Every Number 1 rap album on the Official Irish Albums Chart

30 rap albums have reached Number 1 on Irish shores.

2020 has been a popular year for rap music on Irish shores.

This year has already seen five rap albums reach Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart, the joint-most ever, tied with 2018. What's more 2020 has produced two Number 1 debut rap albums in Ireland, something never achieved in years prior. No rapper had gone to Number 1 posthumously before 2020 either, and two have this year, making 2020 truly remarkable for the genre on the Irish Charts. 

And with big records potentially on the way in 2020 from Kanye West, J. Cole, Cardi B and Kid Cudi, this year could claim that Number 1s record all for itself.

Following on from the recent chart-topping success of Eminem, Drake, KSI, Pop Smoke and Juice Wrld, we're looking at back at all 30 rap albums to go Number 1 in Ireland, dating back to when modern chart history began in January 1997.

Ladies first as the saying goes, and it was The Fugees' Lauryn Hill who was the inaugural rapper to claim a chart-topping album in Ireland with her game-changing debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. In the 21 years that have followed, Lauryn remains the only female rapper to top the Irish Charts, with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Cardi B peaking at Number 2 over the years.

The rapper with the most Irish Number 1 albums is Eminem, with nine of the 30 chart toppers belonging to him. Slim Shady also claims the longest-reigning - Recovery spent six weeks at the top in 2010. Eminem is also the only rapper to take a greatest hits to Number 1 in Ireland.

Four rap collectives has also managed to reach Number 1 on Irish shores: Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, D12 and The Streets.

Every Number 1 rap album on the Official Irish Albums Chart

TITLE ARTIST YEAR WEEKS AT #1
THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL LAURYN HILL 1999 1
THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP EMINEM 2000 2
CHOCOLATE STARFISH AND THE HOTDOG FLAVOURED WATER LIMP BIZKIT 2001 1
THE EMINEM SHOW EMINEM 2002 5
METEORA LINKIN PARK 2003 1
D12 WORLD D12 2004 1
A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE THE STREETS 2004 5
ENCORE EMINEM 2004 1
THE MASSACRE 50 CENT 2005 1
CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS EMINEM 2005 4
MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT LINKIN PARK 2007 2
CURTIS 50 CENT 2007 1
RELAPSE EMINEM 2009 1
RECOVERY EMINEM 2010 6
THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 EMINEM 2013 3
COMPTON DR. DRE 2015 1
GANG SIGNS & PRAYER STORMZY 2017 1
KOD J. COLE 2018 1
BEERBONGS AND BENTLEYS POST MALONE 2018 1
YE KANYE WEST 2018 1
SCORPION DRAKE 2018 3
KAMIKAZE EMINEM 2018 4
HOLLYWOOD'S BLEEDING POST MALONE 2019 3
MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BY EMINEM 2020 1
DARK LANE DEMO TAPES DRAKE 2020 1
DISSIMULATION KSI 2020 1
SHOOT FOR THE STARS, AIM FOR THE MOON POP SMOKE 2020 1
LEGENDS NEVER DIE JUICE WRLD 2020 1

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