While it’s not quite the end of 2016, we can already say with confidence that this year has been huge for musicians and the albums they’ve released. We’ve listened to some incredible music from chart-topping artists like Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Rihanna. Artists like Yuna and Corinne Bailey Rae held it down for left-leaning R&B, while YG and and ScHoolboy Q repped for the West Coast rap scene.
But this is Hip Hop My Way and we are curious to see what the best selling Hip Hop albums of 2016 will be. We’ve got a month and a half until the exact numbers are in, but we have a good idea where things will land. However, in times like these, it’s unfair exclude streaming in the success of an album. So we’ve included artists that other lists have unfairly left behind (because you literally couldn’t buy the album), but have killed it in the streaming game.
G-Eazy: When It’s Dark Out
All right all right, we know that G’s album came out in December of last year, but December albums rarely place where they should for that year’s sales. If you factor in streaming, G-Eazy would easily be at the top of the list with When It’s Dark Out—moving around 605,000 units, second only to Drake.
Anderson .Paak: Malibu
While he might seem like an overnight success, there are 13 years of blood, sweat, tears, and homelessness behind the album Malibu. You can feel the all-encompassing emotion that has dripped into each and every note of .Paak’s album. The greatest artists are rarely appreciated by their generation, are they?
Mac Miller: The Divine Feminine
It’s only been a month since Mac Miller released The Divine Feminine, but it hit the top of the charts fast. In its first weeks, TDF sold 32,000 copies. It’s Mac Miller second time crowning the chart, and first since Blue Slide Park led the chart for a week in 2011.
We have no doubts that its spot on the charts will only continue to climb in the months to come.