There were no critical additions in the Hip Hop community on the Top 200 charts this past week. The Apathy-led reunion of the Demigodz, Killmatic, missed the rankings, allowing for previous 2011, 2012 and early 2013 releases to shift in rank.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' independent game-changer The Heist dropped a spot to #4, fast approaching the 500,000 benchmark. Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, A$AP Rocky's Long.Live.A$AP and Future's Pluto are three major label debut albums that all gained ground from the previous week in the rankings.
The Weekend's Trilogy Climbs 25 Spots On The Charts
Among the charts' biggest changes was the Universal Republic Records retail debut from The Weeknd. Trilogy, a 2012 collection of Abel Tesfaye's free mixtape work (House Of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes Of Silence) climbed to #36 from the previous week's #61. The three-disc physical effort, which is also available digitally, features Drake and Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J.
According to Spin, the album is coming to six-disc vinyl release on March 26.
Game's Jesus Piece Still Gathers A Congregation
Game's 2012 album, Jesus Piece dropped five spots to #111 in the changing week. The Compton, California native's fifth major label album is officially over the 200,000 sales mark. The DGC/Interscope Records release features Kendrick, J. Cole and Kanye West, among a litany of others.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/10/2013
#5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 29,000 (450,000)
#20. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 17,000 (778,000)
#35. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 11,000 (284,000)
#36. The Weeknd - Trilogy - 11,000 (289,000)
#49. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 8,900 (420,000)
#67. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 6,900 (564,000)
#80. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. - 5,400 (342,000)
#97. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 4,300 (144,000)
#107. Joe Budden - No Love Lost - 3,900 (56,000)
#111. Game - Jesus Piece - 3,900 (209,000)
* 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 any of 2013's underground-praised indie albums sneak into the Top 200 before Spring? Check back on HipHopDX.