Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/12/2010

Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross grab gold plaques last week for their albums, while Redman grabs a dismal #100 debut, and T.I. proves he’s a boss behind bars, or does he?

T.I. debuted at #4 with No Mercy. The emcee and label owner’s latest album was released while he was incarcerated for probation violations earlier this year, involving drugs. Selling approximately 160,000 units, the latest album from Tip features Kid Cudi, Scarface and Rocko, with production by DJ Toomp, Kanye West and Jake One.

DXnext alum Nicki Minaj garnered her first solo plaque Pink Friday reaching gold this week. The effort out-sold the critically-acclaimed Kanye West album, which was released on the same November 22 date, gaining two spots from last week. Featuring both Nicki’s brand of singing and rapping, Pink Friday has appearances from will.i.am, Drake and Eminem.

Minaj collaborator Rihanna watched her Loud gain a spot on the charts this week. With features from Drake, Eminem and the aforementioned Nicki Minaj, Loud continues to attract fans through its multiple singles and happier themes compared to RiRi’s past albums.

Kanye West fell six spots this week with his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Reaching gold last week, the album that was promoted through the revolutionary “G.O.O.D. Friday” is approaching 700,000 units sold . Praises continue to come in from publications and media about the emcee/producer’s fifth album.

The work features Raekwon, Pusha T, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj. Recorded largely in Hawaii, the album features several themes that have garnered it critical praise.

The Black Eyed Peas fell nine spots to #15. The group’s follow-up to last year’s The E.N.D., titled The Beginning, sold over 60,000 units in its second week. The will.i.am-led group’s sixth studio album continues their European club influence, maintaining work with David Guetta and DJ Ammo.

Redman received a dismal #100 debut in his latest album, Redman Presents…Reggie. The experimental work was released on Red’s lifetime label, Def Jam Records, and featured Bun B, Method Man and Treacherous Three emcee icon Kool Moe Dee. The album, featuring Auto-Tune and R&B, has production from M-Phazes, Ty Fyffe and longtime Red producer Rockwilder.

Soulja Boy’s third album, The DeAndre Way slipped out of the Top 100, selling another 8,000 units. With appearances by 50 Cent and SB’s artist Lil B The Based God (of The Pack), the album has shown some progression from the 2007 sensation’s past work.

Like Nicki Minaj, Miami, Florida’s Rick Ross pulled a gold plaque for his critically-acclaimed fourth album, Teflon Don after 21 weeks on the chart. The Def Jam album features work from Jay-Z, Kanye West and Cee Lo Green.

Lloyd Banks’ third solo album, H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger For More 2) sold another 7,000 units this week. With a gold single and high-profile appearances from Kanye West, 50 Cent, Raekwon and Eminem (on the iTunes version), Banks’ acclaimed comeback album is heading towards the 75,000.

Houston, Texas veteran Slim Thug’s third album, Tha Thug Show fell over 60 places to #151. Released through E1 Entertainment, the Swishahouse rapper’s third studio album features B.o.B., Big K.R.I.T., Yo Gotti and summer verbal sparring partner, Rick Ross. Thug’s second album with the indie label follows a lot of success in last year’s critically heralded Boss of All Bosses.

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