All three of last week’s Rap-related debuts in the Top 200 were gone a week later. This past week, B.o.B.’s sophomore album surpassed early sales predictions and scored a Top 5 slot. Atlantic Records label-mate Santigold just barely snagged a Top 20 with her own sophomore, following a subtle name-change from three years ago. An otherwise docile week maintained the status quo for the most part, otherwise.

B.o.B.’s Strange Clouds Sells Over 75,000 First-Week Units

Following the gold-certified success of 2010’s debut album, The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, Decatur, Georgia’s B.o.B. made a strong first-week showing for his latest effort. Strange Clouds, which has been garnering mixed reviews in the media, mixes between Pop and Hip Hop, with appearances from Taylor Swift and Chris Brown, as well as T.I. and Playboy Tre. The effort moved offer 75,000 first-week units, scoring a #5 on the charts.

Santigold Returns Strong With Master Of My Make Believe

Electronic/Hip Hop vocalist Santigold followed up her 2008 acclaimed self-title debut. The Atlantic Records sensation scored her best performing chart position to date, following ’08’s Top 100 debut with a Top 20 showing in Master Of My Make Believe. The new effort features production with Q-Tip, following three years of feature work, including with Jay-Z, Beastie Boys and Lonely Island.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/6/2012

#5. B.o.B. – Strange Clouds – 76,000 (76,000)

#17. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – 21,000 (436,000)

#20. Santigold – Master Of My Make Believe – 18,000 (18,000)

#31. Drake – Take Care – 12,000 (1,723,000)

#32. Future – Pluto – 12,000 (70,000)

#54. Tyga – Careless World: Rise Of The Last King – 7,200 (214,000)

#63. Young Jeezy – TM103: Hustlerz Ambition – 6,200 (580,000)

#98. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne – 4,000 (1,425,000)

#132. Trip Lee – The Good Life – 3,000 (29,000)

#155. Odd Future – OF Tape, Vol. 2 – 2,500 (74,000)

* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.

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