Originally Posted by Mangudai954
Its ridiculous but immediately tells me that the person is just a casual fan of rap.
You think the average fan knows who sold?
that's absolutely ridiculous. If you stopped 10 casual fans on the street they'd tell you that Future is platinum when in reality he'd be lucky to go gold. Fetty is double platinum to the casual fan.
The casual fan doesn't know what Soundscan is. Never been to HitsDailyDouble or Billboard. None of those sites cater to casual fans. They know what's HOT. Sometimes what's hot sells (Drake/Lil Wayne/DMX/Snoop) sometimes it doesn't (Gucci Mane/Future/Fetty Wap)
Once hip-hop was commercialized sales began to matter. They mattered before then. When Busy Bee was MCing parties I'm sure he wanted the venue to be jam packed. When Herc was in the park he wanted the WHOLE hood to come out. You want your art on display for as many people as possible, obviously there are a few exceptions but about 95% of those involved in the culture want maximum exposure relative to your core. From the DJ, to the MC, to the B-Boy, to the graffiti artist. Cats wasn't bombing trains so NO ONE would see their work.