Spotify's RapCaviar playlist just dropped the 50 most streamed hip-hop albums in the service's history to celebrate the golden jubilee of hip-hop. This list is a who's who of the rap game and includes heavyweights like Drake, Eminem, J. Cole, and many more.
The internet was set ablaze when RapCaviar shared this epic list on July 3rd. On top of the mountain, taking the coveted No. 1 spot, was none other than the late XXXTentacion with his 2018 masterpiece ?, which was his last body of work before his untimely demise later that year. But wait, there's more! The one and only Drake snagged not just one, but two spots in the top three with his 2018 banger Scorpion and his 2016 classic Views. Talk about dominance! Posthumous albums also made a significant impact, with Pop Smoke's Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon landing at No. 7, and Juice WRLD's Legends Never Die rounding out the top 10. Their music continues to live on and inspire, even in their absence.
The list wasn't just about the new school though, OGs like Eminem (who had six albums on the list), Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar (three albums each) showed they still got it. And Drake? He's all over this list with eight LPs in the top 50 ranks. Drizzy stays winning! Representing the era of hip-hop's genesis, the only album from the 90s in the top 25 is Dr. Dre’s iconic 2001. Also, 2Pac’s timeless masterpiece All Eyez On Me secured a spot at No. 46.
Cardi B, the only female rapper on the list, made her mark with her 2018 debut Invasion of Privacy, which also bagged the Grammy for Best Rap Album the following year. Not one to be left out, Cardi's nemesis Nicki Minaj clapped back with her own impressive streaming stats. This list is a testament to the power and influence of hip-hop, a genre that's been shaking the world for 50 years now. It's a roller coaster ride through the highs and lows, the triumphs and tragedies of the artists who've shaped the culture. So, whether you're an old school head or a new wave fan, dive into this list and get lost in the beats, rhymes, and life of hip-hop.