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Volume 72, Issue 34, Friday, October 6, 2006

Life & Arts

Crash, skewed sales news

Hip-Hop Update

Eli Jabbe 

Cassidy's vehicle wrecked -- Cassidy, the young Philadelphia rapper who debuted a few years ago, was involved in a serious car accident earlier this week. Cass was the passenger in a SUV headed to a New York studio on Wednesday night for a recording session. As they were traveling on the road, a U-Haul truck swerved into oncoming traffic and struck Cassidy's vehicle. 

He is currently in critical condition but is breathing on his own, and doctors involved say that his brain activity is normal, though he is heavily sedated. 

AZ to drop latest album in November AZ is back with The Format, set for release on Nov. 7. The album will be the sixth from the Brooklyn veteran who first emerged in 1994 as the only guest artist on Nas' classic debut Illmatic. AZ literally stole the show on their collaboration "Life's a B****." The two later teamed as a part of The Firm, which released an album in 1997. The Format will be concise, featuring only 12 tracks. The title track is the single produced by DJ Premier.

Lupe involved in fiasco There was a bit of an issue last week with the record sales numbers for Lupe Fiasco's excellent debut Food & Liquor. Apparently, Best Buy forgot to send in their sales numbers for Lupe's album. As a result, his first week sales were lower: 57,000 instead of 80,000. 

In actuality, his debut was the highest-selling rap album, the second highest-selling on the r&b charts and the eighth highest-selling on the Billboard Top 200 charts last week. 

When the erroneous sales numbers were released, several hip-hop media writers seemed to be celebrating the fact that the numbers were low, but when the correct numbers were announced, they changed their tune by giving him props."

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