This was the most exciting week to date on the charts this year for the Hip Hop community. Two DXnext alums, Tyga and Chiddy Bang both debuted in the Top 10 with new major label albums. These are the first two Top 10 debut appearances for 2012 Rap releases.
Tyga Is The Last King, For This Week
Young Money's Tyga's sophomore album, Careless World: Rise Of The Last King scored a Top 3 debut, with over 60,000 units sold. The follow-up to 2008's No Introduction performed over 100 places higher than that Decaydance Records release ever achieved. Careless World achieved the Top 3 despite reports of several retailers unable to sell the album due to a disputed sample of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s voice. The 60,000-plus who did purchase the album heard features by Nas, Wale and Lil Wayne.
Chiddy Bang Soars On The Charts With Breakfast
EMI Records artists Chiddy Bang scored a Top 5 debut with their studio full-length debut, Breakfast. The 2010 DXnext duo of Xaphoon Jones and Chiddy sold over 30,000 units. The digital-only release features samples from Train, V.V. Brown and others.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/26/2012
#3. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 61,000 (61,000)
#5. Chiddy Bang - Breakfast - 31,000 (31,000)
#9. Drake - Take Care - 26,000 (1,495,000)
#20. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 16,000 (478,000)
#32. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 13,000 (1,349,000)
#35. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 12,000 (2,025,000)
#59. J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story - 7,400 (562,000)
#123. Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg - Mac + Devin Go To High School (Original Soundtrack) - 3,500 (107,000)
#124. Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park - 3,400 (292,000)
#182. Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen - 2,400 (38,000)
* 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.