This week, no new Rap albums broke into the Top 20 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Still, there were a few notable releases that cracked the Top 200.
This week saw an addition from Dom Kennedy’s Get Home Safely in the Top 30, for instance. The project was the only new Rap album included in this week’s Top 50. Young Dro also had a new addition to the charts with High Times. Dro’s release entered at #57. The project sold more than 6,000 copies. Game came in at #88 with OKE’s deluxe edition, which sold more than 4,000 copies its first week.
Other rappers held on to slots within the Top 20 this week. Drake remained in the Top 5 on the charts, selling more than 57,000 copies of Nothing Was The Same in its fourth week out. Pusha T held on to a Top 15 slot with My Name Is My Name, a project that sold close to 20,000 copies in its second week.
Drake’s Nothing Was The Same Stays In The Top 5
Drake’s Nothing Was The Same landed at #4 on the charts this week, selling more than 57,000 units. The project has been a consistent mainstay in the Top 5 on the charts since it was released on September 24. Drake’s music gained additional fanfare last week due to a new interview featuring the Toronto rapper. During Drake’s interview on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, the rapper spoke about why he feels his personality is sometimes misunderstood because of the content in his music. “I’m so sick of people saying that I’m lonely and emotional, and associating me with this longing for a woman,” Drake said. “I hate that. It bothers me so much…’cause I do make music that makes you feel something, but I’m actually not that guy in real life. I’m a happy person.” Drake is currently on his “Would You Like a Tour?” tour with Future and Miguel.
Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name Remains In Top 15
Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name debuted in last week’s charts at #4, selling more than 75,000 copies in its first week. This week, Pusha T sold approximately 19,000 units, landing him at #14. Pusha T’s release has allowed many fans to wonder about a potential Clipse album being released. According to Pusha T, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams have also expressed interest in a new album from the Virginia-based duo that also includes No Malice. “[Kanye West and Pharrell] both are like, ‘Yo, we just need to do the whole Clipse album. Both of us. And that’s it.’” Pusha T recently said in an interview with Juan Epstein. For now, Pusha remains in the Top 14 as a solo artist continuing to establish his Name on the charts.
Dom Kennedy’s Get Home Safely Arrives In Top 30
Dom Kennedy’s Get Home Safely debuted this week at #29, selling more than 10,000 units. Kennedy’s Get Home Safely features Krondon and Skeme, but otherwise, Kennedy mans the album on his own. During a September interview with HipHopDX, Kennedy spoke about how proud he is of the album he’s delivered. “They can expect the highest quality music they’ve definitely heard from me, and they’ve probably heard from a lot of genres, not just Hip Hop. I’m introducing the album to encourage and reach a lot of people that probably never knew who Dom Kennedy was. But it’s in a great way. Without changing what I do or without compromising the integrity of Rap music or anything, I feel like people will be proud to say that this is their favorite Rap album of the moment. I feel like it’s been few and far between that people are able to say that in our generation. For people interested in Hip Hop and Rap music, I feel like they’ll be proud to say that.”
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/20/2013
#4. Drake – Nothing Was The Same – 58,000 (947,000)
#14. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name – 20,000 (95,000)
#29. Dom Kennedy – Get Home Safely – 10,000 (10,000)
#41. Jay Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail – 8,000 (1,034,000)
#48. 2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime – 7,000 (143,000)
#51. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 7,000 (1,112,000)
#54. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city – 7,000 (1,065,000)
#57. Young Dro – High Times – 6,000 (6,000)
#88. Game – OKE Deluxe Edition – 5,000 (5,000)
#155. Nelly – M.O. – 3,000 (23,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
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