Chopping off his signature dreadlocks probably had nothing to do with it, but perhaps aligning with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint did the trick. Whatever the reason, Busta Rhymes should be sporting the widest grin he can muster today as the latest SoundScan totals show that The Big Bang will open at #1 on Billboard’s album chart, marking a first in a career that spans 15 years, seven solo albums and a stint with Leaders of the New School.
Week-one sales of The Big Bang, Busta’s first collection of fresh material since 2002, topped out at nearly 209,000 copies — more than enough to earn Rhymes his inaugural chart-topping debut. The success has to taste sweet for Busta, especially after his last release, 2002’s It Ain’t Safe No More, opened at #43 with 62,000 scans — the rapper’s first LP to debut outside of the top 10.
Rhymes’ current retail dominance helped him usurp the Billboard crown from previous champs AFI.