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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.