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Hip Hop Albums That Went Diamond by Sexyjigga(m): 6:25pm On May 25, 2020
Earning a platinum plaque in Hip hop(1 million copies sold) in the United States is usually considered a great achievement not to talk of earning a Diamond plaque(10million copies sold).

Only few Hip Hop albums and artists are documented as having earned diamond status in the United States ...The list below details Hip Hop albums and artists that have done so.

(We are talking of copies sold in the United States alone... Not Worldwide sales)

9. Beastie Boys - Licensed to ill.

Release Date : Nov 15,1986
Label : Def jam/ Columbia

Licensed to Ill is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Beastie Boys. It was released on November 15, 1986 by Def Jam and Columbia Records , and became the first rap LP to top the Billboard album chart. It is one of Columbia Records' fastest-selling debut records to date and was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2015 for shipping over ten million copies in the United States.

8. Nelly - Country Grammar

Release Date : June 27, 2000
Label : Universal records

In 2016, Country Grammar became the ninth hip hop album to be certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipment of 10 million copies in the US. Its commercial success secured Nelly's status as one of the most successful hip hop acts of the 2000s decade.

7.Mc Hammer - Please Hammer, dont hurt 'em

Release Date: Feb. 2, 1990
Label: Capitol/EMI

MC Hammer was Quavo's prototype, basically. Fast, choppy raps from the diaphragm with dexterity instead of complexity. Plus lots of dance floor chant breaks. People who bleeped with Heavy D will swear to you that MC Hammer was the corny one. I don’t get it. Dude could rap. Dude could dance. Dude couldn't dress, but neither could Jay Z until Beyonce took him to Macy's that one time back in '03. Hammer's fashion criminality aside, Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em is a good time. Still, it's the first rap album to go diamond, and it happens to be the least impressive rap album to do so, ultimately. That’s until Iggy’s album goes diamond.

6. 2Pac, Greatest Hits

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Release Date: Nov. 24, 1998
Label: Amaru/Death Row/Jive/Interscope

Interscope didn’t remaster any of this shit! “Keep Ya Head Up” still sounds like an auto repair shop’s PA system! Argh! Unrelated complaint: Lead single “Changes” is a great song until you revisit “I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto,” which “Changes” cannibalizes, and grasp how much better that original beat suited the tone of those verses. 2Pac was not about that "Oh well, that's just the way it is" life. The real 2Pac wondered whether heaven had a ghetto. In any case, Greatest Hits is basically a reissue All Eyez on Me, which pretty much means that All Eyez on Me went diamond twice. Those royalty checks will get you a long way in Havana, Cuba, where 2Pac currently resides.

5. Eminem, The Eminem Show

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Release Date: May 26, 2002
Label: Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

Given certain tendencies of his contemporary output, it’s tempting to recall The Eminem Show as Eminem’s pop extravaganza. And while “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” “Sing for the Moment,” “Superman,” and "Till I Collapse" were the sort of Billboard hits that foreshadowed Eminem's latest run of power anthems and Rihanna collaborations, the white boy was still rapping his ass off on the singles and deep cuts alike. There's the G-Unit-infused “Soldier,” the D-12-styled “Without Me,” the tag-teaming (vs. Jermaine Dupri and Bow Wow) "Say What You Say" with Dr. Dre—all together, it’s a style of autobiography that’s more cohesive and direct than even 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me, with severity of personality and traumas defined that few other rappers have ever achieved, if only because no one could ever dare to try.

4. The Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death

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Release Date: March 25, 1997
Label: Bad Boy

Compared to his debut, Ready to Die, the Notorious B.I.G.'s second (and final) studio project is a more inclusive affair that more so resembles the modern rap album: multivariable, loaded with features from various regions, with pristine, boisterous production. Yet none of Life After Death's variety or extravagence ever drowns Big's voice or charisma as the lead force of this project. “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems” are two of the biggest hits of Big's career. “Notorious Thugs” f/ Bone Thugz-n-Harmony and “I Love the Dough” f/ Jay Z are the boldest non-Bad Boy collaborations of Big's catalog. You could rock a house party of well-shaved 33-year-olds wearing blazers with this album. Even though "Another" f/ Lil Kim and "Nasty Boy" both sound like parody records from a club skit on Chappelle's Show.

3. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP

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Release Date: May 22, 2000
Label: Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

Eminem's best album went diamond, meaning there's justice in this world and in this industry, occasionally. If you're older than 30, go back and listen to this album; bask in the fact that, as an adult, it's actually rather difficult to reestablish connection with the rage and psychopathy of pre-Rihanna Eminem; "Kill You" and "Kim" especially. This earlier half of Eminem's catalog was custom built for adolescence, engaging, enthralling, exciting until the point in life when you've got to raise a daughter, sustain a marriage, and not murder civilians. 50 Cent may be hip-hop's bad guy emeritus, but Eminem was an American villain. My mother was legit terrified.

2. 2Pac, All Eyez on Me

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Release Date: Feb. 13, 1996
Label: Death Row/Interscope

The first track off B.I.G.’s Life After Deathis “Somebody’s Gotta Die,” which is a good song. The first track off 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me is “Ambitionz Az a Ridah,” which, in the grand tumult of humanity, is the only song that’s ever mattered. (Sorry, Big.) With Johnny J, Dre, Daz, and Quik on the boards, 2Pac dropped the biggest number of hits and gems ever squeezed onto a single rap album; admittedly, like B.I.G.'s Life After Death, this one's a double-disc. All Eyez on Me hosts 2Pac's tremendous, notoriously enigmatic range; 2Pac is on here confronting #BlackOnBlackCrime, inventing mixed drink orders, and reconciling his feminism with his dick. “I used to fiend for your sister but never went up in her” is the trillest pledge of brotherhood in a genre that offers much competition on that front. If “Whatz YaPhone #” wasn't on here, and if 2Pac didn't swear so goddamn much, I swear the deacons of my hometown church would've stomped down the aisles to this album. Gospel instrumentation and all.

1. OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

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Release Date: Sept. 23, 2003
Label: LaFace/Arista

As a blockbuster pop single, “Hey Ya!” is indeed The Love Below’s best foot forward, though it's just OutKast getting started. “A Life in the Day of Andre Benjamin” is the most surreal, engrossing bit of artist biography since Prince's "Ballad of Dorothy Parker." From Big Boi's half of the double-disc split, “GhettoMusick,” “The Rooster,” “Bust,” “Flip Flop Rock,” and “Last Call” are the collectively deafening bombast by which Speakerboxxx earns its name. Whereas albums like The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show(rightfully) max out on adolescence and blunt appeals to teen egos, Speakerboxxxand The Love Below are, together, a sort of grand musical experiment in which a band tests the bounds of its historical fluency. Here you have a rap album that's secretly a rock album, and not-so-secretly a feat of funk and R&B. In two parts, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is hip-hop’s Sign o’ the Times, with “Prototype” giving Prince a run for Andre’s advance. OutKast is the greatest American band of all time. Here's one album (among six) to prove it.


Re: Hip Hop Albums That Went Diamond by SocialJustice: 6:50pm On May 25, 2020
Sweet compilation.

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Re: Hip Hop Albums That Went Diamond by olamidedivotee(m): 7:16pm On May 25, 2020
This is a Front page material


Re: Hip Hop Albums That Went Diamond by DrPurple(m): 7:20pm On May 25, 2020

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Re: Hip Hop Albums That Went Diamond by HantaVirus(m): 8:49pm On May 25, 2020
Nice list... Only 2pac and Eminem went diamond twice... That's some nice achievement.

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