Kendrick Lamar had a good week
Up-and-coming rapper Kendrick Lamar proved all the hype was well worth the wait. BET reports his debut album "good kid m.A.A.d. city" beat expectations. It dropped at number 2 on the Billboard charts, just behind crooner Taylor Swift, who released "Red" last week.
Lamar's freshman album sold 241,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the top ranking CD of any hip hop record this year. Swift's impressiveness 1.2 million copies sold in the first week almost topped the sales of hip hop great Eminem. The MC's "The Eminem Show," sold 1.3 million in its first week back in 2002.
Lamar has ties to Eminem as his album was released on the Aftermath/Interscope label that also signed Em. XXL Magazine dubbed the singer as "hip hop's next big star," while the music experts at Rolling Stone Magazine credit Lamar with bringing back old school sounds.
"The plush production of tracks like the Neptunes-produced centerpiece 'good kid' hearkens back to Seventies blaxploitation soundtracks and Nineties gangsta-rap blaxploitation revivals, and 'good kid' warrants a place in that storied lineage," writers of the mag said in a statement.
Did you pick up Lamar's new album? Are you a fan of his music?