Kendrick Lamar’s M.A.A.D city topped the Billboard charts for a record 300 weeks, making history and becoming the first hip-hop album to hit so high since Eminem’s “Recovery.”
With this record breaking time, he becomes the first rapper to have his debut remain on the charts for that long, only after the “Mockingbird” artists. However, Lamar’s 2012 studio album ranked No. 116 on the Billboard’s Hot 200 chart August 4.
The only other hip-hop rapper whose albums made history in that genre, is Eminem. He topped the charts and made history with his ““Curtain Call: The Hits” spent 403 weeks on the ‘Hot 200′, “The Eminem Show” (354 weeks) and “Recovery” (312 weeks).
With Lamar’s “good kid, M.A.A.D City” topping the charts, it is a real good break for the “Be Humble” rapper. The same album ranked No. 2 on the charts when it first released back in October 2012; but it recently went triple platinum in June. Lamar received more than seven Grammy nominations and was thrilled to have made history with this album.
Speaking to Power 106 in 2013, he said, “It feels great. I got some of the best fans, the best family, the best radio stations supporting me, and that’s who I owe it to at the end of the year… [good kid, M.A.A.D city] is a really raw album…” And in 2017 he also talked a bit about the album, coming out a little candid about the revisions done. He said, “We did ‘good kid’ about three, four times before the world got to it. New songs, new everything.”
Reports also have it that he landed the Pulitzer Prize for his recent album “Damn,” thanks to his ability to tell tales in his music.
Lamar is described as “Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, who performs as Kendrick Lamar, was born in Compton, California, on June 17, 1987. After writing stories as a child, he put to music some lyrics about the rough Compton streets he grew up on. He rapped under the name K-Dot, releasing a series of increasingly popular mix tapes, which brought him to the attention of hip-hop super-producer Dr. Dre. Lamar’s debut major-label recording, good kid, m.A.A.d City, was released to great acclaim and impressive sales for an up-and-coming recording artist. He continued to receive accolades for his 2015 album, To Pimp a Butterfly, and his 2017 follow-up, DAMN.; both won Grammys for Best Rap Album, while DAMN. also made history as the first of its genre to earn a Pulitzer Prize,” by biography.com.
Lamar once called out a white lady for singing the N-word in one of his songs. This became a bit of an issue and he made the point to explain why he felt it was not right for her to have used that word. Speaking to Fox News he explained, “Let me put it to you in its simplest form. I’ve been on this earth for 30 years, and there’s been so many things a Caucasian person said I couldn’t do. Get good credit. Buy a house in an urban city. So many things—’you can’t do that’—whether it’s from afar or close up. So if I say this is my word … please let me have that word.”