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

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This is a list of best-selling hip hop albums in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America. There are only 7 hip hop albums to exceed 10 million in sales.

ArtistAlbumYearLabelSubgenreSales (millions)Certification[1]

OutKastSpeakerboxxx/The Love Below2003LaFace/Arista RecordsSouthern Hip Hop11 (Double Album)11× Platinum
EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP2000Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsMidwest Hip Hop10.8Diamond
MC HammerPlease Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em1990Capitol RecordsPop Rap10.8Diamond
EminemThe Eminem Show2002Shady/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsMidwest Hip Hop10.2Diamond
The Notorious B.I.G.Life After Death1997Bad Boy RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop10.2 (Double Album)Diamond
2PacGreatest Hits1998Death Row/Interscope RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop10 (Double Album)Diamond[2]
2PacAll Eyez On Me1996Death Row/Interscope RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop11.2 (Double Album)Diamond
Beastie BoysLicensed to Ill1986Def Jam RecordingsGolden Age Hip Hop99× Platinum
Will SmithBig Willie Style1997Columbia RecordsPop-Rap99× Platinum
NellyCountry Grammar2000Universal RecordsMidwest Hip Hop8.59× Platinum
50 CentGet Rich or Die Tryin'2003G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop8.3 [3]6× Platinum[4]
Lauryn HillThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill1998Ruffhouse/Columbia RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop88× Platinum
Dr. Dre20011999Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop7.66× Platinum
Puff Daddy and the FamilyNo Way Out1997Bad Boy RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop77× Platinum
Vanilla IceTo the Extreme1990Capitol RecordsPop Rap77× Platinum
NellyNellyville2002Universal RecordsMidwest Hip Hop6.56× Platinum
FugeesThe Score1996Columbia RecordsAlternative Hip Hop6.16× Platinum
MakaveliThe Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory1996Death Row/Interscope RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop64× Platinum
Snoop DoggDoggystyle1993Death Row/Priority RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop5.54× Platinum
EminemThe Slim Shady LP1999Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsMidwest Hip Hop5.44× Platinum
Jay-ZVol. 2... Hard Knock Life1998Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop5.45× Platinum
EminemEncore2004Shady/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsMidwest Hip Hop5.34× Platinum
50 CentThe Massacre2005G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop5.35× Platinum
Bone Thugs-n-HarmonyE. 1999 Eternal1995Ruthless RecordsMidwest Hip Hop5.14× Platinum
DMX...And Then There Was X1999Ruff Ryders Entertainment/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop55× Platinum
Juvenile400 Degreez1998Cash Money/Universal RecordsSouthern Hip Hop54× Platinum
Salt-n-PepaVery Necessary1993Next Plateau EntertainmentHip Hop55× Platinum
Eminem and Various Artists8 Mile (soundtrack)2002Shady/Interscope RecordsHardcore Hip Hop4.94× Platinum
DMXIt's Dark and Hell Is Hot1998Ruff Ryders Entertainment/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop4.74× Platinum
Dr. DreThe Chronic1992Death Row RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop4.63× Platinum
EminemRecovery2010Shady/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsMidwest Hip Hop4.5


3× Platinum
Arrested Development3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...1992Chrysalis Records/EMI RecordsAlternative Hip Hop44× Platinum
Bone Thugs-n-HarmonyThe Art of War1997Ruthless RecordsMidwest Hip Hop4 (Double Album)4× Platinum
Master PMP Da Last Don1998No Limit/Priority RecordsSouthern Hip Hop4 (Double Album)4× Platinum
OutKastStankonia2000LaFace/Arista RecordsSouthern Hip Hop44× Platinum[6]
Wu-Tang ClanWu-Tang Forever1997Loud RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop4 (Double Album)4× Platinum
2PacR U Still Down? (Remember Me)1997Jive RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop44× Platinum
2PacUntil The End Of Time2001Amaru Entertainment/Death Row/Interscope RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop44× Platinum
Beastie BoysHello Nasty1998Capitol RecordsAlternative Hip Hop3.93× Platinum
Lil WayneTha Carter III2008Cash Money RecordsSouthern Hip Hop3.83× Platinum
EminemCurtain Call: The Hits2005Shady/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsMidwest Hip Hop3.62× Platinum
Ja RulePain Is Love2001Murder Inc/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop3.63× Platinum
LudacrisWord of Mouf2001DTP/Def Jam South/Def Jam RecordingsSouthern Hip Hop3.63× Platinum
MC HammerToo Legit to Quit1991Capitol/EMI RecordsPop Rap3.53× Platinum
2PacMe Against The World1995Interscope/AmaruWest Coast Hip Hop3.52× Platinum
Cypress HillBlack Sunday1993Columbia RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop3.43× Platinum
Jay-ZThe Black Album2003Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop3.43× Platinum
Ja RuleRule 3:362000Murder Inc/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop3.33× Platinum
MaseHarlem World1997Bad Boy RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop3.34× Platinum
The Notorious B.I.G.Ready to Die1994Bad Boy RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop3.34× Platinum
Kanye WestThe College Dropout2004Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsAlternative Hip Hop3.22× Platinum
Master PGhetto D1997No Limit/Priority RecordsSouthern Hip Hop3.13× Platinum
Jay-ZVol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter1999Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop3.13× Platinum
Beastie BoysIll Communication1994Capitol RecordsAlternative Hip Hop33× Platinum
Lil Bow WowBeware of Dog2000So So Def RecordingsMidwest Hip Hop32× Platinum
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceHe's the DJ, I'm the Rapper1988Jive/RCA RecordsGolden Age Hip Hop33× Platinum
DMXFlesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood1998Ruff Ryders Entertainment/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop33× Platinum
Eazy EIt's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa1993Ruthless RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop32× Platinum
Kanye WestLate Registration2005Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsAlternative Hip Hop33× Platinum
LL Cool JBigger and Deffer1987Def Jam RecordingsGolden Age Hip Hop32× Platinum
LudacrisBack for the First Time2000DTP/Def Jam South/Def Jam RecordingsSouthern Hip Hop33× Platinum
NellySuit2004Universal RecordsSouthern Hip Hop33× Platinum
Run–D.M.C.Raising Hell1986Arista RecordsGolden Age Hip Hop33× Platinum
Warren GRegulate...G Funk Era1994Def Jam RecordingsWest Coast Hip Hop2.83× Platinum
ChingyJackpot2003DTP/Capitol RecordsMidwest Hip Hop2.72× Platinum
CoolioGangsta's Paradise1995Tommy Boy Entertainment/Warner Bros.West Coast Hip Hop2.72× Platinum
Jay-ZThe Blueprint2001Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop2.72× Platinum
Kanye WestGraduation (album)2007Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsAlternative Hip Hop2.72× Platinum
MC HammerLet's Get It Started1988Capitol/EMI RecordsPop Rap2.72× Platinum
Eazy EEazy-Duz-It1988Ruthless/Priority RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop2.52× Platinum
GameThe Documentary2005G-Unit/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop2.52× Platinum
Jay-ZThe Dynasty: Roc La Familia2000Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop2.52× Platinum
Jay-ZKingdom Come2006Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop2.52× Platinum
NasIt Was Written1996Columbia RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop2.42× Platinum
EminemRelapse2009Shady/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope RecordsMidwest Hip Hop2.32× Platinum
DrakeTake Care2011Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money/Universal Republic RecordsPop-Rap2.2Platinum
Ice CubeThe Predator1992Priority RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop2.22× Platinum
Lil WayneTha Carter IV2011Cash Money/Universal Republic RecordsSouthern Hip Hop2.22× Platinum
Jay-ZThe Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse2002Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop2.13× Platinum
Jay-ZMagna Carta Holy Grail2013Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Universal Music GroupEast Coast Hip Hop2.12× Platinum[7]
NasI Am...1999Columbia RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop2.12× Platinum
N.W.A.Straight Outta Compton1988Ruthless RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop2.12× Platinum
Beastie BoysCheck Your Head1992Capitol RecordsAlternative Hip Hop22× Platinum
Beastie BoysPaul's Boutique1989Capitol RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
Bone Thugs-N-HarmonyCreepin on ah Come Up1994Ruthless/Relativity/Epic RecordsMidwest Hip Hop22× Platinum
Cypress HillCypress Hill1991Ruffhouse/Columbia/Sony Music EntertainmentWest Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
The Dogg PoundDogg Food1995Death Row RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
D12D12 World2004Shady/Interscope RecordsHardcore Hip Hop22× Platinum
EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 22013Shady/Aftermath/InterscopeMidwest Hip Hop22× Platinum
G-UnitBeg for Mercy2003G-Unit/Interscope RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
Lil' Jon & The East Side BoyzCrunk Juice2004TVT RecordsSouthern Hip Hop22× Platinum
Lil' Jon & The East Side BoyzKings of Crunk2002TVT RecordsSouthern Hip Hop22× Platinum
LL Cool JMama Said Knock You Out1990Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
LL Cool JMr. Smith1995Def Jam RecordingsEast Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
LudacrisChicken-n-Beer2003DTP/Def Jam South/Def Jam RecordingsSouthern Hip Hop22× Platinum
LudacrisThe Red Light District2004DTP/Def Jam South/Def Jam RecordingsSouthern Hip Hop22× Platinum
Mobb DeepMurda Muzik1999SRC/Loud RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop2Platinum[8]
NasStillmatic2001Columbia RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop2Platinum
The Notorious B.I.G.Born Again1999Bad Boy RecordsEast Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
OutKastAquemini1998LaFace/Arista RecordsSouthern Hip Hop22× Platinum
OutKastATLiens1996LaFace/Arista RecordsSouthern Hip Hop22× Platinum
T.I.Paper Trail2008Grand Hustle/Atlantic RecordsSouthern Hip Hop22× Platinum
Tone LōcLōc-ed After Dark1989Delicious VinylWest Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
Too ShortLife Is... Too Short1988Dangerous MusicWest Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
TRUTru 2 da Game1997No Limit RecordsSouthern Hip Hop22× Platinum
Various ArtistFriday OST1995Priority RecordsWest Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum
Various ArtistMurder Was the Case1994Death Row Records/InterscopeWest Coast Hip Hop22× Platinum

*Double album.

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