In 2008, we saw Lil Wayne score one of the biggest first week album sales in hip hop history with his monumental Tha Carter III .

We also had big drops from Rick Ross, Nas, T.I., Kanye and Ludacris. We take a look at the biggest hip hop album first week sales of 2008.

10. Snoop Dogg – Ego Trippin’

Ranking Snoop Dogg First Week Album Sales Ego Trippin

Released: March 11, 2008

Label: Doggystyle, Geffen

First week album sales: 137,000

Billboard 200: 3

Singles: “Sensual Seduction”, “Neva Have 2 Worry”, “Life of da Party”, “My Medicine”, “Those Gurlz”

9. Nas – Untitled

Ranking Nas First Week Album Sales Untitled

Released: July 15, 2008

Label: The Jones Experience, Def Jam

First week album sales: 187,078

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Hero”, “Make the World Go Round”

8. Rick Ross – Trilla

Ranking Rick Ross First Week Album Sales Trilla

Released: March 11, 2008

Label: Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam, Poe Boy

First week album sales: 198,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Speedin'”, “The Boss”, “Here I Am”

7. Ludacris – Theater of the Mind

Ranking Ludacris First Week Album Sales Theater

Released: November 25, 2008

Label: Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam

First week album sales: 214,000

Billboard 200: 5

Singles: “What Them Girls Like”, “Wish You Would”, “Undisputed”, “Last of a Dying Breed”, “One More Drink”, “Nasty Girl”

6. Plies – Definition of Real

Biggest Hip Hop Album First Week Sales Of 2008 Plies

Released: June 10, 2008

Label: Big Gates, Slip-n-Slide, Atlantic

First week album sales: 214,902

Billboard 200: 2

Singles: “Bust It Baby Pt. 2”, “Please Excuse My Hands”

5. The Game – LAX

Ranking The Game First Week Album Sales Lax

Released: August 26, 2008

Label: Black Wall Street, Geffen

First week album sales: 239,000

Billboard 200: 2

Singles: “Game’s Pain”, “Dope Boys”, “My Life”, “Camera Phone”

4. Young Jeezy – The Recession

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Released: September 2, 2008

Label: CTE, Def Jam

First week album sales: 260,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Put On”, “Vacation”, “Crazy World”, “My President”, “Who Dat”

3. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak

Ranking Kanye West First Week Album Sales 808S

Released: November 24, 2008

Label: Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella

First week album sales: 450,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Love Lockdown”, “Heartless”, “Amazing”, “Paranoid”

2. T.I. – Paper Trail

Every Single Hip Hop Billboard Number One Album Since 1986 Paper Trail

Released: September 30, 2008

Label: Grand Hustle, Atlantic

First week album sales: 568,000

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “No Matter What”, “Whatever You Like”, “Swing Ya Rag”, “What Up, What’s Haapnin’”, “Swagga Like Us”, “Ready for Whatever”, “Live Your Life”, “Dead and Gone”

1. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

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Released: June 10, 2008

Label: Cash Money, Universal Motown, Young Money

First week album sales: 1,005,545

Billboard 200: 1

Singles: “Lollipop”, “A Milli”, “Got Money”, “Mr. Carter”, “Mrs. Officer”