News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Mims Says New Album Will Redeem Him, "Everybody Shunned Me As A One Hit Wonder"
Monday, Apr 6, 2009 5:35PM
As Mims releases Guilt, the follow up to his debut LP Tuesday (April 7), SOHH caught up with the Washington Heights, New York rapper to find out how he's dealing with being deemed a "one hit wonder."
When Mims' second single failed to recapture the magic of "This Is Why I'm Hot," many wrote him off but according to the rapper, the song was a success.
"I know obviously what people have been saying, the whole one hit wonder theory. When I released the second single, "Like This" off the Music is my savior album, most people deemed that unsuccessful and I always questioned why because that record was bigger than 75 percent of the records that came out that year. I achieved Top 10 status on iTunes. I sold over a half a million downloads [and] somewhere close to that in ringtones." (SOHH)
Mims told SOHH he's looking to prove he's a multi-faceted artist with his sophomore album.
"I would never try to create another, 'This Is Why I'm Hot,'" he said. "It can't be done, at least not by me. I'm not interested in doing that. What I am interested in doing is anytime you hear Mims be surprised. Obviously, everybody did shun me away as a one hit wonder but... the album is going to show you that I'm very versatile and I can bring it anywhere, trust me." (SOHH)
Mims' second album will be released on April 7 and will feature appearances by Letoya Luckett, J Holiday, Kamani Marley and a host of new artists. "Move" the albums first single is already in circulation and the video for the song was released in February. (BET)
In March of 2007 Mims experienced overnight success with his first single which went on to reach platinum status.
"This Is Why I'm Hot" by Mims rockets up the Billboard Hot 100 32-1, the third largest leap in the chart's history and the first No. 1 single for Capitol Records since 1992. The track also bows atop the Hot Digital Songs chart with 135,000 downloads and trails only Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" (52-1) and Rihanna's "SOS" (34-1) for biggest jumps in the chart's history. (Billboard)