New releases flooded the charts from last week. DJ Drama scored his highest-ranking debut to date in Quality Street Music. At #15, the E1 Entertainment album is the second compilation release in as many years from The Aphilliates leader, and marks the first time he cracked the Top 20 of the overall charts. Producer Flying Lotus shocked the charts with his own Top 40 appearance for Until The Quiet Comes. Previously, Fly-Lo has worked with Killer Mike, Finale and Blu.
Duck Down's Skyzoo also debuted on the charts with his latest release, A Dream Deferred. The Brooklyn, New York emcee is no stranger to the charts, having witnessed success with The Salvation and Live From The Tapedeck in years past. Meanwhile, Rap-A-Lot Records released another winning-project from Z-Ro in the Houston, Texas emcee/singer's drug series. Angel Dust sold nearly 4,000 first-week copies. Lastly, Strange Music's homegrown star Kutt Calhoun is the latest label act to crack the charts with Kelvin. The Kansas City, Missouri's second full-length album comes a year following his first LP.
DJ Drama Tells The Charts That He Makes Quality Street Music
Veteran mixtape/album-maker DJ Drama's fourth studio album Quality Street Music scored the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native a Top 20. Mr. Thanksgiving's second independent album maintained the high-profile guests that were witnessed during his Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records tenure. T.I., Young Jeezy and Birdman are featured, along with rising stars Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino. Drama sold nearly 25,000 first-week units with the E1 release.
Skyzoo Is Living His Dream
Following the success of Murs & Fashawn's This Generation chart appearance last week, Duck Down found a Top 200 winner in Skyzoo's A Dream Deferred. Billed as Sky's second studio album, the effort follows 2009's The Salvation, and has been met with critical acclaim. Freeway and Talib Kweli are notable guests, as Sky's album includes concept track dedications to both filmmaker Spike Lee and newly-released '90s emcee Chi-Ali (who later appeared on a remix of his dedication). No longer a Jamla Records artist, this album also features involvement from longtime Sky-endorser 9th Wonder.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/7/2012
#12. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer - 28,000 (289,000)
#15. DJ Drama - Quality Street Music - 24,000 (24,000)
#18. Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 - 21,000 (110,000)
#31. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 14,000 (317,000)
#34. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes - 13,000 (14,000)
#61. Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't - 7,900 (425,000)
#93. Nas - Life Is Good - 4,600 (310,000)
#110. Z-Ro - Angel Dust - 3,700 (3,700)
#163. Skyzoo - A Dream Deferred - 2,600 (2,600)
#170. Kutt Calhoun - Kelvin - 2,400 (2,400)
* 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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