Best Selling Hip-Hop Albums Of The 2000s

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When you talk about the best hip-hop generations, it is very hard to ignore the success of the 2000s. The rappers of the 80s and 90s of course laid the foundation of the genre, but the rappers of the 2000s took it to the next level and made it rap mainstream. When you take a look at the top 10 selling hip-hop albums of the 2000s, there are two things that stuck out. One, it is dominated by only four artists: Eminem, Outkast, Nelly, and 50 Cent. Second, all of these albums were pretty much before the industry shifted to iTunes and digital music. I don’t think we will ever see any artist come close to these numbers in today’s era. J. Cole get praise for going double platinum on hisĀ 2014 Forest Hills DriveĀ album, yet those numbers don’t even sniff these numbers. These artists know the content in these albums is their bread and butter. When you buy Eminem tickets, you are going to the concert to hear his old music for the most part. With four albums in the top 10, Slim Shady owned this era. Here’s the full top 10:

Album Artist Year Album Sales
Marshall Mathers LP Eminem 2000 10,600,000
The Eminem Show Eminem 2002 10,000,000
Country Grammar Nelly 2000 9,500,000
Get Rich or Die Tryin 50 Cent 2003 9,000,000
Nellyville Nelly 2002 6,500,000
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Outkast 2003 5,500,000
The Massacre 50 Cent 2005 5,300,000
Encore Eminem 2004 5,300,000
8 Mile Soundtrack Eminem 2002 4,000,000
Stankonia Outkast 2000 4,000,000