Ever since 21 Savage was arrested by ICE for overstaying his visa, people have been asking for new music from the rapper. After over a year, 21 finally gave fans what they wanted, by enlisting the help of his frequent collaborator Metro Boomin. And their album SAVAGE MODE II is set for a robust first-week sale.
SAVAGE MODE II is the second collaboration album by Metro and 21 Savage. They released the beloved first album back in 2016, and after over four years the sequel is here, and listeners are making sure the album makes a massive mark in its debut week.
SAVAGE MODE II Set for 170K First Week Debut
According to reports, the surprise collaboration album by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin is set to move 170,000 units equivalent sales in its first week. Most of the numbers contributing to the overall sum are the streams, with 17,000-19,000 of that total number coming from album sales.
It is quite a surprising total for the album considering neither artists have crossed the 150,000 sales threshold in their career. 21 Savage‘s last album I Am Greater than I Was, released in 2018, moved 131,000 copies in the first week, ever with widespread critical acclaim.
If the projected numbers hold, the rapper will get another Billboard number 1 title and also their biggest sales week to date. 21 Savage and Metro Boomin did not promote SAVAGE MODE II, electing to release it without much noise.
The surprise release format and 21 Savage’s first album since his release from custody are definitely helping the rapper and his producing partner. This is in contrast to their first album together Savage Mode which debuted at number 23 on Billboard 200 chart, later being certified Gold by RIAA.
Morgan Freeman Narrated the Surprise Album
The year 2020 has been a weird one, no denying that. But after everything we’ve seen this year, one thing we did not expect was hearing Morgan Freeman in a trap album.
But that is exactly what happened as the acclaimed actor kicked off the album with the Intro and ended the album telling people to keep it “savage mode.” It was weird hearing the acting icon narrates the album, but it was also extremely interesting, funny, and informative.
The album even used Morgan Freeman to send shots at 6ix9ine. The Glory actor did an interlude where he explained the difference between a snitch and rat. It never ceases to amaze when the Oscar-winning actor swears while doing voice over.
The album really came together with Morgan Freeman‘s narration, and people’s amazement surrounding the unlikely collaboration also helped point people towards the album. Even one’s who would not have been interested in listening to the album was probably intrigued by what Morgan really did on the album.
21 Savage Goes Off at His Enemies on SAVAGE MODE II
Takeshi 6ix9ine was one of the rappers who caught some verbal bullets, but it was from Morgan Freeman instead of 21 himself. Instead, the rapper went after Jeezy in the 50 Cent sampled Many Men.
We had no idea 21 Savage and Jeezy did not see eye to eye. In Many Men, 21 Savage raps, “Need a bad girl like RiRi (Yeah, yeah)/We don’t pump fake, we kill beef (21)/21 Savage, not Jeezy (P**sy).”
Jeezy is yet to respond to the somewhat under the radar beef, but we are interested in what he has to say. Also, 21 Savage mentioned Snitches and Rats is not only about 6ix9ine, “He’s not the only snitch in the world, man,” the rapper said in a Instagram live video.
Still, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin are probably enjoying the positive feedbacks and also the projected 170,000 sales number. It is a good week to start the month of October for the Atlanta rapper and his producer friend.
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