2007 in hip hop music

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This article summarizes the events, album releases, and album release dates in hip hop music for the year 2007.

Events[edit]

  • In 2007 Cam'ron began a feud with 50 Cent. Both released diss videos which were released onto YouTube, moving hip hop onto the web. It began on Hot 97 when 50 called Koch Records the graveyard, implying that artists who cannot achieve success are not signed by the major record labels and go to the independent labels like Koch, Cam'ron, (who is signed to a major label but his crew and crew members are signed to Koch) took offense to this and phoned into the interview.
  • In January 2007, DJ Drama was arrested for selling mixtapes, a move which shook the mixtape industry.
  • 2007 sees the return of Ja Rule after a break in his career, partially caused by commercial failure.
  • Hip hop album sales continue to fall despite still being a popular genre, as no album goes platinum as of July. This is because hiphop's mainstream popularity is more focusing on singles (particularly the hooks), rather than full-length albums that the customer can download on the internet. An example of this is Mims' This Is Why I'm Hot being hugely successful, but his album only reaching #4 in the US Charts. T.I. has made a platinum certification, so many consider him as well as Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Chamillionaire (who all have their albums out in September and have all made notable appearance on the charts before) hope in the resurrection of hip hop sales.
  • Kanye West and 50 Cent go head to head both dropping albums on the September 11, 2007. At the time, they were the two biggest selling hip hop artists measured by the success of their previous albums Kanye West's Late Registration (5 million) and 50 Cent's The Massacre (10 million)
  • On Sept.18, Kanye West's latest album, Graduation outsells 50 Cent's 2007 production Curtis in first week album sales. Kanye West sold 957,000 copies in the U.S. alone, making it the highest first week seller since 50 Cent's The Massacre pushed 1.14 million in March 2005. 50 Cent sold 691,000 copies in the U.S. during the first week. These are 50's lowest first week sales of his career.
  • There were many hip hop albums slated for release this year, though the following were not released in 2007: Nelly's Brass Knuckles, Eminem's sixth studio album, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, Lil Jon's Crunk Rock, Dr. Dre's Detox and Three 6 Mafia's Last 2 Walk.
  • One half of UGK Pimp C died in his hotel room on the 4th of December

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Label Notes
January 9 Ultramagnetic MC's The Best Kept Secret
January 30 Sean Price Jesus Price Superstar
  • Debuted at No. 196 on The Billboard 200
X-Clan Return from Mecca
February 20 Hell Razah Renaissance Child
Jin ABC
February 26 Hussein Fatal & Hardtimerz 1090 Official
  • Singles: "I'm Street", "1090 Official"
February 27 B.G. & Chopper City Boyz We Got This
  • Debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Make Em Mad"
Famous Playaz (Noah23 & DS) Funny Money Legendary Entertainment, Plague Language
Gabriel Teodros Lovework
Wisemen Wisemen Approaching
March 6 Consequence Don't Quit Your Day Job!
  • Debuted at No. 113 on The Billboard 200
Twisted Black Street Fame
March 12 Noah23 & Lord Kufu The Fool Legendary Entertainment, Plague Language
March 13 Boss Hogg Outlawz Serve & Collect
  • Debuted at No. 63 on The Billboard 200
8 Ball & MJG Ridin High
  • Debuted at No. 8 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Relax and Take Notes"
Black Milk Popular Demand
March 20 Baby Boy Da Prince Across the Water
  • Debuted at No. 26 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "The Way I Live", "Naw Mean"
Crime Mob Hated on Mostly
  • Debuted at #31 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Rock Yo Hips", "Circles"
Devin the Dude Waitin' to Inhale
  • Debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
  • Debuted at No. 78 on The Billboard 200
Evidence The Weatherman LP
Psycho Les Psycho Therapy (The Soundtrack)
March 27 Tha Dogg Pound Dogg Chit
  • Debuted at No. 77 on The Billboard 200
Lil Flip I Need Mine
  • Debuted at No. 14 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "What It Do", "Ghetto Mindstate"
Mims Music Is My Savior
Prodigy Return of the Mac
  • Debuted at No. 32 on The Billboard 200
Redman Red Gone Wild: Thee Album
  • Debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200
Rich Boy Rich Boy
Young Buck Buck the World
Big Quarters Cost of Living
April 3 Paul Wall Get Money, Stay True
Phat Kat Carte Blanche
Timbaland Shock Value
April 10 Brother Ali The Undisputed Truth
  • Debuted at No. 69 on The Billboard 200
Mic Geronimo Alive 9/14/73
April 24 Joell Ortiz The Brick (Bodega Chronicles)
May 8 Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Strength & Loyalty
DJ Jazzy Jeff The Return of the Magnificent
Sage Francis Human the Death Dance
May 15 Marco Polo Port Authority
May 22 KRS-One & Marley Marl Hip Hop Lives
  • Debuted at No. 140 on The Billboard 200
Young Jeezy & USDA Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer
  • Debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "White Girl", "Corporate Thuggin"
June 12 Blue Scholars Bayani
Canibus For Whom the Beat Tolls
Cilvaringz I
DJ Khaled We the Best
Fabolous From Nothin' to Somethin'
June 19 Tragedy Khadafi The Death of Tragedy
June 26 Pharoahe Monch Desire
  • Debuted at No. 58 on The Billboard 200
July 3 Pastor Troy Tool Muziq
  • Debuted at No. 91 on The Billboard 200
T.I. T.I. vs. T.I.P.
July 17 Danny! Danny Is Dead
Blu & Exile Below the Heavens
July 24 Camp Lo Black Hollywood
July 31 Common Finding Forever
  • Debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "The Game", "The People", "Drivin' Me Wild", "I Want You"
  • Certified Gold
  • Only chart-topping album of 2007 without a single to chart on The Billboard 100
Kia Shine Due Season
  • Debuted at No. 84 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Krispy", "WOW"
August 7 Plies The Real Testament
UGK UGK (Underground Kingz)
  • Debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "The Game Belongs to Me", "International Players Anthem"
  • Certified Gold
August 14 WC Guilty by Affiliation
  • Debuted at No. 49 on The Billboard 200
August 21 Killah Priest The Offering
Swizz Beatz One Man Band Man
  • Debuted at No. 7 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "It's Me Snitches", "Money in the Bank"
Talib Kweli Eardrum
  • Debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200
August 28 Strong Arm Steady Deep Hearted
Yung Joc Hustlenomics
  • Debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Coffee Shop", "Bottle Poppin'"
September 4 Master P & Romeo Master P & Romeo: Hip Hop History
  • Does not contain "Parental Advisory" sticker
September 11 50 Cent Curtis
Kanye West Graduation
Young Noble & Hussein Fatal Thug in Thug Out
September 18 Chamillionaire Ultimate Victory
  • Debuted at No. 8 on The Billboard 200
  • Does not contain "Parental Advisory" sticker
  • Singles: "Hip Hop Police"
Twista Adrenaline Rush 2007
  • Debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Give It Up"
September 25 Gorilla Zoe Welcome to the Zoo
  • Debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Hood Figga"
October 2 Boyz n da Hood Back Up n da Chevy
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em souljaboytellem.com
October 9 9th Wonder The Dream Merchant Vol. 2
Y Society Travel at Your Own Pace
October 11 Gucci Mane Trap-A-Thon
  • Debuted at No. 69 on The Billboard 200
October 23 Bizarre Blue Cheese & Coney Island
Hurricane Chris 51/50 Ratchet
Little Brother Getback
  • Debuted at No. 89 on The Billboard 200
Shad The Old Prince
October 30 Playaz Circle Supply & Demand
November 6 Cassidy B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story
Jay-Z American Gangster
November 12 Noah23 Cameo Therapy Legendary Entertainment, Plague Language
November 20 Freeway Free at Last
November 27 CunninLynguists Dirty Acres
  • Received massive press coverage, including Okayplayer.com's "Most Slept On Artist" award.
December 4 DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz: The Album
  • Debuted at No. 26 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "5000 Ones"
Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab
  • Debuted at No. 41 on The Billboard 200
Scarface Made
Styles P Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman)
  • Debuted at No. 52 on The Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Blow Ya Mind"
Wyclef Jean Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant
December 11 Beanie Sigel The Solution
  • Debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "All the Above"
Birdman 5 * Stunna
Gucci Mane Back to the Trap House
  • Debuted at No. 32 at the Billboard 200
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams
  • Debuted at No. 25 at the Billboard 200
December 18 Chingy Hate It or Love It
Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

Highest first week sales[edit]

As of December 31, 2007.[1][1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Number Artist Album 1st week sales 1st week position
1 Kanye West Graduation 957,000 #1
2 50 Cent Curtis 697,000 #2
3 T.I. T.I. vs. T.I.P. 468,000 #1
4 Jay-Z American Gangster 426,000 #1
5 Fabolous From Nothin' to Somethin' 159,000 #2
6 Common Finding Forever 158,000 #1
7 Lupe Fiasco The Cool 143,000 #14
8 Young Buck Buck the World 141,000 #3
9 Timbaland Shock Value 138,000 #1
10 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Strength & Loyalty 119,000 #2

Highest critically reviewed albums (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Artist Album Average score Number of reviews Reference
1 M.I.A. Kala 87 37 reviews [8]
2 Jay-Z American Gangster 83 25 reviews [9]
3 El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead 80 32 reviews [10]
4 Kanye West Graduation 79 32 reviews [11]
5 Dizzee Rascal Maths + English 78 19 reviews [12]
6 Lupe Fiasco The Cool 77 30 reviews [13]
7 Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab 77 29 reviews [14]
8 Sage Francis Human the Death Dance 77 16 reviews [15]
9 Aesop Rock None Shall Pass 74 32 reviews [16]
10 Brother Ali The Undisputed Truth 74 16 reviews [17]

See also[edit]

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