Swollen Members front-man Madchild is the second consecutive independent artists to crash the charts this month. Following Tech N9ne's Top 5 debut with Something Else, the Battle Axe Warriors' general hit with Lawn Mower Man. The album was the lone Hip Hop entry in the Top 200, entering at #149.
While last week's additions stayed strong, Kanye West hit a benchmark with Yeezus. The polarizing sixth solo album from 'Ye crossed the gold standard 500,000 mark. This is the first 2013 Def Jam Records release to achieve this feat, which was achieved without traditional marketing and promotion.
Madchild Landscapes The Charts As The Lawn Mower Man
Veteran Vancouver, British Columbia emcee Madchild cracked the Top 200 for the second consecutive time, following 2012's Dope Sick. The founder of Battle Axe Records and longtime artist on Suburban Noize Records also hit the charts earlier this year with his longtime group Swollen Members, on their March release, Beautiful Death Machine. The album includes video single "Crazy," which premiered on HipHopDX.
For Lawn Mower Man, named after a 1978 Stephen King short story, Madchild worked with frequent collaborator Slaine, as well as former Dr. Dre protege Bishop Lamont, along with Raekwon's artist, 2012 DXnext alum, and fellow Candadian, JD Era. During this campaign, Madchild was re-admitted to the United States, after years of being banned from touring.
Kanye West Has A Gold Yeezus Piece
Yeezus joins all of Kanye West's other studio albums, now carrying gold certification. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records release met the feat in less than two months since its release. The avant-garde album features the single "Black Skinhead," which West will reportedly display at his record-tying seventh performance at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/11/2013
#3. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines - 65,000 (242,000)
#4. Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail - 48,000 (845,000)
#14. Tech N9ne - Something Else - 17,000 (75,000)
#17. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 15,000 (983,000)
#22. J. Cole - Born Sinner - 14,000 (557,000)
#36. Wale - The Gifted - 8,400 (287,000)
#41. Kanye West - Yeezus - 7,300 (504,000)
#53. YMCMB & Friends - Rich Gang - 6,400 (40,000)
#83. Ace Hood - Trials & Tribulations - 4,200 (55,000)
#149. Madchild - Lawn Mower Man - 2,600 (2,700)
* 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.