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After a spectacular 2021, which saw a blend of releases from high-profile artists (Drake, Kanye, J. Cole, Tyler) and dope independent and underground rappers (Ransom, Westside Gunn, Rome Streetz), it looks like 2022 is gearing up to be another great year for hip hop.

Straight off the bat, we had notable releases from Benny the Butcher, Lil Durk, 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, Youngboy NBA, Cordae, Gunna, Conway the Machine, Earl Sweatshirt, Snoop Dogg, Earthgang, Kodak Black, Dave East, Bun B, Elzhi, the late great Phife Dawg, Denzel Curry and plenty more.

Later in the year, we had big drops from Five Foreign, Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Vince Staples, Jack Harlow. We’ve also got upcoming albums from the likes of A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Rae Sremmurd and more on the way.

So let’s get into it, here are the biggest hip hop album first week sales of 2022 (so far).

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Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez See Your Future

Released: March 25, 2022

Label: PH, Loma Vista

First week album sales: 15,244

Billboard 200 position: 51

Singles: “Walkin”, “Zatoichi”, “Troubles”

Features: Robert Glasper, Buzzy Lee, Saul Williams, Bridget Perez, T-Pain, 6lack, Rico Nasty, JID, Jasiah, 454, and Slowthai.

iann dior – On to Better Things

Released: January 21, 2022

Label: 10k Projects

First week album sales: 17,125

Billboard 200 position: 28

Singles: “V12”, “Let You”, “Thought It Was”

Features: Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Barker, and Machine Gun Kelly.

Vince Staples – Ramona Park Broke My Heart

Released: April 8, 2022

Label: Motown, Blacksmith

First week album sales: 18,921

Billboard 200 position: 21

Singles: “Magic”, “Rose Street”

Features: Mustard, Lil Baby, and Ty Dolla Sign

Babyface Ray – Face

Released: January 28, 2022

Label: EMPIRE Distribution, Wavy Gang

First week album sales: 19,018

Billboard 200 position: 31

Singles: N/A

Features: Icewear Vezzo, Young Lean, G Herbo, 42 Dogg, Landstripe Chip, Pusha T, and Wiz Khalifa.

2 Chainz – Dope Don’t Sell Itself

Released: February 4, 2022

Label: Def Jam

First week album sales: 19,400

Billboard 200 position: 20

Singles: “Million Dollars Worth of Game”, “Pop Music”

Features: Moneybagg Yo, BeatKing, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, 42 Dugg, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Durk, Sleepy Rose, Swae Lee, Stove God Cooks, Symba, Major Myjah, and Jacquees.

Benny the Butcher – Tana Talk 4

Released: March 11, 2022

Label: Griselda, Empire

First week album sales: 19,600

Billboard 200 position: 15

Singles: “Johnny P’s Caddy”

Features: J. Cole, Stove God Cooks, Boldy James, Diddy, Conway the Machine, 38 Speech, and Westside Gunn.

Cordae – From a Birds Eye View

Released: January 14, 2022

Label: Atlantic, Art@War

First week album sales: 20,000

Billboard 200 position: 13

Singles: “Gifted”, “Super”, “Sinister”

Features: Gunna, Lil Wayne, H.E.R., Lil Durk, Freddie Gibbs, Stevie Wonder, Eminem, and Roddy Ricch.

NLE ChoppaMe vs. Me

Released: January 28, 2022

Label: Warner

First week album sales: 21,700

Billboard 200 position: 14

Singles: “Final Warning”, “Mmm Hmm”, “Jumpin”, “I.Y.B.”, “Drop Shit”, “Too Hot”

Features: Young Thug, Polo G, G Herbo, and Moneybagg Yo.

Latto – 777

Released: March 25, 2022

Label: RCA, Streamcut

First week album sales: 23,500

Billboard 200 position: 16

Singles: “Big Energy”, “Soufside”, “Wheelie”

Features: 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, Nardo Wick, and Kodak Black.

NigoI Know Nigo!

Released: March 25, 2022

Label: Republic, Victor Victor

First week album sales: 23,500

Billboard 200 position: 15

Singles: “Arya”, “Want It Bad”, “Hear Me Clearly”, “Morë Tonight”, “Heavy”

Features: ASAP Rocky, Tyler, the Creator, Pusha T, Clipse, Pharrell Williams, Gunna, Kid Cudi, Teriyaki Boyz, ASAP Ferg, Pop Smoke, and Lil Uzi Vert.

DaBaby & YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Better than You

Released: March 4, 2022

Label: Atlantic, Interscope, South Coast, Never Broke Again

First week album sales: 28,500

Billboard 200 position: 10

Singles: “Hit”, “Neighborhood Superstar”

Features: N/A

Fivio Foreign – B.I.B.L.E.

Released: April 8, 2022

Label: Columbia Records, RichFish

First week album sales: 28,760

Billboard 200 position: 9

Singles: “City of Gods”, “Magic City”

Features: Quavo, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Queen Naija, Chloe, A$AP Rocky, Lil Tjay, Polo G, and Ne-Yo

42 Dugg & EST Gee – Last Ones Left

Released: April 8, 2022

Label: CMG, Warlike, Interscope

First week album sales: 29,040

Billboard 200 position: 7

Singles: “Who Hotter Than Gee”, “Free the Shiners”, “Everybody Shooters Too”, “Thump Shit”

Features: 42 Cheez, Meet The Reaper, YNT Tae Money, BIG30, and EST Zo.

DreamvilleD-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape

Released: March 31, 2022

Label: Dreamville Records, Interscope Records

First week album sales: 31,996

Billboard 200 position: 11

Singles: “Heaven’s EP”

Features: 2 Chainz, ASAP Ferg, Kenny Mason, Sheck Wes, G Perico, Reason, and Young Nudy.

Yeat – 2 Alivë

Released: February 18, 2022

Label: Geffen, Field Trip, Twizzy Rich

First week album sales: 32,000

Billboard 200 position: 6

Singles: “Still Countin”

Features: Young Thug, Gunna, Yung Kayo, Ken Carson, and SeptembersRich.

Yo Gotti – CM10: Free Game

Released: February 4, 2022

Label: CMG, Inevitable II Records

First week album sales: 46,000

Billboard 200 position: 3

Singles: “For the Record”, “Cold Gangsta”

Features: 42 Dugg, Blac Youngsta, EST Gee, Kodak Black, Moneybagg Yo, Shenseea and DaBaby.

Pusha T – It’s Almost Dry

Released: April 22, 2022

Label: GOOD, Def Jam

First week album sales: 55,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Diet Coke”, “Hear Me Clearly”, “Neck & Wrist”

Features: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Nigo, No Malice, Lil Uzi Vert, Kid Cudi, Don Toliver and Labrinth.

King Von – What It Means to Be King

Released: March 4, 2022

Label: Empire, Only the Family

First week album sales: 59,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Grandson for President”, “Don’t Play That”, “War”

Features: G Herbo, 21 Savage, Fivio Foreign, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk, Tee Grizzley, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Dreezy, Boss Top, DqFrmDaO, and OMB Peezy.

Kodak Black – Back for Everything

Released: February 25, 2022

Label: Atlantic

First week album sales: 60,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Love & War”

Features: Lil Durk.

YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Colors

Released: January 21, 2022

Label: Never Broke Again, Atlantic

First week album sales: 79,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Bring the Hook”

Features: Quando Rondo.

Jack Harlow – Come Home the Kids Miss You

Released: May 6, 2022

Label: Generation Now, Atlantic

First week album sales: 113,000

Billboard 200 position: 3

Singles: “Nail Tech”, “First Class”

Features: Pharrell Williams, Drake, Justin Timberlake, and Lil Wayne.

Lil Durk – 7220

Released: March 11, 2022

Label: Only the Family, Alamo, Sony

First week album sales: 120,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Pissed Me Off”, “Broadway Girls”, “Ahhh Ha”

Features: Future, Gunna, Summer Walker, and Morgan Wallen.

Gunna – DS4Ever

Released: January 7, 2022

Label: YSL, 300

First week album sales: 150,300

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Too Easy”

Features: Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Drake, Kodak Black, Chlöe, Lil Baby, G Herbo, Nechie, Yung Bleu, Chris Brown, and Roddy Ricch.

Future – I Never Liked You

Released: April 29, 2022

Label: Freebandz, Epic

First week album sales: 222,000

Billboard 200 Position: 1

Singles: N/A

Features: Kanye West, Gunna, Young Thug, Drake, Tems, EST Gee, and Kodak Black.

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

Released: May 13, 2022

Label: PGLang, Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records Records

First week album sales: 295,500

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “N95”

Features: Sampha, Kodak Black, Ghostface Killah, Florence Welch, Beth Gibbons of Portishead, Baby Keem.

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