Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 12:15:08
1) Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)
2) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)
3) E40 The Ball Street Journal (Sic Wid It/Warner)
4) Akon Freedom (Konvict/Universal/Motown)
5) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)
The top five selling hip-hop albums in this week's chart from the Berkeley Amoeba Music store include artists that are similarly popular at the San Francisco and Hollywood Amoeba stores, as well as on other charts. For example, the number one, Kanye West's Auto-Tune heavy 808's & Heartbreak, also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Pop albums chart on its first week of release. Q-Tip's critically acclaimed triumphant return with The Renaissance is also selling well across the country. The new album, which with the exception of one song produced by the late great J-Dilla was all self produced by Q-Tip, has been selling consistently since it was released last month. Meanwhile Akon's new album Freedom, which originally was going to be titled Acquitted, debuted at number 7 on the Billboard charts. It is number 4 at Amoeba Berkeley, where the other two entries are Ludacris and E40. Check out the brand new Earl "E40" Stevens video below for The Ball Street Journal autobiographical track "Earl."