Kendrick Lamar Becomes First Hip-Hop Artist Since Eminem to Have an Album Chart for 300 Weeks
Kendrick Lamar joined Eminem in the history books last week. His 2012 LP good kid, m.A.A.d city landed at No. 116 on the Hot 200 chart dated Aug. 4, becoming the first rap album since Em's Recovery to spend at least 300 weeks on the chart.
Slim Shady's 2012 album Recovery (312 weeks), The Eminem Show (354 weeks) and Curtain Call: The Hits (403) are the only other hip-hop projects to reach the milestone. Across all genres, 22 albums have spent at least 300 weeks on the Hot 200, led by Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon at 937 weeks.
K. Dot's project, billed as a "short film," debuted in Oct. 2012 at No. 2 on the Hot 200, but never reached the top spot. It netted Lamar five Grammy nominations, produced his first top 10 single in the MC Eight-featuring "m.A.A.d. City" and was certified triple-platinum this past June.
Considered a classic by many critics, good kid's sprawling structure and narrative detail laid the foundation for Lamar's literary bonafides and eventual Pulitzer Prize for Damn., while establishing the MC as a bankable star for a still-emergent Top Dawg Entertainment.
Kendrick reflected on the project last September in an interview that revealed the album was completely revised at least three times. "We did good kid about three, four times before the world got to it," he said. "New songs, new everything." The rapper also released a short film companion to the LP in March 2016.
You can read XXL's original review of good kid, m.A.A.d. city here.
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