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Thursday, Jul 24, 2008 10:00AM
While Killer Mike was pledging his Allegiance to the Grind, with his latest album, his fan base seemed to have left him hanging. His third studio album I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind, Vol. 2 did underwhelming numbers on the charts it's first week out, debuting at No. 178 on the charts. SOHH's Atlanta blogger Gyant caught up with the rapper and got the exclusive on his album's sub-par debut.
One of the problems, Mike said is that Best Buy only had a handful of copies.
"They only carried six per store," Mike told SOHH exclusively. "A lot of people who went in there couldn't get it, they had to order it."
"I am not afraid to come in at 4,000 sold the first week, I'm afraid that people with a loser's mentality will say, ‘man, they sleepin' on my boy Mike,' and not go buy it," Mike added.
He doesn't want fans to worry about the hype, or lack thereof.
"It doesn't matter who's sleepin' on me; it matters that if you want the soundtrack to your success, you need to go to the record store, buy the record, open the art work, look at the art work. I really put a lot into this record, so I'm not disappointed, I'm encouraged," he told SOHH.
And according to Mike, it's not over.
"I don't interpret first week sales to be what happened, I interpret first week sales to be what's happening," Mike said.
And with the incendiary track, "Pressure" on the disc, Mike says sales are sure to shift.
"I appreciate the people who goin on YouTube talkin about probably the most controversial song this year; a song that's been talked about maybe as much as, if not more than, the untitled Nas record," Mike said.
"Pressure," a political song challenging African-Americans to reclaim their history, features West Coast emcee Ice Cube.
"If you an American, fuck if you black or white, if you an American, it's socially relevant," Mike said.