Fueled by both controversy and critical praise, Nas’ latest album Untitled is headed for the number one spot this week.

According to Billboard, the rap legend is projected to not only land in the top spot, but has sold approximately 113,000 units as of Friday (July 18) – better than the majority of first week sales in Hip Hop this year.

By comparison, this puts Nas just slightly behind Rick Ross’ Trilla, a March release which managed 116,000 b y Friday. Whether the Queensbridge rapper’s album will topple Ross’ 198,000 mark by the end of  the week remains to be seen.

Nas’ last number one album was the December 2006 release Hip-Hop Is Dead, which sold 354,000 copies during Christmas week.