2012 an extraordinary year for hip-hop. It was the year we saw both newcomers and veterans – from Kendrick Lamar to Nas – put out releases that were both commercially and critically successful. It was also the year that the phenomenon that is 2 Chainz broke through to the mainstream and blessed hip-hop with his delightful punchlines.

Let’s take a look  at the 10 biggest hip-hop first week album sales of 2012.


10. Gespaltene Persönlichkeit

Released: September 21st, 2012

Label: Naidoo Records

First Week Album Sales: 100,000


9. O.N.I.F.C.

Released: December 4, 2012

Label: Atlantic, Rostrum

First Week Album Sales: 141,000


8. Based on a T.R.U. Story

Released: August 14, 2012

Label: Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 147,000


7. Life Is Good

Released: July 13, 2012

Label: Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 149,000


6. Dreams & Nightmares

Released: October 30, 2012

Label: Maybach Music, Warner Bros.

First Week Album Sales: 165,000


5. Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head

Released: December 18, 2012

Label: Grand Hustle, Atlantic

First Week Album Sales: 179,000


4. Cruel Summer

Released: September 14, 2012

Label: GOOD, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 205,000


3. God Forgives, I Don’t

Released: July 30, 2012

Label: Mercury, Island Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 218,000


2. good kid, m.A.A.d city

Released: October 22, 2012

Label: Top Dawg, Aftermath, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 242,000


1. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Released: April 2, 2012

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

First Week Album Sales: 253,000

Written by Stop The Breaks
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