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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ Is the Best-Selling Rap Album of 2017, So Far

Kendrick Lamar Top-Selling Rapper
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Drake is not the only rapper having a phenomenal year. Kendrick Lamar is doing big numbers both in sales and streaming with his critically acclaimed album, Damn. According to reports, K.Dot has the best-selling rap album so far, based on statistics by the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) numbers in the U.S.

Although Drizzy’s More Life might have earned the biggest in first-week sales, Kendrick’s album has been selling consistently week after week. Back in May, Damn was certified platinum with over 1 million sold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Kendrick’s sales could be attributed to his eye-popping videos. Last week, the Compton native released a visually-stunning clip for “Element.” Kendrick also shot a video for “Loyalty” with Rihanna back in May.

But we must mention that Kendrick’s reign as the top-selling rap artist might be short-lived if reactions to JAY-Z’s new album, 4:44, is any indication. Both fans and critics alike are raving over the project and his animated video for “Story of O.J.” We wouldn’t be surprised if Hov does big numbers both in streaming and sales as well in the upcoming weeks.

Nevertheless, congratulations to Kendrick Lamar. You certainly have earned it.

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