Billboard Releases List of Rap Chart Record Holders in Different Categories

Remy Gelenidze


Highest-Selling Rap Album:

Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP: 11.04 million, according to Nielsen Music.


Longest-Running No. 1 Rap Album on the Billboard 200:

Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, MC Hammer: 21 weeks in 1990


Longest-Running No. 1 Rap Song on the Hot 100:

“Lose Yourself,” Eminem (2002-2003): 12 weeks

“Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas (2009): 12 weeks

“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (2015): 12 weeks


Rapper With Most Hot 100 No. 1s:

Eminem (“Lose Yourself”; “Crack a Bottle”; “Not Afraid”; “Love the Way You Lie”; and “The Monster”): 5

Ludacris (“Stand Up”; “Yeah!”; “Money Maker”; “Glamorous”; and “Break Your Heart”): 5

Puff Daddy (“Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”; “I’ll Be Missing You”; “Mo Money, Mo Problems”; “Bump, Bump, Bump”; and “Shake Ya Tailfeather”): 5

**While each has five No. 1s, Eminem is the lead act on all five of his; Puff Daddy is a lead act on four; Ludacris is a lead act on two.


Rapper with Most Hot 100 appearances:

Lil Wayne (133) as of the Hot 100 dated Feb. 11, 2017.

**Drake, with 132 as of press time, is right behind him in second place.


Rapper with Most Billboard 200 No. 1s:

Jay Z: 13 No. 1 albums

**Also a record among all solo artists, regardless of genre.


Rapper with Most Billboard 200 appearances:

E-40: 30 charted albums on the Billboard 200.


Top Rap Album of the Year Since 1987 (When Licensed to Ill became the first hip-hop album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200):

1987 – Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys

1988 – He’s the D.J., I’m the Rapper, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

1989 – Loc-Ed After Dark, Tone-Loc

1990 – Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, MC Hammer

1991 – To the Extreme, Vanilla Ice

1992 – Too Legit to Quit, MC Hammer

1993 – The Chronic, Dr. Dre

1994 – Doggystyle, Snoop Doggy Dogg

1995 – Me Against the World, 2Pac

1996 – The Score, Fugees

1997 – Life After Death, The Notorious B.I.G.

1998 – Big Willie Style, Will Smith

1999 – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill

2000 – The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem

2001 – Hot Shot, Shaggy

2002 – The Eminem Show, Eminem**

2003 – Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent**

2004 – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below, OutKast

2005 – The Massacre, 50 Cent**

2006 – King, T.I.

2007 – Kingdom Come, Jay Z

2008 – Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne

2009 – The Blueprint 3, Jay Z

2010 – Recovery, Eminem

2011 – Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne

2012 – Take Care, Drake

2013 – Nothing Was the Same, Drake

2014 – The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem

2015 – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, Drake

2016 – Views, Drake


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