News: Kanye West's "Yeezus" Finally Strikes Gold

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 3:40PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West's Yeezus album is sitting on gold nearly two months after its release with sales reportedly exceeding 500,000 copies.

According to reports, Mr. West's latest solo offering has reached the gold standard.

Kanye West's latest album Yeezus has officially been certified Gold by the RIAA this week. The 10-track album, featuring production by Daft Punk, Rick Rubin, and guest appearances from Chief Keef, King L, and Kid Cudi, among others, leaked five days before its official release on June 18. Yeezus landed on the Billboard 200 with 327,000 copies during opening week and its sales have now exceeded a little over 500,000 units. However, album sales dropped dramatically in the following week also making Yeezus the fourth-largest second week sales decline for a No. 1 debuting album in SoundScan history. (Complex)

Recently, rap star Ludacris revealed his favorite tracks from Ye's new LP.

"I heard a little bit of Jay-Z's album, I heard Kanye's album," Luda revealed in an interview. It's like three songs off Kanye's album I absolutely love. 'Bound.' 'Blood On the Leaves.' [laughs] And the 'Black Slaves' joint. I love those. Those are my three. Those are incredible." ("The Breakfast Club")

G-Unit's 50 Cent recently applauded Ye's new effort but did admit some songs did not resonate well with him.

"Some of the joints on the new joint that Yeezy made, I wasn't into all that," 50 admitted in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. "One time, the beat didn't come on. [The screaming on there], it was creative. He came out of nowhere with that. If you see something that looks like it's foreign -- we'll see if people can adjust to it and really enjoy it or if it's too different. There's a point where creative is well past your mark. You did something that's so far out that your audience can't hear it. Be careful what you say because it might work." (Shade 45)

Earlier this summer, Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy highlighted the importance of Kanye's Yeezus.

"I think that this Kanye album, the only way I can describe it, it's art, it's an emotion and it's him at his realest in its rawest form. It's a confidence level that I feel like, blackness especially; it needs to be a theme song for them. They need to believe that all that crazy sh*t that he's saying is the truth and I stand by it and I stand by the emotions if that's how he felt, then that's how records should feel. If Revolt was on air right now we probably would be dedicating the next three days to the back stories to making sure that we are promoting and being a useful tool to get their message out to get back to the mainstream media who doesn't understand at times that's who we are and how powerful we are." (VIBE)

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