Eminem’s Recovery just will not budge from #1. Rick Ross gave Slim Shady a run for the money however. The Miami rapper debuted at #2 with the praised Teflon Don release. Scanning just under 177,000 units, the Def Jam rapper’s fourth official album features work from veterans such as No I.D., DJ Clark Kent and Cee-Lo. Drake’s Thank Me Later fell to #4, as Sheryl Crow’s latest album debuted at #3. The Toronto rapper still motions towards its million-mark.


Usher‘s Raymond v. Raymond climbed an impressive nine spots. The veteran Pop entertainer’s “divorce album” is marching its way to a platinum plaque for Mr. Raymond and his longtime backer, LaFace Records. The album will feature two deluxe/additional material releases next month. Outkast’s Big Boi bumped one spot to #15. The Atlanta Hip Hop pioneer is 10,000+ units shy of the six-figure mark with his critically-acclaimed Def Jam debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The release features artists such as T.I., Gucci Mane and Too Short, with production from Organized Noize, Scott Storch and Lil Jon. 

* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
1 Eminem Recovery
187,000 1,670,000
2 Rick Ross Teflon Don
176,000 177,000
4 Drake Thank Me Later 47,000 880,000
11 Usher Raymond v. Raymond 21,000 956,000
15 Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
18,000 107,000

The Roots‘ acclaimed How I Got Over release crossed the 100,000 mark. The Def Jam release features extended Roots family Dice Raw, Truck North and others, in addition to Blu, Phonte and Peedi Peedi. Damian Marley & NasDistant Relatives album remains a Top 75 album, working its way to 200,000 units.

Former Young Money and No Limit Records artist Curren$y slid to #86 debut with his Def Jam-distributed Pilot Talk. Produced by Reasonable Doubt architect Ski Beatz, and featuring Mos Def and Jay Electronica, the New Orleans emcee cleared over 10,000 first week units.

Paul Wall‘s latest, Heart of A Champion moved to #124. The Swishahouse/Warner Brothers/Asylum release featured surprise collaborations courtesy of Jay Electronica, Raekwon and Kid Sister. The release fell just shy of a Top 50 debut. Meanwhile, despite critical acclaim and plenty of anticipation, Capone-N-Noreaga‘s War Report 2 is in the last 15 spots of the charts. Executive produced by Raekwon, the EMI-distributed project features Nas, Busta Rhymes and several personnel carry-overs from CNN’s acclaimed 1997 first War Report.


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
47 The Roots How I Got Over
8,700 106,000
72 Damian Marley & Nas Distant Relatives 5,800 159,000
86 Curren$y Pilot Talk
5,100 16,000
124 Paul Wall Heart of A Champion 3,800 11,000
187 Capone-N-Noreaga The War Report 2 2,500 7,200

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