NLE Choppa and Amine, two of hip-hop’s breakout stars in recent years, can cross off a key milestone on their commercial success checklists as each earns his first top 10 album on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
NLE Choppa’s promoted debut full-length album, Top Shotta, starts at No. 6 on the list dated Aug. 22 with 36,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 13, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, while Amine’s sophomore effort, Limbo, begins at No. 10 with 26,000 units earned in the same period.
The New Orleans-bred NLE Choppa secures his maiden top 10 with his second charting effort. He previously maxed out at No. 20 with his Cottonwood EP in January. Shotta includes the third, fourth and fifth iterations of his “Shotta Flow” ongoing song series, the lattermost of which climbed to No. 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in June. In addition, Shotta hosts singles “Walk Em Down,” featuring Roddy Ricch, and “Camelot,” which respectively rose to No. 16 and No. 17 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs earlier this year.
For Portland’s Amine, Limbo brings his first top 10 album on his third try, following Good For You (No. 19 in 2017) and Onepointfive (No. 25 in 2018).
Activity surrounding the new albums help both acts fortunes on the Billboard Artist 100 ranking, which provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity through a blend of album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction. There, NLE Choppa soars to a career-best ranking of No. 25, while Amine returns to the list for the first time since 2017, with a No. 67 revival.