Who Tops The Top-selling List For Rappers?

Drake, Eminem and Lil’ Wayne

Which artist pops up in your mind when you think of who’s currently the highest selling rapper of all time? In my opinion, I would immediately guess either Drake, Lil Wayne or Jay Z. But, much to fans’ surprises, the name that has topped the list belongs to someone who definitely has paid his dues in the game.

According to, Eminem is taking the crown for this global list. Take a look below to see if any of your favorites made the list.

  1. Eminem – 227 million units sold
  2. Drake – 152 million units sold
  3. Kanye West – 140 million units sold
  4. Jay Z – 125 million units sold
  5. Lil Wayne – 110 million units sold
  6. Nicki Minaj – 106 million units sold
  7. Flo Rida – 102 million units sold
  8. Tupac Shakur – 75 million units sold
  9. Snoop Dogg – 40 million units sold
  10. DMX – 34 million units sold

I’m very pleased with the names on this list because each of them have definitely made their mark in the industry. And of course, Nicki Minaj is holding it down for the women in the rap game as the best female rapper alive. Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to see more powerful women in the industry top this list.

Does Eminem deserve to hold this #1 spot? I believe it’s deserving. He’s truly a legend in the industry and I wasn’t even aware that he has sold over 200 million units. I definitely thought Drake was well past that range, but this list definitely puts a lot into perspective when it comes to ranking these iconic artists. When it comes to the most streamed rappers, this source switch the position of Drake and Eminem.

Make sure to leave your reaction to this list below!


By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Instagram: @korixnicole

Written by Kori Barnes

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