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2007 was a great year for hip hop. We had Jay-Z shake off his retirement with American Gangster, a great but slept-on album, UGK scoring their first number one album.

We had Timbaland running the hip hop and R&B charts, T.I. continuing his run since he was crowned King of the South, and Lupe dropping one of the best sophomore albums in rap history. But the big event of the year was the sales battle between Kanye and 50 Cent, a microcosm of what was to come over the next decade.

From Curtis to Graduation, American Gangster to The Cool, Finding Forever to Underground Kingz, we take a look at the biggest hip hop album first week sales of 2007.

10. Timbaland – Shock Value

Released: April 2, 2007

Label: Blackground, Mosley, Interscope

First week album sales: 138,000

Billboard 200: 5

Singles: “Give It to Me”, “The Way I Are”, “Throw It on Me”, “Apologize”, “Scream”

9. Young Buck – Buck the World

Released: March 27, 2007

Label: Ca$hville, G-Unit, Interscope

First week album sales: 140,000

Billboard 200: 3

Singles: “I Know You Want Me”, “Get Buck”, “U Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”

8. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool

Released: December 18, 2007

Label: 1st & 15th, Atlantic

First week album sales: 143,407

Billboard 200: 15

Singles: “Superstar”, “Hip Hop Saved My Life”, “Paris, Tokyo”, “Dumb It Down”

7. UGK – Underground Kingz

Released: August 7, 2007

Label: Jive

First week album sales: 160,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “The Game Belongs to Me”, “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)”

6. Common – Finding Forever

Released: July 31, 2007

Label: GOOD, Geffen

First week album sales: 155,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “The Game”, “The People”, “Drivin’ Me Wild”, “I Want You”

5. Fabolous – From Nothin’ to Somethin’

Released: June 12, 2007

Label: Desert Storm, Street Family, Def Jam

First week album sales: 159,000

Billboard 200: 2

Singles: “Diamonds”, “Return of the Hustle”, “Make Me Better”, “Baby Don’t Go”

4. Jay-Z – American Gangster

Released: November 6, 2007

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 425,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Blue Magic”, “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…”, “I Know”

3. T.I. – T.I. vs. T.I.P.

Released: July 3, 2007

Label: Grand Hustle, Asylum, Atlantic

First week album sales: 470,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)”, “You Know What It Is”, “Hurt”

2. 50 Cent – Curtis

Released: September 11, 2007

Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope, Universal

First week album sales: 691,000

Billboard 200: 2

Singles: “Amusement Park”, “Straight To The Bank”, “I Get Money”, “Ayo Technology”, “I’ll Still Kill”

1. Kanye West – Graduation

Released: September 11, 2007

Label: Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella

First week album sales: 957,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, “Stronger”, “Good Life”, “Flashing Lights”, “Homecoming”

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