This past week was a near carbon copy of the chart ranking of the week before for urban music fans. Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not A Human Being gained a spot and went to #4. Wayne moved into 300,000 territory this past week on the album, with tracks featuring Young Money Records artists such as Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Twist. The rapper said in a letter to this week that he intends on promoting the album when he’s released from prison later this month.

Eminem’s Recovery gained three spots and slipped back into the Top 5. The Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment release has the possibility of reaching the three million mark by year’s end.

Trey Songz gained two spots to land at #15 with his Passion, Pain & Pleasure. Hitting the 450,000 unit-mark, 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.

Songz’ label-mate, Bruno Mars fell five spots to #29 with his debut Doo Wops & Hooligans. After scoring exposure via his “Nothin’ On You” feature alongside B.o.B. earlier this year, Doo Wops & Hooligans features Damian Marley. Mars produced extensively on Cee-Lo’s The Lady Killer album, which releases next week.

Brick Squad rapper Waka Flocka Flame hopped two spots to #34. The Atlanta sensation’s debut, Flockaveli features Pastor Troy, Wale and Uncle Murda. 

* 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
4 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
43,000 366,000
5 Eminem Recovery 38,000 2,899,000
15 Trey Songz Passion, Pain & Pleasure
22,000 451,000
29 Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans 14,000 114,000
34 Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli
10,000 77,000

Rick Ross gained 10 spots with his Teflon Don this week. The Def Jam album, featuring contributions from Kanye West, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu and Cee-Lo crossed the 450,000 mark. With a strong push, the album could meet its plaque by the holiday season.

Drake’s Thank Me Later gained a spot from last week, as it heads to 1.2 million units sold. The Universal Motown release is expected to change singles again before year’s end, potentially gaining the album traction to more sales.

Tech N9ne‘s latest release, Seepage, garnered a #55 debut. The EP of leftover 2008 K.O.D. sessions features six songs, including appearances from Strange Music artists (and DXnext alum) Krizz Kaliko and Big Scoob.

UGK co-founder Pimp C’s final posthumous album, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones fell nearly 50 spots this week. 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.


Ice Cube‘s I Am The West also fell on the charts considerably, dipping 43 spots. 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.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
35 Rick Ross Teflon Don
9,900 453,000
40 Drake Thank Me Later
9,300 1,143,000
55 Tech N9ne Seepage – EP
7,400 7,600
153 Pimp C The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones 2,800 31,000
174 Ice Cube I Am The West
2,600 41,000

Can N*E*R*D’s Nothing pull out a #1 with their acclaimed sound? Will Devin The Dude bring a second album to the charts? Can Pitbull’s Spanish album, Armando speak up on the Top 200? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.