It was an interesting year for hip-hop in 2009. Most of the great stuff released didn’t make it into the best sellers of the year. Eminem and Jay-Z, two of the biggest figures in the rap game, both released massive albums on a commercial scale, though they weren’t received as well critically.

Gucci Mane and Kid Cudi made their debut and didn’t disappoint with their numbers, while New York veterans like Fabolous and Jadakiss made sure to represent their city on the charts.

Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest hip-hop first week album sales in 2009.


10. UGK 4 Life

Released: March 31, 2009

Label: Jive

First Week Album Sales: 76,000


9. The State vs. Radric Davis

Released: December 8, 2009

Label: 1017 Brick Squad, Asylum, Warner Bros.

First Week Album Sales: 90,000


8. Loso’s Way

Released: July 28, 2009

Label: Desert Storm, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 99,000


7. Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Released: September 15, 2009

Label: Dream On, GOOD, Universal Motown

First Week Album Sales: 104,000


6. The Last Kiss

Released: April 7, 2009

Label: D-Block, Ruff Ryders, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 134,000


5. We Are Young Money

Released: December 21, 2009

Label: Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records

First Week Album Sales: 142,000


4. Deeper Than Rap

Released: April 21, 2009

Label: Maybach, Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 158,000


3. Before I Self Destruct

Released: November 9, 2009

Label: Aftermath, Interscope, Shady

First Week Album Sales: 160,000


2. The Blueprint 3

Released: September 8, 2009

Label: Roc Nation, Atlantic

First Week Album Sales: 476,000


1. Relapse

Released: May 15, 2009

Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 608,000

Written by Stop The Breaks
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