Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/20/2012

Killer Mike receives his strongest debut since "Monster," while Krizz Kaliko nearly reaches Top 40.

Like last week, there were two big additions to the charts this week. Strange Music's Krizz Kaliko's fourth solo album very nearly landed a Top 40. At #42, Krizz garnered his strongest chart performance to date and the latest in a run of Strange Music successes outside of Tech N9ne releases. Killer Mike's sixth solo album, produced entirely by Brooklyn's El-P, independently achieved a Top 100 placement, along with some of the biggest critical praise in an already heralded career.

Also debuting on the charts is Interscope Records-backed rapper-singer Rye Rye's first solo album, Go! Pop! Bang!. Her album features production from The Neptunes, Bangladesh and Play-N-Skillz. Mac Miller and Bad Meets Evil also returned to the Top 200 after hiatus with some releases being down, moving room on the bottom of the charts.

Killer Mike Sells R.A.P. Music To The People

Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music, debuting at #77, is the best first-week showing for the rapper since his 2003 major label debut, Monster. R.A.P. is already one of the releases getting "album of the year" talk from fans, as 2012 approaches its midpoint. The Williams Street release, an Adult Swim subsidiary, released Mike's sixth album, the first produced by El-P, known for co-founding Company Flow and his groundbreaking work with Cannibal Ox. Fellow Southern Rap veterans T.I. and Bun B appear on the album, along with scratching from longtime Eyedea musical partner, DJ Abilities. Earlier this week, Mike spoke in-depth with HipHopDX about the chemistry he's found with El.

Krizz Kaliko's Kickin' & Screamin' Sets A New Personal Best

With 2009's Genius achieving a #85 debut, Krizz Kaliko nearly doubled his personal best with Kickin' & Screamin' first-appearing on the charts at #42. The Strange Music release features platinum stars such as T-Pain, Chamillionaire and Twista, with the Kansas City native toying with EDM and Dubstep on some of his production. K&S arrives after extensive touring with Tech N9ne in 2011 and 2012.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/20/2012

#15. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 21,000 (475,000)

#20. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds - 16,000 (118,000)

#35. Drake - Take Care - 10,000 (1,744,000)

#42. Krizz Kaliko - Kickin' & Screamin' - 9,500 (9,500)

#54. Future - Pluto - 7,000 (86,000)

#55. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 7,000 (228,000)

#77. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music - 5,300 (5,300)

#106. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 3,500 (1,432,000)

#149. Ab-Soul - #ControlSystem - 3,400 (7,700)

#166. Trip Lee - The Good Life - 2,100 - (33,000)

* 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 El-P's Cancer For Cure make it back-to-back weeks for the Fort Greene emcee/producer? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

Last Week's Charts



  • yo mama

    why buy what you can get for free?

  • boss.

    dumbass think that nicki flopping. Yeah she not selling that great here but she bout to be platinum worldwide. She did super bowl. Grammys. NBA all star game. World wide pepsi ad. world wide adidas dropping this fall. At the mogul level with mac, oi, fragrance, AND clothing line. WORLD WIDE tour right now, second leg in the fall. millions of records and albums sold, only relevent female right now. And YMCMB falling? hah. they on the top of the game. wayne. drake. nicki. tyga. nobody doing as big as them. NOW YOU TELL ME WHO THE FUCK IS WINNING.

    • Anonymous

      Typical loser shit, try and justify a failure by comparing it to other failures Doesnt change the fact that her album Underperformed. Diffrence is YM is the most overhyped, overpromoted & Overblown label in buisness With all the money spent on that album, Birdman probably hasnt recouped from Nicki's sales and will probably be taking money out her touring and Merch to make up the diffrence Her album didnt do what it was suppose to, bottom line, comparing it to 5,000 other failures wont change the fact that it is a failure itself

    • ETK

      Not hip hop that's for sure

  • slickwatts100

    this guy sells 5,300 and it's his BEST week since 2003? he's better off drving around with a trunk full of them shit's and personally sell them 10 dollars a pop

  • The Assassin

    Rap music is selling poorly because it simply isn't very good.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Where's Trophies?I heard Its sold about 10000 so far, can anyone confirm this?

  • smh

    R.A.P slbum and Control System are two of the best this year. I think Control System has AOTY right now.

  • Huh...

    as long as Nicki stays flopping, I'm happy.

    • NOSIR

      LOL!!! Obviously your sad cousin YESSIR u expected Nicki to be Platinum by now but she is still struggling to reach Gold lol this Bitch still needs 2 more weeks and like a whole year and a half to actually go Platinum i'm happy ass a motherfucker cause this is one of the signs YMCMB is slipping and will eventually fall off one by one 28 LETTERS FOR U ROC NATION DREAMVILLE GOOD MUSIC.......WE THE BUSINESS

    • YESSIR


  • AMiAM

    i notice a lot of comments regarding the low number of sales but, i'm curious to know. do most of yall buy albums that are released? or do we feel they are not good enough for purchase?

  • Immortal On My Grind

    Sales are fucked up nowadays the best seller only sold 21,000 lmao

  • Anonymous

    The charts are dead.

  • killa killa jigga

    that killer mike album is dope. gotta laugh at nicki's numbers bitch makes the worst music around i know its pop but its really shitty pop not even the tolerable kind thats catchy her music is so bad its funny



    • @yessir

      Take Care a classic? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! Good joke.

    • NOSIR

      A sales jump cousin YESSIR the bitch only sold 21,000 this week who gives fuck about her lame video she ain't going Platinum anytime soon this year anyway face it her grind is lowing down fast and it's only a matter of time til it comes to a screeching holt and don't get me started with Drakes Take Care album Shit we all know Weezy and Birdman brought like 950,000 copies of those albums for Drake it's true Drake, Tyga, Nicki and the whole YMCMB team are fake ass gimmicks with no talent they rely on popularity, publicity stunts or acts, other big rap artists, as well as hype for success that's why ROC NATION is better than YMCMB we use talent and natural born swag for success besides our grind is just gettin started YEA! we got J.Cole with a very successful debut album, Jay-Z had a very amazing collab album with Kanye, and pretty soon Jay Electronica will drop his debut album putting even more realness back into the Hip Hop game ROC NATION is where it's at if i told ya'll once i've told ya'll over a million times ROC NATION is carrying Hip Hop into a new era all other record labels better take note and learn from the realest record label in the game ROC NATION we showing all how to do it 39 LETTERS FOR U ROC NATION DREAMVILLE GOOD MUSIC GRAND HUSTLE

    • Anonymous

      nicki said she was aiming to sell 5 milli again. quite laughable considering the fact that she hasnt even made 10% of that

  • FaithInTheMajority

    Possible album of the year debuted at 5000 copies.. El-P will definitely sell more than Killer Mike, but Mike deserved to. I won't go into the politics/whatever of Why. I'm an older El-P fan, but I like Mike's project better. I think both are great though. Sales are far down. I mean, top 40 is only 10k copies. There was a time when you had to sell 20,000 to get to where Killer Mike is this week. Even in 2007, El-P was #78 with over 11,000. At least acts worth seeing still do shows/tours.

  • s

    Where is that JA rule pil2? That shit was classic. Fucck all this mainstream bs.. drake, wayne, wtt, red. all bs

  • Team Love Jones

    Wow, Nicki Minaj hasn't even been on tour for her album yet. When she goes on tour, her album will get platinum status. I wonder why her label hasn't sent her on tour yet?

    • the truth

      shes not a good performer and the audience is getting hip to that. after that roman performance no one is dropping $100 to see that mess up close.

    • YESSIR


    • Anonymous

      she was on a promo tour they cant afford it album promo is done move on

  • Anonymous

    dang, jigga and yeezy done did over 250 shows to promote their album and they haven't even went double platinum. lil wayne did 45 shows and sold 2.5 in less time......lol

    • ETK

      Lil Wayne had three, four hot ass chart topping singles duhh that's why it sold so much... All Jay/Kanye had was Niggas in Paris

    • LOLer

      but at least jay and ye still have their artistic integrity. wayne has lost his "best rapper alive" spot all while selling double platinum. so that means he must really suck now cause its not like people havent heard the album to critic it, it sole 2x plat...LOL

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  • OC

    In Mike's own words: "If underground rap loyalty is what I meant to me Then I will shit, and you ain't shit to me"

  • Yep

    Killer Mike got what he deserved for talking all that love for Bozo. Kiss Kiss Kiss suck suck suck. Bwahahahaha 5,000 albums sold. That sucks a lot.

  • Anonymous

    are they really congratulating Killer Mike for selling 5000 albums first week ? is this how bad Hip Hop is doing ?

    • gutter man

      lol,thats how bad the whole country is doing . you know the country is in a recession right. the difference is on a labellike Mikes on he probably see's atleast 2 bucks an album. he made 10 grand this week. how bout you? plus sales dont mean shit unless your fav rappers are justin beiber and drake.

    • FaithInTheMajority

      He hasn't had a top 100 album since 2003. Most music artists, let alone rap, don't come back to doing anything after basically being a 1-hit wonder and then being off the chart radar for years. So it's significant that he's doing anything on the charts now and is reaching a different fanbase.


      EXACTLY...they congratulate all these otehr MCs that dont sell nothing,and never will break GOLD, but yet they all DISS game, when he has two platinum album, one gold (almost platinum) and a forth on it way to gold.I never seen so much hate to any artist,but anyway, haters will be haters..peace

  • Anonymous

    No Laughterhouse bums solo catalog?! What a surprise! You'd think, however, with all the fake HYPE Interscope is PAYING for people would be curious... I guess people aren't that stupid after all.

  • lil twist

    Y'all stupid as hell YESSIR is really a female me her and lil wayne had a threesome last nite me and wayne shitted and came in a wine glass and yessir drunk it all up in one breath rite before wayne fuk her n da ass wit a dildo while birdman watched while he was jackin nicki minaj dick dam wat a nite I bet they didn't no I was recordin us da whole time on my iphone I'm jackin off 2 it now while slim is blowing my ass wit red lipstick on I told dat nigga take his tongue ring out tho


    EVERYONE needs to realx with the hate, seriously...the ALBUM was a succes, face the facts, and for people showing the decline in sales,since his first 3 albums, EVERY artist is selling less albums, hes 4 albums deep on a MAJOR LABEL in the rap game now..A MAJOR accomplishment..

    • Anonymous

      You're fucking retarded. He sucked the whole industry off on that album, aimed it at every audience, was building the hype for years, begged his fans on twitter to buy two copies and still managed to fuck up.

    • Anonymous

      sorry man the red album was a mixtape game is not a solo artist his last hit song was on the documentry

    • Anonymous

      no its not


    anyone knows where GAMES RED ALBUM stands, I know it sold over 500k worldwide,anyone know in the U.S only? That album was a classic..cant wait for F.I.V.E..and for the haters, if it was a failure, interscope would have dropped him..GAME KEEPS WINNING

    • yup

      the third anonymous had it right. I wouldn't have believed that Game copied flows if I hadn't heard the gay ass track with Tyler the Creator; he should have renamed himself to Game, The Creator.

    • IOB

      How can an album with one good track (The City) that he was murdered on be a classic? Game's ABC rhyming is for idiots who love simpleton mainstream rap.

    • anonymous

      GAME has done just over 250K on the RED Album

    • Anonymous

      that album didnt move 500k of nothing cut it out

    • stop the bullshit with the red album

      The R.E.D. Album was one of the most anticipated albums of 2011.[103][104][105][106][107] The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 98,000 copies in the United States, a major fall from his previous three released album sales.[108][109] It serves as Game's 3rd number-one album in the US,[108] following 2005's The Documentary and 2006's Doctor's Advocate, his last album, LAX, debuted at No. 2 in 2008 with 239,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.[110] It also reached number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts.[108] In its second week on the Billboard 200, the album fell to number 8 with only 39,000 copies sold.[111] As of November 16, 2011, the album has sold 206,000 copies in the United States.[112] In Canada, it entered at number 2 on the Canadian Albums Chart, with first-week sales of 10,000 copies.[113] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 14 on the UK Albums Chart, with first-week sales of 10,148 copies.[114] In Austria, the album debuted at number 39 on the Austrian Albums Chart,[115] and in Australia, the album debuted at number 12 on the Australian Albums Chart.[116] In Belgian, the album debuted at number 75 on the Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) and peaked at number 32,[117] and in the Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) the album debuted at number 36.[118] In Denmark, the album debuted at number 17 on the Danish Albums Chart,[119] in the Netherlands, the album debuted at number 45 on the Dutch Albums Chart,[120] in the France, the album debuted at number 30 on the French Albums Chart,[121] in the Republic of Ireland, the album debuted at number 7 on the Irish Albums Chart,[122] in New Zealand, the album debuted at number 19 on the New Zealand Albums Chart,[123] in Norway, the album debuted at number 28 on the Norwegian Albums Chart and peaked at number 27,[124] and in Switzerland, the album debuted at number 7 on the Swiss Albums Chart.[125]

    • Anonymous

      haha red album a classic when he copy the flow of the featured artist? you cant love hiphop

    • Anonymous

      no such thing as worlwide stop leaning on that cruch the album is far from gold it will never be gold

  • andre61

    the rap game isn't fucked up, just big names is not releasing new albums right now... looking forward for new Wayne's, Ross', Nas' and I don't consider Nicki's album as a flop, everybody have heard her new album, but probably her fans got scared that with more records sold, she will waste all her money or bigger /and uglier/ ass

  • Anonymous

    ur tellin me krizz. and killer mike/el-p sold under 10k..thats sad, but as long as music like that comes out, dont care what they sell

  • Anonymous

    rap music is no longer the top music in america instead of sales just listen to some good music

  • AJB

    The game is fucked up.

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