Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 sophomore album good kid, m.A.A.d city has apparently tied a Billboard record belonging to Eminem.
On Monday (July 15), Chart Data fired off a tweet proclaiming, “@kendricklamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ has now spent 350 weeks on the Billboard 200. It joins ‘The Eminem Show’ as the only hip-hop studio album to reach this milestone.”
.@kendricklamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' has now spent 350 weeks on the Billboard 200. It joins 'The Eminem Show' as the only hip-hop studio album to reach this milestone.
— chart data (@chartdata) July 15, 2019
good kid, m.A.A.d city followed Lamar’s 2011 debut, Section .80.
Upon its release, the Aftermath/TDE project hit the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2, selling roughly 242,000 copies in its first week. As a result, it became the highest first-week Hip Hop album sales of that year from a male artist as well as the best-selling debut from a male artist.
The album boasted features from Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock and Compton’s Most Wanted vet MC Eiht, among others.
By comparison, The Eminem Show was released in 2002 and served as Shady’s fourth studio album. It debuted at No. 1 on not only the Billboard 200 chart but in 18 other countries as well.
In 2011, the project earned diamond status from the RIAA — Em’s second album to achieve the prestigious distinction. (2000’s Marshall Mathers LP was also certified diamond in 2011.)
The Eminem Show yielded several massive singles, including “White America” and “Without Me.”