Hip-hop, for the most part, has always been about the commercial. Which debut sold the best? Which rapper had the highest first week sales? Which mixtape had the most downloads? Which album moved the most units? You can think what you want but from the very beginning, hip-hop has been about flashing your money and stunting on people.

From Jay-Z to Eminem, Lauryn Hill to 2Pac, 50 Cent to Nelly; let’s take a look at the best selling hip-hop albums of all time.

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20. Jay-Z – Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life

Released: September 29, 1998

Label: Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam Recordings

Units sold: 5.4 million

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19. Eminem – The Slim Shady LP

Released: February 23, 1999

Label: Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Units sold: 5.4 million

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18. Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle

Released: November 23, 1993

Label: Death Row/Priority Records

Units sold: 5.5 million

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17. 2Pac – The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Released: November 5, 1996

Label: Death Row/Interscope Records

Units sold: 6 million

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16. Fugees – The Score

Released: February 13, 1996

Label: Columbia Records

Units sold: 6.1 million

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15. Nelly – Nellyville

Released: June 25, 2002

Label: Universal Records

Units sold: 6.5 million

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14. Vanilla Ice – To the Extreme

Released: August 28, 1990

Label: Capitol Records

Units sold: 7 million

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13. Dr. Dre – 2001

Released: November 16, 1999

Label: Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Units sold: 7.6 million

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12. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Released: August 25, 1998

Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records

Units sold: 8 million

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11. Nelly – Country Grammar

Released: June 27, 2000

Label: Universal Records

Units sold: 8.5 million

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10. 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Released: February 6, 2003

Label: Shady/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Units sold: 8.9 million

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9. 2Pac – All Eyez On Me

Released: February 13, 1996

Label: Death Row/Interscope Records

Units sold: 9 million

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8. Will Smith – Big Willie Style

Released: November 25, 1997

Label: Columbia Records

Units sold: 9 million

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7. Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill

Released: November 15, 1986

Label: Def Jam Recordings

Units sold: 9 million

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6. 2Pac – Greatest Hits

Released: November 24, 1998

Label: Death Row/Interscope Records

Units sold: 10 million

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5. MC Hammer – Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em

Released: February 12, 1990

Label: Capitol Records

Units sold: 10 million

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4. Eminem – The Eminem Show

Released: May 28, 2002

Label: Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Units sold: 10.1 million

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

Released: March 25, 1997

Label: Bad Boy Records

Units sold: 10.2 million

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2. OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Released: September 23, 2003

Label: LaFace/Arista Records

Units sold: 11 million

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1. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

Released: May 23, 2000

Label: Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Units sold: 11 million

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