Hip Hop Week In Review: The Most Popular Stories The Week Of 04/13/14

Nas' "Illmatic" gets a huge sales boost, Funkmaster Flex disses 2 Chainz and Jay Z is the target of an extortion plot.

This week, HipHopDX’s most popular stories included articles about albums sales, Funkmaster Flex and Jay Z. Nas’ Illmatic got a sizable sales boost thanks to its 20-year anniversary, Funkmaster Flex called out 2 Chainz’s freestyle on his radio show and Jay Z was the target of a multi-million dollar extortion plot.

Hip Hop Albums Sales Week Ending 04/20/2014 

This week, Nas' Illmatic saw a boost in sales as its 20-year anniversary date was celebrated. The Queensbridge, New York emcee's debut album, which was released April 19, 1994, sold 14,987 copies this week, a jump from 1,588 units sold last week. Overall, the project has sold 1,686,232 copies in its 20 years of availability.

Also this week, the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart featured several debuts. August Alsina entered the chart at #2 with his Testimony album selling 67,171 units in its first week of availability. Another R&B singer, Jason Derulo, joins Alsina in the Top 5 this week with Talk Dirty, a project that earned the #4 spot with 44,374 albums sold.

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Funkmaster Flex Says 2 Chainz Had Worst Freestyle Ever On His Show 

During an interview on ESPN2's Highly QuestionableFunkmaster Flex was asked to name the rapper with the worst freestyle on his radio program. 

“The freestyle that wasn’t very good on my show,” Funkmaster Flex said, "it had to be 2 Chainz."

Flex said he believed he caught 2 Chainz off guard when he asked him to freestyle on the show. 

“I think he didn’t expect me to ask him to do it,” the radio deejay continued. "Because I’ve heard him on shows free styling before, so I knew he could handle it. But I think that day, he couldn’t handle it.”

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Jay Z Target Of Alleged Multi-Million Dollar Extortion Plot 

Jay Z was the target of an alleged multi-million dollar extortion plot that was thwarted by the LAPD April 18. 

Producer Chauncey Mahan worked with Jay Z from 1998 and 2002 was in possession of a number of Jay Z master recordings that Jigga and his associates assumed were lost. TMZ says the value of the recordings is estimated to be between $15 million and $20 million.

The story says Mahan reportedly had the masters in a Northridge, California storage facility and contacted Live Nation, with whom Jay Z has a partnership for Roc Nation, regarding the recordings. 

Mahan, who worked with Hov on Vol. 3... The Life And Times Of S. Carter and The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000- ), allegedly planned to put the tapes up for auction or return them to Live Nation for a $100,000 “storage fee,” TMZ says.

When Mahan went to meet with Jay Z’s representatives Friday, he was met by the LAPD. He was detained and brought in for questioning. He also provided the LAPD with the recordings until a judge determines ownership of the recordings. 

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Other Popular News Stories This Week

- Hollow Da Don On Battling Joe Budden: “I Hope You Don’t Choke” 

- Chance The Rapper Hospitalized, Coachella Set Cancelled 

- Nino Bless Calls Jay Electronica Biggest Hater Of The Decade  

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  • Gucci The Realest

    Let me tell you this the only street nigga is Gucci Mane: * Jay-Z rapping since he was 15 years in the group High Potent. So when did he sold drugs? Between 10 and 15 years? Nobody in Brooklyn can confirm his crime stories. Did this nigga Jay not called the LAPD the get his masters back? * Drake i'm not gonna discuss this faggot. * Ice Cube was 14/15 years old when he was in the group C.I.A. Same story Lying-Z. * Nas Escobar stole his name from druglord Pablo Escobar but the only thing Nas Escobar ever sold in his life are records. * Dr. Dre the nigga who never make beats but uses ghostproducers. (Sam Sneed, Daz, warren G, Cold187um, The Glove, Mell Man etc.) Dr. Dre is as gangsta as there are ghosts. NOT! * 50 Cent sold drugs but on a small level. End of the crime stories. After that he snitched on Murda INC to get a restraining order. FACTS! * The Shame oops i mean The Game a former male stripper and now a attention whore. His own brother said that The Shame is a phony. So who do you you believe? * Flopp Deep oops i mean Mobb Deep some former arts of school studenst and balerina's. Nobody in Queens can confirm there crime stories. * Young Jeezy already exposed by Pimp C as a phony. FACTS! * T.I. he snithed to the feds. Illegal weapons charge thats 10/15 years jail. Come on. * Lil Wayne i aint gonna discuss this faggot. The list goes on....... they all OSG Original Studio Gangstas but NOT Gucci straight up FACTS about selling dope, killing and beating people.

  • Anonymous

    "Dame Dash Agrees With 50 Cent In Steve Stoute Feud" was more popular than all of these stories apart from the weekly album sales.

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