This week in the Hip-Hop charts, Tupac Shakur is off to a fast start and Eminem bounces back. With Eminem serving as co-executive producer, Tupac's Loyal To The Game has been buzzing and is now poised to reach the top spot next week. According to early Hits reports, the posthumous release is on pace to sell approximately 250,000 copies.
Two slots behind, Slim Shady has regained momentum following the recent release of "Like Toy Soldiers". Since dropping, the single has quickly picked up and already reached the top on video countdowns including a #1 slot on MTV's TRL. In its 5th week, Encore rebounds one spot to #3 with a 10% boost -selling 273,000 CDs according to Soundscan. (Source: SoHH)
In other news: Eminem has paid tribute to his mentor Dr Dre for "saving my life", insisting he would be nothing without the rap mogul.Eminem says, "Dre saved my life. When we first got together we just clicked. We have a chemistry, where every beat he makes damn near inspires me to rap over it." "When I met Dre, he showed me how to realize my vision, how to take my music where I wanted to take it. That's what rap should be about - it should be about challenging yourself." "I don't care how fresh a beat is or how good it is, if an MC isn't saying good s**t over it, then I'm not going to listen to it, even if it's the greatest beat ever made. Also, an MC could be rapping his a*s off, but if the beat ain't fresh, I'm not gonna listen. It's got to be about the whole package and that's what Dre and I've got." (TeenMusic)