy, Dre and 50 you dont have to worry about release dates or putting out albums. It will come out whenever it comes out.

  • Anonymous

    "if he can sell out an arena anywhere in the world why would he need to release an album thats not gonna make money" Cause he's contractually obligated to. And he's not selling out arenas lol That's Drake.

  • Anonymous

    2 chainz and big sean may never see another major label album

  • Anonymous

    "label politics and thats not good enough for him" It's been four years though.

  • Anonymous

    "out tomorrow no promo and do 100k first week easily" Then why doesn't he?

  • Anonymous

    50k? thats it? i just read an article about ross personally flying out 100 record exuctives and other for some MMG weekend LMAO no wonder he made so little

    • Anonymous

      no ones talking about 50 cent. why does MMG flopping suddenly go back to 50 cent? he could put that shit out tomorrow no promo and do 100k first week easily

    • Anonymous

      Did you really think it was going to sell more? lol At least it got released. Where's Street King? Oh that's right. Jimmy won't release it cause it's going to flop harder than Slaughterhouse did.

  • Anonymous

    He's far from broke.

  • Anonymous

    "i'll take illmatic everyday for the rest of my life over anything and everything mmg ever put out" Tim Tebow is saying a prayer for your Ipod right now.

  • Anonymous

    "but Fiddy sold crack rocks in da hood" He was so good at it someone paid someone else to shoot him 9 times.

  • Anonymous

    Ricky can't help that he only made 6 million cause these rappers make most of their money touring and William was in hiding for most of the year

  • DookieFerty

    MMG lost, they may be rich and famous and get to tour all over the world but they ain't as cool as us bloggers who get to talk about them on random Internet websites!

  • Anonymous

    lol, you've BEEN "QUOTING" net worth! NOW it DON'T MATTER? EVERYBODY knows IF Ross would have been top 5 YOU would have been "QUOTING" that FOREVER! A nerdy geek DRUMMER made the same as your HERO with NO major publicity, billboard charting songs, internet stans, lists, NONE OF THAT. AND your hero's nemesis did MORE WITHOUT any MUSIC. Yet YOU STILL HERE trying to spin to make YOU right. LOL, YOU WEIRD. When COUNTING SOMEONE ELSE'S MONEY AS YOUR OWN TO MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD GOES WRONG.

  • Anonymous

    "if that makes them has beens what does that make ross and meek?" Relevant.

    • Anonymous

      i know right. theres like 17 black nigga on that list making more than ross but he gets mad at the white kid LOL

    • Anonymous

      What's with these niggas bringing up race when it has nothing to do with race? MMG is garbage.

    • Anonymous

      How many rappers has Mac Miller made millionaires or gotten record deals? - How many millionaires has Ross made? I would say 2, Wale and Meek. everyone is is bum status. "Does the Whiteskinned rapper Mac Miller have a film division of his imprint? Does he have a Latino division of his imprint? Does he have a chain of restaurants and multiple endorsements?" No thats why its so funny that he made as much as Ross with without any of shit. Seems like Ross been hustling for nothing! All that sellout shit aint really paying off! Also Ross does not have a chain of restaurants. He owns 4 franchises. He doesn't own the chain

    • Anonymous

      An independent white-skinned rapper made a few million more than Rozay for 2013 and all of a sudden Whiteskinned people think its funny? How many rappers has Mac Miller made millionaires or gotten record deals? Does the Whiteskinned rapper Mac Miller have a film division of his imprint? Does he have a Latino division of his imprint? Does he have a chain of restaurants and multiple endorsements? This is a marathon not a sprint so don't celebrate when a Whiteskinned kid makes a few more millions in a calendar year when he didn't make a million the year before or the year before that or the year before that to even be able to compete with the established artist on that list.

    • Anonymous

      no one said mac miller rules we just find it funny that an independent white rapper is on the same level financially as the biggest boss, the ceo of the hottest label in rap LMAO

    • Trevor

      Ross, Meek, and Wale might be more relevant than Fiddy and G-Unit musically but Fiddy sold crack rocks in da hood and sold crack to pregnant black chicks so he's more awesome than that shitbird Ross and that fucktard Wale and that butthole Meek. Mac Miller rules!

  • Anonymous

    "at least they got classics and platinum albums tho" Maybe so, but people can't listen to Illmatic forever.

  • Young White Boy

    R.A. the Rugged Man is an ugly disgusting looking Dirty JEW. PEACE!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wale only dropped a Platinum single because someone else produced the beat and a chick sang on the hook so he has to return the plaque and the money he accumulated from the success of the single. That loser Wale might make 40K a show due to the exposure and popularity of songs that he didn't write but he stays awake at night in his mansion weeping bitterly that he didn't produce and write the hooks on his hit singles..... Wale lost, and is losers won.

  • Anonymous

    I hate Ross and it pleases me that he only accumulated 6 million dollars for the calendar year of 2013. I make about 24K a year so it's in my nature to express hatred for anybody that averages 500k a month while I make $10 an hour....... What really pisses me off is the fact that Ross makes multi-millions of dollars a year and he doesn't even have to sell a million albums to do it. The irritating fact is that when Ross was 19 he spent a year as a C.O making 40K a year with benefits babysitting pedophiles and rapists but he quit and became a C.E.O of a multi-million dollar brand. The only thing that makes me feel better about my status in life is to go online and call Ross a Cop and hope that while he's riding in a Jet or driving in a Bently or sleeping in a mansion or performing over seas that he might go online and see my random post on an obscure website and fail. Sadly while he's achieving his dreams and building revenue streams for Blacks and Latinos I will still be making homo-erotic comments about his success from my mothers basement. Fiddy is awesome and Im loyal to the end.

  • Anonymous

    "Yet without an album out or a major tour 50 still made more money than Ross and everyone on his team" That's because he's got more endorsements. Big deal. In terms of music, 50's done. He can't even get an album out. His former G Unit friends are in hiding from him lol Chief Keef doesn't even show up to the video shoot where 50's at. ESPN sport columnists make fun of him. He's been taking more L's than you will ever admit, but that's cool. Keep bumpin Major Distribution. Next stop E1 for Curtis Wackson lol

  • Anonymous

    "The thing is though, Ross and Meek didn't appear on any platinum singles in 2013" Neither have 50 or Nas. Why is that? Oh that's right. They're has beens with zero fans now.

    • Anonymous

      if that makes them has beens what does that make ross and meek? shit at least they got classics and platinum albums tho

  • Anonymous

    "it probably wont go gold though. judging by the way things have been going" That's what you said last time, and here he is ready to drop another album.

  • Anonymous

    "His singles didnt flop compared to Rickys" Thing is Jimmy doesn't care what Ricky is doing over at MMG. He's looking at 50's ability to generate a comeback and not seeing the results he needs to release the album.

  • Anonymous

    "Mac Miller makes the same amount independently" Indie or major, the government gets half.

  • Anonymous

    "MM is independent and he sold as much as Meek Mill on their debut albums" That's because he has a huge You Tube following. Despite that he still sold under 400,000. Come on. Even Macklemore sold more than that.

  • Anonymous

    Ross is so pathetic his new single is a remake of a 5 year old Young Jeezy beat and the music video was just a bunch of clips from Scarface!!!! thats what you call falling the fuck off!

  • Anonymous

    "Being on the bottom of the forbes list with artists like Lil Jon and Jeezy who havent released anything in a few years and Independent artists like Mac Miller is a bad look for the biggest boss who raps about nothing but money" Who cares if between such and such a period he made $6 million. That's 6 million more added onto his already amassed fortune. Jeezy might have that, but MM definately doesn't, nor will he ever reach that or higher. His sales are pathetic, and are only excused because he hides in the underground, and has sponsors who guarantee that he'll walk away with more money than the average rapper.

    • Anonymous

      I'm white and proud that Mac Miller made more last year than the Black Ross in a Black musical genre that's supported by 85% of us white people! So what I'd Rick Lause has made Wale and Meek both millionaires he's still not as awesome as Emenim or Mack Miller. The blacks are mad because we are taking over their culture and making more money selling their culture to our own people while losers like Ross are signing fucktards like Stalley that are friggin stupid compared to MGK!

    • Anonymous

      This nigga kills me!!! Ross makes 6 million dollars in a year with MMG, a whole team of niggas earning for him, tour his ass of having seizures, Wingstops, Ciroc, Bellaire Rose, Reekbok money Mac Miller makes the same amount independently without selling the fuck out and without running his own label and hes pathetic!!! hahahahHAHAHAhahaHAHAHAHA

    • Anonymous

      Mac Millers pathetic ass sold more than MMG's own French Montana! hannnnnn

    • Anonymous

      did a Rick Ross stan just call someone else's sales pathetic? LMAO MM is independent and he sold as much as Meek Mill on their debut albums.... THATS PATHETIC

  • Anonymous

    "As for Wale getting his first platinum single" Don't hate. Congratulate Wale for his achievement and move on.

  • Anonymous

    "if interscope would promote his singles, he would do at least 300k" Let's move back into the real world, shall we? We already know most of the singles have flopped. With no promotion, and illegal downloading as a main factor, Fiddy would probably do 45-55k.

  • Anonymous

    "ETK: TOP 5 WORST TROLLS ON HHDX 1.the ja rule troll (he cool, need to find his niche) 2.the gucci troll (weirdo begged to troll, fvck off) 3.the drake troll (cornball) 4.the Anally Pussified Anon Guy (Anonymous & :^) who says "Everything You Say Is BULLSHIT LIES" and "Haha Good Joke" (agreed he ain't got no game, but he be putting in work) 5.quote-man" (already know) The thing about Quote-Man is he actually believes what he says is true. And you forgot: 6. the white boys who call Blacks racist but don't say sh^t when white boys are displaying racism

    • Anonymous

      Here you are taking time out of your day talking about trolls, something you know way too much about. Go outside and take in some fresh air, maybe go pick up Self Made 3. It'll make you feel better, and improve your attitude which quite frankly has been very PMS ish lately.

  • Anonymous

    I predict 2 years from now MMG will no long have major label distribution they gonna get dropped

  • Anonymous

    MMG always find a way to succeed! Slute to Wale on his single "Bad" going platinum and salute to Stalley being awarded with mixtape of the year, it's good to see a crew of such diverse artists getting shine and achieving their dreams!

    • Anonymous

      "Wale said it felt good to bring another hit single home to his MMG label to add to the other platinum singles that Ross and Meek appeared on in 2013." The thing is though, Ross and Meek didn't appear on any platinum singles in 2013..... LMAO

    • Anonymous

      maybe MMG artists appeared on some plat singles with Drake and Wayne but Ross hasnt had a plat single since 2010 and i thought it was Tiara Thomas not Teyana Taylor

    • Billy

      Are you a weirdo? Wale wrote the rhymes on "Bad" which is what most rappers do on their platinum singles because they don't produce the music or write the sing-songy hooks... and the Teyanna Taylor version went platinum not the Rihanna version. Wale said it felt good to bring another hit single home to his MMG label to add to the other platinum singles that Ross and Meek appeared on in 2013. I salute their success.

    • Anonymous

      As for Wale getting his first platinum single, that nigga didn't even write the song so it doesnt even count! It went plat because of Rihanna...LMAO And who awarded Stalley mixtape of the year cause thats the first i've heard of such a thing and I didnt really hear much good about his tape so i've gotta call bullshit!

  • God mc

    This album is hot but not so classic like the last 2 but still fire tho rick ross is a master mind mc who love hiphop more then people think like that's what's so cool abt this nigga he kick drug talk bitchz and money because the world seem to know only that then he may slip in a jewel or 2 for true hiphop fans and the mmg meek mill wale rockie fresh stally trouch gunplay are all in a lane by them selfs thats why there self made niggaz now all they need is a NYC Brooklyn nigga like em Joffy or Sonnie Carson then they will rule the news meaning the north east south and west I master mind trust me!

    • Anonymous

      get real fanboy last 2 classics? LMAO whole crew of weak niggas and snakes. ALL of them niggas, Rockie the most, Meek and Wale used to talk shit on Ross and dickride 50 cent just a few years ago but now they all best buds for the almighty dollar. shit even Meek and Rockie said Wale sucked

  • Anonymous

    I feel bad for Rozay. So many artist are dropping music that is art and influential and this guy is trying to do the same ole. It was cool for the second album and now its just getting repetitive. Evolve Rozay

  • Anonymous

    50k lol WOW! thats 48k less than the last one did first week. You cannot deny after seeing this that MMG is on the decline and they peaked a year or two ago. Ross being at the bottom of the forbes list next to Young Jeezy and Lil Jon who didnt put out any albums says it all

    • Anonymous

      a solid block of music for the culture? damn have you read the reviews? LOL its complete trash

    • Anonymous

      get a life dude. the 50k people who bought sm3 were 90% white

    • gopppi

      Many whites will compare Cruel Summer to Self Made as if Kanye West isn't one of the biggest artist/producer/CEOs in the music industry with a string if platinum and multi-platinum albums and singles. No one in MMG is on Kanye West level as an artist. Are people really sick enough to try to knock somebody for making 6 million dollars a year without the white skin, without producing or without being a so-called Platinum artist? Are people that whitewashed? I'm glad a project like Self Made 3 exists where lesser known artists like Stalley, and Rockie Fresh can get some shine, it's not a project catering to whites or hipsters with pandering duets from whites and hipsters but it's a solid block of music for the culture.

    • Anonymous

      cmon son. 50k is pathetic for a major label. GOOD Music did 205k first week Fucking ODD FUTURE did 40k first week Being on the bottom of the forbes list with artists like Lil Jon and Jeezy who havent released anything in a few years and Independent artists like Mac Miller is a bad look for the biggest boss who raps about nothing but money

    • Mario

      50K for a compilation when most labels would have released it as a mixtape. Artists are less concerned about record sales and more concerned about show-money and endorsements, Ross is on the Forbes list without ever having to go platinum and he's giving up and coming artists a platform to shine on so I salute the movement.

  • Jermaine

    Hip Hop DX please stop posting album sales.That's not what Hip-Hop is about. It confuses the young fans who think record sales makes an artist. Keep the focus on the music. Please!!!!

  • Riley Freeman

    i'am proud to be an open gay i love black cock in my sore rectum i also like letting my dog suck it which then forces me to get horny and i fuck up the arse ARWOOOOFFFFFFFF

  • MAYFLOP MUSIC GROUP

    Self Made Vol 3 drops today. It arrives at a curious time for Rick Ross' label, Maybach Music Group. For the first year in recent memory, MMG singles weren't a mainstay on the pop charts, or even the hip-hop charts, in 2013. There was no Stay Schemin' this summer, no B.M.F. no "Tupac Back." While Meek Mills Levels undoubtedly reached a level of cultural penetration as a concept, the song itself sat comfortably outside of the Hot 100 the entire season. Wale managed to do a little better. His latest album Gifted has sold a comfortable 250,000 copies, but Bad, his only song to go Top 40, relied heavily on signer Tiara Thomass hookand the songs original version pre-dated Wale. But asterisks or not, Wale at least managed to make some noise on the charts. Ross didnt even manage that level of success. His singles Box Chevy and Oil Money Gang didn't even make the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. His latest, No Games, is strong enough to break this spell, although whether it will garner Ross some dearly needed chart traction remains to be seen. Of course, Ross didnt completely vanish from the charts this yearhe just fell into the guest spot, as Rockos U.O.E.N.O. and Jay Zs fukkwitmeyouknowIgotit became hits. In some ways, though, their success almost seemed to mock Rosss quiet summer. The former did more harm than good, knocking him out of his Reebok deal thanks to his infamous lines about dropping molly in champagne. The latter sounded like an MMG single in every way, as if teasing Ross for giving away such a surefire hit. "No New Friends," meanwhile, just emphasized how much bigger of a hitmaker Drake is than anyone else on the song, at this particular point in time. The irony of Wale becoming MMGs frontrunner is that his success was the most unconventional, and remains slightly off-brand for a label built on Rick Rosss mob-boss imagery. But thus far, it seems to fit in pretty well with the style of hip-hop that is doing better on the charts these days, as Wale sits next to J. Cole, Macklemore, and other rap artists whove moved the genres mainstream in a direction away from the streets. There are a couple of factors that have caused this shift. The first is that, with a plethora of free music on DatPiff, and fewer and fewer people buying albums, those who do tend to be able to afford such fetish objects are of a different socioeconomic demographic. The popular taste, at least as represented by sales, ends up skewing along class lines. Another, more troubling development, concerns the decreasing significance of black radio as a tastemaker; as Billboard began to incorporate digital downloads and streaming, they lost their ability to qualify listenerships geographically, and along other demographic lines, as they had been able to do in the past. Add to this an imbalance in which streams are counted towards the charts (for example, WorldStarHipHop still has no impact on Billboard charts), and you end up with some bizarre results, like Macklemore or Psy topping the hip-hop charts without any hip-hop radio airplay. But the hip-hop charts aren't all college-friendly hip-hop and crossover artists like Macklemore. Clubs are still a driving force in hip-hops sound (as is, increasingly, Vine, a viral appendage of the club, helping singles like The FiNATTiCZ Dont Drop That Thun Thun make Billboard a year after their release). In the last half of 2013, the most popular hip-hop has made a gradual shift from the Atlanta sounds of Mike Will Made It and DJ Spinz towards California's self-described ratchet sound: the syncopated thump of producers like DJ Mustard. You can hear it from Cali newcomers like Sage the Gemini, whose Red Nose and Gas Pedal singles have had significant chart traction. You can hear it in singles from Atlanta artists like Rich Homie Quan and Young Jeezy (My nikka, "R.I.P."). And you hear it on crossover R&B cuts like B. Smyths Leggo. MMG's primary sonic blueprint, however, remains a mix of aggro bangers in a "B.M.F." style, channeling an aggressive, visceral energy, and the smooth, epic luxuriance of tracks like "Aston Martin Music," "Keys to the Crib," or on Self Made Vol. 3 "Black Grammy's." It's a sound that has seemed like a pretty renewable resource for the past few years, but as Drake has fine-tuned the latter sound to great chart success, and Cali usurped the club sound on the pop charts, MMG's bangers have started to feel a bit off-center. At its peak, MMG was successful because they managed to mainstream a street sound, to take an underground aesthetic and propel into the popular conscience with a chart-ready pop framework. Perhaps they've slipped because the sound they built this empire on has slipped from the forefront of the genre's innovation. This goes hand in hand with PR setbacks for the label, like Ross's troubles with Reebok and the under-performance of Meek Mill's official debut. On the one hand, popular rap has moved further from the streets and clubs; on the street side, it's an increasingly younger artist's game. MMG is stuck in the middle, flanked on one side by YouTube street rappers, and on the other by stars with more bankable, mainstream-friendly sounds. MMG has attempted to meet that challenge with new signees, all of whom are given ample shine on the new compilation. The risk is that increasing the label's roster at a time when its top tier performers are under-performing only serves to dilute the group's impact. On the other hand, if one or two of the performers were to have a breakout performance, it could add needed energy to a flagging franchise. Sadly, the most animated, moving performance comes from Lil Snupe, who was killed tragically earlier this year, cutting short a promising career. Stalley and Rockie Fresh are competent, but not personalities on the level of the MMG A-list. And Gunplay remains a critics' favorite, underrated by the wider world, but he's on the other side of 30, and still seemingly in search of that one song that could take him to the next level. Not that there isn't hope for MMG. The label's slippage has been more about perception and context than it has an inconsistency in product. The world rotated once and artists at a creative zenith are pulled back to earth. But for every challenge that has beset the label since Rich Forever made Ross seem like a truly untouchable performer from his seizures to Meek's album, from singles not connecting to Lil Snupe's killing, from the date-rape lyric controversy to hip-hop's shift away from the MMG sonic blueprint MMG has remained consistent. Self Made 3 isn't as good as Self Made, but, to this writer's ears, it's stronger than Self Made 2. And there are few real challengers to Ross's particular space. Gucci's got an iron grip on the streets, but has marginalized himself from the mainstream pop sphere. Drake's tracks are mainstream-friendly but don't offer the macho bangers Ross's audience feeds on. Young Jeezy is the only one to pose much of a challenge recently as he's jumped on board with DJ Mustard and Rich Homie Quan, managing to keep up with a shifting sonic landscape. But it remains to be seen if artists like Doughboyz Cashout and YG can overcome the problems Jeezy has always had in marketing artists on his CTE label. It is a bit disconcerting for MMG, no doubt, that they've been unable to impact the charts this year. But perception of the labels demise is easy to overstate. Its not as if Ross's voice has disappeared from the airwaves. MMG's dominance is, to some degree, taken for granted. They were never innovators, and don't have to rely upon that kind of short-term inspiration for success. Instead, they are all about consistency. Ross built upon the sounds of others, put them on a wider stage. His pen is as strong as ever. Panera Bread, from earlier this year, included some of his best writing yet. Yes, MMG may have peaked, but they're also one label that it would be unwise to count out completely.

  • Anonymous

    and so marks the first and final week that Elvis Costello will ever show up on a hip hop album chart

  • Small White Penis

    Congrats to MMG, I wish I could sell 50K copies of an item in a week for $10! Rozay spent a year working a legitimate job in corrections for a year when he was 19 but then he quit his job so he could become a multi-millionaire CEO so ai kinda hate his success and any other Black dude that works for an honest living or attends college. I'm white so I hate the fact that the fat Ross hasn't signed a white artist or done a song with Emenim but I think Stalley is awesome.

    • Whitey

      It's hella funny because: A. White people make up 85% of HipHop buyers which shows you how much their own music sucks to them B. White people love Rick Ross just like they love and worship all Black celebrities which shows you how much influence Blacks have over whites in regards to Blqck music. C. Ross is a CEO of his own brand and has yet to hire a white artist or feel the need to do duets with a million white artists to cater to whites.

    • ^

      Everything you say is BULLSHIT!.

    • Anonymous

      It's funny because: A. White people make up 85% of all of hip-hop audiences. B. White people love Rick Ross. If they didn't, he wouldn't be successful. C. Ross works under white label executives, so he's still a pawn.

  • dentaldamboy

    I love riding dicks.

  • yo rap

    what happen to pusha t album lol

  • Ricky Rozay

    Damn niggas on here catching feelings and shit. It's only music, granted Rozay stupid to say shit like that but y'all niggas actin like he out there killin kids and shit. It's music dumbasses not life. What about niggas talkin bout how they gonna kill other Niggas families. Niggas just hate on Ross cuz Ross either ended 50 and jeezy careers or they sheep and its popular to hate on Ross. Niggas always hate on the biggest artist but love to hop on the dick of the next big savior. Bawse!!!!!!

  • Confused?

    can never understand hiphop fans infatuation with rappers that are real and about that lifewho the fuck cares if he was really a thug or not? Ur not hangin out with himthe real question is CAN HE RAP?? HOW IS HIS MUSIC?? U dont get a pass cuz your REALLY a criminal. Fuck that. I could careless about what you do in your personal time. I just want to get to some good music when I buy your album thats it. Only in hip hop do we say yea, his music sucks but hes REAL so I like him

  • Nick T

    Fakest rappers in the game right now: Lil Wayne-never was a gangster/blood, only person he shot was himself, kisses men on the lips, pretends to be a rock star/skater, only crimes he commited was having drugs and a unregistered gun he never used Birdman-biggest poser/snake in the world, kisses Wayne on the lips, doesn't have a criminal record Rick Ross-pretends to be a big-time drug dealing gangster, was really a C.O., acts all tough until he gets shot at by real gangsters and acts like a bitch Tyga-claims to be from Compton, really comes from the Valley, never had a criminal record Drake-claims to start from the bottom, grew up privileged, was a child actor on Degrassi Nicki Minaj-rips off styles from Lil Kim and Lady Gaga, claims to be hood, does shitty pop music

  • ETK

    TOP 5 WORST TROLLS ON HHDX 1.the ja rule troll 2.the gucci troll 3.the drake troll 4.the Anally Pussified Anon Guy (Anonymous & :^) who says "Everything You Say Is BULLSHIT LIES" and "Haha Good Joke" 5.quote-man

  • Anonymous

    I remember 50 was dissing ja for doin R&b rap songs then 50 started doing candyshop , bullshit and party , bestfriend and all the other wack shit nigga snitched on murder inc when got stabbed by black child called the cops and got a restraining order . claiming he a gangsta niggaa!!

  • The B

    rick ross is the biggest fraud since milli vinelli. Or how ever the fuck you spell it.

    • Anonymous

      Ross ain't ruling shit. The MMG album ain't going platinum; it won't even go gold. The other albums didn't even go gold. Rick Ross ain't a gangster, he lies too much.

    • dentaldamboy

      He's ruiling the charts right now with MMG 3. it will go platinum in a month. He said he was a gangster so he is a gangster.

    • Ricky Rozay

      @anon, Rozay is the closest thing to Biggie. Biggies closest friend Diddy even said that shit. Ross may not be as lyrical but he make the same type of songs as Biggie. You niggas can hate all you want Ross is the new Biggie. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Young White Boy

      Why do you keep talking to yourself it's really sad!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      More lies you pulled outta your ass. He never was a gangster at all. He lived with his mom before he became famous. He has a terrible flow and will never be better than Biggie.

    • dentaldamboy

      I never said rick ross wasn't a cop. I said he was a cop turned gangster. His family told me rick ross got involved with robberies. He never got caught. Ross has a terrific flow and is way better than biggie.

    • Anonymous

      Wrong. Rick Ross was always a cop; he never was a gangster. Ross can't rap; he's a Biggie wannabe.

    • dentaldamboy

      No he isn't asshole. Rick Ross started out as a cop then turned gangster. Also, Rick Ross can actually rap while milli vinelli just lipsynched all the time.

  • Anonymous

    "HEy Gay Boy, Wayne is the king? Then how come Jay made twice as much money as Wayne did this year??" 1. 16 million is still more than 15 million more than you will ever see in your lifetime. 2. Jay Z owns a management company, not just for music and sports. Plus Jay Z also shares in beyonce's profits. 3. Wayne had more money but is spending it to help charities across the world, earning him respect. Jay Z does not do any of that and therfore has more money.

  • Anonymous

    if he's lucky and theres no leak he'd probably sell 150-250k and thats probably off his name alone

  • Anonymous

    Serious question if 50 Cent was to drop an album next month how much do you honestly see him selling ?

  • xx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K5v0l4IJ2Q

  • Kizman

    The streets use to tell us when an album was a classic like illmatic, OBFCL, Ready to Die, Get rich or Die trying. Now you have Hipsters and people who have only been listening to hip hop for 5 years and the so called Hip Hop Nerds, since it's the cool thing now, tell us what is a classic. Some of these people are Hipsters and Hip Hop Nerds and their insight of Hip Hop Culture is through concerts and Laptops from their safe Condos. And might never understand why people in Oakland love E-40, Gucci Mane in Altanta. And don't even have black friends that might give them a real understanding of black culture, so now we have less knowledgeable journalists who have the means and connections writing about Hip Hop. These good old days of the Source and XXL are gone when they got their information from the streets. Not from Hipsters who love East Coast rap and Jay Z, but can never understand a Devin the Dude and Scarface from the South...

  • bizzalls

    Holy Shit, RICK ROSS!! AND YOU'RE SUPPOSEDLY ONE OF THE TOP RAPPERS IN THE GAME?? THEN HOW DOES AN INDEPENDENT RAPPER LIKE TECH N9NE SELL MORE THAN YOUR GROUP ALBUM? DIDN'T EARL SWEATSHIRT SELL AS MUCH AS YOU? MMG IS WACK AS FUCK!! The real MMG is Mello Music Group.

  • balls

    For real, props to Juicy J, yo!! Dude is a legend who is doing pretty goddamn good numbers for himself! Respect! MMG sucks donkey nuts and flopped of course. That fat fuck needs to OD on doughnuts.

  • Anonymous

    "the celeb networth site however accurate it may or may not be lists them as both being worth 6 million" There is more than one site to verify this type of shit, but regardless, both these guys aren't breaking the bank just yet.

    • donnis mac

      When counting someone else's pockets goes wrong. Looking for another source? Thought yours was ample enough, we need look no further. You're the marvelous life liver, am I wrong? You're credibility is so shot Quote-Man that it's in plain view that you full o' sh^t. I fell back and warned you vultures are circling your carcass (because I BEEN killed YOU). You bring nothing but stats, dehydrated insults, inane rhetoric.

  • Anonymous

    "shit i just checked yours Quoteman is says you're worth 79.95" I just checked your account half a man. It directed me to your parents account. Got that joint thing going, huh?

  • Anonymous

    "oh right cause google has access to everyone in the worlds bank accounts" You really are one retarded motherfucker. Those money figures are right in front of your eyes, so if you want to believe Wale's broke, be my guest. But remember, while he's eating in a five star restaurant with the lights dimmed, you'll be sharing a frozen burrito with a cockroach in your slum apartment building.

  • THA TRUTH

    and yall were dissing Game for his album sales?? lol...real hiphop lives on with GAME

  • Young White Boy

    so much hype on big sean and man did it flop or what!

  • Maj

    Where's is French Montana?

  • drake runs rap

    Drake is projected to sell 700,000 first week. He didn't need some bullshit Samsung app to pull that off. Drake runs rap!

    • Anonymous

      Jay sold 50 million records. Call me when Drake sells that much.

    • dentaldamboy

      Drake did not need the samsung gimmick and he's still doing far more than Jay Z.

    • bizzalls

      Hey, you stupid fuck. Jay Z's also been in the game for 17 years you dumb motherfucker! Drake has been in, what, 3 years now?? Idiot. AND, even when Magna Carta came out as a regular release, it still sold 521 thousand copies, you fuckin moron!!

    • Anonymous

      its posted on hits daily double, and they are right 99% of the time. Are you underestimating Baby's buying power?

    • Anonymous

      those are the projections. dont be surprised when he sells more. dont underestimate his fan base. he got the same fans as bieber and more

    • jackjohn

      700K first week? LOL. Where u get ur stats from homie? No way he'll do that.

  • sxxx4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1tG-m4NSU

  • BOY

    These rap niggas are lucky Wayne didn't release Dedication 5 as an album. He would of gone PLATINUM the first week and killed them all. Dedication 5 should of been an album. Wayne makes more money than everyone in the rap game. Even more than Gay-Z Gay-Z makes money off his "wife". In reality, Gay-Z is gay and his lover is Jaz-O. lil Wayne is the KIGN of HIP HOP!

  • Drakes Gay

    Is it me or is Drake starting to sound hella gay in these interviews? I lost respect for Drake over the Kendrick shit, this nigga really took that verse to heart which lets me know this dude ain't got no bars... This nigga don't want to see that Bar raised high, he ain't tryna jump and get it he better off trying to skydive; out the exit window of 5 G5's with 5 grand. Sincerly, Drakes Gay

    • Anonymous

      No, it wasn't, Anonymous 2.

    • max dee

      lol no way,Drake tooks it personal like Kendrick wanted to kill him with a weapon lol, it was all about rap. He said in an interview that he will not give KDot a feature. I love his music and he really is the king of the chart,but honestly, he is barely in the top 5 right now.

    • Anonymous

      not to me, he makes perfect sense. Let's please remember Kendrick Lamar was an opening act on Drake's tour in 2012...GKMC was great, but Drake's tour was responsible for lot of his major exposure in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      whut interview

  • Young White Boy

    Drake going str8 to the top of this list nobody can touch him Other G.O.A.T.S. 1.Drake 2.Eminem 3.Kanye West 4.Jay Z All the other rappers give it up!!!!!

    • Drakes Gay

      This nigga don't want to see that Bar raised high, he ain't tryna jump and get it he better off trying to skydive; out the exit window of 5 G5's with 5 grand. Sincerly, Drakes Gay

  • sxxx4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B0_RW5oSI4

  • Anonymous

    MMG is done...trap rap in general is done...

  • Rick Ross is Sexy

    I AM IN LOVE WITH HIS TWERKING ABILITY!

  • Drake Runs Rap

    Drake makes far more money than you haters.

  • Anonymous

    Download the hottest songs of the week for free @ bigblogtalk.com/songsoftheweek Artist include: DRAKE RICK ROSS J.COLE WALE YO GOTTI NELLY TI ASAP ROCKY THE WEEKND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & MORE! DOWNLOAD NOW FAST & FREE SPREAD THE WORD! THANKS! #NWTS

  • Anonymous

    Lets stop talking about money. Save that for the Forbes article. Lets talk about how MMG flopped!

  • Anonymous

    Well, least we know Wale, Meek, Gunplay and co. all got backup jobs at Wingstop...unless Ross ate them into debt.

  • Anonymous

    "last time i checked you cant check how much someones worth online" It's called Google.

    • Anonymous

      oh right cause google has access to everyone in the worlds bank accounts shit i just checked yours Quoteman is says you're worth 79.95

  • Anonymous

    "I dont think K.Dot ever said once that he was better than everyone else even though he pretty much is!" His Fresh Prince of Bel Air ass said he could murder everybody he went up againsn't on the mic. Do you think that makes him humble? lol

  • Anonymous

    2012 Mac Miller 6.5 milli Wale just under 5 milli 2013 Mac Miller 6 milli Wale - less than 6 didnt make the list Total net worth Wale - 7.5 million Mac Miller 6.5 million

    • Anonymous

      theres no way an independent cat who been on forbes 2 years in a row is worth less than Wale whos never been on it

    • Anonymous

      just stop it dude. didnt you just say Wale was worth 10 million? LMAO the celeb networth site however accurate it may or may not be lists them as both being worth 6 million

  • Anonymous

    "Cruel Summer sold 205k first week" God Forgives I Don't 215,000 1st week

  • Anonymous

    oh yeah check out reverbnation/crownking

    • Anonymous

      Hell even that Odd Future compilation sold 40k first week. Cruel Summer sold 205k first week. No one can ever say MMG is on top of the game ever again!

  • Anonymous

    check out reverbnation/crownking

  • Anonymous

    50k group album hahaha no one eats

    • Anonymous

      " cause the majority of rap fans downloaded it for free" this is hilarious. "the majority of rap fans"... LMAO the majority of rap fans dont give a fuck about this album and didnt know it was coming it...so i doubt that many really pirated it

    • Anonymous

      they're not broke but they're not as rich as they pretend to be

    • Anonymous

      So suddenly they're broke cause the majority of rap fans downloaded it for free? lol You should work for The Source.

  • @the wire.

    drake new album is especting to sell between 300-350,000 first week according to hiphopgame.com

  • Anonymous

    I thought rozay was a boss albums,deals and only 6 mil 50 made more just sitting on his ass just like last year ahaha

    • Anonymous

      "So for half of 2013 Ross made 6 mill? So what. Eminem only made 10, and he's mostly been in hiding. 50 made 7, but certainly not from rap. " so what? the point is 50 and eminem been sitting on their asses chilling while ross been hustling his ass off giving himself seizures from touring too much and he got a whole stable of niggas supposedly earning for him and he made less than them cats

    • Anonymous

      This list is deceiving cause it's not factoring in an artist's entire revenue source. So for half of 2013 Ross made 6 mill? So what. Eminem only made 10, and he's mostly been in hiding. 50 made 7, but certainly not from rap. Dude can't even get an album out. And for all of Macklemore's sudden fame, after the govn't takes half, he's only made 5 mill. Ross spends more than that on doughnuts every morning.

    • Anonymous

      no ^^^^bullshit

    • dentaldamboy

      There was a mistake with the list. They listed 50's amount from a previous year while Rick Ross's was also listed from a previous year. In realiy, RIck Ross made 15 million while 50 cent made just 3 million.

  • Anonymous

    "Mac Millers pockets looking better than everyone on MMG!!!" Wale is worth almost $10 million. Is Mac Miller?

    • Anonymous

      You know damn well Wale's garbage ass aint worth no 10 million

    • Anonymous

      he probably is considering he was on the forbes list last year making more than wale, so thats 2 years in a row making the forbes list yeah id say hes worth way more than Wales bum ass

    • Anonymous

      2012 Mac Miller 6.5 milli Wale just under 5 milli 2013 Mac Miller 6 milli Wale - less than 6 didnt make the list

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExH5VU5iq9Q

  • Anonymous

    "only album on this list i bought is GKMC" Oh that gay shit from a guy who thinks he's better than everyone.

  • Anonymous

    "Ross the only one in MMG who made the list and he was dead last tied with Mac Miller and Lil Jon LOL" It's hilarious how you dismiss everything about this dude. Last time I checked Lil Jon and Mac Miller weren't worth $30 million dollars.

    • ^

      And you're not getting any of that money while you defend them.

    • Brandon

      Last time I checked everybody listed on forbes got more than all of commenting! Suckas eat one! I'm sorry, go read a book or educate about how to make a million. How you criticizing somebody else dollar???

    • Anonymous

      "It's hilarious how you dismiss everything about this dude." Bu isn't that exactly what you do about Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and 50 Cent to name a few?

    • Anonymous

      last time i checked you cant check how much someones worth online according to ross hes a 50 million dollar man, lol we cant believe that though

  • Anonymous

    How you combine 7 different fan bases and still sell as much as Earl Sweatshirt? LMAO MMG LOST

  • Anonymous

    50k, and i would imagine MMG and their associates bought atleast 1 or 2 thousand of those... shit Ross even posted the photo of Rockie Fresh and some white kid buying out the whole fucking shelf LOL

    • Anonymous

      I guess they still sold 2 twice as much as Flop Gang, sorry I mean YMCMB's Rich Gang

    • dentaldamboy

      And yet 50k counted copies is still more than what your non exsistent album will ever sell.

    • Anonymous

      50k less than they sold last time first week, FLOP

    • Anonymous

      "what does their money have to do with the album flopping and them buying hundreds if not thousands of copies of their own album?" And yet 50k copies is still more than your broke ass will make. How many copies did your album sell? Nothing "as seen on the forbes list they aint making that much. Ross the only one in MMG who made the list and he was dead last tied with Mac Miller and Lil Jon LOL" 6 million is still 6 million, more than your broke ass will ever see.

    • Anonymous

      Hey i seen the fucking picture Rocky Fresh bought atleast 30 and his white friend bought the same, so just imagine how many Ross, Meek and Wale bought!

    • Anonymous

      That's retarded logic. They'd lose money by doing that.

    • Anonymous

      what does their money have to do with the album flopping and them buying hundreds if not thousands of copies of their own album? as seen on the forbes list they aint making that much. Ross the only one in MMG who made the list and he was dead last tied with Mac Miller and Lil Jon LOL

    • Anonymous

      "50k, and i would imagine MMG and their associates bought atleast 1 or 2 thousand of those" They are still making more than you asshole.

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI-KjVLS6Uk

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDYSLX_2vr0

  • manny05x

    At the end of the day instead of shiting on these artist u should go outhere and buy an album... support hiphop b4 these labels stop funding projects.

    • Anonymous

      most of these albums are trash though why would i wanna buy a weedplate of someone who makes songs about how rich they are and how much better they are than me? sounds like they dont need my $10 only album on this list i bought is GKMC, i wouldnt even download none of these other albums for free

  • 666

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/9uvBOvg_tpE/mqdefault.jpg

  • u gogtta get that chick from tx

    hey yal u ok lol

  • u gogtta get that chick from tx

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs9phjRVO1g

  • Anonymous

    big sean and 2chainz should just be independent fuck label look at mac miller

  • Has MMG Peaked???

    Self Made Vol. 3 drops today. It arrives at a curious time for Rick Ross' label, Maybach Music Group. For the first year in recent memory, MMG singles weren't a mainstay on the pop charts, or even the hip-hop charts, in 2013. There was no Stay Schemin' this summer, no B.M.F. no "Tupac Back." While Meek Mills Levels undoubtedly reached a level of cultural penetration as a concept, the song itself sat comfortably outside of the Hot 100 the entire season. Wale managed to do a little better. His latest album Gifted has sold a comfortable 250,000 copies, but Bad, his only song to go Top 40, relied heavily on signer Tiara Thomass hookand the songs original version pre-dated Wale. But asterisks or not, Wale at least managed to make some noise on the charts. Ross didnt even manage that level of success. His singles Box Chevy and Oil Money Gang didn't even make the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. His latest, No Games, is strong enough to break this spell, although whether it will garner Ross some dearly needed chart traction remains to be seen. Of course, Ross didnt completely vanish from the charts this yearhe just fell into the guest spot, as Rockos U.O.E.N.O. and Jay Zs fukkwitmeyouknowIgotit became hits. In some ways, though, their success almost seemed to mock Rosss quiet summer. The former did more harm than good, knocking him out of his Reebok deal thanks to his infamous lines about dropping molly in champagne. The latter sounded like an MMG single in every way, as if teasing Ross for giving away such a surefire hit. "No New Friends," meanwhile, just emphasized how much bigger of a hitmaker Drake is than anyone else on the song, at this particular point in time. The irony of Wale becoming MMGs frontrunner is that his success was the most unconventional, and remains slightly off-brand for a label built on Rick Rosss mob-boss imagery. But thus far, it seems to fit in pretty well with the style of hip-hop that is doing better on the charts these days, as Wale sits next to J. Cole, Macklemore, and other rap artists whove moved the genres mainstream in a direction away from the streets. There are a couple of factors that have caused this shift. The first is that, with a plethora of free music on DatPiff, and fewer and fewer people buying albums, those who do tend to be able to afford such fetish objects are of a different socioeconomic demographic. The popular taste, at least as represented by sales, ends up skewing along class lines. Another, more troubling development, concerns the decreasing significance of black radio as a tastemaker; as Billboard began to incorporate digital downloads and streaming, they lost their ability to qualify listenerships geographically, and along other demographic lines, as they had been able to do in the past. Add to this an imbalance in which streams are counted towards the charts (for example, WorldStarHipHop still has no impact on Billboard charts), and you end up with some bizarre results, like Macklemore or Psy topping the hip-hop charts without any hip-hop radio airplay. But the hip-hop charts aren't all college-friendly hip-hop and crossover artists like Macklemore. Clubs are still a driving force in hip-hops sound (as is, increasingly, Vine, a viral appendage of the club, helping singles like The FiNATTiCZ Dont Drop That Thun Thun make Billboard a year after their release). In the last half of 2013, the most popular hip-hop has made a gradual shift from the Atlanta sounds of Mike Will Made It and DJ Spinz towards California's self-described ratchet sound: the syncopated thump of producers like DJ Mustard. You can hear it from Cali newcomers like Sage the Gemini, whose Red Nose and Gas Pedal singles have had significant chart traction. You can hear it in singles from Atlanta artists like Rich Homie Quan and Young Jeezy (My nikka, "R.I.P."). And you hear it on crossover R&B cuts like B. Smyths Leggo. MMG's primary sonic blueprint, however, remains a mix of aggro bangers in a "B.M.F." style, channeling an aggressive, visceral energy, and the smooth, epic luxuriance of tracks like "Aston Martin Music," "Keys to the Crib," or on Self Made Vol. 3 "Black Grammy's." It's a sound that has seemed like a pretty renewable resource for the past few years, but as Drake has fine-tuned the latter sound to great chart success, and Cali usurped the club sound on the pop charts, MMG's bangers have started to feel a bit off-center. At its peak, MMG was successful because they managed to mainstream a street sound, to take an underground aesthetic and propel into the popular conscience with a chart-ready pop framework. Perhaps they've slipped because the sound they built this empire on has slipped from the forefront of the genre's innovation. This goes hand in hand with PR setbacks for the label, like Ross's troubles with Reebok and the under-performance of Meek Mill's official debut. On the one hand, popular rap has moved further from the streets and clubs; on the street side, it's an increasingly younger artist's game. MMG is stuck in the middle, flanked on one side by YouTube street rappers, and on the other by stars with more bankable, mainstream-friendly sounds. MMG has attempted to meet that challenge with new signees, all of whom are given ample shine on the new compilation. The risk is that increasing the label's roster at a time when its top tier performers are under-performing only serves to dilute the group's impact. On the other hand, if one or two of the performers were to have a breakout performance, it could add needed energy to a flagging franchise. Sadly, the most animated, moving performance comes from Lil Snupe, who was killed tragically earlier this year, cutting short a promising career. Stalley and Rockie Fresh are competent, but not personalities on the level of the MMG A-list. And Gunplay remains a critics' favorite, underrated by the wider world, but he's on the other side of 30, and still seemingly in search of that one song that could take him to the next level. Not that there isn't hope for MMG. The label's slippage has been more about perception and context than it has an inconsistency in product. The world rotated once and artists at a creative zenith are pulled back to earth. But for every challenge that has beset the label since Rich Forever made Ross seem like a truly untouchable performer from his seizures to Meek's album, from singles not connecting to Lil Snupe's killing, from the date-rape lyric controversy to hip-hop's shift away from the MMG sonic blueprint MMG has remained consistent. Self Made 3 isn't as good as Self Made, but, to this writer's ears, it's stronger than Self Made 2. And there are few real challengers to Ross's particular space. Gucci's got an iron grip on the streets, but has marginalized himself from the mainstream pop sphere. Drake's tracks are mainstream-friendly but don't offer the macho bangers Ross's audience feeds on. Young Jeezy is the only one to pose much of a challenge recently as he's jumped on board with DJ Mustard and Rich Homie Quan, managing to keep up with a shifting sonic landscape. But it remains to be seen if artists like Doughboyz Cashout and YG can overcome the problems Jeezy has always had in marketing artists on his CTE label. It is a bit disconcerting for MMG, no doubt, that they've been unable to impact the charts this year. But perception of the labels demise is easy to overstate. Its not as if Ross's voice has disappeared from the airwaves. MMG's dominance is, to some degree, taken for granted. They were never innovators, and don't have to rely upon that kind of short-term inspiration for success. Instead, they are all about consistency. Ross built upon the sounds of others, put them on a wider stage. His pen is as strong as ever. Panera Bread, from earlier this year, included some of his best writing yet. Yes, MMG may have peaked, but they're also one label that it would be unwise to count out completely.

  • Anonymous

    Yo I can't wait to see what Quoteman will have to say about this LOL. I bet he just gonna take the week off

  • Anonymous

    For MMG to go from selling 98k to 50k is pretty bad! Especially when they added even more dudes to the team!

  • Fuck Kardashians

    goddam big sean hurtin lol thats what happens when your boss is a kardashian

  • Stay Losing

    2 Chainz? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! BIG SEAN ? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!MMG? AHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Anonymous

    the fuck about 2 chainz? only 50% fall. bitch buying his own cds

  • Anonymous

    Damn Homie!!!!!!!!!! 50,00 First week. Shit thats tough titties. Ross couldn't even afford to buy a few thousand like he usually does after Reebok dropped his ass and now hes making as much as Mac Miller and Questlove....

  • 614grind

    Drake should do a million first week with all that money behind him. The machine wants him to win so he will.

  • lmaoooo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHVmKaQtMiU

  • Anonymous

    QuestLove has that Rick Ross money and doesnt even have to have security, or anything because you get back what you put out.

  • OUCH!

    sales projections: Drake NWTS 650-700K. Not a million like he said but at least its a steady number from take care...

  • Dumb nigga shit

    Ill probably be mad as hell and do something like buy another car, make myself feel better.. Should be stacking for the drought.

  • Anonymous

    Drake will do 1M ! Every nba,nfl player got the album lol real shit

  • Anonymous

    Jeezy made more than ross with no album out haha

  • Anonymous

    "Will Drake reach a #1 placement next week?" Does a bear shit in the woods? Of course Drake will be #1 next week.

  • Anonymous

    drake ??? easily 450k to 600k. Whatever J.cole has reached then drake can do higher than that. And shit will ends up double platinum eventually cuz he got the whole Canada supporting him. Except for some broke hatin ass nigga never buy no CD . The only album can surpass NTWS is EMINEMs.

  • Anonymous

    MMG is going have to cool down with the money rap, the numbers are not matching up!!!!

  • music maniac

    Def Jam really shitted on 2 Chainz, do yall think he could have sold more than 60,000 his first week?

  • j

    58. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 7,000 (1,040,000) This is why we haven't seen Oxymoron yet. Interscope is milking GKMC to the very last drop. Not because of the bullshit sample clearance excuses.. Don't believe that shit

  • Ricky Rozay

    List of Rap Niggas Who Made More Than The Biggest Boss ________________________________________________________ Tech 9 Pitbull Eminem Drake Nicki Minaj Lil Wayne Birdman Kanye West Wiz Khalifa Macklemore Kendrick Lamar Snoop Dogg Swizz Beatz Ludacris 50 Cent NOT BAWSEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MMGay

    MMG sucks ! Fake rick ross time is up fucking lames !!

  • Floppies

    2chainz flop. Big sean flop.

  • Anonymous

    Rough week for Ross. First he barely made the Forbes list, coming in dead last tied with Jeezy, Mac Miller, Lil Jon and Questlove and now his new album flopped and sold 50k less than the last one!!!

    • Anonymous

      you mean that 8 date small ass theatre tour lol mastermind gonna flop just like this shit

    • Anonymous

      Poor Ross. He'll dry his tears on tour and by prepping Mastermind.

    • @ the nerve...

      And how much are you making, stan? Are you getting any of Ross' money?

    • Anonymous

      He touring his ass off giving himself seizures, selling the fuck out left and right, pimping like 10 products before every music video with a whole stable of niggas working for him and he made as much as Jeezy with no album out? LOL

    • the nerve...

      He made the forbes list tho... millions are millions, meanwhile you broke as fuck making pennies at your dead end 9 to 5 job pussy..

  • Anonymous

    MMG flopped! fakest crew in rap. Look up the article about old embarrassing rapper tweets and you'll see everyone on MMG apart from Gunplay used to clown Ross and dickride 50 cent only like 3 years ago! Meek was tweeting 50 like everyday tellin him he had the best song he ever heard and shit!!

  • Anonymous

    MMG Losing! Started from the bottom and you're still there!!

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