Jeezy has topped Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #1 for the sixth time with Seen It All: The Autobiography. The artist formerly known as Young Jeezy had the number-two album overall for the week, trapped behind the unstoppable Maroon 5’s V.
The album’s 121,000 in sales might come as a disappointment to the veteran rapper, whose previous release, TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition sold nearly twice as many copies when it debuted in 2011, despite having a notably more confusing title.
The sales drop can be attributed to Seen It All‘s lack of a hit song. The title track has been hovering below the top 100 on both iTunes and radio airplay, and has is growing slowly on its key radio formats.
Relatively positive reviews (including a 6/10 from the famously persnickety Pitchfork.com) could help keep the album afloat in weeks to come. The work has been commended for rising above the staleness of subgenre trap rap and its intensely personal aesthetic.
In a challenging year for rap album sales (the bar for success is Rick Ross’ Mastermind, at 387,000 copies to date), it’s probably best that Jeezy just enjoy his #1 and ignore the less impressive numbers surrounding it.