Two of the year's most anticipated Rap projects, ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron and Kid Cudi's SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon, make their chart debuts this week on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Meanwhile, Eminem continues to make waves on the chart with his 2013 album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron Is #1
ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron is this week's highest debut on the chart. The TDE/Aftermath Entertainment project sold 138,950 copies this week to earn the #1 spot on the chart. Oxymoron, which can be streamed here, is ScHoolboy Q's major label debut album, a project that earned the Top Dawg emcee a 3.5 out of 5 in the collection's HipHopDX review. "In many ways, Oxymoron delivers exactly as advertised," HipHopDX said of the album in its review. "It’s an ominous project that also needs a few radio reaches to provide ScHoolboy Q a platform to achieve mainstream success. You want a guy like Q to bring home a gold or platinum plaque, but will you endure the strategic placement of some Top 40 bait to see it happen?"
Kid Cudi's SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon Arrives At #4
Kid Cudi's SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon, which arrives at #4, is the week's second-highest rated debut on the chart. The album sold 87,122 copies in its first week. SATELLITE FLIGHT, which can be streamed here, is Cudi's most recent effort, which earned the rapper-singer a 4 out of 5 in the album's HipHopDX review. "Flaws and all, SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon stands as one of Kid Cudi’s biggest accomplishments," HipHopDX says of the album. "Rejuvenated. Recreated. Rebooted. Call it what you will. Scott Mescudi made an EP’s worth of material feel like an album, and he did it without surrendering his artistic integrity in the process. If SATELLITE FLIGHT truly is a bridge between Indicud and Man on the Moon III, fans will be in for a treat when the third installment is finally released."
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Remains In Top 20
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 continues to succeed on the chart as it lands in the #17 slot, though sales for the project decreased from last week. Eminem's most recent album has sold 1,975,597 units overall. This week, the album sold 17,662 units, a 6 percent drop from last week's 18,845 units sold. In February, Eminem celebrated the 15-year anniversary of his debut album, The Slim Shady LP. At the time, Eminem's longtime manager Paul Rosenberg spoke about how he's viewed Eminem through the years. "He's always been a studio rat," Paul Rosenberg said at the time. "He goes hours at a clip without leaving the booth. When he's determined and on a creative spark, there's nothing else he's focused on. That's been the same since day one."
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 3/2/2014
#1. ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron - 139,000 (139,000)
#2. Kid Cudi - SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon - 87,000 (87,000)
#10. Beyonce - Beyonce - 32,000 (1,823,000)
#17. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 18,000 (1,976,000)
#25. Drake - Nothing Was The Same - 12,000 (1,490,000)
#38. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 8,300 (1,200,000)
#40. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 8,100 (1,359,000)
#50. Kid Ink - My Own Lane - 5,900 (104,000)
#65. Childish Gambino - because the internet - 4,700 (228,000)
#73. Yo Gotti - I Am - 4,500 (156,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
Who will take the top spot next week? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.