Move over, Eminem, there are new kings in town!
Atlanta hip-hop group, Outkast has just dethroned Marshall Mathers (Eminem’s “The Eminem Show”) for having the highest-selling hip-hop album in history. The duo’s double album, their fifth studio project, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” was officially certified as having sold 13 million units. No hip-hop album has ever sold that many units before. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made this distinction on Sept. 29 as reported by chart data.
— chart data (@chartdata) October 2, 2023
The acknowledgment of this accomplishment was not lost on Outkast group member, Big Boi. He took to Instagram last week to showcase his latest hardware. The recording artist mentions that the honor hits days after the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the album being released.
“Special delivery just in time for the 20th anniversary 9/23/03 … #speakerboxxxthelovebelow Over 13 Million albums sold . ( Diamond & a 3.5 ) What Are Your Jams ? @ outkast is everlasting. Stank You Smelly Much …To All Y’all 🛸”
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According to VIBE, the two solo-featured songs on “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” Big Boi’s “Hey Ya!” and Andre 3000‘s “The Way You Move” both became number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The album, when it came out, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album also became the second hip-hop album to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, five years after Fugee member, Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill did it in 1999. That same year, the duo also took home Grammys for Best Rap Album, as well as Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Hey Ya!”
It was also recently announced that there are two Outkast classics being rereleased. “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below“ for its 20th anniversary and “Aquemini” celebrating its 25th anniversary. Both albums were released on vinyl in partnership with Get On Down.