Monday, 15 July 2013

Beat Box: Hip hop is on Fire

Over the past few weeks my playlist has changed drastically, being over powered by a music genre that I unconditionally adore, Hip Hop. The reason for the change to my playlist is the quality music that’s coming out from the US of America the land of music entertainment.

J. Cole, Kanye West and Wale all have one thing in common top charting albums though many might feel Mr West doesn’t deserve to be thrown in the mix. Last week marked the first time on the Billboard 200 chart history that hip hop albums have scored the top three spots for three successive weeks. Billboard reported that J. Cole’s ‘Born Sinner’ hit the number one spot, followed by Wale’s ‘The Gifted’ and Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’, but let’s not forget to mention Mac Miller’s ‘Watching Movies With the Sound Off’ which is also playing around those rankings.

This is the first time three hip hop albums nabbed top spots for consecutive weeks on Billboard 200 since 2002, when Eminem, Nelly and Nas ruled the charts for weeks in a row. 

If you’re wonder where Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ is standing, well don’t wonder much because Jigga’s latest album is hot on the heels of the mentioned offerings. It’s expected that Jay-Z’s album will help continue the success of hip hop by probably wrestling J. Cole’s album for the number one position in the next coming days.  Should Jay-z take top spot it will be his 13th number one record to sit on the top of the Billboard 200 chart an accomplishment which many have failed to reach.

Ashley Mokwena
Twitter: @ashfonik

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