And just like that, we’re approaching the end of 2021. After an interesting 2020 where tours and album releases were either cancelled or postponed, it looks like things are starting to get back on track.

J. Cole was the big winner of 2021’s first-half with The Off-Season topping the charts and becoming the biggest first week opener for a rap album. But then we had Kanye and Drake waiting to overtake his numbers. We also had notable releases from Tyler, the Creator, Nas and DJ Khaled.

Meanwhile, we have Lil Durk continuing his scorching run, dropping a collaboration album with the now-superstar Lil Baby, Polo G and Moneybagg Yo making their way up the to the top, and Migos trying to re-cook the magic of the first Culture album.

So let’s get into it, here are the biggest hip hop album first week sales of the year to date.

32. Loyal Bros by Only the Family

Released: March 5, 2021

Label: Only the Family, Empire

First week sales: 28,000

Singles: “Me and Doodie Lo”, “Streets Raised Me”, “Pull Up”, “Rules”, “Pistol Tottin”, “Jump”

31. Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine by Brockhampton

Released: April 9, 2021

Label: RCA, Question Everything

First week sales: 29,000

Singles: “Buzzcut”, “Count on Me”

30. We Love You Tecca 2 by Lil Tecca

Released: August 27, 2021

Label: Galactic Republic

First week sales: 30,000

Singles: “Show Me Up”, “Never Left”, “Money on Me”, “Repeat It”

29. Long Term Effects of Suffering by Suicideboys

Released: August 13, 2021

Label: G*59

First week sales: 32,000

Singles: “New Profile Pic”, “Avalon”, “Materialism as a Means to an End”

28. Free Dem Boyz by 42 Dugg

Released: May 21, 2021

Label: 4PF, Collective, Interscope

First week sales: 32,000

Singles: “Free Merey”, “Free Woo”, “Free Me”, “4 Da Gang”, “Maybach”

27. Exodus by DMX

Released: May 28, 2021

Label: Def Jam

First week sales: 32,000

Singles: “Hood Blues”

26. Dum and Dummer 2 by Young Dolph and Key Glock

Released: March 26, 2021

Label: Paper Route, Empire

First week sales: 36,000

Singles: N/A

25. The House Is Burning by Isaiah Rashad

Released: July 30, 2021

Label: Top Dawg, Warner

First week sales: 41,000

Singles: “Lay wit Ya”, “Headshots (4r da Locals)”, “Wat U Sed”, “From the Garden”

24. 25 by G Herbo

Released: July 2, 2021

Label: Machine, Republic

First week sales: 46,000

Singles: “Statement”, “Really Like That”/”Break Yoself”

23. The Melodic Blue by Baby Keem

Released: September 10, 2021

Label: pgLang, Columbia

First week sales: 53,000

Singles: “Hooligan”, “No Sense”, “Durag Activity”, “Family Ties”

22. King’s Disease II by Nas

Released: August 6, 2021

Label: Mass Appeal, The Orchard

First week sales: 56,000

Singles: “Rare”, “Brunch on Sundays”

21. Shiesty Season by Pooh Shiesty

Released: February 5, 2021

Label: Atlantic, 1017

First week sales: 62,000

Singles: “Back in Blood”, “Guard Up”, “Neighbors”

20. Destined 2 Win by Lil Tjay

Released: April 2, 2021

Label: Columbia

First week sales: 62,000

Singles: “Losses”, “Move On”, “None of Your Love”, “Calling My Phone”, “Headshot”, “Born 2 Be Great”

19. Trip at Knight by Trippie Redd

Released: August 20, 2021

Label: 1400 Entertainment, 10k Projects

First week sales: 81,000

Singles: “Miss the Rage”, “Holy Smokes”

18. Faith by Pop Smoke

Released: July 16, 2021

Label: Victor Victor, Republic

First week sales: 88,000

Singles: “Demeanor”

17. Clouds (The Mixtape) by NF

Released: March 26, 2021

Label: NF Real Music

First week sales: 90,000

Singles: “Paid My Dues”, “Clouds”, “Lost”

16. Khaled Khaled by DJ Khaled

Released: April 30, 2021

Label: We the Best, Roc Nation, Epic

First week sales: 94,000

Singles: “Popstar” / “Greece”, “Let It Go”, “Every Chance I Get”, “I Did It”, “Body in Motion”

15. Punk by Young Thug

Released: October 15, 2021

Label: YSL, 300, Atlantic

First week album sales: 95,000*

Singles: N/A

*Projections by Hits Daily Double

14. Expensive Pain by Meek Mill

Released: October 1, 2021

Label: Atlantic, Maybach Music

First week sales: 95,000

Singles: “Flamerz Flow”, “Sharing Locations”, “Blue Notes 2”

13. Planet Her by Doja Cat

Released: June 25, 2021

Label: Kemosabe, RCA

First week sales: 109,000

Singles: “Kiss Me More”, “You Right”, “Need to Know”, “Woman”

12. A Gangsta’s Pain by Moneybagg Yo

Released: April 23, 2021

Label: Roc Nation, CMG, Bread Gang, N-Less, Interscope

First week sales: 110,000

Singles: “Time Today”, “Hard for the Next”, “Wockesha”

11. Slime Language 2 by Young Stoner Life, Young Thug & Gunna

Released: April 16, 2021

Label: YSL, 300

First week sales: 113,000

Singles: “Take It to Trial”, “GFU”, “That Go!”

10. Montero by Lil Nas X

Released: September 17, 2021

Label: Columbia

First week sales: 126,000

Singles: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”, “Sun Goes Down”, “Industry Baby”, “Thats What I Want”

9. SoulFly by Rod Wave

Released: March 26, 2021

Label: Alamo

First week sales: 130,000

Singles: “Street Runner”, “Tombstone”, “Richer”

8. Culture III by Migos

Released: June 11, 2021

Label: Capitol, Motown, Quality Control

First week sales: 130,000

Singles: “Need It”, “Straightenin”

7. Sincerely, Kentrell by YoungBoy Never Broke Again

Released: September 24, 2021

Label: Never Broke Again Atlantic

First week sales: 138,000

Singles: “Toxic Punk”, “White Teeth”, “Nevada”, “Life Support”, “On My Side”

6. Hall of Fame by Polo G

Released: June 11, 2021

Label: Columbia, Only Dreamers Achieve

First week sales: 143,000

Singles: “Epidemic”, “GNF (OKOKOK)”, “Rapstar”, “Gang Gang”

5. The Voice of the Heroes by Lil Baby & Lil Durk

Released: June 4, 2021

Label: Quality Control, 4PF, Only the Family, Capitol, Motown, Alamo, Geffen

First week sales: 150,000

Singles: “Voice of the Heroes”

4. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, the Creator

Released: June 25, 2021

Label: Columbia

First week sales: 169,000

Singles: “Lumberjack”, “WusYaName”

3. The Off-Season by J. Cole

Released: May 14, 2021

Label: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Interscope

First week sales: 282,000

Singles: “Interlude”, “My Life”

2. Donda by Kanye West

Released: August 29, 2021

Label: GOOD, Def Jam

First week sales: 309,000

Singles: “Hurricane”

1. Certified Lover Boy by Drake

Released: September 3, 2021

Label: OVO, Republic

First week sales: 613,000

Singles: N/A

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