There were three Hip Hop/Rap debut albums, all from artists traditionally ignored in most mainstream radio and media within the culture. Strange Music artist Prozak and his third solo album, Paranormal appeared at #84. Also appearing was Hollywood, California's Mickey Avalon. Now with Suburban Noize Records, the Schwayze associate's Loaded features Cisco Adler and members of Unwritten Law. Lastly, Sacramento, California experimental Hip Hop group Death Grips got their first taste of the charts with EP, The Money Store. The group includes veteran drummer Zach Hill. Also noted, Cee-Lo Green's 2010 album The Lady Killer jumped back onto the charts in over 90 steps, appearing at #93.
Nicki Minaj's Roman's Revenge Maintains A Top 10, Approaching Gold
Nicki Minaj's April release, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded fell just two spots to #8 in the last week. At over 415,000 units sold, the Young Money/Cash Money Records release is fast approaching gold in four full weeks on the charts. The release follow's Barbie's platinum 2010 debut, Pink Friday. Guests on the follow-up include Nas, Cam'ron and 2 Chainz.
Prozak Is The Latest Strange Music Success Story
The Saginaw, Michigan native and Bedlam member worked with Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and Twiztid on the work which scanned over 5,000 units. This follows 2008's feature-loaded Tales From The Sick, also released on Strange. The project's singles include "Enemy" and "One Of These Days."
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/29/2012
#8. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 32,000 (415,000)
#18. Future - Pluto - 17,000 (59,000)
#30. Drake - Take Care - 12,000 (1,711,000)
#51. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 7,600 (207,000)
#84. Prozak - Paranormal - 5,400 (5,500)
#88. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 4,400 (1,421,000)
#94. Trip Lee - The Good Life - 4,000 (27,000)
#114. Death Grips - Money Store - 3,200 (3,400)
#118. Mickey Avalon - Loaded - (3,100) (3,100)
#116. Odd Future - OF Tape, Vol. 2 - 3,100 (71,000)
* 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.