Rap fans get another Top 10 debut, and Snoop Dogg vaporizes his way onto the charts with his first digital project and his first EP, in honor of 4/20.
There were two debut appearances on the charts this week. Most notably, Decatur, Georgia rapper Future's debut Pluto scored a Top 10. This was a breakthrough 12 months for the Dungeon Family affiliate and Epic Records sensation. With the unofficial marijuana-smokers holiday of April 20 (4/20), Snoop Dogg's themed-EP is the third project appearance for the 1990s superstar in the last three years.
Future's Pluto Debut Scores A Top 10 On The Charts
Twenty-two year-old Future had an impressive first week with Pluto. The Epic/A1 Records release sold over 40,000 units to land a #8 debut. The first studio project from the cousin of Organized Noize co-founder Rico Wade features Drake, T.I. and Snoop Dogg. In addition to Organized, production comes courtesy of Juicy J, DJ Pharris and Mike Will. The commercial success comes after mixed reviews, including a 2 out of 5 on HipHopDX.
Snoop Dogg's 4/20 Stoner's EP Burns On The Charts
Another project getting some negative reviews is Snoop Dogg's Stoner's EP. The first EP in the emcee's 19-year career of releasing solo material, the 10-song project also features entire works by Snoop affiliates Tha Dogg Pound and Hustle Boyz. Included on the Gangsta Gangsta Online Distribution project is Snoop's popular online single, "Stoners Anthem" . Selling approximately 2,500 online units in its first week, the project comes six months after Snoop's collaborative project with Wiz Khalifa, Mac + Devin Go To High School soundtrack.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/22/2012
#6. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 48,000 (383,000)
#8. Future - Pluto - 41,000 (41,000)
#20. Drake - Take Care - 16,000 (1,699,000)
#46. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 8,300 (199,000)
#57. Young Jeezy - TM103: Hustlerz Ambition - 7,000 (567,000)
#65. Trip Lee - The Good Life - 6,000 (24,000)
#81. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 5,000 (1,417,000)
#93. Odd Future - OF Tape, Vol. 2 - 4,300 (69,000)
#152. Diggy - Unexpected Arrival - 2,700 (45,000)
#167. Snoop Dogg - Stoner's EP - 2,500 (2,500)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.