His brass knuckles weren't strong enough to bust his way to the top of the charts, but Nelly made a modest debut at number three on the Billboard 200 chart.

The St. Lunatic's Brass Knuckles sold close to 84,000 copies to secure the third spot. R&B star Ne-Yo and his latest, Year of the Gentleman, sold 250,000 copies to debut at number two. Veteran rock outfit Metallica took the top spot for the second consecutive week with 337, 000 copies of their most recent LP, Death Magnetic.

DJ Khaled debuted at number seven on the charts with his latest indie offering, We Global. The collabo-laded project raked in just over 49,000 in units sold. The Terror Squad jock's album is also the top independent release on the charts this week.

In his third week on the charts with his latest, Young Jeezy continues to do well. The Atlanta rapper's The Recession pushed almost 60,000 copies to anchor the number six position. Jeezy's three week total rounds out to 410,000 copies.

Lil Wayne pushed another 43,000 copies of Tha Carter III. The Cash Money star's latest is his biggest album in his career. After 15 weeks on the charts the rapper is still in the Top 10 at number nine and his total so far sits at 2.4 million copies.

The Game rounds out the number of rappers in the Top 10. The rapper ranked right behind Weezy after selling almost 42,000 copies of L.A.X. In its four weeks of release the Compton rapper's third album has sold close to 419,000 copies.---LaTisha Robbins