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20 of the Biggest First-Week Sales in Hip-Hop History

In hip-hop, bragging rights hold a lot of weight. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that rappers like to boast about their albums having huge first-week sales. “Get ya brakes tweaked, I sold what your whole album sold in my first week,” Jay-Z once rapped on his lethal diss record “Takeover.”

First-week sales weren’t always a big deal, but by the time hip-hop started to dominate the charts there became an increased interest in the amount of records a particular album sold within its opening week. 

Eminem is the reigning king of opening week sales. With the release of his sophomore album The Marshall Mathers LP, the “Rap God” smashed records for the biggest first-week sales in hip-hop. The album sold a whopping 1.7 million copies in seven days. One of the highest selling artists of all time, Em is responsible for six of the top 20 biggest first-weeks in history. His 2002 album, The Eminem Show is second on the list. Even his movie soundtracks sold a shitload of copies. 

Eminem’s protege, 50 Cent was also a big seller in his musical prime. His debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ to this day, has the biggest opening week for a debut rap album. He avoided the sophomore slump when his second album shattered records by moving over 1.1 million in only four days. First-week sales were such a big deal for 50 that he even battled Kanye West for supremacy in 2007. And although he lost to Ye, he still managed to sell just under 700k within a week’s time. 

The other Best Rapper Alive, Lil Wayne was also one of the top-selling artists during his peak. He did a milli in a week with 2008’s Carter III and almost did it again with the fourth installment in his Carter series.  

Drake, who was crowned the artist of the decade, is a G.O.A.T. due to his impact, hit songs and of course, records sold. Even though his most recent album Honestly, Nevermind barely did over 200k in its opening week, his previous album Certified Lover Boy, moved 600k in the same amount of time, and that was with only a week of promotion and without the release of any lead singles. His 2018 album, Scorpion did even better. And the album before that, Views crossed the million mark.  

DMX, Hov and The Notorious B.I.G. have also sold a bunch of records in a week’s span. But which of their albums have had some of the biggest first-week sales of all time? Here are 20 albums with the biggest first-week sales in hip-hop history.

1. The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 1,760,000

Lead Singles: “The Real Slim Shady”

2. The Eminem Show (2004)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 1,322,000

Lead Singles: “Without Me”

3. The Massacre (2005)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 1,140,000

Lead Singles: “Disco Inferno” & “Candy Shop”

4. Views (2016)
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Artist: Drake

Sold: 1,075,000

Lead Singles: “Hotline Bling,” “One Dance” & “Pop Style”

5. Tha Carter IlI (2008)
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Artist: Lil Wayne

Sold: 1,006,000

Lead Singles: “Lollipop” & “A Milli”

6. Tha Carter IV (2011)
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Artist: Lil Wayne

Sold: 964,000

Lead Singles: “6 Foot 7 Foot,”  “John,”  “How to Love” & “She Will”

7. Graduation (2007)
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Artist: Kanye West

Sold: 957,000

Lead Singles: “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” & “Stronger”

8. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 872,000

Lead Singles: “In da Club”

9. Late Registration (2005)
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Artist: Kanye West

Sold: 860,000

Lead Singles: “Diamonds from Sierra Leone”& “Gold Digger”

10. Doggystyle (1993)
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Artist: Snoop Dogg

Sold: 803,000

Lead Singles: “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)”

11. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 792,000

Lead Singles: “Berzerk,” “Survival,” “Rap God” & “The Monster”

12. Scorpion (2018)
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Artist: Drake

Sold: 749,000

Lead Singles: “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What” & “I’m Upset”

13. Recovery (2010)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 741,000

Lead Singles: “Not Afraid”

14. Nellyville (2002)
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Artist: Nelly

Sold: 714,000

Lead Singles: “Hot in Herre”

15. Encore (2004)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 710,000

Lead Singles: “Just Lose It” & “Mosh”

16. 8 Mile Soundtrack (2002)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 702,000

Lead Singles: “Lose Yourself”

17. ..And Then There Was X (1999)
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Artist: DMX

Sold: 698,000

Lead Singles: “What’s My Name”

18. Curtis (2007)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 697,000

Lead Singles: “Amusement Park,” “Straight To The Bank,” “I Get Money” & “Ayo Technology”

19. Life After Death (1997)
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Artist: The Notorious B.I.G.

Sold: 690,000

Lead Singles: “Hypnotize”

20. Kingdom Come (2006)
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Artist: Jay-Z 

Sold: 680,000

Lead Singles: “Show Me What You Got”

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DJ Khaled is One of 11 Hip-Hop Artists With Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood’s Walk of Fame features a who’s who of the entertainment industry, highlighting some of the biggest names in film, television, music, and even radio. Iconic actors, actresses, and pop stars normally come to mind when people think of celebrities with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a number of hip-hop artists who have also received this honor. Over the course of the nearly 50 years since the birth of hip-hop, several influential hip-hop artists have received their own star on the coveted Walk of Fame. 

DJ Khaled is the latest hip-hop act to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. The Grammy Award-winning producer, record executive, author, motivational speaker, and DJ has been a game-changer and hit-maker in the music industry for more than 20 years. His albums and anthems have topped the charts, while his cloth talks have gone viral. Earlier this week, the We The Best mogul proudly celebrated the momentous event accompanied by family and friends, including his wife, Diddy, Jay-Z, and Fat Joe.

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Several other hip-hop artists have been recognized for their achievements in music and entertainment with this prestigious accolade. Here are 10 other hip-hop acts that have received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Queen Latifah

Year: 2006

Queen Latifah set it off as the first hip-hop artist to represent the culture on the Walk of Fame.​ After first gaining notoriety in the late ‘80s as a female rap star breaking barriers in a male-dominated industry, she earned her respect in Hollywood. Whether starring in the hit show Living Single (1993 – 1998) or in major films such as Chicago (2002), the queen has reigned supreme. 

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Diddy

Year: 2008 

It’s no surprise that Sean “Diddy” Combs was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout his illustrious career, the Bad Boy mogul has been a powerhouse in music, television, and fashion.

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Pharrell Williams

Year: 2014

If you’re a fan of Pharrell Williams, then you know he’s more than deserving of a star of his own. The singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer who has achieved success in music, fashion, film, and several other fields received Hollywood’s stamp of approval after more than two decades of him helping curate the rhythm of pop culture. 

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LL Cool J

Year: 2016

One of rap’s first superstars, LL not only crossed over from hard-edge rapper to loverboy, but he also successfully transitioned into a respected actor. His credits over the course of his illustrious acting career have included In the House (1995 – 1999), Any Given Sunday (1999), S.W.A.T., and NCIS: Los Angeles (2009 -2022). 

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Pitbull

Year: 2016

Pitbull is an international superstar. Mr. Worldwide cemented his legacy with his hard work and hit-making abilities. He went from building his buzz on the underground hip-hop circuit in the early 2000s to landing No. 1 singles in more than 15 countries and selling over 100 million singles worldwide.

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Ice Cube

Year: 2017

Director, producer, writer, actor, and artist, Ice Cube is a founding member of one of hip-hop’s most controversial groups, N.W.A. The AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted rapper also became a Hollywood heavyweight off of the strength of contributions to classic flicks such as Boyz In The Hood (1991), Friday (1995), The Players Club (1998), and Barbershop (2002).

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Snoop Dogg

Year: 2018

One of the most influential figures in hip-hop, Snoop D-O-Double-G further cemented his place in Hollywood history by receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The OG rap and entertainment legend’s ceremony aligned with the 25th Anniversary of his classic debut, Doggystyle.

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Cypress Hill

Year: 2019

Cypress Hill made history as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. It wasn’t the first time the trio consisting of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa etched their name in the history books. Back in the early ‘90s, the influential rap crew became the first Latin-American rap group to bring home platinum and multi-platinum plaques.

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50 Cent 

Year: 2020

50 Cent had the game on lock in the early 2000s with the release of record-breaking albums such as Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre. Since switching things up and redirecting much of his attention to the small screen he’s continued to be a dominant force in entertainment with his G-Unit Film & Television and hit shows like Power (and its spinoffs).

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Missy Elliott 

Year: 2021

Rapper, songwriter, producer, and style icon, Missy Elliott joined the ranks of Hollywood’s finest when she was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame. The honor was one of the more recent additions to her extensive list of achievements, which has included winning Grammy, American Music, and MTV Awards, as well as being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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