I really like Rhymefest's Blue Collar, but I had the bad feeling it wouldn't move too many units. This is despite a good "club" track and strong reviews. Anyways, here is an excerpt of what Rhymefest said about his first week sales along with a swipe at "Laffy Taffy" on his Myspace blog:
As we all know by now, my highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed debut album BLUE COLLAR As it stands now in the mass-marketing, single-driven genre of Hip-Hop music, this is considered a flop or a failure. Or is it? sold about 15,000 copies during the first week.
- Akon, the well-known R&B star, sold about 5,000 copies his first week. And now, he holds a platinum plaque for his debut album TROUBLE.
- Lyfe Jennings: 6,000 copies his first week; also platinum.
- Maroon 5: 3,000 copies their first week; now multi-platinum.
While none of these artists that I named are rappers, they all understood the ingredients for success:
1) good music,
2) touring & great stage shows,
3) humble attitudes (checking their ego at the door), and finally
4) never giving up.