In the rap beef universe, “wins” are almost always a matter of opinion. And here’s yet another “win” to be debated.
Almost four months after their “Watch the Throne” album bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the superstar set by Jay-Z and Kanye West yields its first Hot 100 top 10, as “Ni**as in Paris” roars 15-8 with Digital Gainer honors. The track bounds 17-5 on Digital Songs (113,000, up 68%) after the duo performed it on the 16th annual “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” broadcast Nov. 29 on CBS.
With the jump, “Throne” generates its first Hot 100 top 10 after “H*A*M” (included on the album after its January release) reached No. 29; “Otis,” featuring the late Otis Redding, rose to No. 12; and, “Who Gon Stop Me” peaked at No. 44. The set has sold 1.1 million copies.
As “Paris” climbs, Jay-Z nets his 18th Hot 100 top 10, passing Lil Wayne and Ludacris (17 each) for the most top 10s among rappers in the chart’s archives. West tallies his 14th top 10 with the advance.
So “yay, Hov,” right? Except a) we’re not quite sure how this is the first top ten single from “Watch The Throne” and b) “The Carter IV” already has three top ten singles.
But again, all of these “victories” are debatable.