Image Courtesy Roc NationJ. Cole is expected to do something that no other hip-hop artists has done in 2014 so far: enjoy huge first-week sales. However, even though the rapper is on pace to sell more than 300,000 copies of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive according to industry estimates, Cole is just not interested in the hype surrounding his sales start.
“Album in stores now. 2014 Forest Hills Drive. No thank you on projections,” he tweeted to his 5.8 million followers. “Just did Letterman, I’ll never forget it. Thank you God.”
He adds, “I dont believe in their projections. And I dont believe in their reviews. Good or bad. I believe in God, in myself, in the music and in you.”
Nevertheless, 2014 Forest Hills Drive is expected to secure his largest sales week of his career and give him his third #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
While he is likely to hold the record for the first hip-hop album to sell more than 200,000 copies in a week this year, Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint, due out Tuesday, could threaten his title — she previously sold 375,000 copies for her debut, Pink Friday.