DMX released his first album in over six years. The onetime Yonkers, New York superstar’s Undisputed marks X’s first album away from Ruff Ryders Entertainment, although Swizz Beatz remains greatly involved in the rapper’s seventh solo album. The Top 20 debut is the lowest of DMX’s career, which has included all but five #1 debuts (2006’s Year Of The Dog…Again scored a #2).
In an otherwise quiet week on the charts, Reggaeton/Latin Hip Hop star Daddy Yankee also debuted, with his sixth album, Prestige. Previously, Yankee worked with N.O.R.E., Pitbull and Paul Wall throughout his decade-plus career.
DMX Claims To Be Undisputed
In his first release since 2006, DMX is back with a new label despite some familiar album personnel. Dame Grease, Swizz Beatz and Elite all supplied Dark Man X with production, as vocal guests of note are limited to Machine Gun Kelly (a/k/a MGK). Undisputed sold over 17,000 first-week copies, scoring X a Top 20 placement in a career once dominated by #1’s.
The rapper was in headlines extensively during his release week, most notably for threatening remarks about Drake, an artist DMX claims he’s never met, but would have “beat up” at the height of his career.
2 Chainz’ Based On A T.R.U. Story Is The #1 Rap/Hip-Hop Album Again
With the downward shift of releases, 2 Chainz’ Based On A T.R.U. Story is the #1 Rap/Hip-Hop album (#13 overall). The Def Jam Records solo debut from the Playaz Circle member has sold over 270,000 units to date, and features Drake, Kanye West and Scarface. Production is handled by Southside, Kanye and Bangladesh, among others.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/16/2012
#13. 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story – 21,000 (271,000)
#14. Lecrae – Gravity – 19,000 (92,000)
#19. DMX – Undisputed – 17,000 (17,000)
#21. Trey Songz – Chapter V – 16,000 (217,000)
#25. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange – 14,000 (309,000)
#28. Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t – 12,000 (398,000)
#38. Daddy Yankee – Prestige – 8,200 (8,200)
#50. Slaughterhouse – welcome to: Our House – 6,600 (72,000)
#62. Nas – Life Is Good – 5,800 (295,000)
#69. DJ Khaled – Kiss The Ring – 5,200 (68,000)
* 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.
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