After hip-hop’s disappointing presence on The Billboard 200 last week, new releases by Nas and Damiam Marley and Reflecion Eternal gave a much needed boost to the genre today (May 26).
The Queensbridge MC and the Jamaican reggae singer’s collaborative album, Distant Relatives, debuted at No. 5, bringing rap music back into Billboard‘s Top 10 for the first time in three weeks. God’s Son and Bob’s Son sold an impressive 57,300 according to the Nielsen SoundScan.
Atlanta sensation B.o.B. landed nine spots down at No. 14. The Adventures of Bobby Ray, pulled in an additional 22,700 units this go-round and after a month on the charts, the 2009 XXL Freshman has a total sales figure of 170,500.
Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek’s new Reflection Eternal album, Revolutions Per Minute, picked up the No. 18 spot. Fans bagged up 20,900 copies of the duo’s sophomore effort in its introductory week in stores.
The Black Eyed Peas slipped three slots to No. 23. The E.N.D. still managed to add 17,300 units to its overall tally, which now stands at 2,534,900.
Ludacris also fell a couple of positions to No. 31, rounding out the Top 40. Battle of the Sexes, was purchased 12,600 times in the last seven days, making its 11-week total 417,500.
Look for Nas and B.o.B. to duke it out for top hip-hop spot on the charts next week. —Elan Mancini