Per Rolling Stone:
R&B star Mary J. Blige hit a runaway career high during a strong final week of holiday shopping when her latest studio album, The Breakthrough, sold a massive 727,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Blige’s third Number One on the pop chart, her new effort moved nearly three times the number of copies in its first week in stores than any of her previous CDs — including her last chart-topper, 2003’s Love & Life. Also making big waves this week as one of only a handful of major year-end releases was Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx’s musical debut, the R&B album Unpredictable, which features guest spots from hip-hop superstar Kanye West, Twista, the Game, Ludacris, Common and Snoop Dogg. The Ray star’s first time out moved a seriously impressive 598,000 copies to take second place.
Alright, so I exaggerated a little, but that’s how we do it up in this piece…my piece, I might add. My rules. My distorted facts. Still, no matter how you do the math, Jamie rocked that shit, even though it wasn’t a surprise. Not to me, anyway. The title cut, Unpredictable, is sexy as hell. So far my favorite joint, however, is Extravaganza. It’s about Jamie and his boys doing what they do best: getting their mind-numbing party on, plowing through much liquor, weed, and stank-ass hoes along the way. It’s fun and it’s funny, and the flow is just sick.
Cop this joint if you don’t have it yet. Legally. At the store. Or through iTunes, or whoever’s selling it online.
You won’t be disappointed. Jamie’s got chops and the cd’s jam-packed with delicious, “alright, just f*ck me already” grooves. And it doesn’t hurt having Kanye along bringing great production value and added fun.