By The Numbers
TLET was released Sep 24, 1991, and certified gold Feb 19, 1992. Three years later it was certified platinum Feb 1, 1995—a month after MM reached that milestone.
The album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (Nov 23, 1991) and No. 45 on the Billboard 200 (Oct 12, 1991). There were three singles released: “Check The Rhime” reached No.1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. “Jazz” peaked at No. 19 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. “Scenario” peaked at No. 6 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and No. 57 on the Hot 100.
MM was released Oct 12, 1993, and certified gold Jan 14, 1994. Almost a year later it was certified platinum Jan 11, 1995.
The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. There were three singles released: “Award Tour” peaked at No. 7 on the Hot Rap Singles chart, No. 28 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and No. 47 on the Hot 100 chart. “Electric Relaxation” peaked at No. 13 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and No. 65 on the Hot 100 chart. “Oh My God” peaked at #15 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.
One of the most ironic things about both of those albums is, as influential as they are—and they’re two of the best albums of any genre—that didn’t translate into tremendous sales. This was before the cat was out of the bag in hip hop, when, like, every album would go platinum. Bottom line: MM did better than TLET.