Tech N9ne Debuts In Top 20, Rick Ross’ Crew Fail to Break Top 40

Indie favorite Tech N9ne continues to prove that he has a solid underground fan base. The Kansas City, Missouri MC debuted at no. 14 on the Billboard 200 and according to this week’s Nielsen SoundScan report. K.O.D.—his ninth solo album—managed to sell 29,900 units.

Another new hip-hop addition to the charts this week is Rick Ross’ group Triple C’s. Their debut album, Custom Cars and Cycles, landed at the no. 44 position, selling 12,000 copies of their CD.

Jay-Z fell six spots to no. 10 this go ’round. The Brooklyn legend’s latest opus, The Blueprint 3, added another 40,800 units to its overall tally. After about two months, BP3 has moved 1,200,100 units.

The seemingly unstoppable Black Eyed Peas also slid down the charts this week, landing at no. 13. The E.N.D. still managed to scoop up 30,200 in numbers, bringing their 21 week total to 1,300,000.

Just making it into the top 40 this week is Drake. Consumers bagged up 13,300 copies of his So Far Gone EP this sales cycle. The T. Dot rep has sold 210,700 after seven weeks on the charts. —Elan Mancini

  • Mika

    LOL Triple C’s going DOOOOWWWWNNN !!! (not that they were up at anytime lol)

  • Mika

    and oh …. Drake on his seventh week sells more than Triple C’s first lol good going bawse !!! keep coming with the delusion and your boys forced laughter lmao

  • 88_CUTLASS

    thats a damn shame, i know its more than 12k in miami. lol. tech 9 sold more than these cats with NO PROMOTIONS. i wonder how william roberts will spin yet another loss. just like fat joe, they had alot of mouth b4 those numbers come out, then they get quiet as a church mouse

  • RWord

    i love the haters. Do you know how much Nas illamatic sold first week? Or Eric B & Rakim, Or Lupe or Skyzoo? Yet all these were classics. Whoever judge good music on first week sale are either:

    1. Stupid
    2. or 50cent dick riders

    cleary based on the above comments, both Mika is #2

    Boss!

    • RWord

      I meant both Mika and 88_CUTLASS are #2 – 50cent dick riders

      • Hanch

        Who is the dickrider? The only time I see you on here is when it has something to do with (the Fake) Rick Ross! So again who is the dickrider? Putting Triple C’s or Rick Ross in the same category as Rakim and Nas WTF is wrong with you!

    • sb

      you’re right after i seen your comment i just checked what the classics did in their debut..do you know none cracked the top 40? im talking illmatic,takes a nation of millions and paid in full..granted they all went platinum but they took a minute..

      illmatic sold 59,000 in the first week

      • $ykotic/Don McCaine

        What’s missing in this debate is that NaS, PE, Rakim were all brand new. Maybe a single out here or there.

        Triple C’s has Ross, who already has dropped 3 solo albums on a major label. #1 songs & albums. There was supposed to be a built in following for this project.

        They should be doing Drake #’s, not Skyzoo #’s.

        Real talk.

        • jburg

          This Rword nigga will never understand. Ross dick is too far up his ass!!! Everyone is a dickrider but him? Only time this nigga say something is when Ross shit is on here. Homo!! Another difference in the albums you stated are that they are CLASSICS, this shit, is TRASH!! Hence the 12,000 sold.

  • Yung45

    Awww man its ovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvver rickkkkky…da death blow has struck again lololol officer down lolol rickyyy is lookin pretty nerve rite na…wonder how much def jam is gonna invest in ya nex project???

  • 305

    RICK ROSS RESGNED FROM C.O JOB CAUSE HE WAS GONNA BE FIRED FOR ABUSING INMATES. I HAVE INFO

  • 88_CUTLASS

    well if u got delusinal rappers, i guess u have the same in fans too. You putting them trash rappers in the same category with nas and rakim? lol william is that you

    • Mika

      exactly …………

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    wow. 30k for tech. that’s impressive. let’s go, indie artists.

    • sb

      that is..and to put things in perspective i just checked to see what nas did in his first week of sales for illmatic…59,000..he didn’t even crack the top 40…neither did takes a nation of millions,enter the wu tang or paid in full..98-2001 is where we had a surge in record sales..so we are leveling off and were back at where normal record sales were..so good for tech

  • Mika

    First off im a Game stan and though i dont ‘hate’ 50 im no dick rider either and second, when did i ever say first week sales determine the quality of an album !? Im just saying that the number 50 said it’d do really happened(almost) and thirdly, cuz of nas’s illmatic,Eric B,Rakim etc first week sales being low and still being a classic dont mean that 3 C selling low first week could also be a classic !!! And i liked ross last album so im no ross hater so stay in your lane ..word !

  • K.ing

    Well fuck a ross…

    his career is over…

    R word is the biggest dick rider of 09…..

    Thats good for tech nina…

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Just seeing Tech Nine’s numbers goes to show you that hip hop ain’t dead its just going back underground…

    • Mobuck$

      Dead in what context ? listening to tech nines music is kinda like experincing death.. can anyone tell me why they would want a demon inside of them ? “I have a demon inside of me should i kill it ?HELL NO” this is just sad .if you are aware that a demon is inside of you , how could you make a song that’s titled “show me a God” if there is a demon nigga there must be a God that created the demon stupid..lol.. Tech nine is a devil worshipper his lyrics bost this fact clearly. sorry but I aint follwing that ratface looking lame to Hell ..peace..

      • http://www.tutonerecords.com Hip Hop

        Its ignorant people like this kat that think they know music when they really dont. If you really listen to it it doesnt even say “I have a demon inside of me should i kill it ?HELL NO” As a matter of fact is says “theres a demon inside of me can i kill it? hell no” Which is a reference to demons we all have inside of us. He is admitting to his which most people dont/wont. This dudes a music amazingly creative. And if you knew the story behind the album you would understand his frustrations with life and how everything is going wrong in his life right now so thats why this album is “dark” and like he says in his music he laughs at people that call him a devil worshiper.

  • http://xxlmag.com Blakout615

    Mannnn I been telling my people thats tryna get in the game to GO THE INDEPENDENT ROUTE…..FUCK A MAJOR. Look at tech. He has a damn near cult following and is debuting in the top 20 independently,thats the way to do it.
    I did hear a rumor that he wants to get on a major label so he can change the way mainstream music is. Dont know how true that rumor is tho

  • Lloyd Sedio

    Has Rick Ross passed the 500 000 mark? How is em doing in terms of sales?

  • norcal

    TECH N9NE best lyricts ive heard in a while 2 to EM album is hard if u want rap go get K.O.D u wont be disappionted or ill give ur money back

  • Nate Nov 4th

    Rword, you gotta get off whatever substance you are taking. You can’t take a ISOLATED example and make a comparison like ILLMATIC, Rakim, etc.. because you are saying that

    Not ALL CLASSIC albums sell big #’s out the gate.

    TRUE. I’ve admitted that.
    JUST 90% of them. So let’s examine the logic here.

    By giving the Skyzoo, Rakim, Lupe kind of examples, I agree GREAT albums.

    You are saying that TRIPLE C’s is a GREAT CLASSIC album. (because the other’s were)

    HELL NO!

    classics 10-15 years ago especially sold because they were great and because of WORD OF MOUTH. How do you think Tech has sold so well. He didn’t start out doing so great out the gate, but his shows and word of mouth helped.

    Lemme pull a sample out that I like right now.
    “The Product” Willie Hen from Fillmore, SF, Young Malice, came out under Scarfact a few years back. Last I read it had sold 80-90K and it’s a damn good album. That didn’t start out at 50K but word of mouth and it’s quality sold it.

    your argument isn’t sound “RWORD”- it doesn’t make those of use dickriders or haters, just because we didn’t drink the Koolaid that you did….

    If you are CORRECT than Triple C’s will slowly sell more and more and have that MINORITY SLOW BURN that is the mark of a good classic album.

    I’ll pay you $100 if Triple C’s sell 75K by christmas in the US soundscan. That’s roughly 8 more weeks to go. At 62,900 that’s only averaging 7862 roughly weekly. Not hard for a album with months of promotion and a boss that has sold over a million aggregate over 3 albums with all the headlines (even though he hasn’t really accomplished much except attention).

    hell 50 could drop a trash album and only sell 200K and I would admit it if it was trash. I try to stay objective here. I enjoyed Kanye’s first three albums but hated and did not purchase 808′s. So it’s really the quality that matters, not the name.

    And triple C’s and the officer have no quality.

  • Naked

    it’s hard to get out the shadow of ross, give them a chance.

  • Capt. Obvious

    These days its ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC..no excuses…if your music sucks your sells will suck! This right here is proof.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=61464#comment 9-8-1

    im from kc and good for tech gettin on the charts but hes a sell out. if u listen to his first albums anghellic absolute power calm before the storm or anything else u would know what im talkin about. He changed his style to sound like a southern rapper just to move units and that shit aint cool

  • The Truth

    Im one of the 12000 and Il let you suckers know that the album is on some trill shit. Im switch up CD’s but always end up going back to listening to Triple C’s the album is tight stop listening to these kids man. Captain faggit there are more factors to album sales than music stupid. Smart people know. Unless you heard the album stop your bullshit. Im from New York and Im feeling it son. The track Go is the shit son the album is dope stop being suckas

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  • BIGNAT

    i didn’t even know tech was dropping something new. i knew rawse was though mwhahahahaha i guess only imitation crab meats until them sales pick up.

  • blackout

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  • Real Nigga

    Yo Im one of the 12000 its actually a good album, what these niggas dont understand is that fifty plays chess and this is part of the game. However if you need some trill shit in your car, bump that triple cs. Its hot son. Everybodys like o he a cop, nah son a co is a security guard for the pen. Hatian mobsters are known for that, im connected in the streets son believe that. They do it for family, I respect the Boss regardless son. This is for southern Gangsters

  • The Real

    Yo im one of the 12000 and this album is popping. Its that southern gangster muzic. Stop being apart of fifties chess game. Its good music. Got my car bumping riding through the hoods. A co is a security guard for the prison.. A police officer fucks your life up. All trilll niggas cop that triple cs on the real

  • Nehemiah

    Fuck all those albums on the charts, I mean wack eyed fleas sells a million. LOL Ima stick with my favorites of this year OBCL II by Raekwon, Survival Skills by KRS-One & Buckshot, and Salvation by Skyzoo. The Slaughterhouse album is da shit too. Of course Eminems album probabaly outsold all of these albums combined. That White guy is crazy good.

  • The Fedz

    I hate how people lay the claim that Tech has no promotion. Im from KC, and I know people in his inner circle and if you know anything about him he is constantly promoting himself. He travels from here to Cali in a van with his faace and release date posted on it, he tourss non-stop, and in areas where sales are high he has radio and TV blast.

    So yea he aint on 106 and park, but he understands his grind, But Techs been in the game since late 80s, I doubt there are any rappers entering, ir entered in the last 10 yrs, that plan to rap for 20+ yrs.

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  • Naked

    I agree with The Real a co is a guard, but niggas tellin and working with the police, gettin restraining orders, what type dude is that. I dont care how much money u got. Streets know.

  • mizeryluvkompany

    hahahaha!! hell yeah good shit tech!!!…man fuck all these haters who know shit bout tech, devilworshipper is ridiculouse as fuck, he got alot of religious content in his raps which is why i luv him and his music, by far my fave rapper!! his style and rhymes are unmatched, hed kill t.i. wayne, gay-z, kanye, all them hoe ass rappers flow, tech is the most underrated ever, this cd is one of his best ever, k.o.d. is classic and ill bump it 2 my grave!! quit hatin wut u dont know techs fans are deep, and urs arent, we dont play we luv this muthafuckas music, and always will so if u hate jus stay back and let us enjoy this real shit!!! tech n9ne best rapper in the world, with sumthing 2 actually say, not bling, money this b.s. tht b.s. jus real life hardship!! we luv u tech, fuck the industry!!..make room 4 the bro with the rednose, rednose, rednose!! tech n9ne fuckin the game, dont need ur major lable, and the whole roster over at strange is amazing, do ur homework haters!! STRANGE….MUSIC!!