Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't" takes #1 almost 200,000 units ahead of #2. La Coka Nostra's "Masters Of The Dark Arts" lives up to its name, as Aer offers a successful "Bright Side."
Hardcore Hip Hop collective La Coka Nostra also debuted on the Top 200. Ill Bill, Slaine, Danny Boy and DJ Lethal's second studio album, Masters Of The Dark Arts followed the first's charting appearance three years ago. With members from Non-Phixion, House Of Pain and Special Teamz, the latest lineup no longer includes Everlast.
Brighton, Massachussetts duo Aer also scored a #77 debut for their first album, The Bright Side. The digital album meshes Pop, Reggae, and Electronic with Hip Hop, as the band tours with OCD: Moosh & Twist.
Rick Ross Does Not Forgive The Charts
At #1, Rick Ross' fifth solo album sold 179,000 more units than #2, Zac Brown Band's Uncaged. The latest from the Boss features Andre 3000, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. The Maybach Music Group honcho also solicited production from Jake One, Reefa, and Cool & Dre on his latest. This project also out-sold the first week performance of label-mate and collaborator Nas, who released Life Is Good earlier in the month.
La Coka Nostra Are Masters Indeed
Now a quartet, La Coka Nostra continues to lead fans to the marketplace for their albums. Following 2009's A Brand You Can Trust, Masters Of The Dark Arts features appearances from Sean Price, Vinnie Paz and The Arsonists' Q-Unique, along with production courtesy of DJ Premier, Statik Selektah and longtime Jedi Mind Tricks affiliate Scott Stallone. The sophomore studio album also marks the group's first release on Fat Beats Records, where Ill Bill has dropped solo efforts.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/5/2012
#1. Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't - 218,000 (219,000)
#5. Nas - Life Is Good - 32,000 (226,000)
#13. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange - 20,000 (238,000)
#27. Maybach Music Group Presents... - Self Made, Volume 2 - 11,000 (201,000)
#42. Flo Rida - Wild Ones - 7,500 (68,000)
#44. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 7,300 (606,000)
#77. Aer - The Bright Side - 5,200 (5,200)
#146. 8Ball - Life's Quest - 2,700 (6,600)
#176. La Coka Nostra - Masters Of The Dark Arts -2,400 (2,500)
#196. Big K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground - 2,000 (81,000)
* 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.