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Jermaine Dupri Brings Up Sexyy Red's Low Album Sales When Talking About Saving Hip Hop

By Daryl Nelson
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Sexyy Red's mixtape, In Sexyy We Trust, moved 28,000 units in its first week and grabbed the number 17 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. 

Those sales numbers are pretty decent for today's music industry.  But not that long ago it would be consider a flop.

Jermaine Dupri spoke about Red and said that to save hip hop, people must stop associating those numbers with success. 

"People gotta stop lying," he said at Atlanta's United Masters SelectCon conference. "That’s the beginning of the answer … The industry still tries to make you believe that if you a hot artist and you got a single, that selling albums don’t matter. In the era that I came in the music industry, if you sold 28,000 copies, you didn’t get no other chance to walk in the building again. N*ggas was not talking to you if you sold 28,000 records."

"It’s such a disconnect between people understanding the streaming situation and actually what you looking at," Dupri went on. "I came from an era where the numbers were 80,000 100, 200, 800, 900. This feels like it’s going backwards to me."

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