Ever since The Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill became the first rap album to top the Billboard 200 chart , there have been countless hip hop artists who have dropped number one albums.

From Tone Loc’s Loc-ed After Dark in 1989 and to MC Hammer’s 1990 juggernaut Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em , to Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle (which broke the sales record for a debuting artist) and 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (which broke Snoop’s record), rap culture are full of number one artists .

There have been less acts, however, who have dropped more than one chart-topper over the course of their recording career, and even less who have dropped multiple number ones.

From YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Drake, to Jay-Z and 2Pac, here are 15 rappers with the most number one albums on the Billboard 200.

15. YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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Number one albums: 4

  • AI YoungBoy 2 (2019)
  • 38 Baby 2 (2020)
  • Top (2020)
  • Sincerely, Kentrell (2021)

14. Beastie Boys

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Number one albums: 4

  • Licensed to Ill (1986)
  • Ill Communication (1994)
  • Hello Nasty (1998)
  • To the 5 Boroughs (2004)

13. Ludacris

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Number one albums: 4

  • Chicken-n-Beer (2003)
  • The Red Light District (2004)
  • Release Therapy (2006)
  • Battle of the Sexes (2010)

12. Rick Ross

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Number one albums: 5

  • Port of Miami (2006)
  • Trilla (2008)
  • Deeper Than Rap (2009)
  • God Forgives, I Don’t (2012)
  • Mastermind (2014)

11. Tupac Shakur

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Number one albums: 5

  • Me Against the World (1995)
  • All Eyez on Me (1996)
  • The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996)
  • Until the End of Time (2001)
  • Loyal to the Game (2004)

10. Kendrick Lamar

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Number one albums: 5

  • To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
  • untitled unmastered. (2016)
  • DAMN. (2017)
  • Black Panther (with various artists) (2018)
  • Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (2022)

9. Lil Wayne

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Number one albums: 5

  • Tha Carter III (2008)
  • I Am Not a Human Being (2010)
  • Tha Carter IV (2011)
  • Tha Carter V (2018)
  • Funeral (2020)

8. DMX

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Number one albums: 5

  • It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
  • Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998)
  • … And Then There Was X (1999)
  • The Great Depression (2001)
  • Grand Champ (2003)

7. Nas

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Number one albums: 6

  • It Was Written (1996)
  • The Album (with The Firm) (1997)
  • I Am… (1999)
  • Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
  • Untitled (2008)
  • Life Is Good (2012)

6. J. Cole

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Number one albums: 7

  • Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)
  • Born Sinner (2013)
  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014)
  • 4 Your Eyez Only (2016)
  • KOD (2018)
  • Revenge of the Dreamers III (with Dreamville) (2019)
  • The Off-Season (2021)

5. Future

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Number one albums: 8

  • DS2 (2015)
  • What a Time to Be Alive (with Drake) (2015)
  • Evol (2016)
  • Future (2017)
  • Hndrxx (2017)
  • The Wizrd (2019)
  • High Off Life (2020)
  • I Never Liked You (2022)

4. Kanye West

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Number one albums: 10

  • Late Registration (2005)
  • Graduation (2007)
  • 808s & Heartbreak (2008)
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  • Watch the Throne (with Jay-Z) (2011)
  • Yeezus (2013)
  • The Life of Pablo (2016)
  • Ye (2018)
  • Jesus Is King (2019)
  • Donda (2021)

3. Eminem

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Number one albums: 10

  • The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  • The Eminem Show (2002)
  • 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture (with various artists) (2002)
  • Encore (2004)
  • Relapse (2009)
  • Recovery (2010)
  • The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
  • Revival (2017)
  • Kamikaze (2018)
  • Music to Be Murdered By (2020)

2. Drake

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Number one albums: 11

  • Thank Me Later (2010)
  • Take Care (2011)
  • Nothing Was the Same (2013)
  • If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
  • What a Time to Be Alive (with Future) (2015)
  • Views (2016)
  • More Life (2017)
  • Scorpion (2018)
  • Care Package (2019)
  • Certified Lover Boy (2021)
  • Honestly, Nevermind (2022)

1. Jay-Z

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Number one albums: 14

  • Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)
  • Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)
  • The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)
  • The Blueprint (2001)
  • The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (2002)
  • The Black Album (2003)
  • Unfinished Business (with R. Kelly) (2004)
  • Collision Course (with Linkin Park) (2004)
  • Kingdom Come (2006)
  • American Gangster (2007)
  • The Blueprint 3 (2009)
  • Watch the Throne (with Kanye West) (2011)
  • Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013)
  • 4:44 (2017)