In this week’s Nielsen SoundScan report, hip-hop is sparsely represented. Yet Eminem continues to keep registers ringing as he slowly inches closer to platinum status.

Eminem finally drops to the no. 2 slot, after holding onto the top spot for the last two weeks. Shady sold sold 141,200 copies of Relapse this week, bringing his three week total to 961,600.

The next rap release doesn’t fall until 28 spots down at no. 30. Redman and Method Man’s reunion disc Blackout! 2 fell 12 slots this week and dropped 30% in sales. The veteran duo pushed 14,400 units this go-round, making their overall tally stand at 92,400 after three weeks.

Further down at no. 40 is the Miami boss Rick Ross. The rotund rapper’s third album, Deeper Than Rap, continues to keep fans in the stores, selling 12,000 CDs this week. The disc’s seven week sales figures sit at 315,900.

Debuting all the way down at no. 96 is the posthumous release by famed producer J Dilla, Jay Stay Paid. The album, which features appearances by Black Thought, Havoc, Raekwon, DOOM and Lil Fame, among others, sold 5,400 copies in its first week on the shelves.

Failing to chart this week are East Coast mainstays AZ and Marco Polo and Torae. The Brooklyn rapper’s latest LP Legendary sold 1,600 units this week, while Duck Down artists Marco Polo and Torae’s collabortation album, Double Barrel managed to sell 1,300 discs its first time out.

Next week look for Mos Def to debut on the charts. – Elan Mancini