Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/25/2010

Eminem's Recovery just will not budge from #1. Rick Ross gave Slim Shady a run for the money however. The Miami rapper debuted at #2 with the praised Teflon Don release. Scanning just under 177,000 units, the Def Jam rapper's fourth official album features work from veterans such as No I.D., DJ Clark Kent and Cee-Lo. Drake's Thank Me Later fell to #4, as Sheryl Crow's latest album debuted at #3. The Toronto rapper still motions towards its million-mark.

Usher's Raymond v. Raymond climbed an impressive nine spots. The veteran Pop entertainer's "divorce album" is marching its way to a platinum plaque for Mr. Raymond and his longtime backer, LaFace Records. The album will feature two deluxe/additional material releases next month. Outkast's Big Boi bumped one spot to #15. The Atlanta Hip Hop pioneer is 10,000+ units shy of the six-figure mark with his critically-acclaimed Def Jam debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The release features artists such as T.I., Gucci Mane and Too Short, with production from Organized Noize, Scott Storch and Lil Jon.

Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
Rank
1.
Eminem
Recovery
187,000 (This Week)
1,670,000 (Est. Total)
2.
Rick Ross
Teflon Don
176,000 (This Week)
177,000 (Est. Total)
4.
Drake
Thank Me Later
47,000 (This Week)
880,000 (Est. Total)
11.
Usher
Raymond v. Raymond
21,000 (This Week)
956,000 (Est. Total)
15.
Big Boi
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
18,000 (This Week)
107,000 (Est. Total)

The Roots' acclaimed How I Got Over release crossed the 100,000 mark. The Def Jam release features extended Roots family Dice Raw, Truck North and others, in addition to Blu, Phonte and Peedi Peedi. Damian Marley & Nas' Distant Relatives album remains a Top 75 album, working its way to 200,000 units.

Former Young Money and No Limit Records artist Curren$y slid to #86 debut with his Def Jam-distributed Pilot Talk. Produced by Reasonable Doubt architect Ski Beatz, and featuring Mos Def and Jay Electronica, the New Orleans emcee cleared over 10,000 first week units.
Paul Wall's latest, Heart of A Champion moved to #124. The Swishahouse/Warner Brothers/Asylum release featured surprise collaborations courtesy of Jay Electronica, Raekwon and Kid Sister. The release fell just shy of a Top 50 debut. Meanwhile, despite critical acclaim and plenty of anticipation, Capone-N-Noreaga's War Report 2 is in the last 15 spots of the charts. Executive produced by Raekwon, the EMI-distributed project features Nas, Busta Rhymes and several personnel carry-overs from CNN's acclaimed 1997 first War Report.

Rank
47.
The Roots
How I Got Over
8,700 (This Week)
106,000 (Est. Total)
72.
Damian Marley & Nas
Distant Relatives
5,800 (This Week)
159,000 (Est. Total)
86.
Curren$y
Pilot Talk
5,100 (This Week)
16,000 (Est. Total)
124.
Paul Wall
Heart of A Champion
3,800 (This Week)
11,000 (Est. Total)
187.
Capone-N-Noreaga
The War Report 2
2,500 (This Week)
7,200 (Est. Total)

Will Fat Joe go Top 5? Can Slum Village get the fanfare necessary to make another album?

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