The opening-week numbers are in for T.I.‘s new album The L.I.B.R.A., and … they’re not great. To be fair, a lot of rappers would give up an organ to have their album rank anywhere in the Billboard 200 chart, but we’ve come to expect better from the King Of The South.
T.I.’s New Album To Debut At #20
It’s being reported that The L.I.B.R.A. sold 20,000 units in its first week and will debut at No. 20 on the Billboard chart. Again, that’s great by most standards, but Tip has five previous platinum albums and two gold ones.
The L.I.B.R.A. Debuted Amid Controversy
The release of T.I.’s new project coincided with the rapper/actor making all kinds of headlines. Some of his bars on “We Did It Big” reignited a cringe rumor about Drake, and then the Rubberband Man got into it with Busta Rhymes over a Verzuz challenge before agreeing to battle Young Jeezy on Verzuz.
T.I. + Jeezy’s Verzuz Battle Date Announced
After mounted anticipation and speculation, Tip and Jeezy broke the news of their battle. Barring any setbacks, the hip-hop powerhouses will see each other in mid-November.
Busta Rhymes Rips T.I.
The announcement comes after New York rapper Busta Rhymes vowed to “bust his a**” if Tip wanted to reconsider going into a hit-for-hit challenge. While Busta initially joked about Tip’s facial features, Rhymes explained why his classics outperform anyone’s and why T.I. couldn’t see him in a Verzuz bout.
“Ay yo @troubleman31 you sure you wanna keep doin’ this bruh??? You might need to go sit your 85 year old fragile Body lookin’ a** down bruh. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Focus on your @verzuztv battle you got comin’, promote your album and relax family. You know I love ya but we can do this shit as long as you want. Oh by the way….. #ELE2THEWRATHOFGOD WILL BE DROPPING IN 6 DAYS 10.30.20👀👀👀👀👀👀 THE PROPHECY WILL BE FULFILLED!! PREORDER & MERCH AVAILABLE NOW!!! Click link in Bio‼️‼️‼️” -Busta Rhymes’ Instagram