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A couple years removed from the death of 2Pac and Biggie, hip hop was looking for rappers to fill the void left by those two giants.

Whether it was Nas and Jay-Z starting their Cold War for the throne, or DMX continuing his hot streak, New York was looking for its new king. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, a white rapper from Detroit had linked up with the likes of Dr. Dre and the two of them were plotting their takeover of the rap game for the next decade.

Here are the biggest first week hip hop album sales of 1999.

10. Made Man by Silkk the Shocker

Released: January 19, 1999

Label: No Limit, Priority, EMI

First week album sales: 240,244

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Somebody Like Me”, “It Ain’t My Fault Pt. 2”, “Ghetto Rain”

9. Blackout! by Method Man & Redman

Released: September 28, 1999

Label: Def Jam

First week album sales: 254,000

Billboard 200 position: 3

Singles: “Tear It Off”, “Da Rockwilder”, “Y.O.U.”

8. The Slim Shady LP by Eminem

Released: February 23, 1999

Label: Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope, Web Entertainment

First week album sales: 283,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “My Name Is”, “Role Model”, “Guilty Conscience”

7. Tha G-Code by Juvenile

Released: December 14, 1999

Label: Cash Money, Universal

First week album sales: 290,000

Billboard 200 position: 10

Singles: “U Understand”, “I Got That Fire”

6. Still I Rise by 2Pac + Outlawz

Released: December 21, 1999

Label: Death Row, Interscope

First week album sales: 408,000

Billboard 200 position: 7

Singles: “Baby Don’t Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)”

5. Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter by Jay-Z

Released: December 28, 1999

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 462,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)”, “Things That U Do”, “Anything”, “Big Pimpin’”

4. I Am… by Nas

Released: July 2 1996

Label: Columbia

First week album sales: 268,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)”, “Street Dreams”, “The Message”

3. Born Again by The Notorious B.I.G.

Released: December 7, 1999

Label: Bad Boy Records

First week album sales: 485,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Dead Wrong”, “Notorious B.I.G.”

2. 2001 by Dr. Dre

Released: November 16, 1999

Label: Aftermath, Interscope

First week album sales: 516,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Still D.R.E.”, “Forgot About Dre”, “The Next Episode”, “The Watcher”

1. …And Then There Was X by DMX

Released: December 21, 1999

Labels: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam

First week album sales: 698,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “What’s My Name”, “Party Up (Up in Here)”, “What These Bitches Want”

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