The album, which sold some 135,000 units according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, is the first by the New York rappers since 1998 and follows the death in March of founding member Phife Dawg from complications of diabetes.
Phife Dawg recorded some of the tracks before he died, and the album features collaborations with contemporary rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, as well as British rock musician Elton John.
The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).
On the digital songs chart, which measures online singles sales, Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” September release retained the top spot. It owes this success mainly to the viral success of “mannequin challenge” videos that feature people frozen in place, often with the hip-hop duo’s music as a backdrop.