Ever wondered how many units your favourite rapper has sold or better yet if he’s one of the top 10 best-selling of all time? Let’s face it, at some point everyone and their grandparents have tried to spit a verse to a hot beat. Now whether that verse deserved to be sold and listened to by millions worldwide is a whole other story. The art takes great skills, so much so that since its birth in the 1970s, very few rap artists managed to break sales records and even fewer till this day. Which is what makes this list so special and the following 10 guys had the hypnotize the masses


10. DMX

34 million units sold

Real name: Earl Simmons
Born: December 18, 1970 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Nationality: American

Active years: 1988 – present
Best-selling album: … And Then There Was X (1999)
Best-selling single: X Gon’ Give It to Ya (2003)


9. Snopp Dogg

40 million units sold

Real name: Calvin Broadus
Born: October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California, USA
Nationality: American

Active years: 1992 – present
Best-selling album: Doggystyle (1993)
Best-selling single: Drop It Like It’s Hot (2004)


8. 2Pac

75 million units sold

Real name: Tupac Shakur
Born: June 16, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA
Nationality: American

Active years: 1989 – 1996
Best-selling album: All Eyez on Me (1996)
Best-selling single: California Love (1995)


7. Flo Rida

102 million units sold

Real name: Tramar Dillard
Born: September 17, 1979 in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA
Nationality: American

Active years: 2000 – present
Best-selling album: Wild Ones (2012)
Best-selling single: Right Round (2009)


6. Nicki Minaj

106 million units sold

Real name: Onika Maraj-Petty
Born: December 8, 1982 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Nationality: Trinidadian & American

Active years: 2004 – present
Best-selling album: Pink Friday (2010)
Best-selling single: Super Bass (2011)


5. Lil Wayne

110 million units sold

Real name: Dwayne Carter
Born: September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Nationality: American

Active years: 1995 – present
Best-selling album: 
Tha Carter III (2008)
Best-selling single: 
Lollipop (2008)


4. Jay-Z

125 million units sold

Real name: Shawn Carter
Born: December 4, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA
Nationality: American

Active years: 1988 – present
Best-selling album: Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)
Best-selling single: Empire State of Mind (2009)


3. Kanye West

140 million units sold

Real name: Kanye West
Born: June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Nationality: American

Active years: 2002 – present
Best-selling album: 
Late Registration (2005)
Best-selling single: 
Stronger (2007)


2. Drake

152 million units sold

Real name: Aubrey Graham
Born: October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality: Canadian

Active years: 2006 – present
Best-selling album: 
Views (2016)
Best-selling single: 
God’s Plan (2018)


  1. Eminem

227 million units sold

Real name: Marshall Mathers
Born: October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Nationality: American

Active years: 1988 – present
Best-selling album: The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Best-selling single: Love the Way You Lie (2010)