Let’s see how hip hop’s doing on iTunes.
Because of all the dope albums that have come out recently, I was wondering which ones were doing the best. Sales numbers don’t necessarily say how good an album is, but they could indicate who will keep getting good money from their labels to make more shit. Anyways, let’s see what the top 10 hip hop albums on iTunes currently are. The top spot is no surprise, but 2 of the 10 haven’t even come out yet, showing that the preorder route is a decent way to go for rappers today.
The Top 10 (Spit Talking reviews linked)
- 10. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
- 9. Ludacris – Ludaversal (Pre-order)
- 8. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
- 7. Wale – The Album About Nothing (Pre-order)
- 6. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
- 5. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
- 4. Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful
- 3. Empire – Empire Soundtrack
- 2. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
- 1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
First of all, some of the albums above are the deluxe versions, but I don’t think it really matters because people are paying for mostly the same thing, and the money goes to the same people. Anyways, a few things stand out to me about this chart. First of all, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is still #2, which is impressive because it’s a mixtape according to Drake and a lot of the albums on this chart have come out more recently, but still aren’t selling as well as Drake’s. To Pimp A Butterfly is of course number 1, and it already was before it even came out because of pre-orders. It makes sense then that Wale and Luda are both hitting the charts before release. I guess a lot of folks pre-order rap albums nowadays.
Pretty much everything on here came out in 2015, except for J. Cole and Nicki Minaj, and they still both came out in December 2014 so they’ll be considered 2015 for a lot of awards anyways. I gotta say, I’m pretty surprised that Bronson is doing so much better than Earl, considering they came out the same time, and I like Earl’s more. Even more than that though I just thought Earl had a bigger fanbase than Bronson, but I guess I was wrong!
Which is your favorite?
If you look at my reviews it’s pretty obvious that Kendrick’s is my favorite of these, but after that it gets tricky. 2014 Forest Hills Drive is probably still 2nd place though. Anyways, you think the charts generally reflect the quality of these albums? Let me know.