Top hip hop album sales of all time

This list is the top 5 hip hop album sales in the US. I was surprised by this list especially number 1 and 2.

#5 hip hop album sales
Eminem – The Eminem Show (Aftermath, 2002)
the eminem show aftermath 2002
At number 5 is the highly controversial and extremely popular The Eminem Show. Released ahead of schedule on May 28th, 2002, Eminem’s 3rd Major Label release sold over 7.6 million records by the end of 2006 and became Eminems third straight LP to win the Grammy award for Best Rap Album of the year. The album was ranked 317th in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest Albums of All times and has sold well over 10 million records to date.
#4 hip hop album sales
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath\Interscope 2000)
eminem the marshall mathers lp
Eminem again with his sophomore album, The Marshall Mathers LP. Selling over 1.7 million copies during the first week of it’s May 23rd, 2000, release, The Marshall Mathers LP quickly became the fastest-selling rap album in history, almost tripling the record set by Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle and crushing the record for highest one-week sales by a solo artist previously held by Brittney Spears. The Marshall Mathers LP has sold over 10 million records in the US and is one of only four rap albums to achieve an RIAA Diamond Certification.
#3 hip hop album sales
The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death – (Bad Boy, 1997)
the motorious big life after death bad boy
At Number 3 we have the second album by rap great, The Notorious B.I.G. Released on March 25th, 1997, two months after his death,the 24 track double LP is one of four albums to receive an RIAA certification of Diamond.
Considered by many to be one of the greatest rap albums of all times and is said to be among the first albums fashioned for the mainstream pop charts as it was created to include both gritty/hood music as well as include a very radio friendly vibe. To date the album has sold well over 10 million records in the US and was ranked at number 483 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All times.
#2 hip hop album sales
MC Hammer – Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (Capitol, 1990)
mc hammer please hammer dont hurt em
Released on March 13th, 1990, Mc Hammer’s second album stayed on top of the Billboards 200 chart at #1 for an amazing 21 week run. Carried by the success of “U Can’t Touch This,” The album was the first Hip Hop album to be certified Diamond by The RIAA selling over 10 million records. The album has also been credited as one of few to raise rap music to a new level of mainstream popularity.
#1 hip hop album sales
OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (LaFace, 2003)
outkast speakerboxx the love below
Finally, at number 1 we have the September 23rd, 2003 double LP release of Outkast. Big Boi’s and Andre 3000’s “Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below” sold over 5.5 million copies, however, due to the fact that it was a double LP, the total sales came in at over 11 million copies and reached Diamond certification by going 11 times platinum. To date, the album remains as the best selling hip hop album of all time and became the best selling album worldwide in 2003. I personally don't think this was their best album.

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gary said...

I was not surprised to see eminem here twice. that guy must be loaded now

Devin said...

His stuff is just so artistic sometimes. He can really make you feel where he is coming from when he sings. It isn't poppy like soulja boy, but it is passtionate.