Nas missed his consecutive #1 week by less than 3,000 units. Country’s Zac Brown Band topped Nas’ Life Is Good, which still scanned over 45,000 second-week units.

Another ’90s veteran, 8Ball (of 8Ball & MJG), released his latest album, Life’s  Quest, following a tenure with T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records. ‘Ball’s most recent album was the lone new edition to the Top 200, 

Life Is Really Good For Nas

With just under 200,000 overall units and a Top 3 LP, Queens, New York’s Nas did it again. The conceptual album, Life Is Good paired the lyricist with mentor Large Professor and late ’80s/early ’90s peers DJ Hot Day, D.I.T.C.’s Buckwild and the late Heavy D on the critically-acclaimed LP. Nas also worked with No I.D., Salaam Remi, Rick Ross and Noah “40” Shebib on the project. Backed off of the single “Daughters,” the highly-personal album is largely based off of Nas’ public and messy divorce with R&B singer Kelis.

8Ball Is On A Quest For Sucesss

Memphis Tennessee Hip Hip pioneer 8Ball nearly cracked the Top 100 of the Soundscan with his seventh solo album, Life’s Quest. The longtime rhyme partner to MJG’s latest work features Big K.R.I.T., 2 Chainz and the aforementioned band-mate. With radio success of “Good Girl, Bad Girl,” this eOne Entertainment release one of ‘Ball’s bigger solo albums since Almost Famous 11 years ago. ‘Ball & ‘G’s latest album, 2010’s Ten Toes Down, scored a Top 40 debut.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/29/2012

#2. Nas – Life Is Good – 45,000 (194,000)

#8. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange – 33,000 (218,000)

#14. Maybach Music Group Presents… – Self Made, Volume 2 – 18,000 (190,000)

#31. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday 2: Roman Reloaded – 9,900 (598,000)

#38. Flo Rida – Wild Ones – 7,700 (60,000)

#90. Kokane – Dr. Kokastein (Hosted By DJ Assassin) – 4,200 (8,100)

#101. 8Ball – Life’s Quest – 3,800 (3,800)

#135. Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family – 2,900 (73,000)

#157. Kokane – The Legend Continues – 2,600 (6,500)

#171. Aesop Rock – Skelethon – 2,400 (20,000)

* 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.

Will Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t out-sell Nas’ first week? Will La Coka Nostra’s Masters Of The Dark Arts punch the charts in the face? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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