Although Kendrick Lamar hasn’t released a new album since 2017’s DAMN., his acclaimed second studio album, good kid, m.A.A.d city has continued to keep a strong grip on the charts.
Nearly eight years after its release, the Compton rapper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning sophomore effort just notched another record achievement. On Monday (June 29), popular music industry analytics system Chart Data reported via Twitter that the 12-track project has now spent 400 weeks on the Billboard 200, breaking its own previous record after surpassing Eminem’s 2002 studio album, The Eminem Show, last year. This makes good kid, m.A.A.d city the longest charting hip-hop studio album ever.
Released in 2012, good kid, m.A.A.d city debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, went platinum, and earned Lamar his first-ever Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, and Best New Artist. At the 2014 Grammys, he took home “Best Rap Performance” for his fan-favorite smash hit, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and Best Rap Song for his assist on A$AP Rocky’s breakout hit “F***in' Problems,” which also featured Drake and 2 Chainz.
The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2018.
Fans have been desperately waiting for Kendrick to release his long-awaiting follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed DAMN. In May, Top Dawg Entertainment boss Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith assured anxious fans that Kendrick “will return soon.” Most recently, Kendrick was spotted participating in various Black Lives Matter marches around Compton in June.
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