How many rap albums, which were released for the last years, received the status of diamond albums? Who of rappers did receive this status twice? Read the article to find all answers.
Rappers’ diamond album is even better that the jewelry
Not many rappers received the status of owners of the platinum album. However, there is a certification, which is even better than platinum certification. It is diamond certification. So what rappers went diamond? In the list below you’ll see rappers, who received seven such certificates in the period between 1980 and 2003.
What rappers have gone diamond?
- 2Pac – All Eyez On Me (1996).
Unconditional king of a black rap, as well as the whole rap industry in general, 2pac and his double album 'All Eyez on Me' take place on this list of diamond rappers. It was recorded and released in 1996, and that time he played a significant role in all musical genre of rap. The subject in tracks is invariable, 2pac narrates about difficulties of dwelling within the walls of a ghetto of 90ies years. Why the album double? It comprises all that meets on the previous albums of the artist. It is policy and spiritual torments of Tupac and search of a sense of all events and social problems taking place. In the recording of the album Tupac received help from feats with many popular rappers, such as Outlawz, Dr. Dre, Redman, Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg, Method Man and other black rappers of the 90ies. It is possible to download 2pac 'All Eyez on Me' absolutely free today.
- MC Hummer – Please Hummer Don't Hurt 'Em (1989).
MC Hummer reached the greatest popularity in 1990 with an album 'Please Hummer Don't Hurt 'Em', which included the single 'U Can't Touch This' (the sample from the cult song 'Super Freak' by Ric James was taken as a basis). It is the third studio album by the rapper. It was prepared and recorded by Felton Pilat and James Earley at the mobile studio in the bus (during the tour) in 1989. This album was sold with more than ten million copies and it is the most sold album in the history of hip-hop. His following albums didn't bring that glory anymore. In 1997, the popularity of his music reached a minimum.
- Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill (1986).
In 1986, Beastie Boys released a debut album 'Licensed to Ill'. It is a kaleidoscope of street rhythms, metal reeves, and indecent jokes. Despite bad criticism, an album became the most successful rap record of the 80th and the most quickly sold (750 thousand copies for the first six weeks). In this album musicians of 'Beastie Boys' connect a traditional good hard rock and a rap. Such connection of styles far from each other had an effect of the blazed bomb. The plate caused a big stir. The unforgettable hit 'Fight for Your Right' began to be considered practically classic. With success, they got a great amount of reproaches and discontent thanks to their obscene texts, violent behavior on the stage and half-naked girls. In Great Britain, the Parliament long discussed the problem of Beastie Boys, and King Adrock was even arrested for attempt of instigation to revolt on the London streets.
- The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (1997).
‘Life after Death’ is the second and latest studio album of the American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., which was released in March 1997 under a label of Bad Boy Records. An album is two-disk and released after the death of the performer who was killed on March 1997. In comparison with a debut 'Ready to Die', on 'Life After Death', there were more invited guests, such as 112, Jay-Z, Lil Kim, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too Short, Carl Thomas, Run-DMC, Total, R. Kelly, The LOX, Kelly Price, and Puff Daddy. On this album, The Notorious B.I.G. goes deep into a genre of gangsta rap.
- 2Pac's Greatest Hits (1998).
Greatest Hits is the first official collection of the best compositions of Tupac Shakur, which appeared in 1998. Besides hits, which were already released earlier, the album has four absolutely new unknown songs: 'God Bless the Dead', 'Unconditional Love', 'Troublesome '96', and 'Changes'. Till 2011, the album reached the 3rd place in Billboard’s 200 chart. In 2011, in the rating of RIAA, it received the Diamond status of sales, having exceeded the ten million of the sold copies. The composition 'God Bless the Dead' recorded in 1994 by Tupac and Stretch (Stretch from the Live Squadruen band) is devoted to the rapper Biggy Smallz.
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- Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
The Marshall Mathers LP — the third studio album by the American rapper Eminem released in 2000. The disk, which is considered the most important in Eminem's career was sold in the first week in a number of 1.76 million copies and included in the Guinness Book of Records as the most fast-sold rap album in the world of all times. However, the album met not only recognition of critics and public, but also protests from Association of gays and lesbians (GLAAD) for homophobic and cruel lyrics. According to data of July 2015, the album was sold out in the circulation of 12,678,897 copies in the US. Worldwide the circulation was 34,567,903 copies.
- Eminem's The Eminem Show (2012).
The Eminem Show is the fourth studio album by the rapper and first published by Eminem's label ‘Shady Records.’ ‘The Eminem Show’ was the most sold album in 2002. The number of the sold copies by the end of the year was about 7.6 million. In 2003, it was nominated for Grammy Award in the category 'Album of Year' and became the third album, which brought this award to Eminem. It was certified 8x Platinum by RIAA association. 9 million copies were sold in the USA, and more than 20 million copies are sold worldwide at the moment.
- Outkast's Speakerboxxx – The Love Below (2003).
‘The Love Below’ is the fifth studio album of the American OutKast duet released in September 2003. Speakerboxxx is a big project under the influence of P-Funk. It includes elements of pop, funk, electro, and jazz.
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