Stop The Breaks has been obsessed with hip-hop sales numbers for a while now. Anything to do with the music industry, commercial records, stats, we find extremely fascinating and has played a big part in our site’s content.

It might be because hip-hop is one of the few music genres that is intently focused on sales numbers, number one albums, biggest first week sales. Whatever it is, we’ve already documented the best selling rap albums of all time, most downloaded mixtapes on DatPiff and rapper first week album sales.

Now it’s time to check out the biggest first week album sales from the past 20 years. Keep an eye out for how many times Eminem pops up in the list.

1995. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – E. 1999 Eternal

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Label: Ruthless, Relativity

First Week Album Sales: 307,000

1996. 2Pac – The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

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Label: Death Row, Makaveli, Interscope Records

First Week Album Sales: 664,000

1997. The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death

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Label: Bad Boy

First Week Album Sales: 690,000

1998. Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty

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Label: Capitol

First Week Album Sales: 681,000

1999. DMX – …And Then There Was X

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Label: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 698,000

2000. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

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Label: Aftermath, Interscope, Shady

First Week Album Sales: 1,760,000

2001. DMX – The Great Depression

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Label: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 439,000

2002. Eminem – The Eminem Show

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Label: Aftermath, Interscope, Shady

First Week Album Sales: 1,322,000

2003. 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’

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Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 872,000

2004. Eminem – Encore

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Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 710,000

2005. 50 Cent – The Massacre

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Label: Shady Aftermath Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 1,140,000

2006. Jay-Z – Kingdom Come

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Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 680,000

2007. Kanye West – Graduation

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Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First Week Album Sales: 957,000

2008. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

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Label: Cash Money, Universal Motown

First Week Album Sales: 1,006,000

2009. Eminem – Relapse

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Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope, Web Entertainment

First Week Album Sales: 608,000

2010. Eminem – Recovery

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Label: Aftermath, Interscope, Shady

First Week Album Sales: 741,000

2011. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV

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Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

First Week Album Sales: 964,000

2012. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

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Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

First Week Album Sales: 253,000

2013. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

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Label: Aftermath, Shady, Interscope

First Week Album Sales: 792,000

2014. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

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Label: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Columbia

First Week Album Sales: 371,000

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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