As early reports indicated, 2 Chainz' solo debut scored a #1 overall album. The longtime member of Playaz Circle, f/k/a Titty Boi re-emerged throughout the last 24 months into one of the biggest career comebacks of the last decade. Based On A T.R.U. Story gives 2 Chainz the highest chart placement of his career, beating out the group's best by over 27 places. Following success of albums by Frank Ocean, Nas and Rick Ross, this also continues Def Jam Records' powerful summer run of multiple Top 3 debuts, with all but Frank grabbing #1's.
Two veteran acts within the Rap community, Insane Clown Posse and Kottonmouth Kings debuted on the charts. Both cult-followed indie acts secured Top 40 debuts. Last week K.M.K. released Mile High on the news of a tragic death of a former member, Pakelika.
2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U. Story Goes #1
2 Chainz' Based On A T.R.U. Story was the solo debut of the Atlanta, Georgia rapper. His Def Jam release features Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Scarface and Mike Posner, to name a few. Production on the effort met with mixed reviews is by Bangladesh, Carlos "6 July" Broady, The-Dream and West's ensemble.
The album is supported by singles "No Lie" and "Birthday Song."
Tyga & Nicki Minaj Climb The Charts Waving The Young Money Flag
Two releases from earlier this year made a strong surge during last week's sales accounting. Nicki Minaj's sophpmore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded climbed 22 places to #26. The April album continues to be the highest-selling of 2012 Hip Hop releases.
Minaj's Young Money Records label-mate, Tyga, also got a strong surge. The California native's own sophomore release, Careless World: Rise Of The Last King rose 21 spots. The February release was one of the year's first Rap Top 5 debuts. This week, Tyga announced plans for his third solo release, Hotel California.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/19/2012
#1. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 147,000 (147,000)
#3. Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't - 43,000 (322,000)
#4. Insane Clown Posse - Mighty Death Pop - 41,000 (41,000)
#22. Nas - Life Is Good - 15,000 (260,000)
#26. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 14,000 (627,000)
#32. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange - 11,000 (262,000)
#35. Kottonmouth Kings - Mile High - 10,000 (10,000)
#59. Maybach Music Group Presents... - Self Made, Volume 2 - 6,600 (216,000)
#64. Flo Rida - Wild Ones - 6,100 (80,000)
#69. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 5,500 (284,000)
* 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 DJ Khaled's major label return, Kiss The Ring, score a #1? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.