Mac Miller debuts at #1 as a full independent artist. Meanwhile, two other indie releases hit the charts with momentum, Tech N9ne's latest "Collabos," and Pusha T's "Fear Of God 2" street album.
For the second week in a row, a DXnext alum led the Hip Hop charts. Following Wale's #2 overall debut last week, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Mac Miller scored an absolute #1 debut. Released entirely through hometown independent Rostrum Records, Mac's full-length debut out-sold Michael Buble's Christmas album by a margin of over 20,000 units.
Mac Miller Makes The Charts His Playground With Blue Slide Park
Mac Miller's full-length debut, Blue Slide Park's #1 debut is monumental for the 19 year-old emcee. The album features production from Lil B affiliates Clams Casino and Young L, as well as veteran Pitt production team I.D. Labs. The project's title is a reference to Frick Park, a popular destination in Miller's youth. This is Miller's second charted works this year, after March's On and On and Beyond EP.
Tech N9ne's Latest Collaboration Album Wins, As Does Pusha T's Mixtape
Two other notable releases debuted on the charts. Tech N9ne's second 2011 release, Welcome To Strangeland nearly broke the Top 20. The latest in Tech's "Collabos" series, this work featured in-house artists exclusively, ranging from Jay Rock and Brotha Lynch Hung to Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun. Earlier this year, Tech's All 6's & 7's was released, his top-charting album to date.
Another independent release came courtesy of Decon's Pusha T solo project, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray. The retail mixtape project featured Tyler, The Creator, Kanye West and Young Jeezy. Production is courtesy of The Neptunes, Nottz and Hit-Boy. The Clipse co-founder released Fear Of God earlier this year as a free mixtape. Although presented through Decon, FOG2 also features G.O.O.D Music and Re-Up Gang Records backing.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/6/2011
#1. Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park - 144,000 (144,000)
#15. Wale - Ambition - 41,000 (205,000)
#18. Tyrese - Open Invitation - 33,000 (110,000)
#21. Tech N9ne Collabos - Welcome To Strangeland - 26,000 (26,000)
#22. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 25,000 (1,668,000)
#32. J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story - 17,000 (387,000)
#60. Pusha T - Fear Of God 2: Let Us Pray - 8,900 (9,000)
#119. Drake - Thank Me Later - 4,000 (1,484,000)
#124. Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers - 3,700 (609,000)
#185. Game - The R.E.D. Album - 2,600 (206,000)