Last week we had quite a few albums hitting the charts and a few of them make it onto the charts this week. Granted most of them are either in jail or have jail-themed albums but at least they made it on the charts.

Lil Wayne enters the charts at number two with his digitally released, eighth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being. The album was recorded prior to his current prison term and is the prelude for Tha Carter IV. The new EP will also be released in physical form next week which should add to its 108,791 copies sold this week. Good news for the rapper that just got out of solitary confinement and is set to be released on November 4th.

Our second jail inspired album is by none other than Gucci Mane whose third studio album, The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted, sells 61,450 copies and comes in at number 4.

Eminem holds strong at number five. His seventh studio album, Recovery, moves another 59,598 copies bringing the albums total to 2,731,224. He hasn’t been in trouble with the law….lately.

Trey Songz, the first artist on today’s countdown with a clean record, is still in the top ten with Passion, Pain & Pleasure. The singer’s fourth studio album lands at number eight this week selling 41,895. Songz has sold a total of 348,532 copies.

John Legend and The Roots fall out of the top ten and rest at 13. Wake Up!, a collaborative effort between the soulful singer and Hip Hop’s go-to band, is inspired by soul music from the 60’s and 70’s. This week the album sells another 30,561 copies, bringing total sales to 90,321.

Immediately following Legend & the Roots is Louisiana’s own Lil Boosie. He enters the charts at number 14 with his latest official studio album, Incarcerated. The album moves 28,707 copies this week.

Well, by looking at the charts it would appear that in order to be a rapper and sell records you must have some affiliation with the prison system. It’s a good thing the next artist breaks the mold. Lecrae, an Atlanta Christian rapper by way of Houston, enters the charts with his fourth studio album Rehab. I should have included him in last week’s “Dropping” because Lecrae definitely has a fan base out there. Rehab moves 25,864 copies this week giving him the 19th spot on the countdown. Also, because I accidentally snubbed him last week here is a little promo video from Lecrae about the new album.

Coming in at 22 is West Coast legend Ice Cube with his ninth studio album I Am the West. Cube sells 21,436 this week.

Drake takes a hard dip, from 19 to 36, with his debut album Thank Me Later. This week the Canadian MC sells 13,555 copies bringing his total to 1,112,162.

Finally, Rick Ross also takes a significant drop, from 32 to 44, with his fourth studio album Teflon Don. This week he moves 10,461 copies bringing his totals to 415,776.

Dropping This Week

First up in “Dropping” is Waka Flocka Flame who releases his debut album this week entitled Flockaveli. The album features French Montana, YG Hootie, Joe Moses, Baby Bomb, Slim Dunkin, Roscoe Dash, Wale, Gudda Gudda, Pastor Troy, Popa Smurf, Kebo Gotti, Lil Capp, Uncle Murda, Ra Diggs, Bo Deal, Cartier, and Mouse.

The late Pimp C has a posthumous release entitled The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones. The new album features Lil Wayne, Bun B, Drake, Chamillionaire, Jazze Pha, Gator Mane, E-40, Young Jeezy, Too Short, Rick Ross, Slim Thug, Ivory P, Cory Mo, Hezeleo, BankRoll Jones, Bub, Da Underdawgz, Webbie, Lil Boosie, and J-Dawg.

Canibus releases his tenth solo, studio album C of Tranquiliy. I’m a fan and even I had no idea this was coming out. The album features production by DJ Premier, Jake One, and Scram Jones for fans that believe Canibus’ only flaw is his knack for picking horrible production.

8Ball and MJG drop their ninth album, From the Bottom 2 the Top, this week. For fans that enjoyed the groups May release, Ten Toes Down, this is said to be more of the same from the Memphis duo.

BG returns with his 11th studio album, HollyHood, which features the Chopper City Boyz, Trey Songz, Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Magnolia Chop, Hot Beezo, Gar, Lady Dolla, Bun B, and DJ Jubilee.

Not a bad week for Hip Hop. I’m guessing Waka, Pimp, and BG make it in the top 50 next week with a possible appearance from 8Ball & MJG. Don’t know about Canibus (I do….but I’m trying to be nice) but we’ll see. Maybe I’ll pick up a copy. See you next week.