There were no new Hip Hop/Rap additions to the Top 200 of the charts. As Adele’s self-titled album reclaimed #1, the Beastie Boys did cross the 300,000 mark with their latest album, as Eminem’s 2010 solo is potentially a week or two away from 4,000,000 sold. With next week promising Watch The Throne digital numbers, as well as Royce Da 5’9’s Success Is Certain, this chart is calm before the storm, but colorful all the same.

Beyonce’s album 4 remained a Top 10 release. The Destiny’s Child alum’s fourth solo offering features an appearance by Outkast’s Andre 3000, along with production from Kanye West and his production team – including Jeff Bhasker, as well as a writing credit to former G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence.

Royce Da 5’9 and Eminem (as Bad Meets Evil) and their album, Hell: The Sequel fell five spots. As of now, the Motor City natives are gradually approaching 500,000 units sold, which would earn Royce his first plaque from the RIAA.

DJ Khaled‘s major label debut, We The Best Forever fell 17 spots to #30. The Miami, Florida-based radio personality, deejay and producer is working with Cash Money/Universal Motown Records on this project in lieu of longtime label E1 Entertainment (f/k/a Koch Records). Khaled’s latest features the usual suspects of Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, as well as Drake and B.o.B.

Young Money’s Nicki Minaj bounced back into the top of the charts. The Queens, New Yorker’s solo debut, Pink Friday recently crossed the 1.5 million mark, while many media outlets focused more attention on the starlet’s recent wardrobe malfunctions. Her November ’10 release features Eminem, and label-mate Drake.

Pitbull also gained some attention this week. The Miami, Florida native and onetime protege of Lil Jon and his Planet Pit album crossed the 150,000 mark. The album’s deluxe version features an appearance from Nelly, while other guests include T-Pain and J Records label-mate Jamie Foxx.

* 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
8 Beyonce 4 34,000 627,000
14 Royce Da 5’9 & Eminem (Bad Meets Evil) Hell: The Sequel 24,000 420,000
30 DJ Khaled We The Best Forever 14,000 87,000
31 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 13,000 1,523,000
33 Pitbull Planet Pit
12,000 155,000

As Hell: The Sequel approaches gold, Eminem’s Recovery is fastly headed towards 4,000,000 sold, a first for a Rap album in over four years.

Fellow Wake Up Show alumni Tech N9ne continues to enjoy the best commercial year to date in his patient, 15-plus year career. The Kansas City, Missouri emcee has taken All 6’s & 7’s to over 120,000 units, which is still holding a Top 100 spot on the charts. The album features Lil Wayne, Yelawolf and Kendrick Lamar, among others. Yesterday, Tech’s Strange Music released Jay Rock’s debut album, Follow Me Home.

A follow-up to 2009’s Chamber Music, RZA and Wu-Tang Records released another E1 compilation in Legendary Weapons. Not to be confused as an official Clan album, this work, produced by Funk outfit The Revelations, along with guidance from RZA, featured Sean Price, Roc Marciano and Action Bronson, in addition to Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God and Inspectah Deck. Masta Killa and GZA did not participate. The work fell 87 spots in its second week on the charts.

Lupe Fiasco marches towards gold status with Lasers. The Atlantic Records star fell 18 spots last week on his spring album that features label-mate Trey Songz.


OFWGKTA‘s Tyler, The Creator and Goblin may leave the Top 200 before scoring 100,000 units sold. The Los Angeles, California native and his XL Records album are just units away from the feat.


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
41 Eminem


10,000 3,981,000
100 Tech N9ne All 6’s & 7’s
4,500 123,000
125 Wu-Tang Legendary Weapons 3,700 14,000
143 Lupe Fiasco Lasers 3,400 452,000
199 Tyler, The Creator Goblin 2,500 99,000

Will Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne take a seat on the charts? Can Royce Da 5’9 prove that Success Is Certain? Stay tuned to HipHopDX next week to find out.