Two new Hip Hop releases debuted on the charts this past week. One was from an artist who has succeeded in the independent/underground grind for over a year. The other is the epitome of underground success right now, and achieving commercial recognition through digital-only release. Both works feature an array of high-profile artists, and are driving conversation online.
Yo Gotti's Live From The Kitchen Nearly Gets A Top 10 Debut
Veteran Memphis, Tennessee emcee Yo Gotti's major label debut Live From The Kitchen nearly cracked the Top 10, with a #12 debut. The Polo Grounds/RCA Records release finds Gotti after a tenure a decade ago with TVT Records. His new release includes contributions from Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa and one of the artists who he helped premier at a mainstream level, Nicki Minaj. Gotti sold over 15,000 first-week units in a quiet January.
Schoolboy Q's Habits & Contradictions Hits The Charts In Two Days
Black Hippy emcee Schoolboy Q's second digital release Habits & Contradictions released Saturday, January 14. With only two days at retail the Top Dawg Entertainment release scanned nearly 4,000 units to crack the Top 100 - without any marketing or advertising. This is the second time Q has done this, after last year's Setbacks accomplished a similar a feat almost a year to the day from January 14. Habits & Contradictions features involvement from The Alchemist, ASAP Rocky and Curren$y, in addition to appearances from Black Hippy cohorts Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/8/2012
#4. Drake - Take Care - 32,000 (1,321,000)
#6. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 24,000 (361,000)
#7. Rihanna - Talk That Talk - 22,000 (563,000)
#11. LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking - 16,000 (566,000)
#12. Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen - 16,000 (16,000)
#25. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 13,000 (1,261,000)
#28. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 12,000 (1,947,000)
#37. Common - The Dreamer / The Believer - 8,500 (106,000)
#57. Wale - Ambition - 6,100 (339,000)
#98. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions- 3,900 (3,900)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
Can both new additions sustain on the charts for at least another week? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.