Today on The Source Report, we salute one of the most classic records in the history of Hip-Hop.
Exactly 30 years ago on 8/8/88, N.W.A. dropped Straight Outta Compton, introducing to world what is now known as “gangsta rap’. Without a lot of radio promotion or marketing, this album caused a huge stir around the nation. It even drew attention from the federal government, with the FBI and U.S. Secret Service sending letters to Ruthless about the violent message of “F*ck The Police.” N.W.A.’s popularity with the law increased their fan base and record sales.
This episode also recognizes the how Hip-Hop is dominating the charts. Travis Scott’s standout ASTROWORLD is poised to take Drake out of the top spot on the charts with a strong debut week of over 450,000 units. But Drake and Travis are not the only rappers killing the game. Mac Miller’s new album Swimming and YG’s Stay Dangerous will also make top 5 debuts. Swimming’s first week efforts will clock in between 44,000 and 48,000, while STAY DANGEROUS is slightly ahead in between 52,000 and 57,000 units.Hip-Hop as a whole will occupy the top five spots on the chart.
Travis Scott, Mac Miller, and YG will be joined by Drake’s Scorpion at number 2.