According to projections released by HitsDailyDouble this week, T.I.’s Paperwork and Logic’s Under Pressure are both slated to sell between 65,000 and 70,000 units this week.
Paperwork serves as T.I.’s ninth studio album while Under Pressure serves as Logic’s first studio release. The release of the Gaithersburg, Maryland rapper’s album comes shortly after he appeared in a cypher at the BET Hip Hop Awards alongside Troy Ave, Detroit Che, Dee-1, and Lil Mama.
Prior to this week’s release of Under Pressure, Logic revealed that the album was compared to Kanye West’s Graduation and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city.
“We had our homie OB come to listen,” Logic said during an interview with Complex in July. “He’s a producer from Maryland as well. And he was like ‘This is like some Graduation meets [good kid], m.A.A.d city.’ And I was like ‘Damn, that’s a pretty big [comparison].’”
The projected first week sales for T.I.’s Paperwork serves as a dramatic drop from 2012’s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, which was projected to move between 150,000 and 175,000 units in its first week.
During an interview with AllHipHop.com last month, T.I. described Paperwork as “refreshing yet timeless.”
“When I first sat down with Pharrell, he told me to think ‘out of the stratosphere,’” T.I. said. “What solidifies the resulting Paperwork is a unique blend of refreshing yet timeless material. As Pharrell would put it, we’re trying to rewrite history.”