Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/3/2010

Lil Wayne's digital album sells six figures, while another incarcerated rapper received a Top 20 debut, as Gucci Mane gets Top 5 honors, and Ice Cube comes #22.

The charts were shaken up this past week, as the releases from September 28 impacted the status quo. As he's done throughout the last decade, Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being sold considerably well, as the Cash Money Records superstar spent the week in a Rikers Island prison cell.

I Am Not A Human Being is a digital-only release until later this month (October 12), when the collection of songs is expected to appear on CD. Selling 110,000 first week, the collection of songs features Young Money Records artists such as Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Twist. Production for the album released in honor of Wayne's September 27 birthday was handled by Cool & Dre, Boi-1da and Streetrunner, among others. It was Country star Kenny Chesney that prevented Lil Wayne from achieving that coveted #1 spot.

Another artist familiar with incarceration, Gucci Mane, achieved a Top 5 release with the second in his current trilogy of albums, The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted. The Atlanta, Georgia sensation's sequel to The State vs. Radric Davis cleared 60,000 units, as The Appeal features Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz and Wyclef Jean. The Warner Brothers/Asylum/1017 Brick Squad release curiously did not feature Gucci's artists OJ Da Juiceman and Waka Flocka Flame. Waka released his debut album, Flockaveli, yesterday.

Eminem's Recovery advanced a spot back into the Top 5 this week. The Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment release has the possibility of reaching the three million mark by year's end. 

Singer Trey Songz remained at #7 overall with his Passion, Pain & Pleasure. Headed towards the 350,000 mark, Trey may now be Atlantic Records' biggest star in the wake of T.I.'s legal woes. The Petersburg, Virginia native's fourth album features Drake and Nicki Minaj. 

John Legend & The Roots' Wake Up! fell just four spaces to #12. Released through Columbia/Sony Records, the G.O.O.D Music singer and the Philadelphia mainstays linked to update soulful classics, with covers of tunes by Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes and more. Additionally, emcees such as Common, Black Thought and CL Smooth appear on this collection. The release heads towards a likely 100,000 next week. Further down the charts, this summer's album from The Roots, How I Got Over, crossed the 150,000 mark, with giant critical praise.


* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
2 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
110,000 110,000
4 Gucci Mane The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted
60,000 60,000
5 Eminem Recovery
59,000 2,716,000
7 Trey Songz Passion, Pain & Pleasure 42,000 348,000
12 John Legend & The Roots Wake Up!
31,000 94,000

Another artist debuted on the charts while presently incarcerated. Lil Boosie's aptly-titled Incarcerated released last week, as the Trill Fam rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is presently indicted for murder. The collection of new songs, largely featuring Webbie and Foxx, debuted at #13, selling 30,000 units.

Atlanta, Georgia Christian emcee Lecrae garnered a Top 20 debut with his own album called Rehab. Released on Reach Records, the veteran Lecrae's latest album appears to have cleared 28,000 units, although the listing on the charts may have a typographical error in overall units sold, it is presumed that the first week units are accurate.

Ice Cube's first album in two years received a Top 25 debut. The controversially-titled I Am The West, debuted at #22. Released through Cube's own Lench Mob Records, the aggressive collection of songs featured fellow west coast pioneer WC, as well as veteran Jayo Felony and Cube's son, OMG. I Am The West featured a reunion with 24-year production partner Sir Jinx, as well as iTunes bonus tracks produced by E-A-Ski and DJ Quik.

UGK co-founder Bun B's Trill O.G. fell just units short of 100,000 this week, although the approximations say otherwise. The Rap-A-Lot Records release features Drake, Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti, along with production from Boi-1da and DJ Premier. Yesterday, Bun B's late UGK partner released The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, his final collection of songs. 

 

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
13 Lil Boosie Incarcerated
30,000 30,000
17 Lecrae Rehab
28,000 28,000
22 Ice Cube I Am The West
22,000 22,000
123 Bun B Trill O.G.
3,600 100,000
183 The Roots How I Got Over
2,600 151,000

Will releases from Pimp C, Waka Flocka Flame and Skyzoo & !llmind keep the charts freshly updated after a long, hot summer? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

87 Comments

  • THE-XFACTA

    Wow raps BEST rapper is already off the charts? Poor Drake!

  • gnigga Pleeze

    smh at a legend like cube only doin 22,000 first week. his first album was doin 22,000 after 5 months fuckin industry

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  • NINO MUSIC

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  • Don Florenville

    wow Lecrae did 28,000 dats amazing for a christian rapper even outslod ice cube. I swear he keeps getn better every year. I'm copping Rehab nowwwwwwww!

  • dumbsmart

    lil wayne is hip-pop. dont put him in the hip-hop album sales. make a hip-pop category 4 him. throw gucci n there 2.

    • pxx

      Serves him right. Nigga was cool, but even his most die hard fans have to admit his album was shit. 22,000 is cool. his album is not cool!

  • Gorav Bagga

    AWWW MAN ONLY 22,000 FOR ICE CUBE!.....NOT COOL

  • mandddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    lol, lil gayne'z album "i'm not a human being, i'm a homo" flopped hard even when hiz faggot azz went back 2 rappin. it even sold less than "gaybirth"?!!!! where u fuckboyz at? wut da fuck happend 2 best rappa alive? wut da fuck happend 2 a milli, a milli, a milli? hahahahahaha, it flopped! say it wit me IT FLOPPED! at least da numbahz showed how many people came out da closet. fuckin homoz. and kanye'z album iz gonna destroy diz album in first week salez. u gay azz lil gayne/cum money dickridaz betta b scared now. nickgay minaj-a-tois iz gonna have a run 4 her money when she and kanye go head 2 head. g.o.o.d. muzik bout 2 take ova diz bitch! BRING IT ON MUTHAFUCKAZ!!!!

    • Rick Ross the bawse

      Mandyyyyyy you are the most homo nigga on this site. First you sucked Jay's cock now you sucking Kanye's cock. I don't like Wayne but you talk about dickriding Wayne well you the biggest dickrider here. Do us a favor take Jay and Ye's dick out of your mouth and go listen to some real hip hop, like my man Big Boi or Ross.

    • William Scooter Jones

      did this kidd just compare wayne's MIXTAPE to Carter III and Rebirth .. Punch rocks ninja!! ITS A FUKKIN MIXTAPE, still moving madd units!!

    • cmb

      you wanna talk about gay...? kayne is the biggest fag! wayne album had no promotions no single its not even in store yet and it still did 100k thats pretty good in my book

  • dexmp7

    Nonthing against Shady but he sells to white America, they still buy from stores! Damn near all black folk buy copies from street vendors. The numbers do lie. I dont hear to many bro's bumping Shady in the ATL,but I hear Gucci everywhere I go. Millions of bro's are bumping artist like Bun B but the #'s say otherwise.

    • cmb

      i only heard eminem bumpin outta 1 persons' whip my whole life and it was a white boy in a pick up truck

    • Nah

      Why doesn't Asher Roth and Paul Wall pull big numbers then? It is not just about race, people connect more with Eminem's music. Gucci is getting solid sales, if he is able to promote a project properly without getting time he should pull even better numbers than The State vs Radric Davis.

    • AnonymousToo

      I think black people is just so self conscious about bumpin Em's music. Personally I think his music is for home listening, know what i mean? If you're cruisin around I'll put some other music on instead. Em's music is more intimate to me, depends on the environment.

  • Cogna

    What the fuck is this shit...I want to see at least 2 million first week.

  • Shady_All_Day

    Nice to say Shady, great white hope, still sellin' units like a motha fucka. Shady on top all day, niggas! We're goin' for 3 million!

  • teamtune

    weezy king of record sales

  • Got Damn

    Those em numbers are just embarrassing compared to every1 else. Officer Ricky getting dropped fuck w/e lies ur goona tell us we all know you were putting def jam in the red BAWSE

    • Rick Ross the bawse

      You a fucking hater man. The Bawse almost gold in a day and age where only the best can sell a milli. Nigga Ross be seeing more cheddar than your poor ass. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NY

    I'll just come out and say it, Fuck the Popular Southern Rappers they all are shit now, old Oukast & UGK are good but they're newer stuff are very disappointing. Geto Boys, CunninLynguists, Little Brother & Wu-Syndicate still make good music but other than that I don't fuck with the south at all.

    • EddieMurrrphy

      maybe i missed something in your post @LOL aka fag. but are you speaking out against geto boys, little brother, cunninlynguists, etc. if you are you are a fuckin toy clown and you obviously dont know shit and shouldnt fuck with the south. you dont anyways, havent heard of geto boys fuck outta here. scarface ring any bells, probably your favorite fake faggy south mc's favorite emcee and inspiration hands down. scarface is responsible for lots of music comin out of that coast. learn up about shit LO-faggot L. instead of not knowing shit and comin thru like a gay ass gigglin hyena. idiot

    • LOL

      And who are those people that you actually like? Exactly. No one knows them or cares but you. Dont fuck with the south loser.

  • BWS-Fish

    it pains me to say it, but it looks like Ice Cube may have flopped. Good to see Bun B go over 100k though.

  • How I Got Over

    Gucci's increasing popularity makes me want to kill myself

  • Truthenola

    Who stil buyin recovery?? thats crazy!!! and aint nobody checkin for John legend and the roots?? shit aint makin sense now-a-days. i hope all deez fools that biggin up J. Cole crawl out from unda they rock and purchase that album cause according to da net he platinum already.

    • Dibaise

      J.Cole going platinum in a week or a month? lol...Sorry but you guys are dreamin' too hard. J.Cole is good but he's not that powerful to grab the mainstream masses the way Drake did. Drake was on Degrassi and was able to transition over into rap and was very able to use that mainstream appeal enough to get himself over to going Platinum. J.Cole is nice but nobody knows J.Cole enough for him to even approach Platinum or Double Platinum sales easily like that for a debut album. The only thing J.Cole is capable of doing is making a good album and that's it. Not so sure about sales.

    • EZ

      that Cole gon be a problem... alot of ppl wont sell cuz of cole... 1st week 500k (i hope)

  • Nathan Helton

    Gucci only did 60,000 because he didnt have a huge single like lemonade or wasted, but he will have a hit and his numbers will go up

    • Rick Ross the bawse

      Gucci, Waka and all those niggas in that group all suck major dick when it comes to rapping. Only a few niggas from the south be putting out good shit, 3K, TI(though the nigga going down), the Bawse, Scarface and Bun B, the rest of them southern niggas suck. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      'gucci only did 60,000'?? gucci shouldn't be doin 60 let alone the 4 zero's. he's a talentless lame ass gimmick. makes me mad seein such garbage rappers sellin.

  • The.Watcher

    Glad to see Wake Up and How I Got Over doing so well, everyone else on that list is fucking trash.

  • The Doctor

    New Lil Wayne Leak "Right Above It Remix" (Feat. Drake & Kanye West) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJUoctvGZyc

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    GUCCI did the same numbers big boi did in his first week i still got to buy GUCCI,BUN B,BOOSIE,PIMP C albums so damn them first week numbers

  • H-DUB

    Cube probably pissed a little bit, but the Album lived not up to it´s hype, coulda been better!

  • YUNG DUCE

    AYE EVEN WACK AZZ BOOSIE SOLD MORE THAN CUBES OLD ASS WACK NIGGAZ BOTH OF THEM, BOOSIE KILLED MY NIGGA NUSSIE GOOOOGLE IT NIGGAZ CUBE RETIRE, JAY ROCK, NIPSEY HUSSLE, LIL EAZY-E, HOOD SURGEON, YOUNG MAV... ICE WHO NIGGA?

    • Anonymous

      YOU DONT LISTEN TO LYRICS.... EVEN STATES MULTIPLY TIMES ON THE CD ITS NOT ABOUT SALES ITS ABOUT BEIN INDIE..HE HAS ENOUGH CASH YOU GAY NIGGA

  • Lay

    Ice Cubes independant 22K probaly puts more money in his pocket than selling 100K on a major...

    • sharpsh00ter155

      with indie releases the artist gets appromixatly 90% of the sales, and with major labels they get about 10%. doesnt really matter shit tho, 95% of their income comes from other shit.

  • Anonymous

    wat if someone pulled a southpark, and went platinum by selling christain albums? what a way to make money. just say jesus on beats and ppl will buy ur usic. lol smh YOOOO CRAZY CRACKED OUT GUY GOT CAUGHT TAKING A SHIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET IN FRONT OF A BABY AND FAMILY!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZiWe3i7Ato

    • cb

      i actually saw that episode it's jive funny but def not the case here check into rehab yaself and you'll see this man is serious !

  • @shawtyacemusic

    Glad people still support lil boosie. #salute @shawtyacemusic

  • Angel De Peña

    ICE CUBE IS TRASH GUCCI MANE IS TRASH LIL' WAYNE IS TRASH MOOD MUZIK 4!! JOEYYY!!!

    • chitown

      @anonymous- If nobody wanted to listen to an old ass man rappin they wouldn't be listening to Jay-Z or Eminem either. Jay is 40 and Em is 37 soon to be 38. Cube is 41 so what's the difference? It's that he's been a wack rapper for a few years now. He's a legend but his best days are long gone.

    • EddieMurrrphy

      agree with two out of three but joe budden. wow what a class A fag you are. angelo you fat pussy joe budden ain't shit. mood muzik was real deep huh. absolute joke. dude's name is joe budden and your name is Angelo. I guess all we can do is pump pump pump it up! yo angelo you tight pants pink pussy hole wat did you think of my rolls in the movie Precious?

    • Anonymous

      ice cube aint trash.. its just nobody wanna listen to a old ass man rappin..kno your hip hop disrepectful sumbitch

    • YOUNGFETTI

      SO EVERYONE IS TRASH SO LETS GUESS U BETTER THEN ALL OF THEM WIT NO DEAL RITE?....LOL...ITS CALLED HATING!!!!

  • Fossie

    ....and to Sutterkane ....you are a fuckin hypocrit ,don´t know nothing about real hiphop ,cubes kids are better than 90%of this new pophop especially Drake ;Gucci Mane and so on ....

    • SutterKane

      LOL, oh no, not an internet insult, better run to therapy so I can find a way to cope......lol Get Off My Dick, Cube's kids are trash, I dont need you to agree with me to know when I'm right and I never asked for your 2 cents....

  • MasterBake

    hahaha ice cube only did 22,000 and gucci did 60,000

    • TRUMP

      Yeah but Cube is independent and recieves 100% of the sales proceeds from his album sales... So who's laughing now... "Your Fired"

  • Fossie

    Yo Tre I shit on Christian Rap!!You 14 year old retard get outta here!

    • cb

      ayo fossie do ya homework before you try to come at a christian artist lecrae is def better than any other artist on this list and you probably couldn't follow a nursery rhyme and i'm a 26yr old grown man ... say something !

  • SutterKane

    LOL, congrats to the guy but I wouldnt go that far......he sold 28K in a week, not exactly a changing of the guard type of statement.....

  • X

    Oh look that rhymes. I am now a superior rapper to Gooch.

  • X

    Gucci makes me sick. Talentless walking gimmick.

  • TRE

    YALL SLEEPIN ON LECRAE! THAT BOY JUS SOLD MORE COPIES IN A WEEK THAN YA FAVORITE RAPPER! CHRISTIAN RAP IS FINALLY ON A RISE! YALL BETTER GET READY!

  • D

    Wow. I thought gucci would've done better but honestly I didn't even know his album was out. Follow me @deekyphd

  • Reach!!!

    Christian Rap reached the top 20. Wow, God is working! Congrats to Lecrae.

  • Anonymous

    ice cube flopped hard. His fault tho he alienates his fans putting out that wack single "she couldnt make it on her own" with his sons

  • SutterKane

    With Gucci puttin up those numbers, I wonder what Waka Floppas numbers are gonna look like?? Could Jiggaboo rap be over??? Naw, wishful thinking, I guess its just these retards that are goin outta style, we'll have new Idiots tomorrow to take their place

    • THE-XFACTA

      LMMFAO @ JIGGABOO RAP

    • sharpsh00terr155

      stfu, all you of you here. gucci and flocka suck, and people are finally realizin it. im finally giving the south some respect with the new artists there puttin out 2day. lil wayne still sucks tho, and it was a full album not just an EP, retard. the fact your getting outsold by anybody is fucken pathetic, considering the praise he gets from websites. support real hip hop please.

    • Ahktane

      Yea especially how much they play Gucci on the radio you would think he would sold 3x as much. Nah I think they gonna die out for good this time. I hope so. Waka is the wackest rapper ever. Damn Lil Wayne put out an EP not a full album and still sold more... thats proof right there.

  • rainer654

    good to see Gucci not sellin .Bad to see Ice Cube dont sellin

    • Anonymous

      word.. i realli dont care about album sales.. but as long as rppers like gucci and wayne arent selling im GOOD

  • SutterKane

    LOL @ Gucci Mane selling barely 1,000 more copies in its first week then eminem did in his, what, 14th week?? Wayne doin 110 straight digital is pretty crazy.....Not a fan, but congrats regardless Ice Cube's new album is a joke, and I'm a fan but keep your whack ass kids off the Mic next time, bad enough we gotta put up with Rev Run, Master P and now will Smiths kids......SMH @ Hip Hop turning into Romper Room

    • sharpsh00ter155

      real hip hop is scheduled for the rest of the year. all of G.O.O.D Music, mood muzik 4, free agent, nipsey...itll be some sick shit

    • dondiego211

      sutter: lol all good man

    • SutterKane

      @ Dondiego Artistically??.......Fuck no, just comparing the numbers, lol

    • dondiego211

      at sutterkane: are you really comparing gucci mane to eminem? lol, u serious??? but anyways, ice cube, step it up...get dj pooh and sir jinx back on the production boards and if u gonna call the album i am the west, please take off the southern sounding beats...be you.....*waits for 50 groupies to come in and say wayne flopped*

    • jesterdxxl

      I gotta agree Ice should have left his kids at home Dough Boy gotta few good lines but they probably came from his daddys mouth & as for OMG need I say more just look at his name... But the album otherwise is solid on the same level as Raw Footage to be honest Cube made shit difficult for himself after that classic Laugh Now, Cry Later!!! I GUESS WE JUST GOTTA FUCKIN DRINK THE KOOL AID

  • wouzi

    CONGRAT TO BOOSIE BAD ASS, LECRAE N ICE CUBE CUZ THEY GETTIN THAT INDIE MONEY

  • marty mar

    Eminem still sold almost as much as Gucci Mane? wow

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