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Cypress Hill Rise Up to Billboard’s Top 20, Devin the Dude & Little Brother Debut on the Charts

Four new hip-hop releases debuted on The Billboard 200 album charts today (April 28), but none were able to knock the Black Eyed Peas or Ludacris out of their leading positions.

Even though landing two spots down from last week to No. 16, BEP still managed to be the No. 1 hip-hop act on the charts. According to the Nielsen SoundScan the Peas’ E.N.D. album sold 21,400 discs this week, making their 46-week total stand at 2,456,300.

Directly below and company is their former tour mate Ludacris at No. 17. Luda’s Battle of the Sexes LP picked up an additional 21,100 in sales this cycle, bringing his overall numbers to 355,600.

Rap veterans Cypress Hill scored the No. 19 seat with their new disc Rise Up. Fans of the Stoned Raiders bagged up 18,300 copies of the CD in the group’s first week on stands.

Sliding five spots to No. 37 is Lil Wayne. The incarcerated rapper’s latest disc, Rebirth, added 12,000 units to its 12-week tally, which now stands at 529,700.

Debuting at No. 87 is Houston favorite Devin the Dude’s new album Suite #420. The E1 release moved 6,100 units in week one. Also debuting this week is Little Brother’s final project as a group, Leftback. The disc made it to No. 134, after selling 4,400 copies.

Dogg Pound MC Kurupt failed to make it to The Billboard 200 with his new LP, Street Lights. The indie release sold about 3,000 units in its first week.

Next week look for B.o.B.’s debut The Adventures of Bobby Ray to make its way to the top of the charts. —Elan Mancini

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