In a career that's been recognized for over six years, DXnext alum Wale is having the time of his life. Only Justin Bieber's holiday album, Under The Mistletoe topped the Washington D.C. area emcee's second album - and by less than 50,000 units. With an impressive debut week, Wale's lone partner in Hip Hop added to the charts was Michigan duo Insane Clown Posse, who delivered a Rap-heavy double disc compilation that scored a Top 150 debut.
Wale Nearly Tops The Charts With Ambition
In the last year, Wale left Mark Ronson's Allido/Interscope Records for Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group/Warner Brothers situation. Releasing his second album in as many years, the 2007 HipHopDX Rookie Of The Year was welcomed with a #2 debut, selling just under 164,000 units. Ambition features production from notorious trunk-rattlers DJ Toomp and Lex Luger, with guess appearances from MMG brethren Meek Mill and Rick Ross ("Ambition" ), as well as former verbal sparring buddy Kid Cudi ("Focused" ). MMG's Self-Made group compilation album from earlier this year enjoyed Wale's push, and climbed four spots to #181.
I.C.P. Brings Work With Ice-T, MC Breed, Big Hutch Onto The Charts
Veteran R&B singer/actor (and sometimes rapper) Tyrese scored a Top 10 debut. Black Ty's fifth studio album, Open Invitation features rappers Rick Ross, Ludacris, as well as Strange Music/Top Dawg Entertainment's DXnext alum, Jay Rock ("I'm Home" ). The release came on Tyrese's Voltron Recordz boutique label, under EMI distribution.
Insane Clown Posse's Featuring Freshness scored a Top 150 debut. The double-album compilation features Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope's collaborations within their Psychopathic Records family on the first album, and various artists on the second album. Hip Hop artists ranging from Tech N9ne and Snoop Dogg to Above The Law's Big Hutch and the late MC Breed appear. Presently, Hutch, a former Ruthless and Death Row Records artist, is touring with I.C.P. Featuring Freshness was released on the group's own Psychopathic imprint.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/6/2011
#2. Wale - Ambition - 164,000 (164,000)
#9. Tyrese - Open Invitation - 76,000 (76,000)
#15 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 28,000 (1,643,000)
#20 J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story - 22,000 (370,000)
#23 Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 19,000 (1,033,000)
#89 Big Sean - Finally Famous: The Album - 4,800 (248,000)
#112 Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers - 3,800 (606,000)
#143 Game - The R.E.D. Album - 3,100 (204,000)
#150 Insane Clown Posse - Featuring Freshness - 2,900 (2,900)
#181 Rick Ross Presents...Maybach Music Group - Self-Made, Volume 1 - 2,500 (181,000)