2006 was an especially good year for hip-hop music. We had Jay-Z making his comeback with Kingdom Come, Nas dropping his first album on Def Jam and T.I. solidifying his postion as the King of the South.

Game proved he could be successful without Dre or 50, releasing his sophomore with the help of producers like Just Blaze, Scott Storch, Kanye West and more.

Young Jeezy continued his thug motivation with The Inspiration, Rick Ross broke through with “Hustlin'” while Lil Wayne started his run to becoming the best rapper alive.

Meanwhile, on the less mainstream stage, the Clipse and The Roots dropped some of their best work to date, J Dilla’s Donuts managed to make everyone teary while Ghostface Killah continued to keep the Wu-Tang flame alight.

Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest hip-hop first week album sales in 2006.

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10. Birdman & Lil Wayne – Like Father, Like Son

Released: October 31, 2006

Label: Cash Money, Universal

First Week Album Sales: 176,000

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9. Rick Ross – Port of Miami

Released: August 8, 2006

Label: Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam, Poe Boy

First Week Album Sales: 187,000

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8. Busta Rhymes – The Big Bang

Released: June 13, 2006

Label: Flipmode, Aftermath, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 209,000

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7. Snoop Dogg – Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

Released: November 20, 2006

Label: Geffen

First Week Album Sales: 260,000

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6. Ludacris – Release Therapy

Released: September 26, 2006

Label: Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 309,000

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5. Young Jeezy – The Inspiration

Released: December 12, 2006

Label: CTE, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 352,000

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4. Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

Released: December 15, 2006

Label: Def Jam, Columbia, The Jones Experience

First Week Album Sales: 356,000

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3. The Game – Doctor’s Advocate

Released: November 14, 2006

Label: Geffen

First Week Album Sales: 358,000

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2. T.I. – King

Released: March 28, 2006

Label: Grand Hustle, Atlantic

First Week Album Sales: 522,000

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1. Jay-Z – Kingdom Come

Released: November 21, 2006

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 680,000

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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