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Today In Hip Hop: The Game Drops “LAX” Album

2008: West Coast rapper The Game dropped his third album LAX on Aug. 26, 2008.

Coming off a universally hailed debut studio album with 2005’s The Documentary and a strong sophomore followup with 2006’s Doctor’s Advocate, Game didn’t really have much left to prove. And yet, the Compton rapper tasked himself to create a soundtrack for the African American struggle in the eyes of a nation going through recession.

Production credits on the album include Cool & Dre, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Nottz, Hi-Tek and more. Always one to be known for big guest stars, Game enlisted Lil Wayne, Chrisette Michele, Common, Ice Cube, Keyshia Cole, Ludacris, Nas, Ne-Yo, Raekwon and more for the 19-track offering. Songs like “Dope Boy,” “Game’s Pain” and “My Life” helped propel the album to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, moving almost 240,000 copies in the first week. The album was released in both a regular version and deluxe version with two different cover arts. The first cover art featured Game and his two sons on a couch while the second cover art shows Game alone on that same couch smoking a blunt.

Read More: Today in Hip-Hop: The Game Drops ‘LAX’ Album – XXL | http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2016/08/today-in-hip-hop-the-game-drops-lax-album/?trackback=tsmclip

Young Thug Drops Trailer For “Jeffery” Album

Young Thug is gearing up to release his new album Jeffery this Friday (Aug. 26), and in preparation he drops a new trailer for the LP on his Instagram. You can watch it above.

In it, Thug’s getting questioned by a whole host of people, familiar and unfamiliar. They swear he’s Young Thug, but no, he says. “My name is Jeffery.”

The trailer is part of an ongoing effort to rebrand Thug as a new type of artist, one that’s distancing himself from the Slime Season era of his career. He talked to Travis Scott about it on last week’s episode of .wav radio.

Read More: Young Thug Drops Commercial for ‘Jeffery’ Album – XXL | http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2016/08/young-thug-jeffery-trailer/?trackback=tsmclip

Target Caught Selling French Montana “MC4” Album Despite Pushback Delays

 

It looks like Target did not get the memo about French Montana’s album being pushed back. The retailer was selling copies of Montana’s MC4 LP despite the rapper announcing a delay of its release a few days ago.

“Due to some sample clearances that are still being worked out, I have to move the album release date,” French Montana wrote on Tuesday (Aug. 16). “I want to apologize to my fans that are waiting. I want to make sure the album is something special.”

Clearly the delay did not get properly conveyed to Target as fans had a chance to pick up the French Montana’s album before its official release. Some lucky listeners now have the jump on the rest of the hip-hop world. These fans will get to hear if Montana topped his debut LP which he told XXL was his goal.

“I always feel like with everything you drop you always got to make sure it’s better than the last,” he said in XXL’s first digital cover story. “I feel like everybody goes through that. You have to make sure your album is better than the last one. As far as me, I didn’t really try to think about it too much ‘cause I don’t like overthinking. But I just made sure I did the best I could. I put my heart into the music and made sure I loved it, made sure everybody around me loved it. Then I just put it in God’s hands.”

There is no word on a new release date for MC4. The fans who grabbed copy at Target may have a collector’s item on their hands if anything gets altered for the future release.

Read More: Target Caught Selling French Montana’s ‘MC4’ Album Despite Pushback – XXL | http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2016/08/target-selling-french-montanas-mc4-pushback/?trackback=tsmclip

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