The Hip Hop Week In Review: Kendrick Lamar Joins The Platinum Club, Drake Gets Pulled Over
"good kid, m.A.A.d city" scores a platinum plaque, Drake has an interesting response to being pulled over, and Cassidy throws shots at Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city Benefits From Controversial Verse
Kendrick Lamar's Aftermath debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city has been met with near-universal critical acclaim. Now, the acclaim has been fully reflected in commercial appeal as well.
The album made jump on this week's charts from #52 to #36, which allowed the project to cross the million mark, achieving platinum certification.
The sudden jump on the charts comes one week after Kendrick's controversial verse on Big Sean's "Control (HOF)" was leaked, on which Kendrick dissed a slew of emcees and claimed supremacy in the Rap game.
good kid, mA.A.d city is Top Dawg Entertainment's first platinum album, and Aftermath's first since 2010's Recovery by Eminem.
Cassidy Continues Dissing Kendrick Lamar On "Picasso Baby [Kendrick Lamar Response]"
Though Kendrick's verse on "Control (HOF)" may have endeared him to the public, not all have responded so favorably.
This week, Cassidy dropped his second diss track in response to Kendrick's verse, "Picasso Baby [Kendrick Lamar Response]."
“I might fall off someday, but my ‘Control’ freestyle got over a million views in one day / So they should sign me / No label, no machine behind me / Just got my die-hard fans and my team behind me / You would think I had the Army or Marines behind me / You not a soldier, nigga / I’m a expose you, niggas,” rhymed Cass on the cut.
Two weeks ago, Cassidy praised Kendrick in an interview with HipHopDX. "I was happy when I heard, you know, Kendrick Lamar had the heart to say the things that he said or do the things that he did because I'm a pure Hip Hop head," he explained. "I can vibe off with certain rappers, but I'm really Hip Hop. I started off, you know, battling and being in thousands of cyphers and running the streets and just rapping is what I do. You know what I'm saying. I didn't get in the game to be successful or to wear jewelry and drive cars. I got in the game because I really love Hip Hop."
Listen to the track below:
Drake Calls Police Officer Who Pulls Him Over "Cute," Reveals New Album Cover Art
Artists, even platinum-selling ones, go through everyday moments like getting pulled over by police.
In Drake's case, the rapper decided to film and post the incident on Instagram.
Below is the footage of the incident, where Drizzy refers to the officer as "cute," and provides a subsequent caption for the incident.
Mrs. Officer on a draw down ting. #BwoyDem #ActuallyGyalDem #NeedAFrontPlate #ExcuseToPullOverTheBoy #LovedHerSmile #HatedHerAccent #NWTSFollow
In related news, Drake released the cover art for his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same, the Young Money artist's third solo project.
The cover art comes in two versions, and it is currently unclear whether the album has multiple covers, or the covers are for different editions.
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