From a hip-hop perspective, this week's Billboard 200 update was all about Kid Cudi and Jack Harlow. The two intergenerational, Midwestern rappers debuted at #2 and #5, respectively.
Cudi's 'Man On The Moon III: The Chosen' pushed 144,000 equivalent album units, according to Billboard. Sitting a staggering 185,000 copies behind Taylor Swift's 'Evermore,' it's Cudi's fifth top 5 entry.
Almost had it! Don't let that huge gap fool you: For 33 weeks of 2020, that 144k would've been enough to snag the top spot. Nevertheless, 'MOTM III' went No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Stoking fan excitement, Cudi also revealed 'The Cudder Cut' deluxe version is going to drop next year. "Extra scenes just for you," he tweeted.
14 years Cudi's junior, Jack Harlow held his own and earned 51,000 units with his first official album, 'Thats What They All Say.' The Louisville native joined Jimmy Fallon to perform the Hit Boy-produced opener "Rendezvous" and "Way Out."
Big Sean, who lends a verse on "Way Out," didn't waste time hopping on a second Harlow beat, as he and Lil Wayne traded rapid-fire bars on a new remix of "Tyler Herro."
He's got jokes: Beyond music, Harlow showed his comedic side when he appeared on IG Live with his buddy Druski aka the founder and CEO of the fledgling and semi-fictional Coulda Been Records. Druski jokingly claimed the rapper signed a "full 360 deal" with Coulda Been and "gave up 100% of all his royalties." (You know Harlow's label Generation Now would never let that happen!)
Speaking of white rappers, Eminem's surprise release of 'Music To Be Murdered By - Side B' last Friday is projected to premiere at No. 3, which would end his streak of 10 straight chart-topping projects.