Jay Z released his 13th studio album 4:44 Friday June 30th. In less than one week, he is already certified platinum! This situation is similar in style to when Hov released Magna Carta Holy Grail thorugh his Samsung deal. RIAA explains Jay’s quick certification:
“Under the program’s rules, the artist needs to be compensated and there needs to be demonstrated consumer demand in the United States, either for an on-demand stream or a sale. A sale counts toward a certification if purchased directly by the customer or a business can purchase the album or song and offer it to fans who must take affirmative steps to acquire the album or song. Fans participated, took action and downloaded JAY-Z’s album offered by SPRINT.
COngrats to Jay Z on another platinum plaque, keep making history!
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Legendary Queens rapper Albert Johnson aka Prodigy of Mobb Deep has passed away earlier Tuesday according to reports. News first broke out via Nas’ Instagram page
It’s no secret that Prodigy suffered from sickle cell disease, however it is unclear exactly what the cause of death is at this time. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis,” their statement reads. “As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined.”
Alongside Havoc, Prodigy formed the super duo group and released their first album Juvenile Hell in 1993, at a time when New York rap reigned supreme. Classic hits such as Shook Ones and Quiet storm are notable classics from these two. Prodigy also had a healthy solo career after releasing his first solo project H.N.I.C. (Head Nigga In Charge) back in 2000. Today, Hip-hop has lost another hero. R.I.P. Prodigy.