For the third consecutive week, a new Hip Hop/R&B album entered the Top 5. Def Jam Records singer Ne-Yo released his fifth studio album to a #4 debut. The R.E.D. release shared its title with Game's 2011 album, and features Wiz Khalifa.
E-40 & Too Short's long-anticipated collaborative project History (f/k/a History Channel) released in three parts. The veteran Vallejo and Oakland, California pioneers released History: Function Music, History: Mob Music and a deluxe packaging of both releases. All three variations charted, making E-40 responsible for five studio releases in 2012 alone, following his Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil series. Short Dog's already released No Trespassing this year. This is his first official collaborative effort since The Dangerous Crew's Don't Try This At Home in 1995.
Lastly, Saigon's second Greatest Story Never Told release also earned a Top 200 debut. Bread & Circuses is Sai's second release with the Kottonmouth Kings' Suburban Noize Records imprint, and sold just under 3,000 first-week units.
E-40 & Too Short Continue To Make History
E-40 brought Too Short into his marketing plan of multiple releases on the same day with the History series. The two biggest faces of Bay Area Hip Hop released their three different packagings of History last week. The deluxe edition, not listed below, sold another 4,900 units. History: Function Music, the top-seller one week in, features Tyga, Wiz Khalifa and Ice Cube. Production duties are divided, including work from veteran hit-maker and former Cosmic Slop Shop member Rick Rock, along with 40's son Droop-E.
Saigon Continues To Tell His Story
After releasing his five-years-in-the-making Greatest Story Never Told last year, New Yorker Saigon returned with a sequel, Bread & Circuses. The album boasts involvement from trademark collaborator Just Blaze, along with collaborations such as stic.man, Lecrae and Chamillionaire.
In his interview with HipHopDX, Saigon noted that he made his second studio album with one-tenth of the budget for his debut. The release's single "Not Like Them" has been circulating online for several months.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/11/2012
#4. Ne-Yo - R.E.D. - 66,000 (66,000)
#8. Meek Mill - Dreams & Nightmares - 41,000 (206,000)
#9. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 41,000 (345,000)
#40. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 9,800 (375,000)
#46. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 8,200 (126,000)
#59. E-40 & Too Short - History: Function Music - 6,500 (6,500)
#66. E-40 & Too Short - History: Mob Music - 5,700 (5,800)
#151. Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread & Circuses - 2,800 (2,800)
#176. Sean Price - Mic Tyson - 2,400 (9,300)
#199. Tech N9ne - Boiling Point - 2,100 (15,000)
* 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.