“Summer of Hip Hop” Makes History On Album Charts
According to Billboard, for the first time in chart history rap albums have held the top three spots in the country for three straight weeks.
It began on “Super Tuesday” June 18th with Kanye West’s Yeezus, J. Cole’s Born Sinner, and Mac Miller’s Watching Movies With the Sound Off. All three came in at 1, 2, and 3 respectively the week of their release. The following week Wale took the top spot with The Gifted followed by Born Sinner and Yeezus. This week Cole finally rose to number one as Wale came in at two and Kanye at three.
Next week could see Hip Hop’s hot streak continue as it almost certain that Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail will sell enough to reach number one. If that happens the “Summer of Hip Hop” will claim another chart record. It will be the first time four different rap albums have reached number one for four consecutive weeks.
Besides those chart-topping LP’s this summer has also seen note-worthy projects from Action Bronson (Saaab Stories), Statik Selektah (Extended Play), Prodigy & Alchemist (Albert Einstein), Joey Bada$$ (Summer Knights), Killer Mike & El-P (Run the Jewels), Slum Village (Evolution), Freddie Gibbs (ESGN), Tony Touch (Piecemaker 3: The Return Of The 50 MCs), Ty Dolla $ign (Beach House 2), and Machine Gun Kelly (Black Flag).