The Canadian Hip-Hop superstar Drake warned us that nothing would be the same after the release of his latest LP Nothing Was the Same.. He might be right. The Hip-Hop mogul's new release sold an astounding 658,000 copies in its first full week of release. That's quite impressive especially considering that the album leaked over a week before it was officially released. This gives Drake not only the highest first week sales of his career, but the highest first week sales for any Hip-Hop album released in 2013 thus far. The only artist that might come close to topping Drake is Eminem with his release of the Marshall Mathers LP II this November. Either way, theres not much we can tell Mr. OVO himself. Nothing was the same yall.
Late last week, news came out that Toronto would become the host city for 2016 All-Star Weekend, to which many hip hop-loving basketball fans immediately concluded that Drake is already booked for halftime. While that's still unofficial (it may as well be official), one thing that is official is that Drake is the new "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors.
That's right! Enter Drizzy as the next hip hop artist to be directly affiliated with an NBA team. His responsibilities will include being a host, business partner, and consultant for the Raps. I'm not sure how actively involved he'll be exactly, but I'm pretty sure we'll hear a line from him about saving basketball in Canada on the next album. In the meantime, it's still NWTS and video of the announcement is above.
The best week of interviews in hip hop concludes with Drake's three-part talk with Elliott Wilson and his CRWN series, presented by MySpace. Quotables were released earlier in the week, and today, you can watch all three parts here.
Pt. 1 talks about NWTS, Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse, looking up to Kanye West, and looking ahead as a singer.
Pt. 2 talks about relationships: not with the ladies, but the working relationship with Jay Z and his family relationship. Drizzy also discusses the OVO sound.
Pt. 3 is a fan Q&A as Drake talks about who else he has left to collaborate with and why he discounts Twitter.
So Drake might not move a million records first week, but who cares? The voice of the millennial generation will once again top his pervious work. Drake is set to debut next week on Billboard 200 with sales on track for 675-725,000 copies, according to HITS Daily Double.
Congratulations to Drake because this is great for not only hip-hop, but also urban music in general. Nothing Was The Same has received very favorable reviews from critics and fans alike. Nothing Was The Same and Magna Carta… Holy Grail are hands down two of the best albums of the year.
It's been a busy couple of days on the Blog, primarily featuring new interviews thanks to Kanye West(who's as engaging as ever) and Drake(who talked to everybody today, huh?). But let's get to the music, shall we? I just want to spotlight a couple artistic new music videos in this space, leading off with Drizzy's surprise action-packed, guns ablazing, kidnap rescue short film for "Hold On, We're Going Home". He celebrates the release of Nothing Was The Same today by giving us a collective, "wait, what?" moment, but there's no denying that this video was entertaining.
The other couple big music video releases today were courtesy of A$AP Rocky, who makes a cameo in "Hold On" oh btw, for his "Fashion Killa", which sees Rihanna as his love interest, as directed by #Virgil Abloh# (I felt the hashtags were a nice touch.) Plus, Miley Mania continues as she stars in "23" with Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa for Mike Will's new video, where she dons of the jersey of the G.O.A.T. (and sparks cringes from Bulls fans everywhere). ICYMI, watch above, below, and hit all the categories for even more new music and interviews.
With the release of NWTS the media has been covering and interviewing Drake the entire day to see his thoughts on how his album has been received as well as his interests. Today Drake visited ESPN and sat in for a brief interview on "First Take" where he talks about his friendship with NCAA football phenom Johnny Manziel.
TIBS UPDATE: Here's a rundown of all of Drizzy's interviews today:
It’s officially! Today Drake’s 3rd album, Nothing Was The Same, has officially made its debut on store shelves today. Nothing Was The Same is without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated album to be released this year. Yesterday Drake sat down with Ryan Seacrest for an exclusive 30 minute on iHeartRadio. He talks about the leak of his album, working with Beyoncé, and his best album will be his next album. Check the interview below. Also cheak out his new music video "Hold On We're Going Home."