It’s been a long time coming but the release date for Drake’s debut album, Thank Me Later, is finally here (today). Whether you’ve already hit up your local iTunes store to cop a copy or you’re still wondering what all the hype is about, there’s much anticipation in the air as far as how many units hip-hop’s only favorite Degrassi alum can push in his first week. Peep some predictions.
FAT JOE: Drake is definitely the hottest rapper on the radio right now. I haven’t really heard that many new guys that caught my attention. I really like Cam’s boy Vado, too. But nobody’s making as much noise as Drake. He’s killing it right now. I think he’s gonna sell 1 million records in first week. Maybe 1.2 million.
CHARLES HAMILTON: He might do a 150 to 200,000. I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s going to do decent numbers. I would work with him, but at the same time I already know what’s going to happen if I work with him. There’s going to be the pre-programmed haters that are going to say something crazy. I wasn’t performing at the Grammy’s so there’s going to be the status quo hate that comes. And then there’s going to be people who listen to the music and what is being said and I’m confident that it’s not going to be a complete blow out.
NICKI MINAJ: I think he’s going to do almost two million [in the first week]. At least a million. He’s the hottest dude in the game right now. So why not? [ED NOTE: Biased much?]
GAME: I think he’ll do 600,000.
MACK MAINE: Me and him made a bet. He think he won’t do 500,000 [in the first week]. I think he will. He’s very humble, though. That’s him being humble. But I’m more cocky, so I’m like, that’s the least you gon’ do is 500,000. We put 50K up so hopefully when I see y’all again I’ll be 50K richer.
Before sunset, these two flicks were taken of fans waiting on line for Drake’s album signing at the Best Buy in Union Square. Pick up a copy TODAY. The game needs all the support it can get.