During his time on Complex’s Everyday Struggle, rapper turned media personality Joe Budden once said “Hip hop often at times dictates what happens in pop,” and by looking at the numbers on the board you can see what type of effect the young genre has on the game. In the era where rap has become the standard of popular music, today’s rappers continue dominating the charts and own the music court that is known as the Billboards 200.
As the world still mourns over the passing of the late South Central superstar Nipsey Hussle, an intro like “Victory Lap” all of a sudden starts to feel like a Mamba moments are happening on the charts. Even young stars in the making a name for themselves with Chicago’s own Juice WRLD who’s having a double double season with two albums or even North Carolina’s own DaBaby dancing on the charts like Kemba Walker does to a victim.
This week’s top player in the game of charts goes to the late Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap charting at number 7. The critically acclaimed debut album debuted at 4 selling 53K album-equivalent units with 30K in traditional sales and 2mil streams in it’s first week release sells. After the news of his tragic death the world honored the fallen hero and kept his legacy alive by streaming and purchasing his music, bringing him to a total of 302K album-equivalent units and a total of 300mill songs streamed.
Nipsey’s beloved debut and sadly final studio album featured star players like Puff Daddy, Kendrick Lamar, YG, Marsha Ambrosius, Cee-Lo Green, The Dream, Belly, Buddy, Stacy Barthe, Konshen and J. Black. The heartfelt tunes that motivated millions to keep their pace in this marathon called life took this albums to new heights such as receiving a nomination for a Grammy award for Best Rap Album in the 61st Grammy Awards.
Chicago born rapper Juice WRLD has found success in the game of charts by combing his rap lyrics with punk influenced melodies giving us a project like his sophomore album Death Race To Love which currently sits at 8. It debuted at 1, 165K album-equivalent units with a total of 176 mil streams. After spending a couple of months on the chart, Juice WRLD’s debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance manages to land at 25 after accumulating 1mill album-equivalent units sold and a total of 1.2bill songs streams 25
Whether it’s through his promotional antics, or his music, North Carolina star DaBaby has been making noise all through the charts. A couple months ago on March 1, his debut album Baby on Baby debuted at 25 and with the assistance of his lead single “Suge” gaining 22 million streams as well as his Baby on Baby tour, the rambunctious rap star has been able to climb up the charts and has recently obtained a spot at 14.
Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap Albums For The Week Ending 5/3/2019
The first number below is the total album equivalent units, followed by the number of streams the album as acquired.
#7 – Nipsey Hussle Victory Lap, 302, 000, 300 million
#8 – Juice WRLD Death Race To Love, 165,000, 176 million
#10 – Post Malone beerbongs & bentley, 3.046 million, 431 million
#11 – Drake Scorpion, 3.9 million, 1 billion
# 12 – A Boogie Wit da Hoodie Hoodie SZN, 500,000, 83 million
#14 – DaBaby Baby on Baby, N/A, 25 million
# 19 – Travis Scott Astroworld , 2 million, 349.43 million
# 20 – Meek Mill Championship, 358,000, N/A
#25 – Juice WRLD Goodbye & Good Riddance, 1 million, 1.2 billion
#26 – Cardi B Invasion of Privacy, 2,060,000,1 billion
# – 21 Savage I Am > I Was, 500,000, N/A