Classics, classics, and more classics! This is nearly all you’ll find on our Top 25 Best Selling Hip Hop Records of 2016 On Discogs. Some of you will no doubt question the credibility of some of these entries, and so you should. However, these gems are the top selling items in the Discogs marketplace based on any release containing “hip hop” as a genre tag, and that distinction can cover quite a lot of ground here at The ‘Cogs.
The majority of the entries come from the 80s and 90s, showing that Discogs users demand those musical beacons of creativity that only gather more followers as the years go on. Only a few records pop up from the past ten years, so it’s clear to see a new age of listeners have a strong need to add the tried and true necessities to their collections. Groups like the Beastie Boys appear on the list more than once showing that listeners are keen to mingle their love of hip hop with punk and rock, while albums like “Straight Outta Compton” illustrate the pertinence of N.W.A.’s message in the late 80s, and how it still resonates with audiences of today.
While you’re here, explore even more Hip Hop gems and pick up some wax of your own. Without further ado, here is the list of best selling hip hop records you gotta get in your collection:
25. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two 12″ (351 copies sold)
24. Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die (351 copies sold)
23. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (352 copies sold)
22. Mobb Deep – The Infamous (357 copies sold)
21. Beastie Boys – Ill Communication (391 copies sold)
20. Dr. Dre – 2001 (399 copies sold)
19. Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Music By Planet Patrol – Planet Rock 12″ (403 copies sold)
18. J Dilla – Donuts (419 copies sold)
17. A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm (439 copies sold)
16. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It) 12″ (445 copies sold)
15. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (450 copies sold)
14. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders (459 copies sold)
13. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (498 copies sold)
12. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing….. (500 copies sold)
11. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d City (501 copies sold)
10. Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle (504 copies sold)
9. De La Soul – 3 Feet High And Rising (512 copies sold)
8. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (515 copies sold)
7. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (520 copies sold)
6. Dr. Dre – The Chronic (635 copies sold)
5. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (656 copies sold)
4. Madvillain – Madvillainy (685 copies sold)
3. Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill (692 copies sold)
2. Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight 12″ (869 copies sold)
1. Nas – Illmatic (1018 copies sold)
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