Detroit, Michigan veteran emcee Royce Da 5’9 scored his first #1 album this week, by way of a partnership with longtime collaborator and friend Eminem. Bad Meets Evil’s first full-length,  Hell: The Sequel, found the Slaughterhouse-D12 connection commemorating the new Shady Records roster, with a project that had been hinted at for over 10 years. The project grabbed the #1 by a margin of approximately 10,000 units, with production by Havoc, Mr. Porter and veteran underground Hip Hop producer Joey Chavez.

Bruno Mars, who worked on Hell: The Sequel, and his Doo-Wops & Hooligans landed the #22 spot.

Kansas City, Missouri emcee Tech N9ne and his  All 6’s & 7’s maintained a Top 25 sophomore week on the charts. The Strange Music release has presently sold just under 75,000 overall units. This project features a number of high-profile guests, including Yelawolf, B.o.B. and Lil Wayne.

Wiz Khalifa‘s major label debut Rolling Papers is headed towards gold status. The Rostrum/Atlantic Records release features Chevy Woods, Curren$y and Too Short. A few units behind, Rihanna’s Loud grabbed the #28 spot.

* 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 Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5’9) Hell: The Sequel 171,000 171,000
22 Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans 18,000 1,109,000
23 Tech N9ne All 6’s & 7’s 18,000 74,000
27 Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers 14,000 459,000
28 Rihanna Loud 14,000 1,326,000

As stores were filled with Bad Meets Evil buyers, Eminem’s 2010 album, Recovery, noticed some chart growth. The album climbed seven spots to #37. The work also features production from Mobb Deep’s Havoc and D12’s Mr. Porter.

Rick Ross‘ re-vamped Maybach Music Group roster fell 14 spots with their new compilation, Self-Made, Volume 1. Now backed by Warner Brothers, the trio of Wale, Pill and Meek Mill sold another 11,000 units – just a thousand less than last week. MMG’s Teedra Moses, Stalley and veteran Gunplay of Triple C’s also appear on the project.

Onetime Boyz N Da Hood member Gorilla Zoe returned with his third album landing a Top 50 debut. No Longer signed to Bad Boy Records, the E1 Entertainment artist’s latest work, King Kong, features Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti and Lil Jon.

Another super-group with Michigan ties impressed the charts this week. Random Axe, consisting of Heltah Skeltah’s Sean Price, Guilty Simpson and producer/emcee Black Milk, sold over 7,000 first-week units. The Duck Down Records project has been in the works for over two years, and landed a #73 debut. Guests include Roc Marciano, Trick-Trick and Rockness Monstah.

Like Em, Rick Ross benefitted with a surge of sales from his recent project. The Maybach Music Group leader’s 2010 solo album, Teflon Don, climbed eight spots, as it inches towards 650,000 sold.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
37 Eminem Recovery 12,000 3,905,000
46 Maybach Music Group Presents… Self-Made, Volume 1 11,000 101,000
49 Gorilla Zoe King Kong 10,000 10,000
73 Random Axe (Sean Price, Black Milk & Guilty Simpson) Random Axe 7,300 7,400
150 Rick Ross Teflon Don 3,500 638,000

Will Blaq Poet and Rhymesayers’ Grieves shock the charts? Will Random Axe go on to be Duck Down Records’ best-seller in a high-profile year? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.