In its first week for sale on CD, Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not A Human Being gave the rapper a #1 spot, gaining 102,000 units from last week’s digital-only sales. Although the CD debut still fell just a few thousand short of last month’s digital debut, the strong push this week carried Weezy F. Baby over the quarter-million mark on a collection of songs that has seen little marketing and promotion. These tracks feature Young Money Records artists such as Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Twist.

Eminem’s Recovery held the #5 spot for another week, down just one from last week. The Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment release has the possibility of reaching the three million mark by year’s end.

Atlantic Records’ sensation Bruno Mars fell 10 spots to #12 with his debut Doo Wops & Hooligans. The longtime songwriter and producer could crack the 100,000 mark by next week. After scoring exposure via his “Nothin’ On You” feature alongside B.o.B. earlier this year, Doo Wops & Hooligans features Damian Marley.

Mars’ label-mate Trey Songz slid four spots to #13 with his Passion, Pain & Pleasure. Cracking 400,000 units, Trey may now be Atlantic Records’ biggest star in the wake of T.I.’s legal woes. The Petersburg, Virginia native’s fourth album features Drake and Nicki Minaj.


Brick Squad rapper Waka Flocka Flame fell just out of the Top 20 for his second week on the charts. The Atlanta sensation’s debut, Flockaveli features Pastor Troy, Wale and Uncle Murda. The Lex Luger-produced album scored a Top 10 debut last week, as Waka spent much of last week doing promotional touring and radio appearances.


* 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 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
125,000 259,000
5 Eminem Recovery 50,000 2,818,000
12 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans
27,000 82,000
13 Trey Songz Passion, Pain & Pleasure 27,000 407,000
21 Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli
18,000 55,000

Waka Flocka Flame’s onetime mentor Gucci Mane is expected to crack 100,000 overall units next week with his The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted. It is presently believed that Gucci is in drug rehabilitation in Georgia, entering a 28-day program last week. Official sources have yet to confirm.

UGK co-founder Pimp C’s final posthumous album, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones sits just below 25,000 overall units sold. With production by Cory Mo and Steve Below, the Rap-A-Lot Records project features the likes of Drake, Young Jeezy, David Banner and Too Short.

DXnext alums Chiddy Bang released their first project with EMI Records, The Preview. The duo that met at Philadelphia’s Drexel University first project features Q-Tip and Pharrell, with Killer Mike on the iTunes bonus song. After two celebrated mixtapes last year, the group is expected to release a proper full-length in early 2011.

Ice Cube‘s hung in on the Top 100. The controversially-titled I Am The West is independently reaching towards 50,000 units by the end of the month. Released through Cube’s own Lench Mob Records, the aggressive collection of songs featured fellow west coast pioneer WC, as well as veteran Jayo Felony and Cube’s son, OMG. I Am The West featured a reunion with 24-year production partner Sir Jinx, as well as iTunes bonus tracks produced by E-A-Ski and DJ Quik.

Justus Family affiliates Foreign Exchange also debuted on the charts this week. The duo of Little Brother emcee/singer Phonte Coleman and Dutch producer Nicolay’s third collaborative album, Authenticity was self-released. The project features longtime Justus Family members Median and YahZarah, and is the first F.E. album in two years.


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
33 Gucci Mane The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted 12,000 92,000
68 Pimp C The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones
6,400 24,000
75 Chiddy Bang The Preview
6,000 6,000
99 Ice Cube I Am The West
4,700 35,000
133 Foreign Exchange Authenticity
3,600 3,700

Will Real Talk’s Pastor Troy releases crack the charts next week? Can Tanya Morgan gain some chart recognition through Von Pea’s Pea’s Gotta Have It project? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.