Eminem and 50 Cent appeared on BET’s “106 & Park” this week speaking on the success of Relapse becoming the No. 1 album of the year and why their chemistry continues to work.
While selling over 600,000 copies his first week in stores, Em said his main focus was attaining the fans’ respect.
“I mean, record sales to me, honestly, since the beginning of my career I’ve always said they’re not as important to me as the respect and things like that,” Em explained. “I would just rather rap and get respect from the fans and my peers and things like that. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to sell any records, but at the same time it’s not my main priority.”
“I think we absolutely in a great space considering his project is where it’s at, number one,” Fif said in the interview. “And it’s working. Until they find a collaboration of artists that work as well as we do together, I don’t think we got issues…I feel like [Em] is the best rapper because he possesses the way to say things that aren’t supposed to be cool.” (106 & Park)
Slim Shady’s fifth solo release has become the biggest debut of the year so far.
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has made his triumphant return to hip-hop with the No. 1 album of the year and in the country this week. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Slim Shady’s comeback project Relapse debuted on the charts with 609,400 copies after seven days in stores. (SOHH’s Sales Wrap)
Early signs showed the album performing well internationally.
Rap artists celebrated a stellar sales week on Sunday’s new U.K. sales charts, with Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden‘s “Bonkers” (Dirtee Stank) new at the top of the singles survey, and Eminem’s Relapse (Interscope/Universal) powering straight to No. 1 on the album bestsellers…The Eminem album is his fifth in a row to top the U.K. chart, a run dating back to The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000. (Billboard)
Busta Rhymes recently told SOHH about looking forward to the first week sales of all rap projects coming out on the same day, which included albums from DJ Drama plus Redman & Method Man.
“I feel real good about it because its a great day in hip-hop,” he told SOHH. “There aint been this much amazing releases on the same day in a minute. All of this dope shit in the marketplace, hip-hop needs it right now. We need it to show people how lucrative the business of hip-hop music still is on a corporate level. We need to also get these tours up and running. I just look forward to seeing what the outcome is going to be. I’m fans of every one of those artists I’ma be out there buying all three of them sh*ts myself that day.” (SOHH)
Check out Em’s interview below: