2 Chainz's 'Rap Or Go to the League' Starts at No. 1 On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart
2 Chainz earns his third No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Rap or Go to the League debuts in the top slot on the ranking dated March 16. The set, which notes LeBron James as an executive producer, earned 65,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 7, according to Nielsen Music.
The Georgia native, born Tauheed Epps, previously reigned with 2012’s Based on a T.R.U. Story (three weeks at No. 1) and 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (one).
Rap concurrently starts at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart, becoming 2 Chainz’s fourth leader there. In addition to Story and Girls, he also ruled with B.O.A.T.S II #MeTime, a one-week champ in 2013.
With Rap’s arrival, four of the album’s songs debut on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, led by the No. 31 entrance of “Whip,” featuring Travis Scott. In addition, 2 Chainz banks new entries with “Rule The World,” featuring Ariana Grande (No. 39), “Momma I Hit A Lick,” featuring Kendrick Lamar (No. 40) and “High Top Versace,” featuring Young Thug (No. 45).
The four debuts push 2 Chainz to 58 career entries on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, dating to his first, “Boo,” which reached No. 76 in 2011. Among all artists, the 58-song collection ranks 11th for the most appearances on the list in the 2010s decade by any artist. 2 Chainz now passes the current hauls of The Weeknd (56) and Scott (57); Drake leads all acts, with 205 charted songs in the 2010s.
In other chart appearances for Rap songs, “World” is the set’s best-selling tune of the week, recording 5,000 downloads in the week ending March 7. The track opens at No. 12 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales and No. 11 on Rap Digital Song Sales.
Another Rap cut, “2 Dollar Bill,” featuring Lil Wayne & E-40, also generates some sales activity. The collaboration registers 3,000 downloads in the week, prompting a No. 18 start on Rap Digital Song Sales and No. 21 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales.
2 Chainz’s combined activity between his new album and various song placements helps the rapper return to the Billboard Artist 100 ranking at No. 14. The re-entry marks his first appearance since February 2018, and is his second-highest placement ever on the weekly list, following his No. 6 showing on the chart dated July 8, 2017.