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I remember a time when going platinum in the first week was the minimum requirement for success. I was a kid then, but I can remember Best Buy building its empire by practically billing itself to my neighborhood as a cheap place to get CDs. It was nothin’ to go in there and come out with a handful.

Things have changed now though. Most people had their mind made up on what they thought of the Blueprint 3 before it was even officially released.

Last week, Kid CuDi sold about 105k in his first week and by the rest of the media’s standards, that’s a success. And it is. He’s a new artist who had to fight the uphill battle of getting the media to care about him. Mr. West’s co-sign didn’t hurt either of course.

Let’s look back at some of this year’s more anticipated releases to see how CuDi’s 105k stacks up.


Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap
158,000 in Week 1
With the 50 Cent beef, Officer Ricky had plenty of publicity to have a strong showing. It’s the lowest opening week numbers of his 3 albums though.


Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign
42,818 in Week 1
Jimmy’s efforts to promote this thing on Twitter were admirable, but his major label debut has still yet to hit 100k in sales. Maybe some of that A-rab money should have gone to promo.


Asher Roth - Asleep in the Bread Aisle
65,000 in Week 1
He was essentially the first of the “blog generation” to make the full transition to major label life, and considering the money that must have gone into making that album, I have a feeling the suits weren’t thrilled with these numbers.


Jay-Z - Blueprint 3
476,000 in Week 1
HOV is out from Def Jam’s grip and had a marketing campaign you couldn’t escape. It’s clear that the days of platinum in a week are dwindling (duhh, Mark)…

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I can’t help but laugh.

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If you ask me, this wasn’t one of the better cuts on Rawse’s new album, but I guess it had to be the next single for obvious reasons.

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DOWNLOAD: Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap Intro
LISTEN

DOWNLOAD: Rick Ross ft. Usher- Everything You Want
LISTEN

I’ll be honest and say I was skeptical when I heard all these rave reviews about Rawse’s new album, but I’ve been shown I had no reason to be. I listened to it today and was pleasantly surprised. It is really good, and probably features the best production on an album in 2009 so far.

Here’s two tracks that didn’t make the album that leaked onto the net in the past few hours. The first is the “lost” intro to the album. He should have used it… it’s definitely worthy. The other track, “Everything You Want ft. Usher,” is presumably a leftover to Deeper Than Rap, but it’s a little weaker than the rest of the album if you ask me.

Thanks to NMC & illroots for the tracks.

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50’s taking no prisoners in this beef with Rick Ross. Here’s the latest episode of his Officer Ricky beef series.

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