City Girls finally made their full-length comeback with their new album RAW last week, with a lot of fiery verses, bouncy production, energetic features, and a distilled and… well, raw version of their Miami bass sound. However, it looks like RAW (Real A** W***es) did not connect with audiences like they probably expected. Moreover, the duo is anticipated to sell between 6K and 8K album-equivalent units in the LP’s first week, based on initial sales projections as of writing this article. As such, many probably see these numbers as disappointing, but they don’t account for all the attention and press they’ve gotten over not just the past few years, but very recently.
For example, City Girls recently performed a medley of new material at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards. In addition, they’ve had plenty of prominent interviews and the support of the whole industry, but it looks like the album isn’t performing as well as other rap projects this year. Of course, this all comes with the caveat that sales just don’t matter, as it’s more important to focus on the artistry at hand. When seen through that perspective, it’s hard to be anything less than complacent at worst and fully satisfied at best with RAW.
City Girls Performing At The 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 3: In this image released on October 10, 2023 JT and Yung Miami of the City Girls perform during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2023 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 3, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage/Getty Images)
After all, the album is so representative of the niche that the Florida femcees carved out for themselves with their music. It’s definitely for the hardcore fans, and perhaps it’s that stick-to-your-guns attitude that didn’t make it translate to a wider audience. Also, since it’s been so long since City Girls burst onto the scene in a big way, it’s fair to say that this impacted the contemporary hype around them, as well. Regardless, JT doesn’t think that they have a bad project, and while album performance is big, it’s only one part of a much larger artistic equation.
Meanwhile, some of their biggest singles and hits still get play, and a lot of exposure means that they’re always finding new fans and connecting strongly with their established fanbase. Overall, do you think RAW continues this trend or did they miss the mark for even their most hardcore fans? Let us know what you think in the comments down below. On that note, log back into HNHH for the latest news and updates on City Girls.