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Hip hop has never seen a rapper with the same sustained commercial success as Drake. Not in the 40 plus years that the culture has been around.

There have been artists who have come and had bigger moments (DMX, 50 Cent), or have been successful for much longer (Jay-Z, Eminem), but when it comes to consistently staying at the top of the charts, Drake has no competitor. He was arguably the best rapper of the 2010s.

The crazy thing is that when it comes to having the most number ones on the Billboard 200, Drake’s only behind Jay-Z and Eminem – two rappers who have been in the game for over a decade longer than he has been.

So let’s get into it, from his 2009 debut So Far Gone to his star-making turn on Take Care to his latest release Certified Lover Boy, here are the rankings for all of Drake’s first week album sales.

So Far Gone (EP)

Released: September 15, 2009

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown, Aspire

First week album sales: 73,000

Billboard 200 position: 6

Singles: “Best I Ever Had”, “Successful”, “I’m Goin’ In”

Features: Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Bun B and Young Jeezy.

Care Package

Released: August 2, 2019

Label: OVO Sound, Republic

First week album sales: 109,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: N/A

Features: J. Cole, Rick Ross, and James Fauntleroy.

Dark Lane Demo Tapes

Released: May 1, 2020

Label: Republic, OVO Sound

First week album sales: 223,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Toosie Slide”, “Chicago Freestyle”

Features: Future, Young Thug, Chris Brown, Playboi Carti, Giveon, Fivio Foreign, and Sosa Geek.

What a Time to Be Alive (with Future)

Released: September 20, 2015

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic, Epic, A1, Freebandz

First week album sales: 375,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Jumpman”

Features: N/A

Thank Me Later

Released: June 15, 2010

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown, Aspire

First week album sales: 447,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Over”, “Find Your Love”, “Miss Me”, “Fancy”

Features: Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Swiss Beatz, The-Dream, Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne.

More Life

Released: March 18, 2017

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic

First week album sales: 505,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Fake Love”, “Passionfruit”, “Free Smoke”, “Portland”, “Glow”

Features: Kanye West, Young Thug, Giggs, Skepta, Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Jorja Smith, Sampha, and PartyNextDoor.

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Released: February 13, 2015

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic

First week album sales: 535,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Preach”, “Energy”

Features: PartyNextDoor, Travis Scott, and Lil Wayne.

Certified Lover Boy

Released: September 3, 2021

Label: OVO, Republic

First week album sales: 613,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: N/A

Features: Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Giveon, Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, Yebba, 21 Savage, Project Pat, Tems, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Kid Cudi.

Take Care

Released: November 15, 2011

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

First week album sales: 631,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Marvins Room”, “Headlines”, “Make Me Proud”, “The Motto”, “Take Care”, “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)”, “Crew Love”

Features: The Weeknd, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Birdman, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and André 3000.

Nothing Was the Same

Released: September 24, 2013

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic, OVO Sound

First week album sales: 658,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Started from the Bottom”, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, “All Me”, “Pound Cake”, “The Language”, “Too Much”, “Worst Behavior”

Features: 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Majid Jordan, Jay-Z, Jhené Aiko, Detail, and Sampha.

Scorpion

Released: June 29, 2018

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic

First week album sales: 732,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “God’s Plan”, “Nice for What”, “I’m Upset”, “Don’t Matter to Me”, “In My Feelings”, “Nonstop”, “Mob Ties”

Features: Jay-Z, Ty Dolla Sign, Michael Jackson, and Static Major.

Views

Released: April 29, 2016

Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic

First week album sales: 1,040,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Hotline Bling”, “One Dance”, “Pop Style”, “Controlla”, “Too Good”

Features: PartyNextDoor, Pimp C, Future, Dvsn, Wizkid, Kyla, and Rihanna.

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