Kendrick Lamar Once Again Just Made Hip Hop History

'good kid m.a.a.d. city' is now a record-breaker

July 1, 2020

Kenrick Lamar’s good kid, m.a.a.d. city is already heralded as one of the finest Hip Hop albums of all time. Now, it’s got the data to prove it.

Chart Data, a service that tracks music charts and information in real time pointed out that Lamar’s album has now spent 400 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart making it the the longest charting Hip Hop album in history.

The album marked Kendrick Lamar’s second studio record and was released in October, 2012. The album debuted at number two on the charts and has gone on to become triple platinum selling over 1.7 million copies in the United States.

The previous record for longest tenured hip-hop album on the Billboard 200 chart was Eminem’s 2002 album The Eminem Show. Slim Shady’s album has currently spent 383 weeks on the charts.

good kid, m.a.a.d. City still has a long way to go before it grabs the record for longest tenured album on the charts. That would belong to Pink Floyd as their landmark album Dark Side of the Moon has spent an astonishing 950 weeks on the charts.

Lamar’s 2017 album DAMN. has seen considerable success as well having spent 167 weeks on the charts.

While news has been scarce regarding a new album, Lamar helped launch the artist-friendly service company called pgLang back in March.

“pgLang is multilingual,” a statement on the website reads.

“Our community speaks music, film, television, art, books, and podcasts — because sometimes we have to use different languages to get the point of our stories across. Stories that speak to many nations, many races, and many ages. That is why our writers, singers, directors, musicians, and producers break formats when we build ideas and make them real for the curious.”

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