Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/31/2011

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/31/2011

Wu-Tang's second posse album in three years made a splash on the charts, while Jay Rock's solo debut also appeared, as Black Rob failed to make the Top 200 for the first time in his career.

A second compilation from one of Hip Hop's most legendary groups made a strong impression on the charts, as did a Watts, California emcee who's been patiently waiting for close to five years. Notably absent is Black Rob, who released his third solo album, and first independent work last week.

Beyonce's album 4 is knocking on 600,000 units sold. The Destiny's Child alum's fourth solo offering features an appearance by Outkast's Andre 3000, along with production from Kanye West and his production team - including Jeff Bhasker, as well as a writing credit to former G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence.

Royce Da 5'9 and Eminem as Bad Meets Evil and their album, Hell: The Sequel climbed a spot, remaining Top 10. As of now, the Motor City natives are gradually approaching 400,000 units sold, potentially en route to earning Royce his first plaque from the RIAA.

DJ Khaled's major label debut, We The Best Forever continued to hold a high mark on the charts, at #13. The Miami, Florida-based radio personality, deejay and producer is working with Cash Money/Universal Motown Records on this project in lieu of longtime label E1 Entertainment (f/k/a Koch Records). Khaled's latest features the usual suspects of Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, as well as Drake and B.o.B.

Jill Scott saw almost an exact replication of her sales from the previous week. As of now, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania powerhouse stands triumphant with Light of the Sun, which touts guest appearances from Paul Wall, Eve, Doug E. Fresh, Anthony Hamilton and more.

G.O.O.D. Music's latest artist, Detroit, Michigan's Big Sean,which slid two spots to #28.  Finally Famous: The Album was largely produced by longtime Common mentor No I.D., and featured appearances from DXnext alumni Chiddy Bang and Wiz Khalifa, along with Lupe Fiasco.

* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B) 

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
5 Beyonce 4 41,000 593,000
9 Royce Da 5'9 & Eminem (Bad Meets Evil) Hell: The Sequel 26,000 396,000
13 DJ Khaled We The Best Forever 21,000 74,000
26 Jill Scott Light Of The Sun 14,000 273,000
28 Big Sean Finally Famous: The Album
13,000 160,000

A follow-up to 2009's Chamber Music, RZA and Wu-Tang Records released another E1 compilation in Legendary Weapons. Not to be confused as an official Clan album, this work, produced by Funk outfit The Revelations, along with guidance from RZA, featured Sean Price, Roc Marciano and Action Bronson, in addition to Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God and Inspectah Deck. Masta Killa and GZA did not participate.

Watts, California emcee and DXnext alum Jay Rock debuted at #77 with his album, Follow Me Home. Released on Tech N9ne's Strange Music label, the longtime Warner Brothers/Top Dawg Entertainment artist moved to the independent last year. With production by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, FMH features TDE label-mate Kendrick Lamar, Krizz Kaliko and Chris Brown.

Speaking of, Tech N9ne continues to enjoy the best commercial year to date in his patient, 15-plus year career. The Kansas City, Missouri emcee has taken All 6's & 7's close to 120,000 units, which is still holding a Top 100 spot on the charts. The album features Lil Wayne, Yelawolf and Kendrick Lamar, among others. Yesterday, Tech's Strange Music released Jay Rock's debut album, Follow Me Home.

OFWGKTA's Tyler, The Creator is fast-approaching 100,000 units sold with his May release, Goblin. The first nationally-distributed release from the Los Angeles, California native was released on XL Records, and includes the MTV VMA nominee's Internet-hit single "Yonkers."

Perhaps in its final week on the charts, Rick Ross' Teflon Don sits at #197. With a year and two weeks on the charts consecutively, the acclaimed Def Jam/Maybach Music Group release featured Jay-Z, Cee-Lo and Drake.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
38 Wu-Tang Legendary Weapons
10,000 10,000
77 Jay Rock Follow Me Home
5,300 5,300
86 Tech N9ne All 6's & 7's 5,000 118,000
186 Tyler, The Creator Goblin 2,600 97,000
197 Rick Ross Teflon Don 2,400 654,000

Will Swollen Members pop on the charts with Monsters II? Stay tuned to HipHopDX next week to find out.

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