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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Nino Bless Calls Jay Electronica Biggest Hater Of The Decade  

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