The Ruff Ryders collective stormed to the head of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, with Ryde or Die Vol. II.
Otherwise, the chart's top 10 showed little movement, as last week's leader, Lil' Kim, dropped to #3, and St. Louis rapper Nelly hung in at #2 with his debut album, Country Grammar. The young rapper's single of the same name (RealAudio excerpt) held at #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The Ruff Ryders LP features an all-star cast, with appearances by Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Redman, Busta Rhymes, DMX, Trick Daddy, Eve and the LOX. The first single from the album, "Got It All" (RealAudio excerpt), comes from Eve featuring Jadakiss, a newcomer with his own album on the way.
Elsewhere on the chart, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP held at #4, Kelly Price's Mirror Mirror dropped two spots to #5, Three 6 Mafia's When the Smoke Clears Sixty 6, Sixty 1 remained at #6, Busta Rhymes' Anarchy fell two spots to #7, Next's Welcome II Nextasy dropped one spot to #8, Toni Braxton's The Heat moved back into the top 10 at #9, and Joe's My Name Is Joe slipped a notch to #10.
The Comrads surged forward 21 spots to #39 with Wake Up & Ball, an album featuring guest rhyming from Snoop Dogg, Mack 10, MC Eiht and Krayzie Bone. The album chart's highest debut was Celly Cel's Deep Conversation, which bowed at #94.
Jagged Edge's "Lets Get Married" (RealAudio excerpt) continued to sit atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. Produced by Jermaine Dupri, the song showcases the quartet's vocal harmonies and romantic themes, as does the rest of their album, J.E. Heartbreak.
Braxton's latest single, "Just Be a Man About It," continues to climb, reaching #21 in its ninth week on the chart. The first single from her album, "He Wasn't Man Enough," topped the singles chart in May.
Thirteen-year-old singer Sammie continues to bound up multiple charts. From the Bottom to the Top came in at #24 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and has climbed to #54 in its 17th week on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Gospel singer Yolanda Adams also reached a new high on the albums chart, jumping 15 spots to #62. Her current album, Mountain High, Valley Low, continues its hold on #1 on the Top Gospel albums chart.
The remainder of the gospel chart was similar to last week, though Tarralyn Ramsey reached a new high with her self-titled album, coming in at #12 in its third week on the chart.