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2006 was the year hip hop started entering into its maturation stage. With OGs like Nas and Jay-Z decades into their career, the culture finally had OGs who were still reigning on top of the charts.

From Busta Rhymes to Young Jeezy, Nas to T.I., Snoop Dogg to Ludacris, The Game to Jay-Z, we take a look at the biggest hip hop album first week sales of 2006.

10. Busta Rhymes – The Big Bang

Released: June 13, 2006

Label: Aftermath, Flipmode, Interscope

First week album sales: 209,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Touch It”, “I Love My Bitch”, “New York Shit”, “In the Ghetto”

9. Bow Wow – The Price Of Fame

Released: December 19, 2006

Label: LBW Entertainment, Columbia

First week album sales: 262,000

Billboard 200: 6

Singles: “Shortie Like Mine”, “Outta My System”, “I’m a Flirt”

8. Snoop Dogg – Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

Released: November 21, 2006

Label: Doggystyle Records, Geffen Records

First week album sales: 264,000

Billboard 200: 5

Singles: “Vato”, “I Wanna Love You”, “That’s That”, “Candy”, “Boss’ Life”

7. Ludacris – Release Therapy

Released: September 26, 2006

Label: Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam South

First week album sales: 309,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Money Maker”, “Grew Up a Screw Up”, “Runaway Love”, “Girls Gone Wild”, “Slap”

6. Shady Records – Eminem Presents: The Re-Up

Released: December 5, 2006

Label: Shady, Interscope

First week album sales: 309,000

Billboard 200: 2

Singles: “You Don’t Know”, “Jimmy Crack Corn”

5. Young Jeezy – The Inspiration

Released: December 12, 2006

Label: CTE, Def Jam

First week album sales: 352,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “I Luv It”, “Go Getta”, “Dreamin'”

4. Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

Released: December 19, 2006

Label: The Jones Experience, Def Jam. Columbia

First week album sales: 355,880

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Hip Hop Is Dead”, “Can’t Forget About You”

3. The Game – Doctors Advocate

Released: November 14, 2006

Label: Black Wall Street, Geffen

First week album sales: 360,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “It’s Okay (One Blood)”, “Let’s Ride”, “Wouldn’t Get Far”

2. T.I. – King

Released: March 28, 2006

Label: Grand Hustle, Atlantic

First week album sales: 522,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “What You Know”, “Why You Wanna”, “Live in the Sky”, “Top Back (Remix)”

1. Jay-Z – Kingdom Come

Released: November 21, 2006

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 680,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Show Me What You Got”, “Lost One”, “30 Something”, “Hollywood”

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