After Kodak Black’s June release from the Broward County Jail, the Florida rapper quickly got back to work on his music. Evidently, it’s paid off and his latest album, Project Baby 2, has hit the Billboard 200 at #2, following closely behind the #1 album, Brand New’s Science Fiction. 

A$AP Ferg’s “Still Striving” mixtape failed to crack the Top 10, while Dave East’s Def Jam release, Paranoia: A True Story, was able to settle in the Top 5, landing at #5 for the week ending August 24.

Kodak Black Debuts His Baby

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Kodak Black popped up at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California Sunday night (August 27), where he was nominated for Best New Artist. Although he didn’t nab the trophy, his new mixtape, Project Baby 2, is likely something for him to celebrate. With 49,847 total album equivalent units moved (8,407 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 58,601,192), his highly anticipated sequel to 2013’s Project Baby debuted at #2. His inaugural full-length studio album, Painting Pictures, peaked at #3 in April, selling 71,000 total album equivalent units in its first week.

A$AP Ferg Is Still Striving

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A$AP Mob member A$AP Ferg dropped his Still Striving mixtape last week, which featured an all-star cast, including Migos, Rick Ross, Cam’ron and Meek Mill. But it still wasn’t enough to nab a Top 10 album. The project debuted at #12 with 24,274 total album equivalent units (5,187 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 26,942,289). His last album, 2016’s Always Strive and Prosper, sold 35,000 copies in its first week and debuted at #8.

Dave East Cracks The Top 10

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Harlem MC Dave East released his major label debut, Paranoia: A True Story, on August 18 via Def Jam Recordings and Mass Appeal Records. The 13-track EP was announced on August 2 via East’s Instagram account and features guest appearances from Nas, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and Chris Brown.

The project has entered the charts at #9 with 25,744 total album equivalent units sold (12,327 pure album sales and a streaming count of 18,465,711). The EP follows 2016’s Kairi Chanel, which peaked at #38 on the Billboard 200.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 8/24/2017

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Kodak Black — Project Baby 2 — #2 — 49,847 (8,407) 58,601,192
  2. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #3— 40,736 (9,054) [42,717,637]
  3. Khalid — American Teen — #6 —28,849 (2,780) [34,024,353]
  4. DJ Khaled — Grateful — #7 — 26,980 (2,893) [27,683,953]
  5. Dave East — Paranoia: A True Story — #9 — 25,744 (12,327) [18,465,711]
  6. SZA — CTRL — #11 — 25,270 (3,339) [30,898,108]
  7. A$AP Ferg — Still Striving — #12 — 24,274 (5,187) [26,941,289]
  8. 21 Savage — Issa Album — #13 — 24,197 (1,561) [31,556,224]
  9. Post Malone — Stoney — #14 — 23,583 (1,601) [28,337,450]
  10. Bruno Mars— 24K Magic — #15 — 23,207 (8,344) [16,144,224]

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