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5 Best-Selling Rap Albums in the United States

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Hip hop music plays a vital role in the American music culture. It has been part of the regular street life and even in professional musical battles and competitions. Hip hop music has been dominating charts since its beginning. In fact, they are breaking sales records. In this list, we will discuss the five best-selling rap albums in the United States.

Speakerboxx/The Love Below (2003)

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This duo album is the best-selling rap album of all time. It was recorded by Atlanta-based rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi. The two achieved commercial success between the 1990s and 2000s. The album was a product of their experiment of hip hop music, incorporating funk, techno, and psychedelic. According to music statistics, it sold almost 12 million units.

The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

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The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album of “Rap God” Eminem. The album sold almost 2 million copies in the United States in its first week alone. Overall, the album sold 11 million units. In 2001, the album won a Grammy Award. It was also certified Diamond by RIAA. A sequel to this album was released in 2013.


The Eminem Show (2002)

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Another Eminem hit album was called “The Eminem Show”. After its release in 2002, it topped 19 charts from various countries. It sold over 7 million copies in the United States alone, and over 10 million units worldwide. In 2003, it won Grammy’s Best Rap Album, his third win in four consecutive years. It was also Diamond certified by RIAA.


Life After Death (1997)

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Life After Death is the final studio album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., regarded as one of the pioneers of hip hop music. It featured collaborations with the big names in the hip hop music industry, including JAY-Z, Puff Daddy, and R. Kelly. The album received five Grammy nominations in 1998. Rolling Stone also named it as one of the Greatest Albums of All Time. Based on records, it sold over 10.2 million units.

Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)

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This is MC Hammer’s third album which ranked number one on Billboard for 21 weeks. Further, it spent almost 30 weeks on the R&B/Hip hop chart. It includes singles like “U Can’t Touch This” and “Have You Seen Her”. It received a diamond certification from the RIAA. It is one of the all-time best-selling albums, with over 22 million copies sold worldwide.…

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6 Female Rappers Who Really Made Names

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Male rappers and artists are attributed to be the pioneers of the hip hop music era. Names like DJ Kool Herc and AfrikaBambaataa, Ice Cube and Chuck D – they are some of the first artists who played vital roles in creating the hip hop culture and the rap genre. But between the late 20th century and early 21st century, female rappers began recording hip hop music. In this article, we enumerate the six best female rappers that really established their personal brand of hip hop in the music industry:


Queen Latifah

Apart from making movies, Queen Latifah also rose to fame because of her songwriting and rapping skills. Her debut album All Hail the Queen was named by The Source as one of the best rap albums in 1998. Even if she stopped recording music, she is still considered one of hip hop’s pioneer female icons. Her contribution to music earner her Grammy Awards.


Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill was an American songwriter and rapper who was also known as a member of the group Fugees. Her solo debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was critically-acclaimed, making her earn numerous awards and broke sales records. It debuted on top of US Billboard 200. Her single Doo Wop also made history, making Hill the first-ever female rapper to top Billboard Hot 100.


Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is definitely one of the most in-demand female rappers of this generation. Her first and second studio albums topped the US Billboard 200. In 2010, she was the first female solo artist to have seven simultaneous number one singles, including Super Bass and Starships. Anaconda, from her third studio album, is her highest-charting single to date. Today, she is considered the best-selling female rapper of all time.


Lil’ Kim

Kimberly Denise Jones or more commonly known as Lil’ Kim, is an American rapper, model, and actress. VH1 honored Lil’ Kim as one of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. She was even regarded as the fiercest and most provocative female rapper. AllMusic also hailed her as one of the Hip Hop’s Greatest MCs. During her early years, media and critics called her the “Rap Goddess” and the “Queen of Rap”.


Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott started gaining attention in the music industry as a member of a female R&B group called Sista. In 1997, she launched her solo career and released her debut album SupaDupa Fly which peaked at number 3 on Billboard 200, the highest-charting debut album for a female rapper during that time. According to Nielsen Music, Missy Elliott is one of the best-selling female rappers of all time.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea is an Australian rapper who moved to the United States to pursue a career in music. Her debut studio album The New Classic (2014) peaked several charts in the world. It also topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, making her the first non-American to top the chart. Her single Fancy was her highest chart-topping single ever.

Who is your favorite among the choices on the list?…

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The 6 Greatest Rap Mixtapes of the Millennium

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Mixtapes are really part of the hip hop music culture. In fact, hip hop continues to redefine the concept of mixtapes. Most hip hop artists release mixtapes, after releasing their albums. It’s their way of promoting their music or simply just expressing their individuality as an artist and the distinctness of their music. Listening to a mixtape is really fun. Longer music, either of one artist’s records or a compilation of great artists.


In this article, we list down the top six rap mixtapes since the beginning of hip hop music culture:


Da Drought 3, Lil Wayne

Da Drought 3 is a double-disc mixtape by American rapper Lil Wayne. It was named by Pitchfork “The Best Mixtape of All Time”. It also received rave reviews from Rolling Stone and MTV. Definitely, it is the most ambitious work of Lil Wayne. It plays over 100 minutes of different Lil Wayne eras. It also debuted the career of some hip hop artists like Nicki Minaj.

50 Cent is the Future, 50 Cent

This was the first mixtape released by 50- Cent. This was 50 Cent’s response to life’s misfortune. He got shot nine times and was dropped from his label, Fif. He recorded the mixtape in Canada. After its release, it became the official soundtrack of summer 2002. In fact, it was named by XXL as one of the best mixtapes of all time.


We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2, Clipse

The mixtape We Got It 4 Cheap was released by hip hop duo Clipse and their group, the Re-UP Gang in 2008. The main focus of the mixtape is drug trafficking. It features three volumes. The second volume was voted as the Best Mixtape of the Year 2005. It was even regarded by Pitchfork as the second best rap mixtape of all time.


Kush & Orange Juice, Wiz Khalifa

In 2010, American rapper Wiz Khalifa released his mixtape Kush & OJ (abb.). After its release, it became a trending topic both on Google and Twitter. As a matter of fact, the hashtag #kushandorgangejuice spent three days on Twitter Worldwide trends. The theme of the mixtape includes women, smoking weed, and endless partying.


Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper

Acip Rap is the second mixtape released by Chance the Rapper in 2013. It entered the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Album chart at number 63. It also received diamond certification for garnering over one million digital downloads. It was nominated for BET Hip Hop Awards 2013. Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and SPIN Magazine also listed it as one of the best albums of 2013.


The S. Carter Collection, JAY-Z

JAY-Z, or Shawn Carter in real-life created a collection of his works through a mixtape. It was released in 2003. The mixtape features classic vibes, skipping JAY-Z signature soul-rap music. Instead, it openly criticized others’ music and call out artists. But above all these, JAY-Z proved his title as one of rap’s greatest rhymers.

Which of these mixtapes are included in your playlist?…

6 Basic Steps in Writing a Rap Music

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Writing a song is quite easy. But rap music is definitely a challenge. Even some professional rappers find it hard to create another rap song (unless they are placed in a rap battle where they have to be spontaneous.) The volume of the lyrics in a rap music is way higher compared to any type of music. As a matter of fact, the song with the most number of words is a rap song. It is entitled “Animal” by Harry Shotta, an MC from the United Kingdom. It has 1, 771 words. It replaced Eminem’s “Rap God” with 1, 560 words.




Well, if you want to make a rap song now, consider these seven basic steps in writing a rap music:


Select a theme

The very first thing to do is to brainstorm a theme. Find an inspiration for your music. You can use your personal life experiences as the primary theme of your music. You can also use rap to convey a message about a certain social issue. Or you can just be general about your song, rapping about men and women, living wild and free.


Create a hook

Most rap songs have a hook. Sometimes, it is called the “chorus”. It is the part of your rap music that can be easily remembered by listeners. Some rappers start their rap with the hook to make it more attractive to the audience. It also provides a good pre-vibes of the rap as it packages the main message.


Play with words

After finalizing a melodic hook, start writing your lyrics. In this stage, you have to play with words. A rhyme is one of the most common elements in rap lyrics. You do not need to pressure yourself with the rhymes. First, you just have to be spontaneous. Go back to your lyrics and check for some words which you can alter. Besides, rhymes do not need to be all natural. “Near rhymes” will do.


Master the beat

In a rap music, the beat is the most important. It should go in-sync with your lyrics and theme. On the other hand, you should be careful in choosing a beat. There are websites where you can purchase beats. You can also create your own beats using computer software or even smartphone apps. Moreover, you can partner with DJs.


Organize the song flow

Now that you have the hook, the lyrics, and the beat, it is now time for you to organize your song flow. You just have to arrange the placement of the verses, chorus, refrain, bridge, and outro, among others. As mentioned earlier, some raps start with the chorus. You can be unique with your song flow.



After doing the finishing touches for your rap music, practice the song. Play the beat and sing the rap lyrics. Since rap songs are full of words, it may be complicated for you to memorize the lyrics. Just take your time until you master everything.

Don’t forget to share your rap masterpiece!…

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The 8 Greatest Rappers of All Time

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Rap music is one of the most successful genres in the music industry. Thanks to various artists and rappers who elevated the hip hop standards to make it relevant over the years. In this article, we will list the greatest rappers since the beginning of hip hop music:


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Dubbed as the “Rap God” (also one of his singles), Eminem is considered as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Throughout his career, he achieved five number 1 singles on Billboard Hot 100 and ten number 1 albums on Billboard 200. With over 200 million album sales, he is the best-selling artist of the 21st century in the United States. Rolling Stone also called Eminem the King of Hip Hop, ranking 83rd on the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.


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JAY-Z or Shawn Carter in real life is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. According to data, he has sold over 100million records. He is also multi-awarded, receiving 21 Grammy Awards, among others. MTV also named him “The Greatest MC of All Time” in 2006. He also holds the record of the most number 1 albums on US Billboard 200, with 14. Further, JAY-Z ranked 10th in their list of the most successful artists.


Notorious B.I.G.

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Known for so many names, Notorious B.I.G. was one of the earliest figures of hip hop music. He was regarded as one of the pioneers of East Coast hip hop. Billboard magazine names him one of the greatest rappers of all time. After the shooting incident that claimed his life, three new Notorious B.I.G. albums were released.



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Tupac, also spelled as 2Pac was an American rapper who sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He is considered one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He also ranked number one in various lists of the greatest and most influential rappers. He also ranked 86th in Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists of All Time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.



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Nas is an American hip hop recording artists who have sold over 25 million records worldwide. Eight of his albums received platinum and multi-platinum certifications. MTV included him in the list of The Greatest MCs of All Time. In 2012, The Source named him the second-best lyricist of all time. In 2014, he was recognized by Billboard as one of the best rappers of all time.


Kendrick Lamar

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Every year, there is a new King of Rap. For 2017, Kendrick Lamar got the throne. Lamar has only released 4 studio albums yet. Among these, his fourth studio album Damn was considered to be a breakthrough in hip hop music. It has reached number 1 on Billboard 200 and received double platinum certification. The release of Lamar’s album was regarded as one of the factors that brought hip hop on top of the music scene, leaving pop to the second. Of course, Lamar has more to prove in his musical career.


Who do you think should be included in the list?…

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