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These are the rappers with the most-ever No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200

Collage photo of rappers Lil Wayne, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar.
Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar. (Shutterstock/S Bukley/Jaguar PS/Tinseltown)

Scoring a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 is a landmark achievement for any artist.


For some, however, doing so just once isn't enough.


Take The Beatles, for example, who between 1967 and 2000 had no less than 19 albums top the chart. Or Taylor Swift, who to date has released 13 No. 1 projects.


It's not all pop stars who've have had multiple chart-topping albums, though. Plenty of rappers have, too.


Here are the 12 emcees with the most-ever No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.


=10. Rick Ross



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 5


  1. "Port of Miami" (2006)

  2. "Trilla" (2008)

  3. "Deeper Than Rap" (2009)

  4. "God Forgives, I Don't" (2012)

  5. "Mastermind" (2014)


=10. 2Pac



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 5


  1. "Me Against the World" (1995)

  2. "All Eyez on Me" (1996)

  3. "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory" (as Makaveli) (2009)

  4. "Until the End of Time" (2001)

  5. "Loyal to the Game" (2004)


=10. Kendrick Lamar



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 5


  1. "To Pimp a Butterfly" (2015)

  2. "Untitled Unmastered" (2016)

  3. "Damn" (2017)

  4. "Black Panther: The Album" (with Various Artists) (2018)

  5. "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers" (2022)


=10. Lil Wayne



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 5


  1. "Tha Carter III" (2008)

  2. "I Am Not a Human Being" (2010)

  3. "Tha Carter IV" (2011)

  4. "Tha Carter V" (2018)

  5. "Funeral" (2020)


=10. DMX



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 5


  1. "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" (1998)

  2. "Flesh of My Blood, Blood of My Blood" (1998)

  3. "... And Then There Was X" (1999)

  4. "The Great Depression" (2001)

  5. "Grand Champ" (2003)


7. Nas



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 6


  1. "It Was Written" (1996)

  2. "The Album" (with The Firm) (1997)

  3. "I Am..." (1999)

  4. "Hip Hop Is Dead" (2006)

  5. "Untitled" (2008)

  6. "Life Is Good" (2012)


6. J. Cole



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 7


  1. "Cole World: The Sideline Story" (2011)

  2. "Born Sinner" (2013)

  3. "2014 Forest Hills Drive" (2014)

  4. "4 Your Eyez Only" (2016)

  5. "KOD" (2018)

  6. "Revenge of the Dreamers III" (with Dreamville) (2019)

  7. "The Off-Season" (2021)



=4. Future



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 10


  1. "DS2" (2015)

  2. "What a Time to Be Alive" (with Drake) (2015)

  3. "Evol" (2016)

  4. "Future" (2017)

  5. "Hndrxx" (2017)

  6. "The Wizrd" (2019)

  7. "High Off Life" (2020)

  8. "I Never Liked You" (2022)

  9. "We Don't Trust You" (with Metro Boomin) (2024)

  10. "We Still Don't Trust You" (with Metro Boomin) (2024)


=4. Eminem



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 10


  1. "The Marshall Mathers LP" (2000)

  2. "The Eminem Show" (2002)

  3. "Encore" (2004)

  4. "Curtain Call: The Hits" (2005)

  5. "Relapse" (2009)

  6. "Recovery" (2010)

  7. "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (2013)

  8. "Revival" (2017)

  9. "Kamikaze" (2018)

  10. "Music to Be Murdered By" (2020)


3. Kanye West



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 11


  1. "Late Registration" (2005)

  2. "Graduation" (2007)

  3. "808s & Heartbreak" (2008)

  4. "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (2010)

  5. "Watch the Throne" (with Jay-Z) (2011)

  6. "Yeezus" (2013)

  7. "The Life of Pablo" (2016)

  8. "Ye" (2018)

  9. "Jesus Is King" (2019)

  10. "Donda" (2021)

  11. "Vultures 1" (with Ty Dolla $ign) (2024)


2. Drake



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 13


  1. "Thank Me Later" (2010)

  2. "Take Care" (2011)

  3. "Nothing Was the Same" (2013)

  4. "If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late" (2015)

  5. "What a Time to Be Alive" (with Future) (2015)

  6. "Views" (2016)

  7. "More Life" (2017)

  8. "Scorpion" (2018)

  9. "Care Package" (2019)

  10. "Certified Lover Boy" (2021)

  11. "Honestly, Nevermind" (2022)

  12. "Her Loss" (with 21 Savage) (2022)

  13. "For All the Dogs" (2023)


1. Jay-Z



Number of albums that have reached No.1: 14


  1. "Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life" (1998)

  2. "Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter" (1999)

  3. "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia" (2000)

  4. "The Blueprint" (2001)

  5. "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse" (2002)

  6. "The Black Album" (2003)

  7. "Unfinished Business" (with R. Kelly) (2004)

  8. "Collision Course" (with Linkin Park) (2004)

  9. "Kingdom Come" (2006)

  10. "American Gangster" (2007)

  11. "The Blueprint 3" (2009)

  12. "Watch the Throne" (with Kanye West) (2011)

  13. "Magna Carta Holy Grail" (2013)

  14. "4:44" (2017)



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