J. Cole, Mac Miller, & Wale All Sell Over 100K

After grinding hard on the mixtape scene in recent years, Mac Miller and J. Cole finally dropped debut albums in 2011 and solidified themselves as commercially bankable artists. Both artists started by building massive loyal fanbases and were able to sell over 100,000 units (Cole: 218,000, Miller: 145,000) of their respective debuts.

Although it was a first for Cole and Mac Miller, Wale was in a slightly different boat—that of a once heavily hyped artist, who seemed to have lost his way in recent years and was given a second shot at life after signing to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. The co-sign did the trick and with a steady grind, Wale was also able to prove all the doubters wrong, netting album sales of over 100,000 units (164,000 to be exact) for the first time in his career. Congratulations.