1) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)
2) Messy Marv Hustlas Motivation Mixtape
3) Jean Gray + 9th Wonder Jeanius (Blacksmith/Warner)
4) Immortal Technique The 3rd World (Viper)
5) Nas Untitled (Def Jam)
This week's number one seller at the Amoeba Music San Francisco store should come as lil surprise. It was Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne, which, despite advance leaks and rampant downloading of its tracks, still managed to sell big numbers (by today's music industry standards) and hit the number one spot on countless charts (both airplay & sales) from Billboard (3 weeks straight @ #1) to KMEL to Amoeba etc. Luis in the hip-hop department at the Haight Street Amoeba, who kindly supplied this week's Hip-Hop Top Five, said that Bay Area music buyers love Lil Wayne just as much as national audiences (especially considering the historic Bay Area/Dirty South connections), but that their dedication to Bay Area rap/hip-hop, including this week's chart's number two album, is unbridled.