The 10 Best-Selling Rap Albums Ever

Counting down the top selling rap albums of all time

In 2000, The Marshall Mathers LP sold 1.7 million units in one week. It became the fastest-selling studio album by any solo artists in the United States.

Fifteen years later, Adele's 25 set a new record for first-week sales. 25 moved 2.3 million units in just 2 days, en route to a record-setting 3.38 million units in one week.

No hip-hop artist has ever managed such a feat. But rappers have sold eye-popping amounts of albums since SoundScan started accurately tracking sales in 1991.

Peep the 10 best-selling rap albums in the United States.

8.3 million

50 Cent's debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin', entered the charts with a bang in 2003. It sold 872,000 in its first week, thanks to the unforgettable lead single "In da Club." GRODT sold 8.3 million copies in the United States, 12 million globally, becoming one of the best-selling rap albums of all time.

8.6 million

Nelly and his P-90X abs rumbled out of the gate with a big week. His 2000 debut, Country Grammar, entered the charts to the tune of 235,000 copies in Week One. The album has been certified 9 times platinum. It produced mega hits, including the title track, "Ride wit Me," "E.I." and "Batter Up." 

9 million

Licensed to Ill is the only 1980s album this list. Def Jam issued the Beastie Boys debut on November 15, 1986. It became the first rap album to top the Billboard 200 chart. It contains some of the group's most memorable hits: "Fight for Your Right" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn." The trio disbanded, following the death of Adam "MCA" Yauch in 2012.

9 million

Aside from Eminem, no other rapper has sold more records than Tupac Shakur. The first of two 2Pac entries in this list is the double album All Eyez on Me. It features some of 2Pac's best songs, among them: "California Love" and "I Ain't Mad at Cha."

10 million 

Tupac Shakur's Greatest Hits has outsold all his original albums to date. It's an honor Pac shares with The Eagles. The 1998 compilation is also the top-selling greatest hits collection in hip-hop history.

10 million 

Don't front like you weren't breaking down the Hammer dance in your parachute pants. Thanks to the popularity of "U Can't Touch This," Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em perched majestically atop the Billboard 200 for 21 weeks. It sold an astonishing 10 million copies.

10.2 million

One of the songs on Life After Death is "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)." That's certainly true of Biggie's second album. It's considered one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. Released just two weeks after his death, it has sold over 10 million units.

10.3 million

Eminem is the only rapper with at least two Diamond albums (10+ million units sold) since the RIAA instituted the Diamond award in 1999. The Eminem Show is one of two Eminem albums to notch the coveted Diamond certification.

The second Diamond-certified Slim Shady album is...

10.6 million

Eminem. So good they named him twice. Em's second album, The Marshall Mathers LP, has sold nearly 11 million units in the States, making it the top-selling album by a solo rapper. Eminem is also the best-selling solo rapper of all time.

11.4 million

OutKast's Speakerboxx/The Love Below is a double album. The RIAA double-counts double albums. Meaning: one copy = two units. According to RIAA math, 5.5 million = 11 million units. But hey, I'm not mad at Ice Cold and Sir Lucious. It's a fantastic album, after all. And you're truly getting one for the price of two.