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Joe Budden, K’Naan & Project Pat Debut On The Charts

Several new rap releases made it onto the Billboard 200 sales chart today including discs by K’Naan, Joe Budden, and Project Pat.

Landing at the no. 32 position on his first week on the charts is K’Naan with his major label debut Troubadour. The Somali-born rapper, who tagged along Mos Def, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 and Chubb Rock for the CD, sold 15,290 discs according to the Nielsen SoundScan.

Ten spots down is Joe Budden with his long awaited sophomore studio album, Padded Room. The Internet star, who dropped the CD on indie label Amalgam Digital, managed to sell 15,290 copies in his first week out.

Real Recognize Real, the seventh album by Memphis-bred rapper Project Pat debuted on the no. 70 spot this week, after selling 8,660 discs.

Cypress Hill front man B-Real also rolled up on the charts this week. The West Coast rapper’s first solo album Smoke N Mirrors, grabbed the no. 148 position with 3,830 CDs sold. Failing to chart this week is Hidden Files, the new release by Havoc of Mobb Deep, which was unable to sell 1,000 copies.

The usual suspects made it onto the top 40. Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak slipped 2 positions to number 10 after scanning an additional 25,540 records this week. The Louis Vuitton Don’s tally now stands at 1,385,990. At no. 11 is the “King of the South” T.I. with his latest album Paper Trail. Tip pushed 25,340 discs this go around, bringing his overall figures to 1,749,140.

Moving up four spots to no. 26 this week is hip-hop hook man extraordinaire Akon. The singer, who officially went gold last week, sold 17,040 more copies of his album Freedom this sales cycle, making his total sit at 525, 700.

The self-proclaimed “Greatest Rapper Alive” Lil Wayne slid three slots to no. 36 this go around. Weezy rang up 14,840 more copies of his Grammy-award-winning disc Tha Carter III this week, bringing his total sales numbers to 3,044,610. – Elan Mancini

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