News: Ace Hood & Maino Projected To Lead Rap Releases W/ 23K In First Week Sales

Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rappers Ace Hood and Maino have reportedly been estimated to sell up to 23,000 albums in their first week of sales.

Leading the rap pack of new releases will be "Birthday Sex" singer Jeremih.

Based on one-day estimates, rising Def Jam/IDJ R&B star Jeremih sees his self-titled debut with 45-50k, thanks to the strength of the multi-format smash, "Birthday Sex." Atlantic Brooklyn rapper Maino's debut, If Tomorrow Comes..., will bow with between 18-23k, while Def Jam/IDJ Florida hip-hop newcomer Ace Hood's sophomore album Ruthless appears headed for the same sales territory. (Hits Daily Double)

Maino recently has spoken on his first week sales numbers.

"Just think about my last prediction," Maino wrote in a blog posting. "It was that i was going to be the next to pop off in the game, so right now I'm just sitting back and waiting for Tuesday, June 30th to see what happens. If you didn't know that's when my album drops. I'll tell you this Global Grind, Whether I sell one or one million I'm still going to be the same, because I've already exceeded all expectations in life." (Global Grind)

The rapper also spoke with SOHH about his upcoming "Million Bucks" music video alongside Swizz Beatz.

"It was crazy," Maino explained. "When Swizz first played it for me I said, 'Come on Swizz, I don't got a million dollars man.' He said, 'Nah, but I got a million dollars.' And we laughed. I found a way to be me without trying to look like I was more rich than what I was portraying. I didn't want to come off like I'm more richer than what I really am. It's a song about trying to spread love in the hood and giving back so I made it more or less like that." (SOHH)

Maino recently laid down his thoughts on Jay-Z and why hip-hop should make room for new rappers stemming from the Big Apple.

"Who's New York's biggest star, Jay-Z right?," Maino asked in an interview. "So you mean to tell me that there is no one capable of becoming a Jay-Z? The problem with New York is that we don't produce stars no more we still stuck on the old stars. I don't think that it's just that n*ggas can't make good music. Take me for example. I have proved hands down that I make good music right? But when Jay-Z puts out a record its gone be like, the biggest thing since the steering wheel...I'm glad Diddy signed Red Cafe cause nowhere [else] is opening up an avenue for a new n*gga. Instead of concentrating so much on his self, he opening it up for a new n*gga. [Uncle] Murda was signed nothing came out of that...The OG's school you...So it being no camaraderie and no connection it makes it that much harder for a n*gga to make it to that point to be a Jay-Z." (Rap Radar)

Be sure to check Sales Wrap next week for an official rundown of new releases.

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