(That's Jeezy's career in the grave.)
Nas has never been a commercial powerhouse on the levels of Jay, Pac or whatever new (c)rapper was running the charts. But the dude is a legend regardless of his album stumbles or how many times his production makes you shake your head in disappointment and wonder why Primo couldn't do his beats instead of Christina Aguiliera's.
His career sales and the wackness of his last album "Street's Disciple" are his weakness which allows disrespectful young bucks like Jeezy to say shit like this about Nas,
- "I’ll tell you what, we’ll look at them first week numbers and we’ll talk about it."
Sales and popularity should never be a factor for determining artistic merit.
Is America Idol the best on television because it's the highest rated?
Better than The Wire and The Shield?
Is Creed a better rock band than Sonic Youth?
Was "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" the best movie of the year?
All of this is part of why it was so ignorant for Jeezy to make that statement because his album outsold Nas' last album.
Well it seems the Billboard Gods were also upset by this disrespect because Nas' first week outsold Jeezy's first week.
- Nas scores his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with his eighth studio set, "Hip Hop Is Dead." The Def Jam effort moved 355,000 copies last week in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Compare that to Jeezy's first week,
- Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his second Def Jam album, "The Inspiration." The set sold 352,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Whoops! Wanna talk about it now Jeezy?
Maybe the south ain't running this rap shit as throughly as they thought.
And the realest shit about this whole deal is that all the aspiring cocaine dealers who bought Jeezy's trashbag album didn't pass the good word along because he dropped around 40% of his first week sales and out of the Billboard Top Ten in one week.
It's always refreshing when an artist can have the sales to go along with the respect.
Big-ups to Nas on his resurrection on the back of hip-hop's death.
Something good had to come of it.