The big addition to the charts this past week was Trip Lee's fourth solo album, The Good Life. The Dallas, Texas native is the latest Reach Records artist to make a significant debut on the charts for the Christian Hip Hop label - joining LeCrae, who is featured on the project. Additionally, J. Cole's debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story crossed the 600,000 sales mark, as E-40's second of three March LPs was the last one standing on the Top 200.
For Trip Lee, It Is A Good Life
116 Clique founding member Trip Lee scored a Top 20 debut with The Good Life. This is over 40 spots higher than Lee's last solo album, Between Two Worlds, which was released in 2010. The Texas native who now lives in the Washington D.C. area called on LeCrae, Andy Mineo, K.B. and others to appear on his latest work. With label-mates, Trip performed at 2012's South By Southwest Festival, as the first showcase by all Christian Hip Hop artists at the historic music gathering.
Nicki Minaj Holds Top 3 With Roman
After last week's #1 debut, Nicki Minaj did not have a sophomore week slump with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Barbz appeared at #3, behind Lionel Richie's #1 debut and the eight-times-platinum 21 by Adele. The Cash Money/Young Money artist was a mere 10,000 units behind a #2 rank, in her 81,000 units sold. Cam'ron, Nas and 2 Chainz are featured on the sophomore solo effort from the Queens, New Yorker, in addition to label-mates Drake and Lil Wayne.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/15/2012
#3. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 81,000 (335,000)
#17. Trip Lee - The Good Life - 22,000 (22,000)
#28. Drake - Take Care - 14,000 (1,683,000)
#41. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 10,000 (191,000)
#53. Young Jeezy - TM103: Hustlerz Ambition - 7,800 (560,000)
#74. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 5,400 (1,412,000)
#78. Odd Future - OF Tape, Vol. 2 - 4,900 (64,000)
#88. J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story - 4,300 (601,000)
#110. Diggy - Unexpected Arrival - 3,400 (42,000)
#196. E-40 - Block Brochure, Volume 2: Welcome To The Soil - 2,000 (13,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
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