The Hip Hop Week In Review: A$AP Rocky Beefs With SpaceGhostPurrp, Saigon Drops New LP
A$AP Rocky and SpaceGhostPurpp threw it down, while Meek Mill had a high chart debut. Saigon also dropped his sophomore album.
A$AP Rocky and SpaceGhostPurrp finally came face to face after trading insults throughout the year. In Miami, Florida, Raider Klan and A$AP Mob came to blows at Rocky's concert, later leading to SGP's arrest. Meanwhile, Meek Mill's debut album Dreams & Nightmares had a strong debut at No. 2 on the charts, selling 165,000 copies in its first week. He also spoke on how prison changed his life and inspired his passion for music. Saigon also dropped off his new album The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread & Circuses, talking with HipHopDX about recording the album and how music doesn't speak to the streets like it used to.
A$AP Rocky & SpaceGhostPurrp Brawl In Miami, SpaceGhostPurrp Gets Arrested
This week, tensions came to a head between A$AP Rocky and SpaceGhostPurrp. After trading insults in interviews and on the Internet throughout the year, the Raider Klan member and his crew arrived at Rocky's performance in Miami, Florida, heckling the Harlemite during the set. Once the concert ended, the Klan headed over to his tour bus and started a fight with A$AP Mob. Someone fired shots in the air and the police headed straight to SpaceGhostPurrp, arresting him on the spot. Meanwhile, Rocky set his sights on other issues this week, discussing his favorite and most hated Kanye West albums and explaining that he finished recording his upcoming debut LongLiveA$AP months ago. Watch the video of SGP's arrest below.
Meek Mill Crashes The Charts With Dreams & Nightmares
With more than a year of promotion under his belt, Meek Mill finally dropped his debut album Dreams & Nightmares last week. Upon its release, the Maybach Music Group member's offering bowed at No. 2 on the charts, selling 165,000 copies in its first week - enough for a dynamic entry, but not enough to best Taylor Swift's Red. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rapper acknowledged Cassidy's acceptance to battle, but later bailed on the idea. He also addressed how going to jail when he was 18 years old changed his life. "I really put my life into rapping," he said. "They let me out on house arrest and the judge gave me permission to go to the studio, and that taught me another lesson because every day [I was] going straight to the studio for 12 hours straight and I started putting up six songs a day for three months straight — that's what gave me my little jump start."
Saigon Drops The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread & Circuses
It took Saigon years to get his debut album The Greatest Story Never Told in stores, but that didn't stop him from quickly following with its sequel. This week, Sai dropped off the second in the series, The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread & Circuses, an album packed with guests including Chamillionaire, Marsha Ambrosius, Styles P and more. To commemorate the LP's release, Sai Diddy chopped it up with HipHopDX, discussing what it was like to record an album with one-tenth of the budget of his debut. He also addressed how he felt he was done wrong by Atlantic Records and spoke on how one of his tracks may have inspired Ludacris' "Runaway Love." Read the full interview here.
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