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
The last Tribe Called Quest album to hit No. 1 was "Beats,
Rhymes and Life" in 1996.
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).
Leonard Cohen's last album, "You Want it Darker," soared 40
places to the No. 6 spot on the Billboard 200 after the Canadian
singer-songwriter's death on Nov. 7.
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.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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