Every Number 1 rap album on the Official Irish Albums Chart

31 rap albums have reached Number 1 on Irish shores.

Following on from the recent chart-topping success of Eminem, Drake, KSI, Pop Smoke, Juice Wrld and J. Cole, we're looking at back at all 33 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 33 chart toppers belonging to him. Eminem is also the only rapper to take a greatest hits to Number 1 in Ireland. Slim Shady also claims the joint longest-reigning - Recovery spent six weeks at the top in 2010, which was tied in 2020 buy Pop Smoke's posthumous album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon.

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 6
LEGENDS NEVER DIE JUICE WRLD 2020 1
THE OFF-SEASON J. COLE 2021 1
WE'RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER DAVE 2021 1
DONDA KANYE WEST 2021 1
CERTIFIED LOVER BOY DRAKE 2021 2
MONTERO LIL NAS X 2021 1

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