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  • #2
    thank you i think that Plies, Nas, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg and Step Up 2 will be replaced by Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr.Dre, Eminem, Ludacris, Kanye West, Fabolous, Soulja Boy and others...
    R.I.P. NATE DOGG (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011)
    We will never forget you

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    • #3
      Only Eminem was a best selling rap album artist, right?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lehmann
        thank you i think that Plies, Nas, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg and Step Up 2 will be replaced by Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr.Dre, Eminem, Ludacris, Kanye West, Fabolous, Soulja Boy and others...
        yeah I forgot about Ludacris, and honestly I don't think Soulja Boy or Fabolous will even reach gold, but we'll see.

        As for Dre, since Eminem's album will be released before it (according to Eminem himself), and since Eminem's album is supposed to be released dec. 23 (as of now), I really doubt we'll see it before year's end...

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        • #5
          by the way, I don't think I'll include Kanye in the list since apparently he's not a rapper anymore

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Spiderpig
            by the way, I don't think I'll include Kanye in the list since apparently he's not a rapper anymore
            he promised that his next album (which coming in summer 2009) will be rap album
            R.I.P. NATE DOGG (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011)
            We will never forget you

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            • #7
              Well done, Spider, I don´t know much that genre, but this is very well compiled.

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              • #8
                Nice job man! Thank you so much!
                "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is easily the best mainstream hip-hop album since 2001's The Blueprint by Jay-Z."

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                • #9
                  thanks for the kind words

                  here's some soundscan numbers :

                  Eminem
                  (as of 2007)

                  "The Slim Shady LP" (1999): 5.1 million
                  "The Marshall Mathers LP" (2000): 10.1 million
                  "The Eminem Show" (2002): 9.7 million
                  "8 Mile" (Various artists) (2002): 4.7 million
                  "Encore" (2004): 5.1 million
                  "Curtain Call: The Hits" (2005): 2.8 million
                  "Eminem Presents: The Re-Up" (Various artists) (2006): 1 million

                  2Pac
                  (2004)

                  "2Pacalypse Now" - 698,288
                  "Strictly 4 My ****" - 1,365,580
                  "Me Against the World" - 2,438,580
                  "All Eyez On Me" - 5,145,423
                  "Makaveli/Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory" - 3,911,787
                  "R U Still Down?" - 2,059,201
                  "Greatest Hits" - 4,483,000
                  "Still I Rise" - 1,617,000
                  "Until the End of Time" - 2,083,000
                  "Better Dayz" - 1,649,000
                  "Resurrection" - 1,587,000
                  "Loyal To The Game" - 1,081,000

                  Snoop Dogg
                  (2008)

                  1993: Doggy Style 6,137,000
                  1996: Tha Dogfather 1,984,000
                  1998: Da Game is to be Sold 2,085,000
                  1999: No Limit Top Dogg 1,518,000
                  2000: The Last Meal 2,068,000
                  2002: Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss 1,210,000
                  2004: R&G: The Masterpiece 1,724,000
                  2006: The Blue Carpet Treatment 903,000

                  Jay Z
                  (2004)

                  Reasonable Doubt/1,262,692
                  Vol 1 - In My Lifetime/1,291,495
                  Vol 2 - Hard Knock Life/5,149,337
                  Vol 3 - Life And Times Of S.Carter/2,975,345
                  Dynasty - Roc La Familia /2,421,121
                  Blueprint/2,352,850
                  Unplugged/666,939
                  Blueprint 2:Gift & The Curse/1,911,451
                  Blueprint 2.1/254,773
                  Black Album/2,938,218

                  Nas
                  (2004)

                  Illmatic/1,086,226
                  It Was Written/2,359,977
                  I Am/2,017,036
                  Nastradamus/1,178,712
                  Stillmatic/1,867,128
                  God's Son/1,236,757
                  Lost Tapes/302,713
                  Street's Disciple/464,522

                  DMX
                  (2005)

                  It's Dark & Hell Is Hot - 4,510,643
                  Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood - 3,300,978
                  And Then There Was X - 4,852,329
                  Great Depression - 1,835,475
                  Grand Champ - 1,151,341

                  Nelly
                  (2005)

                  Country Grammar - 8,189,000
                  Nellyville - 6,285,000
                  Suit - 2,905,103
                  Sweat - 1,190,646

                  Lil Wayne
                  (2007)

                  Tha Block Is Hot (1999) : 1,325,492
                  Lights Out (2000) : 851,685
                  500 Degreez (2002) : 536,000
                  Tha Carter (2004) : 1,061,606
                  Tha Carter II (2005) : 1,343,269
                  Like Father Like Son (w\ Birdman, 2006) : 873,813

                  Outkast
                  (2007)

                  SOUTHERNPLAYALISTICADILLACMUZI: 1,308,249
                  ATLIENS: 1,848,096
                  AQUEMINI: 2,211,652
                  STANKONIA: 4,068,202
                  BIG BOI & DRE PRESENT OUTKAST: 1,390,224
                  SPEAKERBOXX-LOVE: 5,561,188

                  Ice Cube
                  (2004)

                  "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" - 749,540
                  "Kill At Will EP" - 704,296
                  "Death Certificate" - 1,631,341
                  "Predator" - 2,237,124
                  "Lethal Injection" - 1,851,835
                  "Bootlegs & B-Sides" - 818,409
                  "War & Peace: Disc 1 (War)" - 1,043,268
                  "War & Peace: Disc 2 (Peace)" - 986,424

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                  • #10
                    ^^^

                    Where did u find these numbers?

                    P.S: I don't think Jay-Z, Dr.Dre, Fabolous and Soulja Boy will release their albums by the end of the year...
                    Just Kanye, Luda, Fiddy and maybe Slim Shady...
                    "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is easily the best mainstream hip-hop album since 2001's The Blueprint by Jay-Z."

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                    • #11
                      this is an interesting topic thanks for it
                      "the love of a mothers life is her child/children"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Willypedia
                        Where did u find these numbers?
                        on rap forums, and also on UKMIX actually ;) (MJDangerous posted a lot of them some years ago)

                        some others :

                        Ludacris
                        (2006)

                        Back For The First Time : 3,1 million
                        Word Of Mouf : 3,6 million
                        Chicken & Beer : 2,6 million
                        Red Light District : 2 million
                        Release Therapy : 1,3 million (2007)

                        T.I.
                        (2007)

                        I'm Serious: 267,760 (2006)
                        Trap Muzik : 1,074,312
                        Urban Legend : 1,396,210
                        King : 1,8 million
                        T.I. vs T.I.P. : 1,294,342 (2008)

                        Bone Thugs 'N Harmony
                        (2008)

                        Creepin On A Come Up 2,766,000
                        E. 1999 Eternal 6,120,000
                        The Art Of War 1,600,000
                        The Collection V.1 1,250,000
                        BTNHResurrection 1,515,000
                        Thug World Order 440,000
                        Greatest Hits 880,673
                        Thug Stories 95,000
                        Strength & Loyalty 465,123

                        N.W.A.
                        (2004)

                        N.W.A & The Posse - 364,544
                        Straight Outta Compton - 1,295,039
                        100 Miles & Runnin EP - 314,766
                        EFIL4ZAGGIN - 2,084,941

                        Eazy-E
                        (2004)

                        Eazy Duz It - 1,174,104
                        5150 Home 4 Tha Sick EP - 417,291
                        It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa - 1,964,461
                        Str8 Off Tha Streetz of Muthaphuckin' Compton - 637,704

                        Public Enemy
                        (2004)

                        Yo! Bum Rush the Show - 261,381
                        It Takes A Nation of Millions - 621,361
                        Fear of a Black Planet - 519,685
                        Apocalypse '91 - 1,490,977
                        Greatest Misses - 371,566
                        Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess-Age - 265,120
                        He Got Game - 278,161
                        There's A Poison Goin' On - 41,367
                        Revolverlution - 69,538

                        The Notorious B.I.G.
                        (2004)

                        Ready to Die - 3,019,758
                        Life After Death - 4,594,566
                        Born Again - 1,823,987

                        L.L. Cool J
                        (2004)

                        Radio - 235,928
                        Bigger & Deffer - 669,909
                        Walking With the Panther - 657,008
                        Mama Said Knock You Out - 1,451,532
                        14 Shots to the Dome - 618,208
                        Mr. Smith - 1,873,391
                        All World - 1,158,903
                        Phenomenon - 756,306
                        G.O.A.T. - 817,967
                        10 - 969,591
                        Definition - 735,553 (2005)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Best selling rap albums in the US by release date, 1988-

                          Originally posted by Spiderpig
                          OK, I know there's like 3 rap fans here, but I don't care
                          These lists are based on RIAA certifications and some soundscan numbers, any correction is welcome
                          I'm not one of those 3
                          But this a great thread! Nice overview Spidey!

                          I saw your your overall thread too (from 1967 onwards, I think). Are you planning more in the same style for other genres?
                          Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                          Let there be rock!

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                          • #14
                            I'm 1 of those 3!

                            What about Will Smith (also as The Fresh Prince)?
                            "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is easily the best mainstream hip-hop album since 2001's The Blueprint by Jay-Z."

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                            • #15
                              I'm not one of those 3.
                              However I thank you for the information.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Willypedia
                                What about Will Smith (also as The Fresh Prince)?
                                I only have this :

                                Will Smith - Big Willie Style - 7.322.000 (2 years ago I think)

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Best selling rap albums in the US by release date, 1988-

                                  Originally posted by Dane
                                  I'm not one of those 3
                                  But this a great thread! Nice overview Spidey!

                                  I saw your your overall thread too (from 1967 onwards, I think). Are you planning more in the same style for other genres?
                                  thanks

                                  I don't know if it'd be interesting for other genres, I mean it's already difficult to find 10 rap albums certified gold in 2008 so you can imagine for heavy metal or electro... on the other hand, "rock" and "pop" are too idle notions, I think it'd be a bit boring.
                                  Maybe country, could be interesting... but I'm not really a country fan

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Spiderpig
                                    Originally posted by Willypedia
                                    What about Will Smith (also as The Fresh Prince)?
                                    I only have this :

                                    Will Smith - Big Willie Style - 7.322.000 (2 years ago I think)
                                    But the album was certified 9 times platinum by the RIAA...
                                    "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is easily the best mainstream hip-hop album since 2001's The Blueprint by Jay-Z."

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                                    • #19
                                      in the 90's, soundscan was far from comprehensive, just one example :

                                      Whitney Houston - "The Bodyguard"
                                      17x platinum (in 1999)
                                      soundscan : 11,790,000 (jan 2007)

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Best selling rap albums in the US by release date, 1988-

                                        Originally posted by Spiderpig
                                        Originally posted by Dane
                                        I'm not one of those 3
                                        But this a great thread! Nice overview Spidey!

                                        I saw your your overall thread too (from 1967 onwards, I think). Are you planning more in the same style for other genres?
                                        thanks

                                        I don't know if it'd be interesting for other genres, I mean it's already difficult to find 10 rap albums certified gold in 2008 so you can imagine for heavy metal or electro... on the other hand, "rock" and "pop" are too idle notions, I think it'd be a bit boring.
                                        Maybe country, could be interesting... but I'm not really a country fan
                                        Obviously I think a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal version of your thread would be interesting. Including anything from Journey and Bon Jovi to Metallica and Slayer.
                                        Maybe if you're not interested I should make one myself, if I find the time...
                                        Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                                        Let there be rock!

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                                        • #21
                                          Originally posted by Spiderpig
                                          in the 90's, soundscan was far from comprehensive, just one example :

                                          Whitney Houston - "The Bodyguard"
                                          17x platinum (in 1999)
                                          soundscan : 11,790,000 (jan 2007)
                                          That one must have sold a bunch through music clubs.
                                          Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                                          Let there be rock!

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                                          • #22
                                            Re: Best selling rap albums in the US by release date, 1988-

                                            Originally posted by Dane
                                            Obviously I think a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal version of your thread would be interesting. Including anything from Journey and Bon Jovi to Metallica and Slayer.
                                            Maybe if you're not interested I should make one myself, if I find the time...
                                            I think the difficulty would be to define clearly "hard rock/heavy metal", I mean, if Journey is a hard rock band, I guess the Red Hot Chili Peppers are also one while rap music is quite easy to define, that's what I meant in my previous post, but yeah it could be interesting to make the equivalent of this thread for the metalheads, I can help if you want ;)

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                                            • #23
                                              Re: Best selling rap albums in the US by release date, 1988-

                                              Originally posted by Spiderpig
                                              I think the difficulty would be to define clearly "hard rock/heavy metal", I mean, if Journey is a hard rock band, I guess the Red Hot Chili Peppers are also one
                                              True.

                                              Time is also a factor. The Who, Stones and Faces might have been considered Hard Rock in the early 70's, but would they still by todays standards?

                                              Who's Next is a Hard Rock classic imo.
                                              Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                                              Let there be rock!

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                                              • #24
                                                Re: Best selling rap albums in the US by release date, 1988-

                                                Originally posted by Spiderpig
                                                while rap music is quite easy to define
                                                Or is it?
                                                You didn't include Rage Against The Machine or Limb Bizkit. I'd call that Rap Metal. Run DMC started that you know, when they invited Steven Tyler and Joe Perry over for a nice cup of tea...
                                                I guess you could call Beastie Boys innovators too.
                                                Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                                                Let there be rock!

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                                                • #25
                                                  Re: Best selling rap albums in the US by release date, 1988-

                                                  Originally posted by Dane
                                                  Or is it?
                                                  You didn't include Rage Against The Machine or Limb Bizkit. I'd call that Rap Metal. Run DMC started that you know, when they invited Steven Tyler and Joe Perry over for a nice cup of tea...
                                                  I guess you could call Beastie Boys innovators too.
                                                  yea rap-metal is a difficult case
                                                  to me, they're basically metal bands with rap vocals, I mean their music has nothing to do with the usual hip-hop beats, besides the most prominent "musical" member of these bands is generally a guitarist (Tom Morello, Wes Borland), while rap/hip-hop music is created by producers (Dr. Dre, Kanye West...etc).

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