On the Charts: Drake’s ‘More Life’ Finishes First for Third Straight Week

Drake‘s More Life topped the Billboard 200 for the third consecutive week as the rapper’s “playlist project” added another 136,000 total copies to its overall haul.

By remaining at Number One, More Life became the first album since Drake’s Views in June 2016 to top the charts for three straight weeks, Billboard reports. Views spent nine straight weeks at Number One, and 13 non-consecutive weeks total.

Of More Life‘s 136,000 copies sold this week, only 16,000 of that total came from traditional – in this case, downloaded – album sales. The remaining 120,000 copies were mainly culled from SEAs, or streaming equivalent albums, more evidence of streaming’s hold on the music industry.

Whereas only one new release impacted last week’s charts, this week found three newcomers cracking the Top 10: Nineteen-year-old Florida rapper Kodak Black’s debut LP Painting Pictures led the way with 71,000 copies, with 51,000 SEAs in that total. The rapper has been behind bars in a Broward County jail since late February after violating the terms of his house arrest.

Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand landed at Number Seven with 41,000 copies, giving the heavy metal group their third Top 10 LP. Christian rockers MercyMe placed tenth with Lifer.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide increased its string of Number Two finishes to three straight weeks as the singer’s latest sold 80,000 total copies. The rest of the Top 10 featured Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at Number Four, a pair of Disney soundtracks – Beauty and the Beast and Moana – at Numbers Five and Six, respectively, Future’s self-titled at Number Eight and Migos’ Culture at Number Nine.

Thanks to Kendrick Lamar postponing his new album’s arrival by one week, More Life will face the Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open and Joey Bada$$’s All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ for the battle of next week’s Number One.

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Yazz The Greatest Performs ‘Empire’ Hits in Chicago

The Windy City hosted Bryshere Gray as he performed hits from FOX’s “Empire” at the AT&T Flagship store on the Magnificent Mile on Saturday, April 8.

Gray, known as Yazz The Greatest, who played Michael Bivens in BET’s “The New Edition Story,” is hitting cities across the country on his #YTGTour. Performing hits, “Beautiful,” featuring Empire co-star Jussie Smollett and “Drip Drop,” featuring Serayah McNeill, Gray entertained a huge audience of lucky contest winners.

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Thanks to AT&T and WGCI 107.5 FM, the evening was filled with St. Pete’s beach giveaways, complimentary food and gift bags.

We caught up with Yazz in Chicago, where “Empire” films, as he talked about the album’s he’d give five mics to and more. – Angela Wilson

What have you been up to?

I’m working on a new movie called Canal Street. And I’ve been trying to get here [perform]- between filming my new movie, filming the third season of ‘Empire’ and my mom has the number one book on Amazon. So we got a lot going on.

What I’m promoting is good energy, no violence- put the guns down. We got a foundation called YTG – You’re The Greatest, to give back. You an become a professional actor but you can always give back, using my platform for good.

What albums of all time would you give five mics to?

I’d probably give it to Nas‘s first album- then Jay Z. I’d give five mics to Beyonce, Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj.

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Philly Rap Collective Gang Muzik Drop Visual For “Let’s Get Active”

When nine powerful Hip-hop forces combine, the outcome transcends mythical proportions. Philadelphia, PA based Rap collective Gang Muzik are in a class of their own. Gang Muzik possesses the essential elements that make up a great rap crew, which include quality production, poignant lyrics, and unique personalities. They have uncanny chemistry. They are more than just a rap organization, they’re a family. The Gang Muzik crew members are masters of ceremony. They embody the true essence of Hip Hop. They are noted for their seamless flow and intricate wordplay. Their concert performances are filled vibrant energy and stamina.

CEO King Loose sits at the helm of Gang Muzik which was founded in 2013. The Rap collective is comprised of King Loose, Nitro Da Rapper, Princess Flawless, Shizz E, DJ Dom Geez215, Norm Beats, King Ry Beatz. Liyl SkyWalker, and Felton St. Each artist is also a solo artist in his or her own right and will be releasing solo projects. C.O.O Naadir Muhammad helps navigate the organization. Gang Muzik runs like a well-oiled machine and they do everything in house from production to visuals. They have made an impact on the East coast and beyond. Equally important, the group has been compared to iconic Rap crew The Wu Tang Clan. Gang Muzik are close to their Philadelphia roots and they proudly support their community.

Gang Muzik describe their music as pure Hip Hop. They put their heart and soul into their compositions. “Our fans respect the fact that we are raw and authentic. We want them to feel the power of our movement” states King Loose. The group has honed a refreshing style that combines street tales with wisdom and food for thought. The dynamic wordsmiths use their lyrics to vividly bring stories of their hometown’s crime infested streets to life. However, instead of only focusing on the negative, they also paint a picture of pride and dignity. The Hip Hop collective is a beacon of hope for many in Philly and they carry their city on their back. The Gang Muzik Crew is hitting hard with their latest single called “Let’s Get Active.” The single is extremely catchy with an infectious hook. Many notable DJ’s have jumped on board in support on the song.