Rap Chart Movement: Ludacris Grabs The Throne, E-40 Shakes Things Up

Debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' this week is Ludacris with his sixth solo album titled Theater Of The Mind. Theater Of The Mind, which features appearances from Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Nas, scans 214,100 copies in its opening week.

Sliding to No. 2 is T.I. Paper Trail bags up 74,700 units in its sixth week on the chart.  So far, the album has sold 1,303,800 copies.

Posted at No. 3 is Lil Wayne.  Tha Carter III shelled out 31,900 discs this week.  After 26 weeks, the album has sold a total of 2,726,500 copies.

E-40 debuts on the charts at No. 4 with his latest effort Ball Street Journal. The set, which features appearances from Akon, T-Pain and Ice-T, scans 30,600 units in its opening week.

Young Jeezy stays put at No. 5. The Recession reeled in 15,700 copies this week, pushing the album's total to 644,900.

Right behind the Atlanta rapper at No. 5 is Ace Hood.  10,700 folks picked up Gutta this week, bringing the album's total sales to 35,400.

The Game slips a spot to No. 7. LAX shifted 10,40 0 units this week, pushing the album's tally to 591,300.

Holding fort at No. 8 is Q-Tip.  The Renaissance moved 9,100 discs this week.  So far, the album has sold a total of 67,100 copies.

Houston rapper South Park Mexican slips five spots to No. 9. Last Chair Violinist cashed out 7,100 CDs in its second week on the charts. So far, the album has sold 22,500 copies.

Wrapping up the Top 10 is rap/reggaton duo Wisin Y Yandel. La Ment shelved off 7,000 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 25,900.