As predicted, Meek Mill scored a Top 3 for his solo debut album, Dreams & Nightmares. The Maybach Music Group member has had a benchmark year in a career the spans the better part of a decade. This week also brought Tech N9ne's latest digital project to the charts, timed specifically to release at Halloween week.
The HipHopDX guest editor last week, Sean Price, received his highest charting solo effort to date, in a career that spans nearly 20 years. Mic Tyson is Sean's third solo album, in between a lengthy career with Heltah Skeltah and Boot Camp Clik.
Two final additions to the charts came by way of emcee/singer-turned pop culture sensation, Cee Lo. Although the Goodie Mob member has been in the headlines recently for alleged sexual misconduct, his Christmas album, Cee-Lo's Magic Moment, appeared in the Top 100. Lastly, veteran Oakland, California duo The Coup returned with their first album in near five years. Sorry To Bother You featured Boots Riley and Pam The Funktress working with Killer Mike and others, after tenures with Galactic and Street Sweeper Social Club. The former Wild Pitch Records sensations appeared at #194.
Meek Mill Reached His Dreams
As last year's MMG redefined Wale and his sound, 2012 has been a formal introduction to Meek Mill. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania emcee's aggressive style dates back to dozens upon dozens of local mixtapes in the mid-2000s. After a brief tenure with T.I. at Grand Hustle Records, the dirtbike-riding emcee has come into his own under the business and tutelage of Rick Ross.
Dreams & Nightmares features the MMG crew, along with Nas and Drake. The latter is featured on controversial single "Amen," which has been a stand-out single in recent months. The album's deluxe edition also features "Burn," another popular hit featuring Big Sean. Both singles curiously appeared on Meek's free May mixtape, Dreamchasers 2. Meek's debut is within 1,000 units and received the same charting position as band-mate Wale's Ambition one year ago.
Sean Price Comes Back Like Mike Tyson
Sean Price had a career week with his third album, Mic Tyson. The Brooklyn, New York Rap vet's latest features production by Alchemist, 9th Wonder and Stu Bangas. Appearances include B.K. undergroup Hip Hop mainstays like Ill Bill, Torae and Pumpkinhead too.
The album sold nearly 7,000 copies, giving Sean the first Top 100 solo album of his career. Not since 1998's Magnum Force with Heltah Skeltah, has Sean Price performed this strongly on the charts. His rhyme partner, Rockness Monstah (f/k/a Rock) was not featured on Mic Tyson.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/4/2012
#2. Meek Mill - Dreams & Nightmares - 165,000 (165,000)
#5. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 63,000 (304,000)
#30. Tech N9ne - Boiling Point - 13,000 (13,000)
#35. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 11,000 (365,000)
#39. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 9,800 (117,000)
#42. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer - 9,200 (340,000)
#58. Sean Price - Mic Tyson - 6,900 (7,000)
#65. The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack - 6,400 (18,000)
#66. Cee Lo - Cee-Lo's Magic Moment - 6,200 (6,200)
#194. The Coup - Sorry To Bother You - 2,000 (2,000)
* 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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