Hip-Hop albums with 5+ weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200

A look back.

words by: Kai Acevedo
Jan 7, 2022

Drake was recognized as the Artist of the Decade at 2021’s Billboard Music Awards. Not even the biggest Drake-hater could deny the magnitude of Drizzy’s accomplishments over the course of his lengthy career. He’s had a run like no other artist and has broken a few records along the way.


A certified chart-topper, Drake earned his 10th No. 1 album with the release of Certified Lover Boy. The album, featuring Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Tems, and Project Pat, also spent five weeks at the top of Billboard’s album chart. This marks Drake’s second time achieving such a feat (Views spent 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2016). However, it’s something not many artists, especially rappers (less than 10) have ever done.


Continue reading to find out what other hip-hop albums have spent five or more weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. How many weeks do you think your favorite hip-hop album has spent at No. 1?


Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em

MC Hammer

Released: February 12, 1990

Weeks at No. 1: 21

Singles: “U Can’t Touch This”


To The Extreme

Vanilla Ice

Released: September 3, 1990

Weeks at No. 1: 16

Singles: “Ice Ice Baby”, “Play That Funky Music”




Released: April 29, 2016

Weeks at No. 1: 13

Singles: “Hotline Bling”, “One Dance” ,“Pop Style”, “Controlla”, “Too Good”


The Marshall Mathers LP


Released: May 23, 2000

Weeks at No. 1: 8

Singles: “The Real Slim Shady”, “The Way I Am,” “Stan”


Licensed To Ill

Beastie Boys

Released: November 15, 1986

Weeks at No. 1: 7

Singles: “Paul Revere”, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”, “No Sleep till Brooklyn”


Speakerboxxx/The Love Below


Released: September 23, 2003

Weeks at No. 1: 7

Singles: “Hey Ya!”, “The Way You Move”




Released: June 18, 2010

Weeks at No. 1: 7

Singles: “Not Afraid”, “Love the Way You Lie”, “No Love”


The Eminem Show


Released: May 26, 2002

Weeks at No. 1: 6

Singles: “Without Me”, “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”


Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

50 Cent

Released: February 6, 2003

Weeks at No. 1: 6

Singles: “In da Club”, “21 Questions”, “P.I.M.P.”


The Massacre

50 Cent

Released: March 3, 2005

Weeks at No. 1: 6

Singles: “Disco Inferno”, “Candy Shop”, “Just a Lil Bit”, “Outta Control”


Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life


Released: September 29, 1998

Weeks at No. 1: 5

Singles: “Can I Get A…”, “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”, “Money, Cash, Hoes”, “N*gga What, N*gga Who (Originator 99)”


Country Grammar


Released: June 27, 2000

Weeks at No. 1: 5

Singles: “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)”, “E.I.”, “Ride wit Me”


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