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Kendrick Lamar is one of those rare cases in hip hop, where an artist comes along every now and then, and achieves huge commercial success without compromising their lyricism or vision.

This isn’t Nas in ’96 who had to make blatantly crossover hits to reach the masses (I’m not hating, I love It Was Written), Kendrick has been able to cultivate a rabid fanbase and hit number one albums and singles, while staying at the top as the best rapper alive.

Here are the rankings for his first week sales numbers.

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Released: July 2, 2011

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment

First week album sales: 5,000

Billboard 200 position: 113

Singles: “HiiiPoWeR”

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Released: March 4, 2016

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records

First week album sales: 178,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Untitled 07 | Levitate”

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Released: October 22, 2012

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records

First week album sales: 242,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “The Recipe”, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, “Backseat Freestyle”, “Poetic Justice”, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”

To Pimp a Butterfly

Released: March 16, 2015

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records Records

First week album sales: 324,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “i”, “The Blacker the Berry”, “King Kunta”, “Alright”, “These Walls”

DAMN. 

Released: April 14, 2017 

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records

First week album sales: 603,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Humble”, “Loyalty”, “Love”

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