With sales projections coming out for the Kanye West and J. Cole new album, we have decided to take a look at the top 16 selling Hip Hop albums in America. There are notable names left off of the list.
The album sales in no way convey the message of quality music, but some of the music that made the list is classic material. 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Trying” is one of the best constructed albums, but is it enough to make the top 16?.
A few of the emcees on the list have passed on tragically, but it’s our luck that they helped create timeless music.
One rapper that made the list has his CD used for target practice in an episode of “Jericho.” It’s truly a hilarious moment for Hip Hop fans.
Most of these rappers have done great things within the music genre and some even branched out to be successful at other artistic ventures.
In the top 16, there are only 17 years difference from oldest album to the newest release. One thing is for sure, Kanye and Cole have a lot to live up to in 2013. Here is the list of the top selling Hip Hop albums in America.
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16. Will Smith- ‘Big Willie Style’
In 1997 Will Smith hit it with Big Willie Style. The Fresh Prince has sold 6 million copies in the US and has become one of the most popular actors of our time. We’re hoping that Will Smith will drop more music in the near future.
15. Fugees- ‘The Score’
The Fugees released “The Score” in 1996 and they have sold 6.1 million copies in the US. There is a great chance that this album will be getting some air time at the local barbecue and family gatherings. Lauryn Hill and Wyclef have gone on to have successful solo careers. Yeah we know Ms. Hill only dropped one solo piece. Still, the Fugees belong in every household.
14. Nelly – ‘Nellyville’
In 2002, Nelly dropped his second album “Nellyville” and it sold 6.5 million copies. The St Lunatic emcee could ride a melody until the wheels fell off. Nelly definitely put of for his city of St. Louis in a major way. You might even find him performing at the Country Music Awards.
13. Vanilla Ice ‘To The Extreme’
Vanilla Ice released “To The Extreme” in 1990. His total sales for the Album are at 7 million records. The “Ice Ice Baby” lived very large off the strength of his single. Can anyone honestly say they know another song from the ice man? I guess a one hit wonder isn’t all that bad after all.
12. Lauryn Hill- ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’
We told you that Lauryn Hill had a very successful solo career. In 1998 the super lyrical songstress released “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to the tune of 7.1 million copies sold. Once she gets her tax affairs in order, we would love to hear more music please.
11. Dr. Dre ‘2001’
Dr. Dre is so cool, he released “2001” in 1999. With 7.6 million sold, Dre decided people don’t need to Detox just yet. It might be time to realize that “Detox” is never going to come out. However, if it does, it would be great to warm up with a little “2001”
10. 50 Cent ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’
50 Cent dropped “GRODT” in 2003 and it blew the roof off of the Hip Hop game. 8.1 Million sales later and you can catch 50 at any event or talk show pushing his new products. “Get Rich or Die Trying” is a classic piece of material. Can we get another one?
9. Nelly ‘Country Grammar’
Nelly’s debut album, “Country Grammar” was released in 2000. With 8.5 million records sold, “Country Grammar set up a solid foundation for the rest of the crew.
8. Beastie Boys ‘License To Ill”
The Beastie Boys dropped “License to Ill” in 1986 and they sold a whopping 9 million records so far. The untimely passing of Adam Yauch (MCA) was a sad day for Beastie Boy fans everywhere.
7. 2pac ‘All Eyez on Me’
2pac dropped “All Eyez on Me” in 1996 and it has sold 9 million copies. Pac was the hardest working emcee in the game and had a promising future as rising star as a character actor. His murder is still unsolved.
6. 2pac “Greatest Hits”
2pac is right back at it with a Greatest Hits album that was released in 1998. This time around, 2pac hit 10 million album sales. The amount of music that was released after his death always has fans hoping that he is alive somewhere. At least the music will keep his spirit alive.
5. MC Hammer- ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em’
MC Hammer danced his way into American hearts with “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em’ in 1990. Hammer’s album sold 10 million records. Overall, Hammer has sold 50 million records worldwide proving that very few can touch this. We even caught him dancing with Psy. Now that’s some kind of duo.
4. Eminem ‘The Eminem Show’
Eminem released “The Eminem show” in 2002 and sold 10.1 million in America. Eminem hit the Hip Hop scene with a shock and awe style and said what was on his mind. Many are waiting for the “Real Slim Shady” to show back up in 2013.
3. Notorious BIG ‘Life After Death’
Notorious BIG was just reaching his pinnacle as an emcee and entertainer when he was tragically murdered. He left us with “Life After Death” in 1997. The album sold 10.2 million copies in America. Would love to have seen where his third and fourth albums would have taken us.
2. Eminem ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’
Eminem was on fire at the turn of the century and he set it off with “The Marshall Mathers LP” The album became certified Diamond by RIAA in May of 2012. This album had so many hits and helped coin the term for overzealous fans. (Stan)
1. Outkast- ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’
Sometimes it fits very well to be an Outkast. The duo released the double album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” in 2003 and sold 11.4 million records. If I even mention “Hey ya” the chorus is probably ingrained into your head. You don’t need a Polaroid to get the picture.