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1998 was one of the most important years in hip hop history. In New York, we had the rise of Jay-Z to become hip hop’s new king, and two platinum albums from DMX.

Down south, No Limit became a dominant force, taking over the Billboard charts with releases from Master P, Mystikal and Silkk by The Shocker. Here are the biggest hip hop album first week sales of 1998.

10. It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot by DMX

Released: May 19, 1998

Labels: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam

First week album sales: 251,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Get at Me Dog”, “Stop Being Greedy”, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”, “How’s It Goin’ Down”

9. Charge It 2 Da Game Silkk by The Shocker

Released: February 17, 1998

Label: No Limit, Priority

First week album sales: 245,000

Billboard 200 position: 3

Singles: “Just Be Straight with Me”, “It Ain’t My Fault”

8. Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life by Jay-Z

Released: September 29, 1998

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 352,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Can I Get A…”, “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”, “Money, Cash, Hoes”, “Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)”

7. Ghetto Fabulous by Mystikal

Released: December 15, 1998

Label: No Limit, Jive

First week album sales: 386,000

Billboard 200 position: 5

Singles: “That’s the Nigga”

6. Tical 2000: Judgement Day by Method Man

Released: November 17, 1998

Label: Def Jam

First week album sales: 411,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Judgement Day”, “Break Ups 2 Make Ups”

5. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill

Released: August 25, 1998

Label: Ruffhouse, Columbia

First week album sales: 422,624

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor”, “Everything Is Everything”

4. MP Da Last Don by Master P

Released: June 2, 1998

Label: No Limit, Priority, EMI

First week album sales: 496,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Thinkin’ Bout U”, “Hot Boys and Girls”, “Make ‘Em Say Uhh! #2”, “Goodbye to My Homies”, “Thug Girl”

3. Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told by Snoop Dogg

Released: August 4, 1998

Label: No Limit, Priority

First week album sales: 520,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Still a G Thang”, “Woof”, “Slow Down”

2. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood by DMX

Released: December 22, 1998

Labels: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam

First week album sales: 670,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Slippin’”, “No Love 4 Me”

1. Hello Nasty by Beastie Boys

Released: July 14, 1998

Label: Capitol

First week album sales: 681,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Intergalactic”, “Body Movin'”, “The Negotiation Limerick File”, “Remote Control / Three MC’s and One DJ”

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