Rap music sales for 2012, the top 30......
NICKI MINAJ - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded : 758,678
KENDRICK LAMAR - Good Kid, m.A.A.d City : 505,910
RICK ROSS - God Forgives, I Don't : 482,000
2 CHAINZ - Based On A T.R.U. Story : 439,096
G.O.O.D. MUSIC - Cruel Summer : 389,000
NAS - Life Is Good: 341,000
TYGA - Careless World : Rise of the Last King : 321,000
MEEK MILL - Dreams And Nightmares : 273,605
MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP - Self Made Vol. 2 : 255,018
B.O.B. - Strange Clouds : 248,150
FUTURE - Pluto : 230,250
PROJECT X - Original Soundtrack : 206,393
WIZ KHALIFA - O.N.I.F.C. : 182,169
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS - The Heist : 176,244
LECRAE - Gravity : 157,045
LUPE FIASCO - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 : 154,482
COLT FORD - Declaration Of Independence : 126,533
MACHINE GUN KELLY - Lace Up : 109,748
ODD FUTURE - OF Tape Vol. 2 : 105,495
SLAUGHTERHOUSE - Welcome To: Our House : 97,532
WAKA FLOCKA FLAME - Triple F Life : 96,698
BIG K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground : 96,505
DJ KHALED - Kiss The Ring : 90,877
THE GAME - Jesus Piece : 86,589
INSANE CLOWN POSSE - The Mighty Death Pop! : 75,596
CURREN$Y - The Stoned Immaculate : 75,227
E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1-2-3 : 73,087
CHIDDY BANG - Breakfast : 71,940
TRIP LEE - Good Life : 70,416
DIGGY - Unexpected Arrival : 64,245
A few thoughts.....1. Rap music sales(and really music sales) are SO down now, it's crazy. Anyone who is old enough to remember the 90's and early 2000's has to shake their heads after seeing this. nobody goes platinum now? Nobody goes gold? Only like 20 acts even top 100K? Wow. The SCRUB acts used to break 100k.
2. Kendrick....#2 album of the year. Big ups. Glad to see quality music selling, that doesn't happen alot. Many doubted his buzz was legit, but it was. I'm glad to see that quality music can still sell based on word of mouth. NOBODY would've predicted a year ago, that kendrick would outsell Ross, Kanye's compilation, etc.
3. On the other end of the spectrum, I gotta give Nicki props. Not for her album because it sucks, but the fact that she can have the # 1 rap (kind've) album even though it sucks! I remember when she was first getting a buzz with mixtapes and guest appearances, so there's no sarcasm in my props. I'm glad she's eating at this level because she did work her way up and she CAN rap. If she ever makes a good album, I'll cop. I'm interested to see what her next move is....she got that pop crowd on her side. Will she cater to them, or will she bring them into her world? Do the right thing, Nicki!
Yeah, it was great that Kendrick Lamar's album sold more than even I think it would. Props to him for going gold, (although I predict it possibly would go platinum in the next couple of months). Nicki has her widespread fanbase of course, but I think she will cross over to the dark side and cater to the pop enthusiasts. Only last rapper that I believe can legit go platinum is Eminem (even Wayne/Drake, IIRC), and what I've been hearing from him lately is pretty half-baked compared to his older work.