Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV: 964,000
Release Date: 8/29/2011
After establishing himself as a cultural icon and Billboard behemoth, Lil Wayne found himself sitting in a jail cell. When he finally got out, hip-hop fans were excited to see Lil Wayne hit the mic again, but one question lingered: Would Weezy come out and unleash the beast like 2Pac in '96 or would he be damaged goods like Shyne post-prison? When the album dropped, Weezy's die hard fan base showed up (they always do, even Rebirth went gold) and the album sold close a million copies in one week, even though the consensus was that he'd lost a step.