2010 in hip hop music

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This article summarizes the events, album releases and album release dates in hip hop music for the year 2010.





  • Lil Wayne is begins his one-year prison term. He shot over 30 music videos before his term.
  • Ludacris becomes the first rapper in 2010 to be featured on 3 top 10 Billboard Hot 100 charted songs. (Justin Bieber's "", Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart", and "How Low")
  • T.I. is officially released from prison and begins work on his seventh album.
  • Lloyd Banks releases info via his Twitter that his new album will be called 'Hunger For More 2' and will attempt to take him back to his best work. However, the G-Unit label responded later that day stating that the title is tentative and not set in concrete.
  • Ludacris' seventh studio album Battle of the Sexes becomes the first hip hop album of 2010 to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
  • O.S.T.R.'s album Tylko dla dorosłych becomes the first hip hop album of 2010 to reach No. 1 on the OLiS.



  • B.o.B becomes the second Hip Hop act to top the Billboard 200 in 2010 with his album B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray. It sold 85,000 copies in its first week.
  • Gucci Mane is released from prison after spending 6 months behind bars for violating his probation. He announced that he has made a new label called 1017 Brick Squad Records and pushed back release date of his third album, The State vs. Radric Davis: The Appeal to a later date.
  • Eminem's single "Not Afraid" debuts at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the first hip hop track to do so in 2010 and second hip hop song in history to debut at #1.
  • Young Money's group album We Are Young Money was certified Gold.[2]


  • Ludacris' single "My Chick Bad" is RIAA certified Platinum.[3]
  • DJ Khaled's single All I Do Is Win is RIAA certified Gold.[4]
  • Ludacris' album Battle of the Sexes becomes the second hip hop album released in 2010 to be certified Gold.[5]
  • Lil Boosie is indicted on murder charges.
  • DonGuralesko's album Totem Leśnych Ludzi becomes the second hip hop album of 2010 to reach No. 1 on the OLiS.
  • Fat Joe and his entourage are questioned for sexual assault in Wisconsin.[6]
  • Drake's debut album Thank Me Later sold about 449,000 copies in its first week giving it a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200.
  • Eminem's new album Recovery debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold more copies than any album in one week during 2010.
  • Hip Hop Pioneer Rammellzee died on June 29.
  • Lil Wayne's single "Drop the World" is certified Platinum.


  • The rumored tracklist for Kanye West's "Good Ass Job" leaks.
  • Eminem's album Recovery passes 1,000,000 copies sold in its second week.
  • Eldo's album Zapiski z 1001 Nocy becomes the third hip hop album of 2010 to reach No. 1 on the OLiS.
  • It was officially announced that pending good behavior, rapper Lil Wayne will be released from prison on November 4, 2010
  • Eminem's single Love the Way You Lie tops the Billboard Hot 100, making it Eminem's fourth overall No. 1 single.



  • Huddy 6 Killed In Car Accident.[10]
  • T.I.'s pending drug charges were dropped, but due to a violation of his parole, he was sentenced to 11 months in FCC Forrest City, the prison facility where he previously served time for weapons-possession charges. These recent events likely caused him to change his upcoming album's title from "King Uncaged" to "No Mercy".[11]



  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper Sam Willis's single Peso is certified Gold.[14]
  • Following an arrest for a probation violation, DMX was sentenced to a year in prison in Arizona.[15]
  • Lil Wayne released his first single since being released from jail called "6 Foot 7 Foot". The single will be the first single off Tha Carter IV.
  • Former Bad Boy artist G. Dep confesses to police regarding a cold case murder he committed in 1993, reportedly due to a want of "making amends" with his past.[16]
  • Former Cash Money Records hip hop artist Magnolia Shorty shot and killed in a homicide murder on December 20th.

Released albums[edit]

Release date Artist Album Notes
January 5 Kanye West VH1 Storytellers: Kanye West
  • Live album
January 19 RJD2 The Colossus
Dessa A Badly Broken Code
January 26 KRS-One Playlist: The Very Best of KRS-One
DMX The Best of DMX
January 29 Maino Unstoppable – The EP
February 2 Lil Wayne Rebirth
Styles P & DJ Green Lantern The Green Ghost Project
Statik Selektah 100 Proof: The Hangover
February 8 SwinDoe SwinDoe
  • Debuted at No. 123 on Billboard 200
February 9 Canibus Melatonin Magik
DJ Kayslay More Than Just a DJ
  • Debuted at No. 133 on Billboard 200
February 16 Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package
  • Debuted at No. 63 on Billboard 200
Pastor Troy G.I. Troy – Strictly 4 My Soldiers
February 19 Bushido Zeiten ändern dich
  • Debuted at No. 2 on Media-Control-Charts, No. 1 on the Austrian Charts, No. 3 on the Swiss Charts
February 26 O.S.T.R. Tylko dla dorosłych
  • Debuted at No. 3 on OLiS
March 2 DJ Khaled Victory[17]
March 4 Sam Adams Boston's Boy
March 9 Ludacris Battle of the Sexes[18]
Kidz in the Hall Land of Make Believe
Freeway & Beanie Sigel The Roc Boys
  • Charted on Billboards Top R&B album charts at number 53
March 13 Gucci Mane Burrrprint (2) HD
  • Debuted at No. 19 on Billboard 200
  • Retail Mixtape
March 19 Army Of The Pharaohs The Unholy Terror
March 23 Brotha Lynch Hung Dinner and a Movie
  • Debuted at No. 69 on Billboard 200
Snoop Dogg More Malice
Outlawz The Lost Songs Vol. 1, The Lost Songs Vol. 2, The Lost Songs Vol. 3
Young Noble Noble Justice: The Lost Songs
EDIDON The Stash Spot
Inspectah Deck Manifesto
J-Kwon J-Kwon
Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx The eXXecution
Donwill Don Cusack In High Fidelity
March 26 Spider Loc Be About Your Money At All Costs (B.A.Y.M.A.A.C.)
March 30 E-40 Revenue Retrievin': Day Shift
  • Debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200
  • Spawned one successful single: "Bitch"
Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift
  • Debuted at No. 49 on the Billboard 200
Tech N9ne The Lost Scripts of K.O.D.
  • Debuted at No. 117 on the Billboard 200
Meth, Ghost & Rae Wu-Massacre
  • Debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200[19]
Sho Baraka Lions and Liars
  • Debuted at No. 149 on the Billboard 200
Manafest The Chase
Masta Killa Masta Killa Live
April 4 Cuete Yeska Love Stories, Part 2 -The Notebook
April 6 Too Short Still Blowin'
Insane Clown Posse Bang! Pow! Boom! (Nuclear Version)
Diabolic Liar & a Thief
April 13 Murs & 9th Wonder Fornever
  • Debuted at No. 87 on the Billboard 200
April 14 Wiz Khalifa Kush and Orange Juice (Mixtape)
April 16 Chakuza Monster in mir
  • Debuted at No. 8 on Media-Control-Charts
April 20 Little Brother Leftback LP
  • Debuted at No. 128 on the Billboard 200
Cypress Hill Rise Up
  • Debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200
Devin The Dude Suite 420
  • Debuted at No. 85 on the Billboard 200
Andre Nickatina Khan! The Me Generation
Cognito Automatic
Kurupt Streetlights
  • Debuted at No. 183 on the Billboard 200
Kottonmouth Kings Long Live The Kings
  • Debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200
April 27 B.o.B B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Daddy Yankee Mundial
May 4 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Uni-5: The World's Enemy
  • Debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200
8Ball & MJG Ten Toes Down
  • Debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200
Ayatollah The Quixotic
Trina Amazin'
  • Debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200
Lil Cuete The Only & Only
May 7 Kay One Kenneth allein zu Haus
  • Debuted at No. 7 on Media-Control-Charts
May 11 Boondox South of Hell
Sage Francis Li(f)e
May 12 KRS-One Back to the L.A.B.
May 18 Nas & Damian Marley Distant Relatives
  • Debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200
Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute
  • Debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200
Styles P The Ghost Dub-Dime
Necro Die!
Guilty Simpson O.J. Simpson
Bizarre Friday Night At St. Andrew's
Madlib Madlib Medicine Show No. 5: The History Of Loop Digga
Tha Dogg Pound Keep on Ridin
  • Compilation album
Esoteric Fly Casualties
Jermside & Danny Diggs Middle Classic
PackFM I Fucking Hate Rappers
Common Go! Common Classics
  • Compilation album
Keak da Sneak Mob Boss
Roc Marciano Marcberg
May 25 Scarface Dopeman Music
Pastor Troy Zero Tolerence
Royce da 5'9" Street Hop (Deluxe Edition)
Cam’ron & The U.N. Heat In Here Vol. 1
  • Debuted at No. 133 on the Billboard 200
  • Retail Mixtape
Apollo Brown The Reset
May 26 Noah23 & Vinyl Blight Vermin vs Noah23 EP
June 1 Yukmouth Free at Last
Kokane Gimme All Mine
Homeboy Sandman The Good Sun
June Marx Body Of God
June 4 Noah23 & Playpad Circus Noah23 / Playpad Circus
June 8 Plies Goon Affiliated
  • Debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200
Lil Jon Crunk Rock
  • Debuted at No. 49 on the Billboard 200
Travis McCoy Lazarus
  • Debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Billionaire"
Rhymefest El Che
Ratatat LP4
  • Debuted at No. 66 on the Billboard 200
Kutt Calhoun Raw and Un-Kutt
  • Debuted at No. 145 on the Billboard 200
Reef the Lost Cauze Fight Music
MF Grimm You Only Live Twice: The Audio Graphic Novel
DJ Clay Book of the Wicked, Chapter One
June 11 DonGuralesko Totem Leśnych Ludzi
  • Debuted at No. 1 on OLiS
Fler Flersguterjunge
  • Debuted at No. 4 on Media-Control-Charts
June 15 C-Murder Tomorrow
Nappy Roots The Pursuit Of Nappyness
Drake Thank Me Later
  • Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Over", "Find Your Love", "Miss Me", and "Fancy"
  • Certified Platinum
Crooked I Hood Star
H-Ryda Half Dead, Half Livin
Pastor Troy Attitude Adjuster 2
Mr. Capone-E The Blue Album
Black C 70's Baby
Dirty Circus Alive and Well Sweatshop Union side project[20]
Pigeon Hole Age Like Astronauts Sweatshop Union side project[20]
Trillionaire$ By Hook or by Crook Sweatshop Union side project[20]
June 21 Eminem Recovery
Blaze Ya Dead Homie Gang Rags
  • Debuted at No. 52 on the Billboard 200
The Roots How I Got Over
  • Debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200
Z-Ro Heroin
  • Debuted at No. 131 on the Billboard 200
June 22 Madlib Madlib Medicine Show No. 6: Brain Wreck Show
Vinnie Paz Season of the Assassin
Trip Lee Between Two Worlds
  • Debuted at No. 58 on the Billboard 200
Super Chron Flight Brothers Cape Verde
June 24 Tede FuckTede / Glam Rap
  • Debuted at No. 3 on OLiS
Bumpy Knuckles Music From The Man… Volume One
June 29 3OH!3 Streets of Gold
  • Debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200
Marco Polo The Stupendous Adventures
Eternia & MoSS At Last
A.G. Everything's Berri
Eldo Zapiski z 1001 Nocy
  • Debuted at No. 4 on OLiS
July 6 Big Boi Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
  • Debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200
Juvenile Beast Mode
  • Debuted at No. 55 on the Billboard 200
Lil' Flip Ahead of My Time
Rick Ross The Albert Anastasia EP
July 13 Capone-N-Noreaga The War Report 2
  • Debuted at No. 98 on the Billboard 200
Paul Wall Heart of a Champion
  • Debuted at No. 56 on the Billboard 200
Stat Quo Statlanta
Curren$y Pilot Talk
  • Debuted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200
Pro Redemption
Snoop Dogg My No. 1 Priority
Sam Adams Boston's Boy (Deluxe Edition)
Mr. Criminal Death Before Dishonor
July 20 Rick Ross Teflon Don
  • Debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Super High", "B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast)", "Aston Martin Music"
  • Certified Gold
Ron Browz Etherlibrium
Ayatollah Cocoon
Rakaa Crown Of Thorns
Ras Kass & DJ Rhettmatic A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin’)
Potluck Greatest Hits with Our Buds
July 27 Tech N9ne The Gates Mixed Plate
  • Debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200
Fat Joe The Darkside Vol. 1
  • Debuted at No. 27 on the Billboard 200
Slum Village Villa Manifesto
  • Debuted at No. 171 on the Billboard 200
Madlib Madlib Medicine Show No. 7: High Jazz
Killah Priest The 3 Day Theory
Cut Chemist Sound Of The Police
Bizzy Bone Crossover: 2010 EP
Krayzie Bone The Fixtape Volume 3: Lyrical Paraphernalia
Trek Life Everything Changed Nothing
Zo! SunStorm
Willie the Kid & Lee Bannon Never A Dull Moment: The EP
August 1 Mistachuck Don’t Rhyme For The Sake Of Riddlin’
August 3 Bun B Trill O.G.
  • Debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200
Freddie Gibbs Str8 Killa
  • Debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Pastor Troy King of All Kings
Esham Suspended Animation
El-P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3
Lil' Keke The Don Ke Chronicles
Roc C Scapegoat
King Gordy Xerxes The God-King
Messy Marv, The Jacka & Blanco Jonestown
August 10 Dirt Nasty Nasty As I Wanna Be
Ahmad The Death Of Me
DJ Screw Forever
GRITS Quarantine
LMNO Tripping On This Journey
Ayatollah Live From The MPC 60 (Box Set)
Messy Marv Thizz City
Buck 65 20 Odd Years Volume 3: Albuquerque
Bun B & DJ Michael “5000” Watts Trill O.G. (Screwed & Chopped)
Lord Infamous Futuristic Rowdy Bounty Hunter
August 13 Mac Miller K.I.D.S.
August 17 D-Loc Made For Kings
Camu Tao King Of Hearts
Mac Dre G.A.M.E.
Messy Marv & Berner Blow: Blocks And Boat Docks
Crooked I Planet C.O.B. Vol. 1
Husalah Tha Furly Ghost Volume 3
Tha Dogg Pound 100 Wayz
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II (Gold Deluxe Edition)
Bizzy Bone The Best Of Bizzy Bone Vol. 2
August 24 Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Re-Release)
Messy Marv Thizz City
The Pack Wolfpack Party
Bizzy Bone Crossroads: 2010
Tek 24KT Smoke
Apollo Brown The Reset (Instrumentals)
Jneiro Jarel Fauna (International Release)
Cassidy Face 2 Face Ep
August 31 Big L 139 & Lenox
Common Sense Resurrection (Deluxe Edition)
DJ Muggs & Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills
Fabolous There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP
  • Debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200
  • Single: "You Be Killing Em"
KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical
Godfather Don Properties Of Steel: The Hydra Records Singles
Madlib Madlib Medicine Show No. 8: Advanced Jazz
Tela Gators & Suits
Kano Method To The Maadness (International Release)
Whodini Whodini (Re-Release)
Exile Radio: AM/FM
Fes Taylor I’m Not A Rapper!
September 7 Chingy Success & Failure
Young Buck The Rehab
  • Debuted at No. 55 on the Billboard 200
Q-Unique Between Heaven & Hell
Nate Dogg G-Funk Mix
Dorrough Get Big
  • Debuted at No. 67 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Get Big"
Rock & Suge White Rockin Out West
Atmosphere To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EP's
  • Debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard 200
September 10 Harlem 6 The New Breed
September 14 Krizz Kaliko Shock Treatment
  • Debuted at No. 97 on the Billboard 200
Huey Redemption
Black Milk Album of the Year
  • Debuted at No. 129 on the Billboard 200
J Dawg Still Behind Tint
MF Doom & Big Benn Klingon Expektoration Live
Watchmen Wu-Tang Management Presents Watchmen
Rah Digga Classic
Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother (Deluxe Edition)
September 20 Witchdoctor Dracula “Transylvania”
September 21 Twiztid Heartbroken & Homicidal
  • Debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard 200
MC Eiht The Best Of MC Eiht
Prospect First Blood
Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School
Spice 1 The Best Of Spice 1 Vol. 2
September 27 Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being
  • Debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, peaked at No. 1
  • Singles: "Right Above It"
  • Certified Gold
  • Released while Lil Wayne was serving a prison sentence
September 29 Noah23 Heart of Rock
September 28 Hell Razah Heaven Razah
Lecrae Rehab
  • Debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200
Kane & Abel Back On Money
Group Home G.U.R.U. (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal)
Gucci Mane The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted
  • Debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Gucci Time"
Timbo King From Babylon To Timbuktu
Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded (Elite Edition)
Lil Boosie Incarcerated
  • Debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200
Ice Cube I Am the West
  • Debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard 200
Trae Tha Truth, Evil Empire, & DJ Folk Can’t Ban Tha Truth
Thug Lordz Thug Money
Big Remo Entrapment
B-Real The Harvest Vol. 1: The Mixtape
Brown Study Brown Study
Count Bass D & DJ Pocket Activity
DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsystem Strange Games & Funky Things Volume 5
Donnis Fashionably Late
J-Bo Herringbone Jones
Koopsta Knicca A Murder In Room 8
Madlib & Nitti Madlib Medicine Show No. 9: High Fi Sounds For Smokers And Drinkers
September 30 Black Knights West Coast Killa Beez (The Stolen Legacy Vol. 1)
October 1 Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy
  • Debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart
October 4 Soprano La Colombe
  • Debuted at No. 1 on the France Albums Chart
October 5 B.G. Hollyhood
Canibus C of Tranquility
Pimp C The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones
  • Debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard 200
Skyzoo & Illmind Live from the Tape Deck
  • Debuted at No. 174 on the Billboard 200
Savage The Tribal Council
Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli
8Ball & MJG From the Bottom 2 the Top
Hezekiah Conscious Porn
Bone Brothers The Best of Bone Brothers
October 10 The Gaslamp Killer Death Gate
LMNO James Kelly (Box Set)
October 12 ¡Mayday! Stuck On An Island
Pac Div Grown Kid Syndrome
Cali Swag District The Kickback
Illmind Behind The Curtain
9th Prince One Man Army
El Da Sensei & The Returners GT2: Nu World
GLC Love, Life & Loyalty
Lord Jamar Known Associates
Pigeon John Dragon Slayer
7L & Esoteric 1212
Chiddy Bang Chiddy Bang: The Preview
  • Debuted at No. 75 on the Billboard 200
Tha Chill Chillafornia EP
Far East Movement Free Wired
  • Debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Like a G6", "Rocketeer", "If I Was You (OMG)"
Vado Slime Flu
The HoodStarz Controversy
Kaz Kyzah & Ammbush Deadly Operation
Nems Prezident’s Day
October 19 Pastor Troy The Best Of Pastor Troy Vol. 1
Pastor Troy The Best Of Pastor Troy Vol. 2
The Jacka & Ampichino Devilz Rejectz 2: House Of The Dead
Kokayi Robots & Dinosaurs
Von Pea Pea’s Gotta Have It
The Lost Children of Babylon Zeitgeist: The Spirit Of The Age
Lil' Keke Seven 13 Vol. 4
Lil Scrappy Prince of the South 2
LMNO, KeyKool & 2Mex Blessing In Disguise
Pimp C & DJ Michael “5000” Watts The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones (Screwed & Chopped)
Anybody Killa Medicine Bag
  • Debuted at No. 117 on the Billboard 200
Kinto Sol El Ultimo Suspiro
October 20 Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School Japan
John Forté The Bloomingdales Acoustics
October 22 Berlins Most Wanted Berlins Most Wanted
October 25 Tech N9ne Seepage EP
  • Debuted at No. 57 on Billboard 200
Lyrics Born As U Were
Various Artists Stomp The Yard: Homecoming OST
Skillz The World Needs More Skillz
Cap D PolyMath
October 26 Termanology & Statik Selektah 1982
9th Wonder 9th's Opus: It's A Wonderful World Music Group Volume 1
Celph Titled & Buckwild Nineteen Ninety Now
Chaundon No Excuses
Greg Nice The Popcycle
Madlib Madlib Medicine Show No. 10: Black Soul
Vinnie Paz Prayer For The Assassin
Doc Ish The First Treatment
2Mex My Fanbase Will Destroy
No One The Substance
Wisemen Children of a Lesser God
Lord Infamous & Black Rain Ent. Helloween Part 2: The Rise Of Satan
Nottz You Need This Music
The Left Gas Mask
October 31 Koopsta Knicca Da Devil's Playground 2
Spice 1 Hallowpoint
Outlawz Killuminati 2K10
November 2 Devin the Dude Gotta Be Me
Pitbull Armando
  • Debuted at No. 65 on the Billboard 200
J-Live Undivided Attention
Diplo Blow Your Head: Dubstep
Psycho Les Psycho Therapy: The Remixes
Gangrene Sawblade EP
San Quinn & Loyal-T Never Say Die
Trigganometry Trigga Happy 3
November 4 Nocando Unlocked
November 5 Ghostface Killah Supreme Clientele (Special Edition)
November 9 Eligh GreyCrow
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
  • Debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Erase Me"
  • Certified Gold
Custom Made Hi-Def
Knoc-turn'al Knoc's Ville
Watchmen Power
Twista The Perfect Storm
  • Debuted at No. 42 on the Billboard 200
Lil Boosie, Webbie, Lil' Trill & Trill Fam Trill Entertainment Presents: All or Nothing
  • Debuted at No. 49 on the Billboard 200
DJ Felli Fel Thump Ridaz Mix
Zion I Atomic Clock
Lord Jamar Known Associates
Lil' Keke 713: The Album
Joe Budden Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst
  • Debuted at No. 94 on the Billboard 200
Smoke DZA George Kush Da Button (The Deluxe Edition)
Buckwild Presents…
Criminal Manne Got That Work
Stan Sly Anutha World
Various Artists Super Jerkin’ Vol. 2
Gucci Mane La Flare
Bomb Zombies Sincerely Yours
The Boy Boy Young Me$$ Paystyle Flow: No Pen Vol. 2
San Quinn & Loyal-T Never Say Die
November 12 Mystro Digmund Freud E.P.
November 16 Nelly Nelly 5.0
Berner & Ampichino Traffic 2
Cutthroat The Takeova
LMNO & DJ Babu No Apologies
Cassidy C.A.S.H. (Cass A Straight Hustla)
  • Debuted at No. 116 on the Billboard 200
Bizzy Bone The Greatest Rapper Alive
Masta Killa Wu-Tang: The Next Chamber
John Regan Sorry I'm Late
Messy Marv D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R. The Collection Volume One
J-Zone A Job Ain’t Nuthin But Work (Deluxe Edition)
November 19 Hopsin Raw
The Beatnuts Street Level (Deluxe Edition)
November 22 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
Yelawolf Trunk Muzik 0-60
  • Debuted at No. 164 on Billboard 200.
Phanatik Party Over Here
Jay-Z Jay-Z: The Hits Collection, Volume One
Gangrene Gutter Water
Duke Da God The D.I.P. Agenda
Curren$y Pilot Talk II
  • Debuted at No. 83 on Billboard 200.
Lloyd Banks H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More)
Bronze Nazareth School For The Blindman
Rye Rye Sunshine Remix EP
Tabi Bonney Fre$h
Booba Lunatic
Calle 13 Entren Los Que Quieran
November 23 Inspectah Deck Manifesto Redux
Mr. Capone-E Gang Stories
Big L Return of the Devil's Son
Damu the Fudgemunk Supply For Demand
Maestro Fresh-Wes The Black Tie Affair (Re-Release)
Bubba Sparxxx Miracle On Gamble Road
Esham Suspended Extended (Subatomic Jetpack Edition)
November 25 Various Artists Free Leonard Peltier: Hip Hop's Contribution To The Freedom Campaign
November 30 Slim Thug Tha Thug Show
  • Debuted at No. 78 on the Billboard 200
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em The DeAndre Way
  • Debuted at No. 79 on the Billboard 200
Nu Jerzey Devil Behind Closed Doors
Flo Rida Only One Flo (Part 1)
  • Debuted at No. 107 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Club Can't Handle Me", "Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2,1)", "Who Dat Girl"
Haystak Easy 2 Hate
Daz Dillinger Matter of Dayz
AZ Doe or Die 15th Anniversary
Sleepy D & DJ Fresh The Tonite Show: Sleep Walking
MC Mr. Napkins The Album
Big Hutch Ef U Hutch
Ali Vegas AutoVegography
Bad Seed Intelligently Ignant
Big Hutch Ef U Hutch
Deacon The Villain & Sheisty Khrist Niggaz With Latitude (N.W.L.)
JR & PH7 The Update
Copywrite The Life And Times Of Peter Nelson
Big Rich Built To Last
December 7 Snowgoons Kraftwerk
Large Professor & Neek The Exotic Exotic Species
DJ Premier & Year Round Records Get Used To Us
Redman Redman Presents... Reggie
  • Debuted at No. 118 on the Billboard 200
T.I. No Mercy
Crown Royale Crown Royale
Philthy Rich & DJ Fresh My Block: Welcome To Sem City 2
Remedy It All Comes Down To This
Madlib Madlib Medicine Show No. 11: Low Budget High Fi Music
DJ Clay Book Of The Wicked: The Mixtape Vol. 2
Father MC My (Digitally Remastered)
Messy Marv Collabos
December 14 Sheek Louch Donnie G: Don Gorilla
Various Artists Lost Tapes Of Suave House
The Untouchables Al Capone’s Vault
J Stalin The Real World Part 3
Too Short Respect the Pimpin'
Doc Ish The First Treatment
Andre Nickatina & The Jacka My Middle Name Is Crime EP
Andre Nickatina & Smoov-E The King And Mr. Biscuits
December 20 WC That’s What I’m Talking About
Gorilla Zoe I Am Atlanta 3
December 21 Brand Nubian Enter The Dubstep Volume 2
David Banner & 9th Wonder Death of a Pop Star
Dru Down Chronicles Of A Pimp
Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids
  • Debuted at No. 128 on the Billboard 200
Cyssero Destined for Greatness
Statik Selektah The Left-Overs (Of What’s To Come…) (EP)
Messy Marv Shooting Range Part 2
Mikkey Halsted The Darkroom
Illa J 4 Past Midnite
December 28 Flame Captured
  • Debuted at No. 152 on the Billboard 200
Planet Asia Crack Belt Theatre
Sha Stimuli Unsung Vol. 1: The Garden Of Eden
December 31 Statik Selektah & Termanology The Evening News EP

Highest first week sales[edit]

As of December 31, 2010.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

Number Artist Album 1st week sales 1st week position
1 Eminem Recovery 741,000 #1
2 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 496,000 #1
3 Drake Thank Me Later 447,000 #1
4 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 375,000 #2
5 Lil Wayne Rebirth 176,000 #2
6 Rick Ross Teflon Don 176,000 #2
7 Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager 169,000 #3
8 T.I. No Mercy 159,000 #4
9 Ludacris Battle of the Sexes 137,000 #1
10 Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being 125,000 #1

Highest critically reviewed albums (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Artist Album Average score Number of reviews Reference
1 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 94 45 reviews [29]
2 Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty 90 33 reviews [30]
4 The Roots How I Got Over 86 23 reviews [31]
5 Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids 84 17 reviews [32]
6 CeeLo Green The Lady Killer 80 33 reviews [33]
7 Rick Ross Teflon Don 79 18 reviews [34]
8 Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here 78 28 reviews [35]
9 Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package 78 15 reviews [36]
10 John Legend & The Roots Wake Up! 77 22 reviews [37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Producer Shawty Redd Arrested On Murder Charge, Accused Of Fatal Shooting SOHH
  2. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - December 29, 2012
  3. ^ Ludacris & Nicki Minaj's "My Chick Bad" Reaches Platinum | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  4. ^ DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" Strikes Platinum | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  5. ^ Ludacris' "Battle of The Sexes" Is Officially Gold | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  6. ^ Hall, Katy (June 21, 2010). "Fat Joe Sexual Assault Investigation Pending". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ Kuperstein, Slava (August 2, 2010). "Drake Brings Eminem, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Others Onstage". HipHopDX.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" Strikes Platinum | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  9. ^ DJ Khaled Joins Cash Money Records, Bizzy Bone Praises Label Already | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  10. ^ Harlem World's Huddy 6 Killed In Car Accident | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  11. ^ http://foreign.peacefmonline.com/entertainment/201010/98281.php
  12. ^ Man on the Moon: The End of Day Certified Gold
  13. ^ Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands" Confirmed A Gold Single HipHopDX.
  14. ^ Wiz Khalifa Celebrates ‘Black & Yellow’ Going Gold With Hometown Concert
  15. ^ Waka Flocka Flame's Home Raided; DMX Sentenced | Music News | Rolling Stone
  16. ^ Grace, Melissa (December 21, 2011). "Harlem rapper Trevell Coleman aka G. Dep, who was signed by Diddy, fessed up to 17-year-old shooting". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Rap Release Dates: Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled, E-40, Big Boi & More | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX. January 18, 2010. Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Ludacris’ Battle Of The Sexes Lives On After Shawnna | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX. January 25, 2010. Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010. 
  19. ^ Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/4/2010 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
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  21. ^ Caulfield, Keith. Drake Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200. Billboard. Retrieved on June 23, 2010.
  22. ^ Caulfield, Keith. Eminem's 'Recovery' Notches Three Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200. Billboard. Retrieved on July 14, 2010.
  23. ^ Caulfield, Keith (June 30, 2010). "Eminem's 'Recovery' Explodes At No. 1 on Billboard 200 With 741,000". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 1, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  24. ^ Latest Music News, Band, Artist, Musician & Music Video News | Billboard
  25. ^ Caulfield, Keith. Eminem's Huge 'Recovery' Leads Big Week On Billboard 200. Billboard. Retrieved on June 30, 2010.
  26. ^ Wu Massacre and E-40 Chart with Albums. Current.com. Retrieved on April 8, 2010.
  27. ^ HITS Daily Double: Building Album Sales Chart
  28. ^ T.I.'s No Mercy Debuts At #4 On Billboard - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com
  29. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy
  30. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/sir-lucious-left-foot-the-son-of-chico-dusty/big-boi
  31. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/how-i-got-over/the-roots
  32. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/apollo-kids
  33. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/the-lady-killer
  34. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/teflon-don/rick-ross
  35. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/im-new-here/gil-scott-heron
  36. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/the-stimulus-package/freeway-jake-one
  37. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/wake-up!/the-roots/critic-reviews