All I’ve got to say is “DAAAAAMMMNNN!” I’m not sure why no ‘mainstream’ rap ‘news’ outlets are covering this, but Connecticut rapper Chris Webby just sold 9,500 copies digitally of his debut EP, There Goes The Neighborhood. To say this is impressive for Webby would be a tremendous understatement, especially when considering that he dropped his EP with absolutely zero promotion on a Thursday, so this figure does not even reflect a full week of sales. Surprisingly with these numbers, this may actually be the first time that many people have even heard of Chris Webby as he has built his fan base largely through social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook rather than blog buzz and web coverage. Last week also marked the release of the Curren$y-backed Jet Life album Jet World Order, the first album showcasing the entire Jet Life crew. While not as jaw-dropping as Chirs Webby’s sales, the album had a successful opening week, scanning over 4,200 units. In other new release news, Rashad & Confidence seemed to miss the boat with their ode to boom-bap debut, The Element Of Suprise. The duo closed the week out with just over 100 units sold.
Chris Webby “There Goes The Neighborhood – EP” – 9,556 (100% digital)
Jet Life “Jet World Order – 4,246 (66% digital)
Rashad & Confidence “Element Of Surprise” – 107 (61% digital)
Mac Miller made history this week by becoming the first independent artist to reach the top of the Billboard charts on their debut since Tha Dogg Pound in 1995. It’s worth mentioning that Wale sold about 20,000 more units than Mac on his opening week, but was shafted by Justin Bieber’s Christmas album. I guess I can see why Mac earned that number one spot, as he sounds more like the Biebs on Blue Slide Park than the MC on his seminal K.I.D.S. mixtape…Mac wasn’t the only one having a successful week; Tech N9ne sits comfortably at number 21 on the Top 200 with the latest edition to his Collabos series. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, as Tech has a rabid fan base, but this ultimately a victory as the album was barely promoted and is basically void of the noteworthy features from his last album, All 6’s and 7’s. Pusha T and Pac Div also did their thing this week with independent releases, both scanning several thousand. Check back next week when Drake. mixtape and Childish Gambino. mixtape are sure to own the charts.
Mac Miller “Ambition” – 144,237 (76% digital) [read review]
Tech N9ne Collabos “Welcome To Strangeland” – 26,222 (29% digital)
Pusha T “Fear Of God II – Let Us Pray” – 8,897 (64% digital) [read review]
Pac Div“The Div” - 2,154 (100% digital)
As predicted, Wale walked away with victor of this week’s hip-hop chart race, as he moved well over 150k units of his sophomore album, Ambition. That’s quite a feat considering his debut, Attention Deficit, only sold 28,000 in its opening week back in 2009. It’s no secret that the Insane Clown Posse has an enormous cult following. Their fan base continually buys records; even if those records are compilations of previously released material. The face-painted Michigan group sold nearly 3,000 copies of their ‘greatest features’ album. What’s most interesting is that their fans copped nearly all physical copies of the album. On a related note, watch out for those Juggalos; they’re a dangerous gang….Producer Black Milk and Detroit MC Danny Brown had a fairly impressive outing this week, as their collaborative project which has the runtime of an EP sold over 800 units. The reason this is particularly noteworthy is because the group basically gave the album away for free by spreading a stream of the album prior to its release, so I guess the people liked what they heard. Check back next week as Mac Miller is sure to dominate the charts with the release of his full-length debut, Blue Slide Park.
Wale “Ambition” – 163,889 (42% digital) [read review]
Insane Clown Posse “Featuring Freshness” – 2,917 (5% digital)
Black Milk & Danny Brown “Black & Brown” – 832 (72% digital)
Idle Warship“Habit Of The Heart” - 464 (75% digital)
Torae“For The Record” - 411 (96% digital)
Maybe it’s because I’m stuck in my own little bubble of obscure hip-hop, but I had no idea that Boyz II Men had a new album out. They topped the charts this week for urban releases, although Coldplay owned the Billboard 200 this week by selling 447,000 units of their latest album Mylo Xyloto. In my eyes, the real story this week is the success of Jedi Mind Tricks’ seventh studio album, Violence Begets Violence, as it marks the group’s first release without their producer, Stoupe. Despite mixed reviews and reluctance from longtime fans, the album moved nearly 4,500 units in its opening week. Statik Selektah and Freestyle Fellowship also fared well during their albums’ opening week, while Korean rapper/producer/songwriter Tablo had a moderately successful opening week for the international release of his debut EP, Fever’s End Pt 1, which was quickly followed by Pt. 2.
Boyz II Men “Twenty 18,385 (46% digital)
Jedi Mind Tricks “Violence Begets Violence” – 4,351 (60% digital) [read review]
Statik Selektah “Population Control” – 1,520 (45% digital) [read review]
Freestyle Fellowship “Promise” – 713 (32% digital)
Tablo “Fever’s End, Pt 1″ - 389 (100% digital)
Terrace Martin“Locke High 2″ - 369 (100% digital)
Even though he doesn’t have a smash hit, J. Cole killed the game this week with the release of debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Although the album has been met with mixed reviews, it didn’t seem to phase consumers as the album moved nearly 218,000 units this week. Regardless, Sam is still going to hate. It was a big week for indie hip-hop releases as Phonte, Evidence, and 9th Wonder all moved several thousand units of their respective albums. I had the chance to listen to “Cats & Dogs,” which is pretty hot, but I’ve been hearing nothing but rave reviews for Phonte’s “Charity Starts At Home.” Casey Veggies’ stock appears to be continually rising as the commercial re-release of his free mixtape moved 2,223 copies digitally in its first 2 weeks on the charts. We’ll have to wait until next week to see what Styles P and Exile do next week.
J. Cole “Cole World: The Sideline Story” – 217,280 (43% digital) [read review]
Phonte “Charity Starts At Home” – 7,796 (56% digital) [read review]
Evidence “Cats & Dogs” – 7,725 (35% digital) [read review]
9th Wonder “The Wonder Years” – 6,460 (51% digital)
Casey Veggies “Asleep In Class [Deluxe Edition]” - 2,223 (100% digital) *Two Week Total* [read review]
Tabi Bonney “The Summer Years” - 262 (100% digital)