Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Ab-Soul‘s These Days… officially made its debut on the sales chart this week after selling over 20,000 copies in its first seven days. #SolidDebut
According to reports, Ab-Soul’s new LP sold 22,000 copies after hitting store shelves last week.
A number of rap albums entered the charts for the first time this week, including Ab-Soul’s These Days…, which debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 with just under 22,000 copies sold. This tally is an improvement on his 2012 album, Control System, which sold 5,300 copies in its abbreviated three-day debut release. However, these numbers pale in comparison to his Black Hippy counterparts ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar, who both broke the six figure mark with their respective releases. (Complex)
Last week, New York rap veteran Talib Kweli penned an open review of the West Coast rapper’s new LP.
“As much as Ab-Soul refers to things like pineal glands and third eyes, he also refers to drug use. His music accurately reflects a generation that grew up doing heavier drugs than my generation did, a generation that realizes things absolutely need to change but may be popping too many pills to actually do something about it. The conflict in Soulo’s lyrics is the constant wish to change the world and check out of it at the same time. This is not a personal criticism; the best art does a great job of exploring our inner demons and contradictions, and this is what makes Ab-Soul a compelling MC.” (The Talk House)
The initial projections had the album selling at least 19,000 copies in week one.
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Ab recently detailed how much thought went into the album title.
“Originally, I didn’t want a super conceptual title. I didn’t want to freak anybody out. A lot of people do like that concept-driven perspective and that’s cool, but I just wanted to loosen up a bit. I wanted to make the overall concept broader. I wanted it to be like a time capsule to represent where I’ve been between my last project and this one.” (Life + Times)