It was all about Lil Wayne and Tha Carter III in 2008. After years of being on the grind, dropping dozens of scene stealing guest verses and releasing a handful of classic mixtapes, Weezy F Baby finally broke through into the top tier of rap music, moving over a whopping million units in his first week.

In other news, Rick Ross got his second number one debut album with his second studio album, Trilla, Kanye proved heartbreak can still sell mad units, Snoop Dogg proves his longevity with another commercially successful album while Plies doubles the results of his first album.

Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest hip-hop first week album sales in 2008.


10. Ego Trippin’

Released: March 7, 2008

Label: Geffen

First Week Album Sales: 137,000


9. Untitled

Released: July 11, 2008

Label: Def Jam, Columbia, The Jones Experience

First Week Album Sales: 187,000


8. Trilla

Released: March 11, 2008

Label: Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam, Poe Boy

First Week Album Sales: 198,000


7. Theater of the Mind

Released: November 16, 2008

Label: Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 214,000


6. Definition of Real

Released: June 10, 2008

Label: Big Gates, Slip-n-Slide, Atlantic

First Week Album Sales: 215,000


5. L.A.X.

Released: August 26, 2008

Label: Geffen

First Week Album Sales: 240,000


4. The Recession

Released: September 2, 2008

Label: Def Jam, Corporate Thugz Entertainment

First Week Album Sales: 260,000


3. 808s and Heartbreak

Released: November 24, 2008

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 450,000


2. Paper Trail

Released: September 26, 2008

Label: Grand Hustle, Atlantic

First Week Album Sales: 568,000


1. Tha Carter III

Released: June 10, 2008

Label: Cash Money, Universal Motown

First Week Album Sales: 1,006,000

Written by Stop The Breaks
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