Who Is The Biggest Selling Rapper of All Time?

Back in 2007, we researched some of the biggest selling rappers of the time. Now in 2011, we go back to update the numbers as well as provide their selling averages (total number of sales divided by albums). Keep in mind these calculations are based on albums solely and do not consider singles.

Here’s what I originally said about this article.

Out of curiosity I did some research into who is the biggest selling rapper of all time. Here’s what I came up with, I also noted how many albums they have released to put things into perspective. Some of these numbers will surprise you, some of these won’t. Now let’s find out who really is the “Sound Scan Killa”.

15. 50 Cent
50 Cent album sales
11.5 Million Albums Sold
4 albums released
Average: 2.87 million

50 Cent likes to make a big deal about album sales, unfortunately he falls at the bottom of the heap of our highest selling hip hop acts. Besides, he hasn’t managed to come close to the 8 million domestic sales Get Rich or Die Tryin’ generated.

14. Will Smith
Will Smith
12 Million Albums Sold
9 albums released
Average: 1.33 million

With hits like “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”, “Miami”, “Just The Two Of Us”, “Men In Black”, “Just Cruisin'”, Big Willie Style sold 10 million albums by itself, achieving diamond status, and that was his sixth album! Who says you can’t make a comeback.

In tenth place we have a four way tie between Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs, LL Cool J and Ludacris.

10. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg album sales
12.5 Million Albums Sold
11 albums released
Average: 1.14 million

Doggystyle is the pinnacle of Snoop’s career, having sold over 6 million copies.

10. Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony
Bone Thugs album sales
12.5 Million Albums Sold
9 albums released
Average: 1.38 million

2 good songs and 1 great song. Due to irreconcilable differences, it is unlikely Bone Thugs can ever dominate the charts again.

10. LL Cool J
LL Cool J
12.5 Million Albums Sold
12 albums released
Average: 1.05 million

His last good album was what? 1995’s Mr. Smith? It’s okay because LL’s focusing on his acting career with starring roles on NCIS.

10. Ludacris
Ludacris album sales
12.5 Million albums sold
7 albums released
Average: 1.8 million

The real King of the South. People forget Luda had the charts at his whim in the early to mid 2000s. Now that he’s focusing on movies and getting a reported $5 million per flick, he may be on a chart vacation.

Read on to page 2 to find out who the top 9 selling rappers are.

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212 thoughts on “Who Is The Biggest Selling Rapper of All Time?

    are 6 Albums to ever see “Diamond Status” (10 million copies sold on one album) from first to
    last (2 Pac – All Eyez On Me 14xP) (Biggie Smalls – Life After Death 10xP) (Nelly – Nellyville 11xP) (Eminem – Eminem
    Show 13xP) (50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin12XP) (Outkast – Speakerboxx 11xP) WOW!
    These artist barely go “GOLD” these days! lol

  2. Pac sold around 80 million copies in the world, Em sold around 110 mln. What’s wrong with this list? http://bestteneverything.com/top-ten-best-selling-rappers-of-all-time/ – this is the BEST and TRUEST list about counting sales in America, though a bit old

    1. this is albums sales only in the USA

      this list is correct…

  3. Eminem only has that many sells because white people don’t mind listening to a white man but tell me what white person is going to buy a album about a black man problems not to mention it was the 90s

    1. You’re an idiot. Eminem deserves a lot of respect in the rap game.

  4. wtf is wrong with u peolple…Eminem sold around 110 solo

    1. this is albums sales only in the USA

      this list is correct.

    2. yea, but Pac did sold all his albums without the internet!!! big ass difference

  5. Eminem has sold more albums but these are U.S sales

  6. this is albums sales only in the USA

    this list is correct.

    but if u count everything and worldwide then Em wins

  7. guess eminem has sold more albums than pac

    1. Pac last had access to a mic and studio almost 20yrs ago.

  8. Can some of you read? This list was from 2007 and at the time Tupac WAS the biggest selling rapper of all time! He was also the biggest selling Rapper of the 90’s. Please stop the stupidity with always trying to compare Pac to Em! Tupac and Eminem are two different artists, with different life experiences, and different styles.. These two men are so different and Eminem came years after Pac, He studied Pac and was inspired by Tupac. Eminem is still here making new music. Tupac past over two decades but what Pac was able to accomplish as a young black male was astonishing! He still is the most Inspiration and relevant rap artist of all time!

    1. yes… also Pac sold all his albums without the internet… imagine if he was still making albums in the internet era?? hed be ahead of everyone

  9. Eminem was the perfect storm of selling power and dream come true for music executives. Regardless of political correctness, white kids were going to spend their parent’s money to buy his songs. This brought in a flood of new “hip hop” fans and will forever in our lifetime make Eminem the highest paid hip hop artist of his time.

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