Rap Caviar has released a list of the most streamed hip-hop albums on Spotify, with the top of the list dominated by XXXTentacion, Juice WRLD, and Pop Smoke — all of whom died tragically in recent years before the age of 22.
Rap Caviar’s list of the 50 Most Streamed Hip-Hop Albums on Spotify is filled with albums from artists you might expect to see — Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and other prominent figures in the contemporary hip-hop scene. But many of the albums in the list’s Top 10, including the No. 1 album, are by XXXTentacion, Juice WRLD, or Pop Smoke, all of whom died tragically in recent years before the age of 22.
Two of XXXTentacion’s albums — 17 (2017) and ? (2018) — made the Top 10, with his 2018 release topping the list, while Juice WRLD’s 2018 debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, and 2020 posthumous album Legends Never Die both reached the Top 10. Pop Smoke’s 2020 posthumous album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon also made the Top 10.
Meanwhile, Drake has three albums in the Top 10 and eight in the Top 50 — 16% of the list. Eminem has six albums in the Top 50, Kendrick Lamar has three albums in the Top 25, and Kanye West has three in the Top 50.
Rap Caviar’s 50 Most Streamed Hip-Hop Albums on Spotify
- XXXTentacion — ?
- Drake — Scorpion
- Drake — Views
- Juice WRLD — Goodbye & Good Riddance
- Travis Scott — ASTROWORLD
- XXXTentacion — 17
- Pop Smoke — Shoot For the Stars Aim For the Moon
- Kendrick Lamar — DAMN.
- Drake — More Life
- Juice WRLD — Legends Never Die
- Eminem — The Eminem Show
- Lil Uzi Vert — Luv is Rage 2
- Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love
- J. Cole — 2014 Forest Hills Drive
- Travis Scott — Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
- Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy
- Kendrick Lamar — good kid, m.A.A.d city
- Kanye West — The Life of Pablo
- Drake — Take Care
- Kanye West — Graduation
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — The Heist
- Drake — Certified Lover Boy
- Kendrick Lamar — Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
- Eminem — Recovery
- Dr. Dre — 2001
- Drake — Nothing Was The Same
- 50 Cent — Get Rich or Die Tryin’
- Eminem — The Marshall Mathers LP – Tour Edition
- Eminem — The Marshall Mathers LP2
- Eminem — Music To Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe Edition)
- Lil Uzi Vert — Eternal Atake (Deluxe) – LUV vs the World 2
- Migos — Culture II
- Roddy Ricch — Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial
- Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- Drake — If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
- Eminem — Kamikaze
- Pop Smoke — Meet the Woo 2
- Lil Tecca — We Love You Tecca
- Nicki Minaj — The Pinkprint
- 6ix9ine — DUMMY BOY
- A Boogie Wit da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN
- Polo G — THE GOAT
- Migos — Culture
- Lil Baby — My Turn
- Tyler, The Creator — IGOR
- 2Pac — All Eyez On Me
- DaBaby — BLAME IT ON BABY
- Drake — Dark Lane Demo Tapes
- DJ Khaled — Grateful
- Tyga — Legendary (Deluxe Edition)
Hip-hop enthusiasts have noted that the genre has not scored a No. 1 song or album this year thus far — a first since 1993. But Drake, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert have upcoming releases which may skew the landscape back in the genre’s favor. Yet the prevalence on Spotify’s list of stars snuffed out in their prime highlights how different the hip-hop landscape might look if artists like Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD, and XXXTentacion were still alive and releasing new music.