Talk about a diverse year for hip-hop. 2011 was the first year since Tha Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food, released in 1995, where an independent debut album topped the US Billboard 200 chart with Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park hitting 145,000 in its first week.

Meanwhile, you’ve got Jay-Z and Kanye rapping that luxury rap shit, Lil Wayne nearly moving a million units in one week (again) and Drake cementing his commercial prowess by topping the throne.

Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest hip-hop first week album sales in 2011.


10. Blue Slide Park

Released: November 8, 2011

Label: Rostrum

First Week Album Sales: 144,000


9. Ambition

Released: November 1, 2011

Label: Maybach Music, Warner Bros.

First Week Album Sales: 164,000


8. Hell: The Sequel

Released: June 14, 2011

Label: Interscope, Shady

First Week Album Sales: 171,000


7. Rolling Papers

Released: March 29, 2011

Label: Rostrum, Atlantic

First Week Album Sales: 197,000


6. Lasers

Released: March 7, 2011

Label: 1st & 15th, Atlantic

First Week Album Sales: 204,000


5. Cole World: The Sideline Story

Released: September 27, 2011

Label: Roc Nation, Columbia

First Week Album Sales: 217,000


4. Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition

Released: December 20, 2011

Label: Def Jam, Corporate Thugz

First Week Album Sales: 233,000


3. Watch the Throne

Released: August 8, 2011

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 436,000


2. Take Care

Released: November 15, 2011

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic

First Week Album Sales: 631,000


1. Tha Carter IV

Released: August 29, 2011

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

First Week Album Sales: 964,000

Written by Stop The Breaks
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