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.

ArtistAlbumYearLabelSales (millions)[1]Certification[2]
OutkastSpeakerboxxx/The Love Below2003Arista/LaFace11.411× Platinum
EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP2000Shady/Aftermath/Interscope10.810× Platinum
EminemThe Eminem Show2002Shady/Aftermath/Interscope10.310× Platinum
The Notorious B.I.G.Life After Death1997Bad Boy10.210× Platinum
MC HammerPlease Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em1990Capitol1010× Platinum
2PacGreatest Hits1998Death Row/Interscope1010× Platinum
2PacAll Eyez On Me1996Death Row/Interscope1010× Platinum
Beastie BoysLicensed to Ill1986Def Jam8.59× Platinum
NellyCountry Grammar2000Universal8.59× Platinum
50 CentGet Rich or Die Tryin'2003G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope8.36× Platinum
Dr. Dre20011999Aftermath/Interscope7.66× Platinum
Lauryn HillThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill1998Ruffhouse/Columbia7.18× Platinum
Vanilla IceTo the Extreme1990Capitol77× Platinum
NellyNellyville2002Universal6.56× Platinum
FugeesThe Score1996Columbia6.16× Platinum
Will SmithBig Willie Style1997Columbia69× Platinum
Snoop DoggDoggystyle1993Death Row/Priority5.54× Platinum
Jay-ZVol. 2... Hard Knock Life1998Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam5.45× Platinum
EminemThe Slim Shady LP1999Aftermath/Interscope5.44× Platinum
EminemEncore2004Shady/Aftermath/Interscope5.34× Platinum
50 CentThe Massacre2005G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope5.35× Platinum
Puff Daddy and the FamilyNo Way Out1997Bad Boy5.27× Platinum
Bone Thugs-n-HarmonyE. 1999 Eternal1995Ruthless5.15× Platinum
MakaveliThe Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory1996Death Row/Interscope54× Platinum
DMX...And Then There Was X1999Ruff Ryders/Def Jam55× Platinum
Salt-n-PepaVery Necessary1993Next Plateau55× Platinum
Various Artists8 Mile soundtrack2002Shady/Interscope4.94× Platinum
Juvenile400 Degreez1998Cash Money/Universal4.94× Platinum
DMXIt's Dark and Hell Is Hot1998Ruff Ryders/Def Jam4.74× Platinum
Dr. DreThe Chronic1992Death Row4.63× Platinum
EminemRecovery2010Shady/Aftermath/Interscope4.53× Platinum
The Notorious B.I.G.Ready to Die1994Bad Boy44× Platinum
Wu-Tang ClanWu-Tang Forever1997Loud44× Platinum
OutkastStankonia2000LaFace/Arista44× Platinum
2PacR U Still Down? (Remember Me)1997Jive44× Platinum
Bone Thugs-n-HarmonyThe Art of War1997Ruthless44× Platinum
NasIt Was Written1996Columbia42× Platinum
Master PMP Da Last Don1998No Limit/Priority44× Platinum
MaseHarlem World1997Bad Boy44× Platinum
Beastie BoysHello Nasty1998Capitol3.93× Platinum
Lil WayneTha Carter III2008Cash Money3.83× Platinum
EminemCurtain Call: The Hits2005Shady/Aftermath/Interscope3.63× Platinum
LudacrisWord of Mouf2001DTP/Def Jam South/Def Jam3.63× Platinum
Jay-ZThe Black Album2003Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam3.43× Platinum
Kanye WestThe College Dropout2004Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam3.23× Platinum
Master PGhetto D1997No Limit/Priority3.13× Platinum
Jay-ZVol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter1999Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam3.13× Platinum
Kanye WestLate Registration2005Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam33× Platinum
DMXFlesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood1998Ruff Ryders/Def Jam33× Platinum
Beastie BoysIll Communication1994Capitol33× Platinum
Run–D.M.C.Raising Hell1986Arista33× Platinum

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  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.