Kendrick Lamar is widely considered the absolute G.O.A.T. in the rap community. His song ‘B*tch don’t kill my vibe’ had his admirers grooving for days. The song is from the album ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city,’ and it appears that fans didn’t let the album’s vibe die, since it topped all rap albums in 2021.
The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and ranked as one of the decade’s most regarded albums. It has now been certified triple platinum and is considered a Hip Hop classic. Kendrick Lamar’s debut album was named the best-selling rap record on vinyl in the United States in 2021 on Thursday, January 6.
According to Billboard, the project sold 194,000 vinyl copies in the previous year alone. Last year, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ was the tenth best-selling vinyl album overall, trailing Adele’s 30, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, and Taylor Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version). Older albums, such as Prince’s Purple Rain and The Beatles’ Abbey Road, were also included on the list.
Kendrick Lamar’s debut album was also the best-selling rap album on vinyl in 2020, selling 117,000 copies. It has now sold over 500,000 vinyl units alone. Lamar’s 2012 masterpiece became the longest-charting hip-hop studio album in Billboard 200 history last year after spending 450 weeks (almost eight years) on the list.
On its path to the record, the album dethroned the commercial powerhouse that is Eminem, surpassing The Eminem Show’s previous mark of 357 weeks on the list in 2019. In terms of the next entry in Kendrick Lamar’s illustrious discography, the follow-up to 2017’s Pulitzer Prize-winning DAMN. All indications point to the much-awaited album debuting in 2022.
Sounwave, Kendrick’s longtime producer, raised anticipation earlier this week with an Instagram post promising “new things on the way.” With K. Dot due to play at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show on February 13 alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige, his new album might be on the way.
In October 2012, Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city was released. It was the moment a promising artist earned his place as a generational talent. He is now proving his place in the rap scene, and his followers know where the rapper belongs.
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