This album cover reminds me that we probably have Russell Simmons to thank for turning the cellphone held to your ear into a sign of being serious about one's business. Another of the largely unrecognized contributions of hip hop to the mobile industry.
Yung Joc beats out Ice Cube on the Billboard 200 album chart with a difference of 4,000 units. New Joc City debuts at no. 3 with 148,000 while Laugh Now, Cry Later comes in at no. 5 with 144,000. New Joc City also takes the top spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
While Yung Joc is obviously a big deal right now, I remain more interested in what Ice Cube's up to. Rap is probably the harshest music game for older artists and Ice Cube's career is quite impressive. The fact that he and LL Cool J are still going strong has to be attributed, in part, to their strength in the film industry. Obviously, they have to put out albums that people want to buy but appearing in movies and on tv in vehicles that feed and expand their fan base allows them to not make as many albums yet still appear up to date and relevant. No asking, what ever happened to?
Though this particular Billboard article describes Lench Mob as Ice Cube's imprint, my understanding is that it's his own label which puts him in a much stronger position to control his fate. If anybody has seen anything in-depth on what's happening with the business side of Lench Mob, please let me know