Grammy-winning rapper T.I. and Chief Keef appear primed to make a rumble on the sales chart in the next seven days with opening week album projections unveiled today.
Although they will likely fall behind country singer Taylor Swift’s Red LP, Tip’s Trouble Man and Chief Keef’s Finally Rich should put up substantial opening week numbers.
YOUR ONE-DAYS: New week, same chart champ. The unstoppable force of nature known as Taylor Swift should remain at #1 next week, with Michael Bublé‘s resurgent Christmas album and Trouble Man by hip-hop hero T.I. vying for runner-up. Here’s how the week’s key debuts are shaping up: T.I. (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) 150-175k, 12/12/12: The Concert for Sandy Relief (Columbia) 125-150k Chief Keef (Interscope) 50-55k (HITS Daily Double)
Tip recently talked to SOHH about his emphasis on putting out a classic solo effort.
“For an artist of my caliber, at this point in my career, it’s my eighth abum,” Tip told SOHH about the delays behind Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. “With all the time I’ve been away [in jail] and the expectations of the performance of it, I think [it was necessary] to perfect it and to deliver a classic. [I wasn’t] trying to lock myself into a date and compromise my art. Ideally, [I wanted it] before the new year but if [I had to wait] until a few weeks after to get a better shot at delivering to the fans classic material then that’s the path [I would have taken].” (SOHH)
Chief Keef’s new solo debut features a firm offering of hip-hop heavyweight guest features.
Though a few heavy-hitters such as Rick Ross, Young Jeezy and 50 Cent make cameo appearances, “Finally Rich” sounds of a piece with Keef’s sparse, menacing mix tapes, with the majority of the tracks produced by Young Chop. It reprises his on-line hits “I Don’t Like” and “3 Hunna,” adding only a Ross verse to the latter. Young Chop keeps things pared back, with crisp snare beats and keyboards creating a sinister atmosphere as thick as the smoke that shrouds Keef on the album cover. (Chicago Tribune)
The “King of the South” is already working on a follow-up to Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head.
“I had so much music, man, I recorded like a 120-something songs for this project,” Tip said in an interview. “I imagine that, you know, just given the amount of music left over that we weren’t able to put on this project that we do a sequel. So, you know, the sequel to this album will be he who wears the crown. That’s the primary reason for the subtitle.” (Rap-Up)
Check out a recent T.I. interview: