List of best-selling hip hop albums in the United States

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The list of best-selling hip hop albums in the United States compiles the best-selling albums in the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–onward). Sales prior to 1991 are not taken into account. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), seven hip hop albums exceeded 10 million in sales.

Artist Album Year Label Sales (millions)[1] Certification[2]
Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 2003 Arista/LaFace 11.4 11× Platinum
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2000 Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 10.8 10× Platinum
Eminem The Eminem Show 2002 Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 10.3 10× Platinum
The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death 1997 Bad Boy 10.2 10× Platinum
MC Hammer Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em 1990 Capitol 10 10× Platinum
2Pac Greatest Hits 1998 Death Row/Interscope 10 10× Platinum
2Pac All Eyez On Me 1996 Death Row/Interscope 9 10× Platinum
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill 1986 Def Jam 8.5 9× Platinum
Nelly Country Grammar 2000 Universal 8.5 9× Platinum
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2003 G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 8.3 6× Platinum
Dr. Dre 2001 1999 Aftermath/Interscope 7.6 6× Platinum
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 1998 Ruffhouse/Columbia 7.1 8× Platinum
Vanilla Ice To the Extreme 1990 Capitol 7 7× Platinum
Nelly Nellyville 2002 Universal 6.5 6× Platinum
Fugees The Score 1996 Columbia 6.1 6× Platinum
Will Smith Big Willie Style 1997 Columbia 6 9× Platinum
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle 1993 Death Row/Priority 5.5 4× Platinum
Jay-Z Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life 1998 Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam 5.4 5× Platinum
Eminem The Slim Shady LP 1999 Aftermath/Interscope 5.4 4× Platinum
Eminem Encore 2004 Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 5.3 4× Platinum
50 Cent The Massacre 2005 G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 5.3 5× Platinum
Puff Daddy and the Family No Way Out 1997 Bad Boy 5.2 7× Platinum
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal 1995 Ruthless 5.1 5× Platinum
Makaveli The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory 1996 Death Row/Interscope 5 4× Platinum
DMX ...And Then There Was X 1999 Ruff Ryders/Def Jam 5 5× Platinum
Salt-n-Pepa Very Necessary 1993 Next Plateau 5 5× Platinum
Various Artists 8 Mile soundtrack 2002 Shady/Interscope 4.9 4× Platinum
Juvenile 400 Degreez 1998 Cash Money/Universal 4.9 4× Platinum
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot 1998 Ruff Ryders/Def Jam 4.7 4× Platinum
Dr. Dre The Chronic 1992 Death Row 4.6 3× Platinum
Eminem Recovery 2010 Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 4.5 3× Platinum
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die 1994 Bad Boy 4 4× Platinum
Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever 1997 Loud 4 4× Platinum
Outkast Stankonia 2000 LaFace/Arista 4 4× Platinum
2Pac R U Still Down? (Remember Me) 1997 Jive 4 4× Platinum
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony The Art of War 1997 Ruthless 4 4× Platinum
Nas It Was Written 1996 Columbia 4 2× Platinum
Master P MP Da Last Don 1998 No Limit/Priority 4 4× Platinum
Mase Harlem World 1997 Bad Boy 4 4× Platinum
Beastie Boys Hello Nasty 1998 Capitol 3.9 3× Platinum
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III 2008 Cash Money 3.8 3× Platinum
Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits 2005 Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 3.6 3× Platinum
Ludacris Word of Mouf 2001 DTP/Def Jam South/Def Jam 3.6 3× Platinum
Jay-Z The Black Album 2003 Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam 3.4 3× Platinum
Kanye West The College Dropout 2004 Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam 3.2 3× Platinum
Master P Ghetto D 1997 No Limit/Priority 3.1 3× Platinum
Jay-Z Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter 1999 Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam 3.1 3× Platinum
Kanye West Late Registration 2005 Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam 3 3× Platinum
DMX Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood 1998 Ruff Ryders/Def Jam 3 3× Platinum
Beastie Boys Ill Communication 1994 Capitol 3 3× Platinum
Run–D.M.C. Raising Hell 1986 Arista 3 3× Platinum

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ross, Erik (May 18, 2013). "The 50 Best Selling Rap Albums of All Time". Complex. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "American album certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 28, 2012.