In the second week of 2013, no new Hip Hop additions cracked the Top 200. However, a shuffle took place in the rankings, with T.I. re-claiming the top spot with his Trouble Man. Additionally, one major label vet hit a powerful point in his promotion, while an artist 18 years younger is on the cusp of his first six-figure achievement in sales.
Next week's appearance of A$AP Rocky's LongLiveA$AP may bid for a #1 spot and inevitably shake things up, as this week remains the last true carry-over from 2012.
2 Chainz' Based On A T.R.U. Story Eclipses Gold 500,000 Sales Mark
Arguably the biggest Def Jam Records star of 2012, 2 Chainz has finally reached the gold benchmark with his solo debut, Based On A T.R.U. Story. Released in August, the 25 year-old G.O.O.D Music affiliate's break-out since Playaz Circle featured Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne as well as Scarface. Production was divided between The-Dream, Mike WiLL Made It, 40, Mike Posner and others. The album reached gold in 22 weeks.
Chief Keef's Finally Rich Nearly Reaches 100,000 In Sales
Chicago street sensation Chief Keef is breathing down a benchmark of his own with his studio debut, Finally Rich. The Interscope Records-backed teen star still maintained a Top 50 appearance after four weeks on the chart. The Glory Boys Entertainment artist's album is extensively produced by Young Chop, with appearances by Interscope label-mates (and current nemeses) 50 Cent and French Montana, along with Rick Ross.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/13/2013
#13. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 23,000 (312,000)
#20. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 19,000 (639,000)
#24. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 17,000 (254,000)
#36. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.F.I.C. - 12,000 (280,000)
#41. Game - Jesus Piece - 9,800 (170,000)
#43. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 9,600 (502,000)
#50. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 8,100 (99,000)
#79. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up - 4,900 (797,000)
#116. Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors - 3,300 (57,000)
#195. Nas - Life Is Good - 1,800 (349,000)
* 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 A$AP Rocky grab a rookie #1 debut in LongLiveA$AP? Check back next week on HipHopDX.