We already knew the music was top-notch, but now we are receiving reports that Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, m.A.A.d. city might sell more than 200,000 copies in its first week. That is a huge number, especially for an artist that has mostly been an underground entity up until a few months ago. The biggest lesson we can learn from this is that major labels need to believe more in their artists. Especially if they have a vision as strong as Kendrick Lamar. Hopefully this will continue to help convince the big guys to allow artists to be themselves, instead of continuing to make our ears bleed with redundant foolery. It worked for Adele, why wouldn’t it for hip-hop? [via]
UPDATE: Now Hits Daily Double is reported that good kid, m.A.A.d. city will sell more in its first week than we all previously thought. We’re talking upwards of 225,000 to 240,000. That’s more than Rick Ross, G.O.O.D. Music, Frank Ocean, Lupe Fiasco, and (lulz) Kreayshawn moved when their respective 2012 LPs debuted. Not bad.