After more than a year of seeing his self-proclaimed “best work” burn in label purgatory, Tyga was finally able to unearth his fourth solo studio album in The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty through an exclusive streaming deal with Spotify on Tuesday, June 23.
Certified Fresh’s very own Fetty Wap has the skills–and sales to prove he’s in the game for the long haul. The New Jersey native’s breakout hit, “Trap Queen,” has just been certified gold.
The Beastie Boys’ debut album, Licensed To Ill has enjoyed a legacy of rare perfection and now, 29 years after it was released, it joins a prestigious group of rap albums to be certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Big Sean’s willingness to bare his personal turmoil on his third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise has resulted in the Detroit rapper’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 Charts.
Even when you’re the hottest rapper in the game, selling records isn’t a given. After debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Charts last December, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint can attest to this. However, the marathon press run was well worth it as the “Pills N Potions” dealer is now halfway towards platinum status.
Prior to last Tuesday, no artist had gone platinum this year, a new low for the music industry given the current fiscal year. Then, Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album 1989 happened and a Nielsen SoundScan shockwave occurred.
Marshall Bruce Mathers has been selling records since the MTV helped let every household with cable know what his stage name was. Today, Eminem is the second-best selling male artist of all-time and new owner of not one but two diamond digital awards.