This week’s Top 10 singles list includes a string of new music videos including a new video for O.T. Genasis’ “Coco” and new visuals for MGK’s “Till I Die.” At the top of the list, 50 Cent and Taraji P Henson trade shots over their competing TV shows and Young Zee fires off at Eminem for a lack of support over the years following Em’s mention of the Outsidaz emcee on Shady XV.
Lower down the list, DX breaks down the news of declining Hip Hop album sales and update fans on Joey Bada$$’ arrest in Australia.
50 Cent & Taraji P Henson Trade Shots, Monster Accuses Dr. Dre
A little over a week after 50 Cent originally took a jab at Fox’s new TV series Empire for what he claims is a marketing plan that copies his own Starz show Power, Empire actor Taraji Henson fired back at the G-Unit founder on Twitter, writing, “I pay attention to $’s NOT cents.”
Now, 50 Cent has responded himself in an Instagram video making light of the back-and-forth while keeping up a bit of playful banter over the competing shows.
Check out the full back-and-forth below.
Young Zee Releases “Dear Shady”
Young Zee of the Outsidaz released an emotionally-driven track aimed at Eminem called “Dear Shady” this week in response to the Detroit emcee’s latest “Fine Line” release in which he namedrops Zee. On the Shady XV track, Em rapped, “Put a thousands lighters in the sky for the Outsidaz….Zee, you always supported me / You vouched/ I will never forget that and / How you guys accepted me for me and Pace / I love you too, you slept on my couch.” On his new response, Zee raps, “Let me ask you / Why you ain’t come to my avenue / When you grabbed dudes for your rap crew / I paid mad dues.” And later, “Anyhow, my house burnt down/ I’m in Jersey now / You ain’t care, you ain’t even come around / I got locked up for selling quarter pounds down Bordentown / You could have looked out/ You could have came and bailed me out.”
Hip Hop Album Sales Plummet, Update On Joey Bada$$’s Arrest
After a year full of tepid commercial releases for Hip Hop, a new year-end report from Nielsen Music confirms that Rap album sales fell deeply in 2014 and suffered at nearly double the rate of the rest of the music industry. According to Billboard’s reporting of Nielsen Music’s annual wrap-up, Hip Hop albums sold 24.1% less last year than in 2013 with CD sales specifically falling 29.6% over the same time period. By contrast, digital sales fell 21.8% genre-wide. R&B sales fell even more sharply as the breakdown of “total/CD/digital percent declines were 25.1/29.0/19.6,” according to the same report.
This Week’s Top 10
1. 50-cent & Taraji P Henson Trade Shots, Monster Accuses Dr. Dre [Video]
2. Young Zee – “Dear Shady” [Video]
3. Hip Hop Album Sales Plummet, Update On Joey Bada$$’s Arrest [Video]
4. O.T. Genasis – “CoCo” [Video]
5. Rita Ora Dances To Beyonce’s “7-11” [Video]
6. Snoop Dogg Surprises Tyrese With Strippers For His Birthday [Video]
7. Kanye West – “Only One” (Remix)
8. MGK – “Till I Die” [Video]
9. Lupe Fiasco feat. Crystal Torres – “Adoration Of The Magi”
10. DX Digs Into The New DMX Album, Rick Ross Gets 7 New Face Tattoos [Video]
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