In its first week, Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t sold 218,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which was enough to easily secure the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. The album, which had been in the works for over a year and had substantial hype around it in the months leading up to release, topped the first week sales of its predecessor, Rozay’s 2010 effort Teflon Don, which moved 176,000 copies in its first week. GFID is the Maybach Music Group honcho’s fourth chart-topping release of his five solo albums—Teflon Don peaked in its opening week at No. 2. Only a month ago, Ross put out his crew compilation, Self Made 2, which moved just under 100,000 discs in its initial week in stores, and hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
Just a flew slots down, another Def Jam release, Nas’ Life Is Good, is still holding strong in the Top 10. In its third week on the charts, the tenth solo album from the Queens MC sold 32,000 units, allowing it to land at No. 6 this week.
Aside from Ross, the other rap release entering the 200 this week was La Coka Nostra’s Masters of the Dark Arts. The sophomore effort from the underground favorites sold 2,500 copies in its first week.
Check for the EP Thrift Store Halos, from Strange Music’s group ¡Mayday! to hit the charts next week. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)