A new independent Hip Hop album cracked the Top 3 of the charts this week. Houston, Texas Christian Hip Hop star Lecrae defied Gravity with his sixth solo album. The Reach Records release was within 25,000 units sold of the #1 spot. Gravity scanned more than 72,000 units in its first week, making this release the best first-week indie outing in Hip Hop thus far in 2012.

Rihanna’s 2011 album, Talk That Talk is at the million mark, after the Def Jam Pop star’s MTV Video Music Awards performance, giving her release a spike to #60. Slaughterhouse, the chart darlings of last week, fell 21 spots (from #2 to #23) with their first major label album (and second overall), welcome to: Our House.

Lecrae’s Gravity Is The Rapper’s Highest Charting Appearance To Date

Following last year’s #15 debut of Rehab: The Overdose, Lecrae outdid himself with Gravity. The Reach Records star took assistance from Big K.R.I.T., DJ Khalil and Novel on his sixth album. With four singles – most recently “Mayday,” the extensive marketing for Gravity is a benchmark for Lecrae, his label and Christian Hip Hop. Earlier this year, Lecrae released his mixtape, Church Clothes, with Don Cannon, following a South By Southwest performance.

Slaughterhouse’s welcome to: Our House Goes From #2 To #23 In One Week

Shady Records lyricist collective Slaughterhouse fell 21 places in their second week at retail. welcome to: Our House fell 21 places, as the quartet of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9 and Joell Ortiz did some performances, including in Ortiz’ hometown of Brooklyn, New York last week. Crooked I expressed his frustrations with corporate radio last week, an element that may have hindered the acclaimed artists’ group sales.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/9/2012

#3. Lecrae – Gravity – 72,000 (72,000)

#7. 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story – 26,000 (250,000)

#9. Trey Songz – Chapter V – 24,000 (200,000)

#19. Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t – 15,000 (386,000)

#21. Frank Ocean –  Channel Orange – 14,000 (295,000)

#23. Slaughterhouse –  welcome to: Our House – 13,000 (65,000)

#37. DJ Khaled – Kiss The Ring – 8,000 (63,000)

#39. Nas – Life Is Good – 7,600 (289,000)

#60. Rihanna – Talk That Talk – 5,200 (1,000,000)

#90. Dwele – Greater Than One – 3,700 (15,000)

* 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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Last Week’s Album Sales.