Kendrick and Drake have both dropped projects recently.
To Pimp A Butterfly and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late have both set the pace for hip hop in 2015, selling a bunch of copies (with Drake selling more) and getting mad positive reviews (with Kendrick’s being more positive.) As of right now, on the iTunes hip hop/rap charts, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is at number 1 and To Pimp A Butterfly is number 3 (with Yelawolf’s Love Story in between.) Those aren’t the only albums of theirs that are doing alright though. Let’s scope how their domination is going.
1/8 of the top 56
So Drake has 4 albums in the top 56 (with Take Care, Nothing Was The Same and Thank Me Later being the other ones) and Kendrick has 3 (with good kid, m.A.A.d. city and Section 80 being the others.) If 56 sounds like a random number, I just picked it because that’s where Section 80 is right now. Anyways, that makes 7 albums out of 56 by just two rappers, which comes to 1/8 of the first 56 albums on the charts. That shit’s crazy, especially considering that most of those albums came out a few years ago. It just really goes to show that they’re not just trendy but got staying power too.
It also says a lot about their fans. For one, it says that they’re really good about buying instead of pirating music, and they’re really good at recommending Drake and Kendrick shit to other people. Then, the new fans probably instantly buy all the old albums right away cause they like the sound, and it’s an endless cycle. As long as people keep buying the more recent shit, the older shit will indirectly stay on the charts because of that. Soon, 8% might seem small for Kendrick or Drake.
Don’t forget Kanye, who might just top Kendrick
Then we can talk Kanye too. Kanye’s got College Dropout, Late Registration and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in the top 56, meaning that there’s 10 albums between the 3 rappers in the top 56 of the iTunes charts. I just didn’t put Kanye in because his 2015 offering hasn’t hit us yet, so he doesn’t have anything in the top 5 or anything right now, but we can expect that shit soon. Will Kanye’s shit be better than To Pimp A Butterfly? We can only wait and see.
Just wanted to let y’all know.
I was just scoping the iTunes hip hop charts and noticed a lot of older Drake and Kendrick shit on there, so I decided to start counting. I thought that this was interesting because, especially when you include Kanye, these are pretty veteran rappers by this point. So the young guns are coming up and folks are gonna talk about them, but the current kings are still running shit, no question.