Three 6 Mafia Can't Knock Eminem Off Top Spot

Memphis, Tenn., hip-hoppers' drug-reference-laden album enters chart at #2.

Memphis, Tenn., hip-hoppers Three 6

Mafia didn't have enough juice to challenge

COLOR="#003163">Eminem for the top spot on the

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart this week — they debuted

at #2 as Slim Shady hung on at #1 for the fourth week in a row.

Three 6 Mafia sold 157,000 copies of their drug-reference-heavy When

the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1, which also entered the

magazine's 200 albums chart at #6. That didn't even come close to the

520,000 copies of The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem sold last week.

The "Shaft" soundtrack, which features R.

Kelly's "Bad Man" (

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excerpt), as well as songs by

COLOR="#003163">OutKast, Donell

Jones and Too Short,

debuted at #3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, followed by

COLOR="#003163">Big Tymers' I Got That Work, at #4.

Joe's My Name Is Joe fell to

#5, while Dr. Dre's Dr. Dre

2001 moved up to #6 in its 31st week on the chart.

Rounding out the top 10 albums are Southern rappers

COLOR="#003163">504 Boyz's Goodfellas at #7, R&B

singer Avant's debut, My

Thoughts, at #8, romantic vocal group

COLOR="#003163">Jagged Edge's J.E. Heartbreak at #9

and R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl's

self-titled debut at #10, down from #5 last week.

Cypress Hill's Skull & Bones

moved up from #27 to #22, while the late R&B singer

COLOR="#003163">Johnnie Taylor's Gotta Get the Groove

Back jumped from #46 to #31. The album was at #93 on the chart when

Taylor — whose 1976 "Disco Lady" was the first single to be

certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies — died of a heart

attack on May 31.

Rapper Spice's The Last Dance

leapt from #68 to #54, while Busta

Rhymes' Anarchy — which didn't see official

release until Tuesday — entered the chart at #81.

The top five slots on the R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart look the same as

they did a week ago, with soul crooner Carl

Thomas' "I Wish" still in the #1 spot for the fifth straight

week. Jones' "Where I Wanna Be" stays at #2, followed by Avant's

"Separated" at #3, Jagged Edge's "Let's Get Married" at #4 and Lucy

Pearl's slinky "Dance Tonight" at #5.

"Wifey," the first single from R&B vocal group

COLOR="#003163">Next's upcoming album, Welcome to

Nextasy (due Tuesday), moved from #9 to #6, while Joe's "I Wanna

Know" rebounded from #11 to #7.

Toni Braxton's "He Wasn't Man

Enough" dropped one notch to #8, while rapper

COLOR="#003163">Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin' " fell from #6 to #9.

Singer/actress Aaliyah rounds out

the top 10 with "Try Again," from the "Romeo Must Die" soundtrack. Her

"Come Back in One Piece," which features rapper

COLOR="#003163">DMX, rose from #47 to #39.

Perhaps buoyed by his appearances opening for

COLOR="#003163">*NSync and on television in a Pepsi

commercial, Sisqó's "Thong

Song" moved back into the top 20 at #17, and

COLOR="#003163">Torry Carter's "Take That," which features

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, climbed

to #24.

DJ Tony Touch entered the singles

chart at #77 with "I Wonder Why? (He's the Greatest DJ)," featuring

Keisha & Pam of

color="#003163">Total, and

COLOR="#003163">Trina's "Pull Over" debuted at #90.