The unstoppable Gucci Mane just married Keyshia Ka’oir last week and now, the Atlanta super rapper’s new album, Mr. Davis, is sitting at #2 on the Billboard 200. Gucci comes in behind pop singer P!nk who nabbed the coveted #1 spot with her latest project Beautiful Trauma (featuring Eminem) for the week ending October 19.
Elsewhere on the chart, Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu Tang: The Saga Continues debuts at #15 while independent rap titan Tech N9ne and his Collabos project, Strange Reign, comes in at #61 for its first week on the chart.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Bigger Artist takes a 21 percent dip and Lil Pump’s self-titled debut falls 34 percent, but both still remain in the Top 10. Post Malone’s Stoney, Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. all maintain their relatively high placements as well.
Last week’s #1 album, NF’s Perception, dropped 68 percent to land in the 25th spot.
East Atlanta Santa Can’t Be Stopped
Gucci Mane is arguably one of rap’s greatest success stories. After serving time in prison, the Atlanta native reemerged ready to take on the world. Since his May 2016 release from prison, he’s dropped several albums, lost weight, got married and written a book — The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.
His most recent project, Mr. Davis, continues his winning streak, marking this week’s highest rap album debut. Boasting 70,383 total album equivalent units sold (20,872 in pure album sales and a staggering streaming count of 68,736,497, Mr. Davis sits at #2 behind P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma.
Read DX’s review of the album here.
Wu-Tang Is Kind Of Something To F*ck With
Wu-Tang Clan’s highly anticipated album, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, has hit the chart at #15 with 24,483 in total album equivalent units sold (18,964 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 6,758,480).
Despite Wu-Tang’s loyal fan base, it wasn’t enough to crack the Top 10. Produced by DJ Mathematics, The Saga Continues debuted higher than 2014’s A Better Tomorrow, which entered the chart at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 24,386 copies in its first week of release.
Read DX’s review here.
Not So Strange
Kansas City, Missouri’s independent rap king Tech N9ne spits out albums faster than he raps (and he raps fast). His latest, Strange Reign, is part of his Collabos series and features Jay Trilogy, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone and Rittz. Although the album entered the chart at #61, it’s not bad for an indie label like Strange Music, Inc., which the platinum-selling rapper has built from the ground up since establishing it in 1999.
With 8,867 total album equivalent units sold (7,502 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 1,507,791), Strange Reign follows the last installment of the series, Dominion, which peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.
Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 10/19/2017
Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.
- Gucci Mane — Mr. Davis — #2 — 70,383 (20,872) [68,736,497]
- Post Malone — Stoney — #4 — 44,997 (4,165) [56,233,638]
- Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2 — #5 — 34,991 (667) [49,577,147]
- A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Bigger Artist — #8 — 30,877 (800) [43,808,133]
- Lil Pump — Lil Pump — #9 — 30,431 (1,723) [40,663,591]
- Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #11 — 28,417 (4,563) [32,541,373]
- Khalid — American Teen — #12 — 27,200 (2,282) [33,706,248]
- Wu-Tang Clan — Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues — #15 — 24,483 (18,964) [6,758,480]
- XXXTENTACION — 17 — #16 — 22,625 (737) [31,717,708]
- SZA — CTRL — #16 — 20,520 (1,925) [26,160,733]