Kendrick Lamar has broken Eminem’s record for longest charting Hip Hop studio album in Billboard 200 history. According to a tweet from Chart Data, Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city has surpassed The Eminem Show.
The Eminem Show currently sits at 357 weeks while good kid, m.A.A.d city is at 358 weeks.
.@kendricklamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' is now the longest charting hip-hop studio album in Billboard 200 history, passing 'The Eminem Show'.
— chart data (@chartdata) September 16, 2019
good kid, m.A.A.d city served as Kendrick’s sophomore album and follow-up to his debut studio album, Section.80. The project dropped on October 22, 2012 and debuted at No. 2, selling roughly 242,000 copies in its inaugural week.
On the flip side, The Eminem Show was released in 2002 and debuted at No. 1 in not only the U.S. but also in 18 other countries. The project was certified diamond by the RIAA in 2011, his second album to receive the rare distinction.
Eminem called good kid, m.A.A.d city a “masterpiece” on Genius in 2016. “When I first heard Kendrick’s debut on Aftermath, I couldn’t believe it,” he wrote on Genius. “The fact that it was his first real album and he was able to make it a story which intertwines with the skits like that was genius. “That hasn’t really been done that many times, let alone on someone’s first time up. The level of wordplay, the deliveries, the beats — it’s just a masterpiece.”
While Kendrick now holds the longest-charting hip-hop studio album, Eminem’s compilation 2005 record Curtain Call: The Hits has spent the most number of weeks on the Billboard Hip-Hop charts. But since the project isn’t a studio album, Kendrick Lamar can claim the historic title for his studio album. According to Billboard chart, good kid, m.A.A.d city has charted for 358 weeks, while The Eminem Show sits at 357 and Curtain Call: The Hits at an impressive 461 weeks.
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