2004 was a good year for both mainstream and underground hip-hop. MF Doom was steady dropping acclaimed projects like Madvillainy and MM..Food, Murs was holding up the flag for Definitive Jux and Dizzee Rascal was making a name for himself in the US market.

Meanwhile, on the mainstream side of things, Shady Records, G-Unit and Nelly were running shit. Both Lloyd Banks and Young Buck’s debut made the top 10, following on from 50’s success.

Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest hip-hop first week album sales in 2004. 

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10. Young Buck – Straight Outta Cashville

Released: August 24, 2004

Label: G-Unit, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 361,000

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9. Twista – Kamikaze

Released: January 27, 2004

Label: Atlantic

First Week Album Sales: 312,000

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8. Ludacris – The Red Light District

Released: December 7, 2004

Label: Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 322,000

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7. Nelly – Sweat

Released: September 13, 2004

Label: Derrty, Fo’ Reel, Island Records, Universal

First Week Album Sales: 342,000

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6. Beastie Boys – To the 5 Boroughs

Released: June 15, 2004

Label: Capitol

First Week Album Sales: 360,000

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5. Nelly – Suit

Released: September 13, 2004

Label: Derrty, Fo’ Reel, Island Records, Universal

First Week Album Sales: 396,000

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4. Lloyd Banks – The Hunger for More

Released: June 29, 2004

Label: G-Unit, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 433,000

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3. Kanye West – The College Dropout

Released: February 10, 2004

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 441,000

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2. D12 – D12 World

Released: April 27, 2004

Label: Shady, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 544,000

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1. Eminem – Encore

Released: November 12, 2004

Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 710,000

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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