After taking over the Billboard Top 200 last Wednesday (April 6), hip-hop seemed to have lost its presence in the upper echelon of the album charts this week. The only two rap discs to make it in that category were Wiz Khalifa and Jim Jones.
Following up an impressive first-week of almost 200,000 units, Wiz’s Rolling Papers LP slipped 70 percent in the last seven days, moving only 59,300, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report. This made him slide from his position at No. 2 to No. 5. Overall he has a total sales figure of 257,500.
Meanwhile Jones barely landed a seat at No. 20. Capo, his first solo album since parting ways with Columbia in 2009, moved about 21,000 units in its debut week.
Minaj slid six spots down to No. 26 this go-round. The Young Money princess’ debut LP, Pink Friday, continues to pull in sales in her 20th week on the charts. This cycle fans purchased about 17,000, bringing her to-date numbers to 1,298, 300.
Directly below her at No. 27 is XXL’s May 2011 cover star, Lupe Fiasco, with his third LP, Lasers. In week five the Windy City lyricist picked up an additional 16,800 in sales, which makes his complete stats so far equal 320,000.
Eminem’s Grammy-award winning Recovery album was scanned about 15,400 times this week, knocking the Detroit lyricist down two pegs from last week to No. 29. After 42 weeks, Em boasts a monster tally of 3,788,500.
Rounding out the Top 40 is West Coast OG Snoop Dogg. His latest, The Doggumentary, landed a seat at No. 36 with 13,600 in sales. In two weeks, The Doggfather was able to sell 64,200 copies.
Strange Music artist Brotha Lynch Hung also debuted on the charts this week. Fans of the West Coast rapper picked up 7,300 copies of his new disc, Coathanga Strangla, earning him a spot at No. 68.
Stay tuned next week to see how Atmosphere’s The Family Sign, Mack and Malone’s Money Music and Swollen Members’ Dagger Mouth fare on the Billboard Top 200.—Elan Mancini