Jay to the Mwah done did it. The Yonkers MC surpassed expectations on his first week on the Billboard 200 sales chart with his Def Jam debut, The Last Kiss.
The rapper’s first solo set since 2004’s Kiss Of Death, reached the no. 3 position behind countrified acts Miley Cyrus and the Rascal Flats. Breezing past the 100,000 projections, Kiss officially pushed 134,520 copies of his CD according to Nielsen’s SoundScan. Boasting features from his Lox brethren, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Nas, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Raekwon and Ghostface, among others.
The next hip-hop release is Flo Rida all the way down at the no. 17 spot. R.O.O.T.S, the muscle-bound rapper’s sophomore release fell nine places down this week, scooping up 31,740 sales numbers. In his second week, Rida has sold a total of 87,100 copies.
UGK, who lead the rap pack last week, dropped from no. 6 to no. 20 this week. The group’s final LP, UGK 4 Life, pushed an additional 26,300 discs this week, making its two-week tally 102,900.
Def Jam crooner The-Dream slipped seven spots to no. 25 this sales cycle. The singer’s latest CD, Love Vs Money, bagged up 23,750 more discs this week, making his his total stand at 295,240.
At no. 30 is Atlanta rap giant T.I. The soon-to-be-incarcerated rapper continues to keep registers ringing, selling 19,490 copies of Paper Trail this week. After about seven months the disc has an overall sales number of 1,877,550.
Sliding all the way to no. 48 is Bow Wow’s New Jack City Part II. After debuting at no. 16 last week, the young MC managed to score 12,940 more albums sold this week, making his second week total 43,890.
In his first week, New York rapper Mims, landed at the no. 53 spot. The “This Is Why I’m Hot” MC sold 12,400 copies of his sophomore disc Guilt. – Elan Mancini