July 5, 2016


Drake's 'Views' Is the Third Longest-Running No. 1 Hip-Hop Album of All Time

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The 6 is officially a 9 now, as Drake's Views has spent nine consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. This makes the album the third longest-running hip-hop album of all time, beating Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP, which spent eight weeks at the top spot in 2000.

So which albums are ahead of ViewsVanilla Ice is in second place with To the Extreme (16 weeks at No. 1 in 1990 and '91) and MC Hammer’s holds first place with Please Hammer Don’t Hurt 'Em (21 weeks in 1990). Both of these albums, along with Drake's own, aren't the most groundbreaking or lyrical projects to come out of hip-hop, so make of the news what you will.

Despite the polarization surrounding Views, this news isn't too surprising since the albumhad it debuted at No. 1 with 852,000 units sold, the largest sales week for 2016. Of course, Beyoncé trails right behind with Lemonade selling 653,000 in its first week.

For more hip-hop fun, check out our '90s rapper edition of Where Are They Now?read our essay on how Drake's lyrical focus has weakened over the years and watch an episode of The Drake Effect below: