Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/13/2012

Ab-Soul sells over 5,000 units in three days, as B.o.B. hits six figures. Meanwhile, TVT Records re-releases some vintage Pitbull to chart-worthy success.

There were two additions to the charts this week. Ab-Soul is the second Black Hippy member and Top Dawg Entertainment artist to crack the charts with a half-week digital release, following Schoolboy Q's January effort, Habits & Contradictions. Meanwhile, Pitbull's old home, TVT/The Orchard, hit the charts with a compilation of the Florida rapper's early '00s hits and feature work.

Ab-Soul Sells 5,000-Plus Units Digitally

Veteran TDE artist Ab-Soul sold approximately 5,300 units in an abbreviated week. On Friday, the Carson, California emcee released his fourth album, #ControlSystem. Now with Interscope Records backing, the veteran emcee who has toured and worked extensively with Murs worked with Black Hippy, BJ The Chicago Kid, and various other frequent collaborators on the acclaimed project. This is the follow-up to 2011's Longterm Mentality.

B.o.B.'s Strange Clouds Crosses The 100,000 Unit Mark

Following the gold-certified success of 2010's debut album, The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, Decatur, Georgia's B.o.B. has already hit six-figures sales marks with Strange Clouds. The May album which has been garnering mixed reviews in the media, mixes between Pop and Hip Hop, with appearances from Taylor Swift and Chris Brown, as well as T.I. and Playboy Tre.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/13/2012

#12. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds - 25,000 (101,000)

#20. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 18,000 (454,000)

#35. Drake - Take Care - 11,000 (1,734,000)

#46. Future - Pluto - 8,700 (79,000)

#49. Santigold - Master Of My Make Believe - 8,000 (26,000)

#67. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 6,700 (221,000)

#86. Ab-Soul - #ControlSystem - 5,300 (5,300)

#118. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 3,800 (1,429,000)

#119. Pitbull - Original Hits - 3,700 (3,800)

#156. Trip Lee - The Good Life - 2,700 - (31,000)

* 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.

Will Killer Mike's R.A.P. album win out, or Krizz Kaliko's Kickin' & Screamin' in a lyrical late Spring week ahead? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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79 Comments

  • Anonymous

    CONGRATZ BOB FOR REACHING 100,000 NEXT GO IS 500,000

  • Anonymous

    who the fuck keeps buying Futures album? i'd buy 5 nicki albums before i even looked at that retarded shitty excuse for music. and i fucking hate nicki minaj.

  • Anonymous

    get over it rap music had it time it dont sale anymore even its so called stars dont sale like jay 50 em use to do shit dmx got 15 mil under his belt

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  • Anonymous

    damn pink friday already runnin outta steam, and those are some nasty numbers from B.O.B. (bitches on bitches)

  • YESSIR

    NICKI JUST DROPPED THE VIDEO WITH CHIRS BROWN AND NAS HER ALBUM SALES WILL HAVE A BUMP NEXT WEEK YMCMB CONTINUES TO GRIND NAS CONTINUES TO COSIGN AND RIDE THE TEAMS WAVE

  • Anonymous

    Thats whats up, props to Ab-Soul, dude dont even get radio play and sold more records the Pitbull lmao thats classic.

  • bizzalls

    IT's nice to not see Lil Wayne up there the past few weeks. I am actually surprised it's not though.

  • S

    Where is Ja Rule's PIL2? That shit was classic. Rest of these albums like drake wayne jayz are bullshit mainstream!

    • Fish

      I not defending that YMCMB bullshit, but Lil Wayne wasnt mentioned on the list anywhere. The only person that brought him up is you. Just goes to show that he's on your mind. Scrape far enough below the surface of any hater and you'll find a fan....

    • Anonymous

      he got a album out?

  • The Predator

    Sales nowadays are so weak I almost die laughing when I see them.

  • Anonymous

    This internet Rozay clown is a weirdo. People done corrected him with all that "50 last album went wood" and when faced with the facts, he going back to "50 ain't getting no radio spins". You listen to ALL the radio stations around the world? Since you know all about radio, can we get a link of worldwide radio spins for Ross & 50? so we aint talkin in the past ^ SO WHY YOU STILL BRINGING UP GHETTO QURAN SAYING HE SNITCHED? Music fans know Ross is the hotter nigga in the game then both Jeezy the fake and 5.0 the snitch. Them niggas werent on no hottest list ^ AND MATURE, GROWN MEN DON'T FOLLOW WHO SOMEONE ELSE SAYS IS "HOT", THEY LISTEN TO AND DO WHAT THE F*** THEY WANT TO DO You one of them clowns who think your life is validated because you listen to the "hottest MC", WHOEVER it is, in ANY year. SHEEP

    • bizzalls

      YOu say, "50 the snitch," and "Jeezy the fake." So what the fuck do you call your favorite rapper Officer Ross, you dumb shit?

  • MR 305

    ROSS DIDNT PUT NO WORK IN FAT BOY TALKION BOUT HE GOT A CHOPPER IN THE CAR HAHA.FAT BOY CANT EVEN DRIVE WE USE TO MAKE HIM RIDE IN A U-HAUL

  • Ricky Rozay

    Rick Ross claimed that if "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" by '50 Cent sold 10 million copies, then my next record ('Deeper than Rap') will sell 12 million, however this did not materialize. my new album gonna go DOUBLE PLASTIC

    • Anonymous

      SNITCH LOL you niggas are funny now a days. I ain't a 50 fan but 50 ain't a snitch although doing things like recording phone calls is a pretty bitch move and I can understand why people would say that about him. Ghetto Quaran though is not snitching LOL you niggas stupid? Be fair the guy who shot 50 died couple weeks later over a drug deal YOU CANT SNITCH ON A DEAD NIGGA. 2. Pac, Spider Loc all said names in murder/shooting type of cases so why you ain't calling them snitches? Pac said Kimmy Henchmen robbed him in Against All Odds, Spider Loc said Orlando killed Pac so why are none of you calling him a snitch? Snitching is when you and your nigga rob a store and you tell the pigs everything to save your ass THATS SNITCHING. Not calling out niggas in a track. Ross is a CO and stole his entire identity from a real gangster and you calling 50 the nigga who is from the streets a snitch? LOL you niggas are stupid no wonder why the rap game is so fucked up yall got shit so twisted it ain't even funny.

    • 50

      In January 2009, Ross started a feud with rapper 50 Cent because he supposedly looked at him the wrong way at the BET Awards. 50 Cent told news sources that he did not remember seeing Ross there.[39] In late January, "Mafia Music", by Ross, leaked onto the Internet. There were several lines that seemed to diss 50 Cent. Days later, 50 Cent released "Officer Ricky FAT fuck got mad because i didnt say wsup i dont fuck with gold ARTIST SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!! We don't wanna hear your mafia tough talk That fake fuck boy shit don't fly in New York You wanna listen to Joe? You wanna listen to Khaled? Fine, I'll just fuck everybody up while I'm at it First, It's We The Best, then it's We Depressed After this shit flop there like damn We Stressed We a mess he's not the nigga to test It's ninety degrees out here and we gotta wear a vest Call me crazy go 'head call me crazy Me and your baby mama 'gon get intimate maybe Imagine how she felt when she seen how I lived When I use the intercom to find niggas in my crib Hey! I'm the biggest boss she seen thus far My money comin in the mornin so I'm up with Russ Par Early in the mornin turn your radio on 50 bout to come on, you missin the joint

    • Anonymous

      hot and having a buzz dont sale record

    • Ricky Rozay

      Music fans know Ross is the hotter nigga in the game then both Jeezy the fake and 5.0 the snitch. Them niggas werent on no hottest list, them niggas aint got a buzz like Rozay. I don't hear none of they shit gettin spins on the stations, so we aint talkin in the past, we talkin bout whos relevant now and the fact is, the game has passed Jeezy and Ross already ethered that nigga 50. Who the fuck is listenin to 50 now? No one, but plenty niggas be bumpin Ross. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 50

      PRETENDERS ? nothing about my life is fake them streets know about me moms murked nigga tried to murk me he dead ross is fucking def jam's puppet idustry cb4 motherfucker

    • Anonymous

      Before I Self Destruct is RIAA certified gold. So if that is what you call "went wood", then RICK ROSS HAS BEEN DOING THAT HIS WHOLE CAREER.

    • Anonymous

      who did fif snitch on ? we still waiting for that guy to show up

    • JEEZY

      While you was going gold i was going double platinum you fat fuck you been out so long and will never have a platinum album fake ass boss

    • 50

      My last album went gold like ALL of your albums

    • Anonymous

      I never understood How a snitch & A Fraud dont get along 50 & Ross are as fake as each other, they should do an album together called "The Pretenders"

    • Ricky Rozay

      Nigga what the fuck that got to do with anything. its a proven fact sales aint as good as they were when 5-0 first came out. Anyway the snitches last album went wood. Oh btw you a 50 dickrider I can see, Ross already ethered that moneys wack ass career, FOH nigga. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Red Granger

    YMCMB needs to drop Nicki and sign a female rap artist from New Orleans. Those female rappers in New Orleans look better and rap better than Nicki.

  • YESSIR

    YOU KNOW YOU OM TOP WHEN YOU HAVE SOLD DAMN NEAR A HALF A MILLION RECORDS AND NIGGAS IS HATING LMAO WHO GOING TO SELL MORE THAN NICKI IN HIPHOP THIS YEAR?

    • YESSIR

      @ LIL WAYNE IM DOING THE BEST I CAN FAM, MY BAD THO DIDNT MEAN TO MAKE YOU PLUG IN YOUR COMPUTER TO GET AT ME. IMA SWITCH IT UP A LIL FOR NEXT TIME BUT PLZ DONT EMBARRASS ME IN FRONT OF MY PEERS. IM SORRY

    • Lil Wayne

      Whats up yall this Lil Wayne right here. I know the nigga YESSIR be buggin the shit out of yall but we gotta pay the lil nigga to troll for us to keep our buzz up and runnin u understand what Im sayin? Well actually, we aint pay em yet cuz Birdman be on that bullshit. Listen YESSIR, ya job is to put our names out there, not to be riding our dicks aight? YMCMB we don't fuck witchu. You a groupie fan, and if I keep hearing that you on that bullshit, ya gon be fired. Now get back to work and stay away from the dickriding, don't make me come back here.

    • ItsTheTruth

      Eminem put his movie on hold to work on new music, you better hope he don't drop this year, cuz he'll definitely outsell ya girl nicki. But let's be honest...If nicki wasn't in YMCMB, you wouldn't be rooting for her. You're the type of dickrider that would hate a certain rapper than turn around and love them once they sign on the dotted line to your favorite label. Root for Drake, or Tyga, or Wayne, but only teen girls fuckin with Nicki right now lol, so it's not a good look that u cheerin her on. To each his own tho.

  • Anonymous

    Everybody talking about Cash Money being on the decline, but no other rap label is selling more than them.......lol

    • ?

      co-sign Jay.. you can't deny their popularity. doing so would make anyone look stupid as fuck but musically, they are wack.

    • Jay

      However Nicki minaj is REALLY on a decline lol people figured her wack ass out..at least wayne and drake have their moments....shes just flat out horrible

    • Jay

      No people hate on them cause their music sucks lol fuck who the biggest label is....ur dumb if you think they are on a decline in popularity jizzy drake and wayne are 2 of the biggest artists in the world no matter how wack they are

    • Hip Hop Doc

      I agree that they have the number 1 rap label in the world right now. I think alot of people hate them because they are from Louisiana and don't diss other labels.

    • land lord

      They're the #1 label no ?'s but its interesting 1 of their biggest artist is struggling to go gold. I never would've predicted this.

  • Furious Styles

    Yessir is a little Brit kid that should be out looking for a job and improving his life.Drake and Wayne do not and never will care about you as much as you care about them. Enjoy the music and spare everyone your trolling comments.Get a girlfriend or something little Brit kid.

  • Anonymous

    11mil followers and you flop

    • Anonymous

      If selling a million plus albums in less than a month is a flop, then 95% of the rappers super flopped, because only 5% did better.

  • jesus

    who the fuck is ab soul? gtfo man, 5000 sales, i bet they were all from ass holes on this website!

    • Jay GoShin

      First off Ab-Soul has had a buzz for the last year and a half to two years. Two, 5000 units in a couple days for an independent artist is pretty good.

    • Anonymous

      naw i downloaded that shit from piratebay 5000 is pretty good for a relatively unknown dude with some internet buzz, and the album was only on itunes i believe, he sold more first week than snoop doggs last album

  • Anonymous

    why is santigold on this list? since when does she rap?

  • too real

    cant wait for GAME to sign to YMCMB...he gonna be laughin so hard at 50 and g-unit..damn, getting dropped from g-unit was the best thing for him, look at where all the rest of them fools are...

    • Anonymous

      haha game dont sale records anymore and ymcmb is on the decline look at tyga and big budget nicki

  • Anonymous

    None of these albums are worth buying... they all sucked, in the exception of Watch The Throne, and I don't even like Gay z or Kangaye!!!!

  • THA TRUTH

    why they never mention CARTER 4?? ALSO GAMES RED ALBUM is a classic, it will be gold by the end of the year..RECOGNIZE real hiphop..Game winning, still on interscope..cant wait for F.I.V.E

    • Anonymous

      yeah the year of 2020 if red is a classic i would hate to hear what else you think is a classic

    • YESSIR

      GAME WILL BE YMCMB SOON ENOUGH AND I AM A HUMAN BEING 2 IS COMING SOON FAM AND ITS STRAIGHT HEAT

  • Anonymous

    where obie at with his sales

  • YESSIR

    SHOUT OUT TO NICKI FOR GRINDING THESE SALES OUT. NOBODY WORKS HARDER THAN THE YMCMB TEAM. DRAKE DOING HIS THING OUT ON TOUR GIVING THESE LIL NIGGAS LIKE MEEK J COLE A CHANCE TO GET SOME MONEY. TYGA OVERSEAS DOIN SHOW YMCMB IS WORKING. 16 LETTERS YMCMB OVOXO MMG WTB

    • NOSIR

      Nicki's album flopped she was supposes to go PLATINUM by now but is still struggling to go GOLD face it Cousin YESSIR you need to realize this is a sign that YMCMB is falling off and stop frontin on ROC NATION because you know they are the SHIT! and a true smybols of what real Hip Hop is today SHIT! they actually show ya'll YMCMB nigga's how it's done ROC NATION making that music that is going to carry on a new era in the Hip Hop World so stop sleeping on us wake up 28 LETTERS FOR U ROC NATION DREAMVILLE GOOD MUSIC......WE THE BUSINESS

    • NOSIR

      WHATEVER Cousin YESSIR u live in a fantasy land to think that no one works harder than YMCMB PLEASE u have it twisted ROC NATION is the hardest working team in this rap game today not YMCMB u see cousin ROC NATION doesn't use Gimmicks, Publicity, Media Hype, and acts to be successful, THAT'S RIGHT! we the ROC NATION Team go out and create our own circles our own Buzz, and we use our God given talent to impress and win over fans unlike YMCMB those losers have to feed off eachother and use the boss Lil Wayne's success to be able to be successful themselves use see that's why Drake has J.Cole and others on tour with him he needs true Hip Hop leaders to guide him and show him what real Hip Hop face it J.Cole is showing Drake how to stand on his own COLE WORLD J.Cole stay teaching Drizzy Drake the ropes that's why ROC NATION is where it's at we have independent selfmade artist over here that will carry this rap game into the future ROC NATION will always be better than YMCMB just wait until Jay Electronica drops his debut album which will be real soon that shit is going to be FIRE!!! and finally a album worth listening to some real Hip Hop so YMCMB ya'll nigga's need to take note and learn from a real rap record label doing it ROC NATION we showing everybody how it's done in this Hip Hop Game 28 LETTERS FOR U ROC NATION DREAMVILLE GOOD MUSIC

    • Anonymous

      self made

    • Anonymous

      mad men vol 1? wtf is that shit?

    • YESSIR

      LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IT WONT MAKE BUDGET HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND? GO AHEAD TELL ME WHAT COST SO MUCH FOR NICKIS ALBUM GIVE US A BREAKDOWN LMAO

    • FLOP CITY

      MMG DONT SALE SHIT ROSS BEEN PAST HIS PEAK MADE MEN VOL 1 58K 1ST WEEK TRIPLE C 12K 1ST WEEK ROSS IS WASHED UP HE A GOLD ARTIST NOBODY KNOWS HIM HE NOT A INTERNATIONAL STAR HE A FAT FAKE FROM MIAMI

    • FLOP CITY!!!!!

      YEAH TYGA AND NICKI ON TOUR THEY HAVE TO RECOUP THAT MONEY FOR THE VIDEOS AND PROMO NICKI FLOPPED HER ALBUM WONT EVEN MAKE UP FOR THE BUDGET AND THAT TOUR MONEY IS GOING STRAIGHT TO THE LABEL UNTIL THEY BREAK EVEN

    • YESSIR

      DRAKE AND WAYNE ARE LIVING LEGENDS NICKI IS NOT BUT SHE IS A GODDESS. SHE IS DOING THE BEST NUMBERS OF THE YEAR SO FAROF ANY HIPHOP ACT SO SHE IS DOING HERE THING. SHE ALSO IS GETTING MONEY WITH MAJOR CORPORATE SPONSORS AND SHE IS COMING OUT WITH A LOT OF PRODUCTS PLUS TOURING TRUST YMCMB IS A MOVEMENT FLY HIGH OR GET FLOW OVER

    • FLOP CITY

      OH NOW WE GRINDING OUT SALES? I THOUGHT SHE WAS GONNA DO DRAKE AND WAYNE NUMBERS GET OFF THE TIT AND BURN THEM PUSSY PANTS YOU GOT ON.

  • Adam

    Damn, Pluto was a classic, that should be 2 times platinum by now, the state of hip hop sales must be bad when a classic like that can't even go gold.

  • YESSIR

    I'M A GROUPIE AND A HOE AT THE SAME DAMN TIME, I LICK ASS I LICK BALLS AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. AT THE SAME DAMN TIME, AT THE SAME DAMN TIME...

    • Anonymous

      cool story bro

    • NOSIR

      I'M Dick Suckin Groupies squirtin out lot of cum leavin MAGIC, two Horny Gay ROC NATION Groupie and I won 'em using MAGIC, The way a take it up the Ass having Gay Sex, Call it MAGIC, Callin Got a list full of Gay Groupies cause love dick fuckin MAGIC, WALA MAGIC, WALA MAGIC, WALA MAGIC, WALA MAGIC, Every needs to be a Gay Groupie taste the dick it's MAGIC, Gay Marriages on the rise already thanks to OBAMA'S MAGIC!!!

  • ty from the chi

    dam nicki career went fast hiphop album sales are weak as hell if jay and kanye wouldve dropped watch the throne 5-10 years ago it would have went diamond aint nobody really pushing major units no more but back to nicki how you got 11 million twitter follwers and your album struggling to go gold suspect

    • Darius

      The answer is simple...her album was ass(not that the first one was any better). Stupid Hoe was the lead single and everyone hated that shit. Then it was Starships, which was also hated. It sounds like a damn Katy Perry record. A lot of ppl didn't even know her shit was coming out because those singles weren't hot at all.

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