Tyler, The Creator's "Wolf" out-sells "Goblin" by close to 50,000 units. Papoose's heavily-delayed "Nacirema Dream" is approaching a benchmark, and Drake's "Take Care" crosses 2 million.
Justin Timberlake and his 20/20 Experience will not budge. For a third straight week, the Tennessee native held the #1 spot, and not cult-followed Tyler, The Creator or even Lil Wayne could move him.
Tyler's Wolf did however grab a Top 5 debut, this project fully on the Odd Future Records imprint. Also on the charts was Papoose, who despite not making last week's HipHopDX charts coverage, is approaching 10,000 units sold on his heavily-delayed Nacirema Dream debut album.
As expected, Drake's Take Care did cross the 2 million milestone. It is now the fourth Young Money Entertainment release to go multi-platinum, following Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III and Tha Carter IV, and Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday debut.
Tyler, The Creator Is A Wolf
Tyler, The Creator's second label release, Wolf, sold just under 90,000 first-week units. The Odd Future front-man's latest effort features some higher profile guest-work than 2011's Goblin. Pharrell, Erykah Badu and former OFWGKTA member Casey Veggies all appear, as do the active members, including Frank Ocean. This is Tyler's first release fully with the group's own label, as Goblin was a one-album deal with XL Recordings. Wolf is distributed by Sony Red.
Wolf outsold Goblin's first-week by nearly 50,000 units. That effort also scored the Los Angeles, California native a #5 debut.
Papoose's Dream Lives On
Following Papoose's 2006 seven-figure contract with Jive Records, Nacirema Dream began its campaign. Six and a half years later, much of the album as recorded in the mid '00s was released courtesy of Honor B4 Money/Empire Distribution. The Brooklyn, New York emcee and onetime Kool G Rap and DJ Kay Slay protege worked with East Coast Hip Hop luminaries such as DJ Premier and Buckwild, along with Heatmakerz and Dame Grease. Vocally, the album features Mobb Deep, Jadakiss, Jim Jones and Pap's own wife, Remy Ma. One guest who later criticized the album for an authorized appearance is Erykah Badu. The 20-track effort notably features a sequel to Papoose's early 2000s street hit and lyrical clinic, "Alphabetical Slaughter."
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/7/2013
#1. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience - 139,000 (1,426,000)
#3. Tyler, The Creator - Wolf - 89,000 (89,000)
#5. Lil Wayne - I Am Not A Human Being II - 68,000 (285,000)
#12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 27,000 (553,000)
#36. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 13,000 (837,000)
#67. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 7,400 (312,000)
#92. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 5,300 (446,000)
#101. Drake - Take Care - 4,700 (2,003,000)
#119. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 3,900 (585,000)
#183. Papoose - Nacirema Dream - 2,900 (8,4000)