Seattle, Washington’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis success last week continued. The DXnext certified duo just missed a sophomore week in the Top 10, coming in at #11 with The Heist. Machine Gun Kelly also held strong in the second week at retail with his own full-length debut on the Bad Boy imprint, Lace Up. Jay-Z’s recent Live From Brooklyn souvenir album from his Barclay Center shows also crossed the 15,000 unit mark, as one of Roc Nation’s less-publicized releases.

K’Naan hit the charts for a second time in 2012 with Country, God Or The Girl. The A&M Records release from the Somali-Canadian emcee/singer expanded his More Beautiful Than Silence EP from January on this fourth studio effort. Appearances by Nas and Nelly Furtado are found both places.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Still Have The Charts By Heist

The Heist, the latest self-released album from emcee Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis sold another 18,000 records. Macklemore, approaching 30, has a career dating back to the late ’90s within the Seattle underground. His latest self-released effort is approaching six-figures in sales, and features appearances from Black Hippy’s Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q over Ryan’s production.


MGK Laces Up

Machine Gun Kelly continues strong into week two. The Cleveland, Ohio retail spoke in-depth about his lyrical ability and label with HipHopDX last week. A leader within the “wild boy” movement, MGK’s full-length debut hit the 65,000 mark. There are appearances from DMX, Waka Flocka Flame and more on Lace Up.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/21/2012

#11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 18,000 (97,000)

#22. Machine Gun Kelly (as MGK) – Lace Up – 15,000 (65,000)

#29. G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer – 13,000 (320,000)

#35. 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story – 12,000 (342,000)

#62. Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 – 7,000 (128,000)

#68. Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t – 6,300 (438,000)

#94. Jay-Z – Live In Brooklyn – 4,400 (16,000)

#114. DJ Drama – Quality Street Music – 3,600 (33,000)

#119. K’Naan – God, Country Or The Girl – 3,500 (3,500)

#144. Nas – Life Is Good – 2,900 (316,000)



* 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 Kendrick Lamar sell upwards of 200,000 copies of good kid, m.A.A.d. city as predicted? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

Last Week’s Album Sales.