Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/21/2012

K'Naan is back on the charts for a second time in 2012 with "God, Country Or The Girl." Macklemore & Ryan Lewis prove they are no one-week sensation, as MGK, Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco move strong units.

Seattle, Washington's Macklemore & Ryan Lewis success last week continued. The DXnext certified duo just missed a sophomore week in the Top 10, coming in at #11 with The Heist. Machine Gun Kelly also held strong in the second week at retail with his own full-length debut on the Bad Boy imprint, Lace Up. Jay-Z's recent Live From Brooklyn souvenir album from his Barclay Center shows also crossed the 15,000 unit mark, as one of Roc Nation's less-publicized releases.

K'Naan hit the charts for a second time in 2012 with Country, God Or The Girl. The A&M Records release from the Somali-Canadian emcee/singer expanded his More Beautiful Than Silence EP from January on this fourth studio effort. Appearances by Nas and Nelly Furtado are found both places.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Still Have The Charts By Heist

The Heist, the latest self-released album from emcee Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis sold another 18,000 records. Macklemore, approaching 30, has a career dating back to the late '90s within the Seattle underground. His latest self-released effort is approaching six-figures in sales, and features appearances from Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q over Ryan's production.


MGK Laces Up

Machine Gun Kelly continues strong into week two. The Cleveland, Ohio retail spoke in-depth about his lyrical ability and label with HipHopDX last week. A leader within the "wild boy" movement, MGK's full-length debut hit the 65,000 mark. There are appearances from DMX, Waka Flocka Flame and more on Lace Up.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/21/2012

#11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 18,000 (97,000)

#22. Machine Gun Kelly (as MGK) - Lace Up - 15,000 (65,000)

#29. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer - 13,000 (320,000)

#35. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 12,000 (342,000)

#62. Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 - 7,000 (128,000)

#68. Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't - 6,300 (438,000)

#94. Jay-Z - Live In Brooklyn - 4,400 (16,000)

#114. DJ Drama - Quality Street Music - 3,600 (33,000)

#119. K'Naan - God, Country Or The Girl - 3,500 (3,500)

#144. Nas - Life Is Good - 2,900 (316,000)



* 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 Kendrick Lamar sell upwards of 200,000 copies of good kid, m.A.A.d. city as predicted? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

Last Week's Album Sales.


  • Anonymous02

    The hell with these weak-ass mainstream rap B.S. You want a new true hip hop classic album? Check out the group called Epidemic album "Monochrome Skies".

  • Anonymous

    Jay Electronica need to finally drop that album!

  • Eklipz'77

    K. Dot's Aftermath hype ; )

  • yinka

    Kdot get up in that list boy!

  • Malone

    One ring to rule them all.... Sincerely Yours -Malone

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  • nairobistar

    the ones that have most selling potential remain Meek mill and Kendrick tho platnum i doubt

  • Malone

    She was perfection in every sense of the word. She was so perfect my dog cam twice watching her.... Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • TopCaat

    Kendrick will do 900,000

  • flex

    when 2chainz sells more albums than Nas...Yeah, it happened.

  • da1

    Weak ass record sales. Nobody went platinum this year... That was a rapper. I don't think that has ever hppened before. Wheres a solo Eminem, Kanye West, Jay-z album when you need one(recording industry voice).

  • Malone

    Doesn't anyone like me ?.... Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • Anonymous

    Ross got the second best selling album of 2012, I wonder if the Geek Unit fans are hurt and angry.

    • 17July

      Uhm... Kendrick might outsell him, 50 still has to drop and by the way nobody from the Unit has released any type of album in the past two years. Rick Ross still flopped if u think about all the hype he had.

  • youngsta

    i really can't wait until next week sales. the comment section will be filled with haters.

  • ???

    I move through the third world, my third eye's the guiding light Invite the fight, we all die tonight The life I lived, a 25 to life bid Parole reneged, I stroll the globe fugitive CREAM is short, C-cypher power stalk plus the fiend talk Three G's accost in Supreme Court White lies and blackmail land me back in jail We're all for sale, a stolen gold but it fail Stranded on the front line, I shine to the dumb and blind It comes time I take back what was once mine Crunch time in the first quarter, from the worst slaughter Devil's poisonin the birth water The earth daughter rest her head on my chest Through the struggle we cuddle under half-moon crest While the press plant fear and exploit the gun blastin Central broadcasting is shackling, nerves are unfastened, shhhh Trapped in deep-water gaspin I Clash With the Titans from my half on the action


    SUPPROT GAMES RED ALBUM..its a classic like all his other albums,..real hiphop lives on with the west coast king..jesus piece

  • the south african

    kendrick lamar will sell above 200k bt then he will strugle 2go gold lyk ross ,and meek mill will move 80k or 95k 1st week then second week will go down to 20k

  • the south african

    @c yes he will never outsell jeezy . bt im sure he always b above jeezy on forbes list.

  • the south african

    @dc killah we do know who ross is here in south africa. and they know him in europe 2 is that international enough 4u?

  • the south african

    yes he will never outsell jeezy. jst lyk jeezy wil never b above ross on forbes list.

  • the south african

    we do know who ross is here in south africa. and they know him in europe2 is that international enough for u? @dc killah

  • Anonymous

    Officer Ricky and Khaled Khaled still tweet at least once a day buy my album here buy my album here To me that looks desperate Big names don't need to beg lol

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  • frency

    YEAH my boy ross almost halfway platinum ride the wave stay frosty bitches

  • H-DUB

    Xzibit only sold 3.200 the first Week after its Release, and this is a f**** Shame. His Album is very Personal, very creative and probably his best to date. The Music Industry is f**** up. If u read this X : Your Album is DOPE !

  • Anonymous

    wow ross fell off

  • Anonymous

    2 chainz gonna drop that joint with scarface and john legend his lbum will pass ross book it!!!

  • DADE COUNTY killah

    rick ross worst selling album is his most hyped stay in your place you just a local rapper but you think you international you will never be able to compete with 50 or jeezy

  • c

    Ross been out since July and still not gold..and this was his biggest, most heavily promoted project ever... it's safe to say he will NEVER outsell Jeezy... what a joke! CTE 4 life

  • Anonymous

    who the fuck is still buying that weak ass rick ross album each week???

  • doggfather

    what about xzibit? and Slaughterhouse?

  • Anonymous


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