Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV finally moved out of #1, allowing Country-Pop act Lady Antebellum a chance at the title. The Outlawz did not make a chart appearance with Perfect Timing, a sign that the veteran collective – now a trio, may be honoring their promise to retire from group works.

C4, which features the likes of Tech N9ne, Andre 3000 and Nas, sold another 117,000 units in its third week, motioning towards 1.5 million overall units sold – as the top-selling 2011 Hip Hop/Rap release.

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne fell three spots to #8. The work could score a platinum plaque by month’s end, which has become a standard for both artists.

Jay’s wife Beyonce and her 4 fell 11 spots to #19, her lowest position with the release to date. The pregnant Pop/R&B superstar’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 14 spots to #33. The album features production from Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Mr. Porter and Self Scientific’s DJ Khalil.

Game was a spot behind with his with his R.E.D. Album. The Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records star fell 16 spots last week. R.E.D. features 2011 sensations Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar and Lex Luger, along with album narration by Game’s mentor, Dr. Dre.

* 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
3 Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV 117,000 1,301,000
8 Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch The Throne 36,000 872,000
19 Beyonce 4 20,000 785,000
33 Eminem & Royce Da 5’9 (Bad Meets Evil) Hell: The Sequel 13,000 529,000
34 Game The R.E.D. Album
12,000 168,000

Nicki Minaj‘s solo debut, Pink Friday sat at #58. The platinum release featuring Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne continues to be a 2010 chart success, topping the critically-acclaimed My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which was released the same week.

Miami, Florida veteran Pitbull fell to #67 with his latest major label release, Planet Pit. Now signed to major label J Records after a lengthy indie tenure, Pit’s sixth studio album features Chris Brown and T-Pain. 

Former Cross Movement Records emcee Da T.R.U.T.H. scored a chart appearance, nearing breaking the Top 100. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania emcee’s sixth solo album, Whole Truth sold over 4,000 first-week units. The Christian Hip Hop artist has found mainstream recognition in the past, throughout his decade-plus career, by publications including The Source.

Brooklyn, New York-based trio Das Racist also cracked the charts. The Alternative Hip Hop group who scored an Internet hit in “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” two years ago released their studio debut Relax on Greedhead Records. The work features production by Diplo and Company Flow co-founder El-P, along with an appearance by DXnext alum Danny Brown.

Warren, Michigan Hip Hop duo Twiztid also cracked the charts with their compilation, Cryptic Collection, Volume 4. Closely affiliated with the Insane Clown Posse, the veteran duo’s release features appearances by I.C.P., as well as E-40, Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
58 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 8,000 1,581,000
67 Pitbull Planet Pit
6,800 213,000
101 Da T.R.U.T.H. Whole Truth 4,600 4,600
103 Das Racist Relax 4,500 5,600
147 Twiztid Cryptic Collection, Volume 4 3,100 5,100

Will Z-Ro make his usual chart appearance with Meth? Can longtime Brotha Lynch Hung affiliate G-Macc get some of BLH’s chart support with The Opera/Angels & Demons? Will Odd Future affiliate Casey Veggies follow Tyler and MellowHype’s commercial recognition? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.