Jay-Z Salutes Drake on ‘Take Care’ First-Week Numbers
In a kind gesture of appreciation, Jay-Z congratulated Drake on his first-week sales results of his second LP 'Take Care.' The Canadian rap star scored his second No. 1 album by pushing 631,000 copies last week. The album also earn the title of having the third best first-week sales behind Lil Wayne and the reigning debut sales champ Lady Gaga.
Drizzy's album even outsold Jay-Z and Kanye West's celebrated album 'Watch the Throne.' So, the hip-hop king reached out to the rapper-crooner with a handwritten message. Drake posted a photo of the personalized note on his October's Very Own blog, which read, “Monster # comes, proud of your journey. Peace, Hov."
It seems like Jay is a good sport about being beaten -- sales-wise -- on the album chart by the young rap lion. Despite being competitors, the two have worked together on each other solo projects. Drizzy appeared on Jay-Z's 'Off That' (from 'The Blueprint 3') and Hov returned the favored on Drake's 'Light Up' (from 'Thank Me Later').
So like Jay-Z said at the 2009 American Music Awards, "Men lie, women lie, numbers don't." Clearly, the numbers show the Young Money camp is leading the charge in the rap game.
However, Young Money CEO Lil Wayne doesn't care much about album sales. For him, it's all about the music. “Pardon me for sounding however I sound with this statement, but we rich as s--t, so numbers and record sales, that doesn't matter to none of us," he told MTV News. "We just want to get a perfect point across, a swell opinion across."