Thank Me Later

Only two rappers have ever crossed the 1 million sales mark during the first week of their release in Soundscan history. Those two rappers are Eminem, who did it twice, and Lil’ Wayne who did it with Tha Carter III.

Just two weeks ago when Drake’s Thank Me Later was leaked, people were talking as if Drake would join that exclusive club.

However, talk of the 1 million club has subsided a bit, and expectations are a bit more realistic now that the album is officially out. I have gone on record as saying that I think he crosses the 500,000 mark.

Rapper The Game thinks that he’ll sell 650,000 according to an article on

Game said:

You think he ain’t gonna go out there and push over gold the first week? I got [him selling] over 650,000 first week. That’s what I’m giving Drake: 650, man. Every now and then, a man comes along and reshapes hip-hop; this is the dude for this time. I came out, my first album, 590,000. I feel he got a bigger buzz than I did. When I came out, everybody else was still poppin’. Right now … he’s just coming down. I got my album coming, Tip coming, Ross coming, but everybody is on their Drake stuff — even me. Dude is good, man.

What does everyone else think? We’ll know next week how hot Drake really is when the numbers are announced. Until then, it’s just guesses.