Top 10 Best-Selling Rap Albums Ever

What are the top 10 best-selling rap albums ever? According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which certifies sales in the United States, the list includes two entries by a solo white artist, one by a white trio, and just one by a female. A few albums on this list were released posthumously with wild sales results. How many of the top ten best-selling rap albums of all time are in your collection?

  1. Outkast: "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below." Released in 2003, this double album is the best-selling rap album of all time, and the best-selling album of 2003, selling eleven million copies in the U.S. It contained the popular hits "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move," both of which went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  1. MC Hammer: "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em." Buoyed by the hit "U Can't Touch This," Hammer's second album, released in 1990, sold ten million copies in the U.S. It stayed at number one on the Billboard Album Chart for twenty-one weeks.

  1. The Notorious B.I.G.: "Life After Death." Released two months after his death, in 1997, the Notorious B.I.G.'s album featured the hit "Mo Money Mo Problems," with Diddy accompanying on vocals. This album sold ten million copies stateside, earning it the title of third best-selling rap album of all time.

  1. Eminem: "The Marshall Mathers LP." Eminem's second album was released in 2000 and was the fastest-selling rap album in history. Selling over ten  million copies in the U.S., the album features tracks such as "The Real Slim Shady," "The Way I Am," and "Stan," featuring a sample from Dido's "Thank You."

  1. Eminem: "The Eminem Show."The fourth Eminem studio release, in 2002, sold over ten million copies in the U.S. and earns it the distinction of fifth best-selling rap album of all time. It features the hits "Without Me" and "Cleanin' Out My Closet."

  1. Beastie Boys: "Licensed to Ill." This 1986 debut album by the Beastie Boys, the first full-length major album by a white rap group, sold nine million copies, with singles including "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and "Fight for Your Right." Not only is it the sixth best-selling rap album of all time, "Licensed to Ill" also is Columbia Records' fastest-selling debut album of all time.

  1. 2Pac: "All Eyez on Me." 2Pac's 1996 double album sold over nine million copies, reaching platinum status just four hours after its release. Two of its singles, "How Do U Want It" and "California Love" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Released just seven months before 2Pac's death, this is the seventh best-selling rap album of all time.

  1. 2Pac: "Greatest Hits." Released in 1998, two years after 2Pac's death, this album of twenty-one greatest hits sold over nine million copies, making it one of the best-selling posthumous rap releases and one of the top ten best-selling rap albums of all time. Hits on this record include "Unconditional Love" and "Changes."

  1. Will Smith: "Big Willie Style." This album by actor/rapper Will Smith was released in 1997, just as he was becoming known on TV as the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." It sold over nine million copies and included the hits, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and "Miami."

  1. Lauryn Hill: "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." The only female artist on the list, former Fugee Lauryn Hill's 1998 solo debut sold over eight million copies, enough to land it at number ten in the top ten best-selling rap albums of the '80s. It also received eleven Grammy nominations (winning five of them) and contains the hits "Doo Wop (That Thing" and "Everything is Everything.

References:

Def Sounds Top 10 Highest Selling Rap Albums of All Time: 6 through 10

Def Sounds Top 10 Highest Selling Rap Albums of All Time: 1 through 5

 

 

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