SOHH Whatcha Think: Are Cats Really Buying Stacks Of Their Own CD To Boost Numbers? [Click Here & Speak]
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011 11:55PM
Success in Hip Hop can often be as detrimental as failure: Sell too few records and the label will forget you; sell too many, rumors of ties to the Illuminati - or worse yet - accusations of foul play, may emerge.
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While rumors of artists and labels buying racks on racks on racks worth of their product are nothing new, Lil' Wayne's surprising first-week numbers for Tha Carter IV even had Cash Money head figure Baby stepping out the Buggatti to defend the intergrity of his lead artist.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Lil Wayne and everyone here at Cash Money," said Slim. "It's a tribute to the hard work and commitment he's shown from the very start." "I consider him my son, part of the Cash Money family from the very start," added Baby. "One thing I've learned. No record is safe from him." (Statement)
Is it really hard to believe, that Tha Carter IV, a highly-anticipated project from one of the biggest names in music, could not have legitimately sold 965,300 copies in its opening week?
For arguments sake, let's suppose the Birdman copped eh ... maybe 500,000 copies of Tha Carter IV; at 10 bucks per CD, that's still a $5 million dollar purchase. Wouldn't that leave a paper trail? Baby has said before that he buys everything cash, so the idea that he's visiting nearly every Best Buy in America and leaving with cartfuls of C4 is ridiculous.
Maybe he gave Lil Twist, Tyga, Jae Millz and Lil Chuckee a milli each and told 'em to cop a hundred thousand copies. Then hopped on iTunes and bought a hundred thousand copies himself.
But I doubt it.
SOHH Watcha Think -- Is there really any proof cats are faking the funk with their album numbers?
Speaking of faking the funk, Check out the new track "No Pretending" by 9th featuring Raekwon and Big Remo:
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]