OutKast’s 2003 album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” has become the best-selling rap album of all time, surpassing 13x platinum with over 13 million units sold. This achievement places the classic hip-hop album, known for hits like “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move,” in the top position ahead of Eminem’s “The Eminem Show.” The album was originally a double album, with one solo disc from Big Boi and another from André 3000, marking a significant moment in their hip-hop career. Big Boi celebrated this milestone on Instagram, emphasizing Outkast’s enduring impact.
The album was a massive success, with songs like “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya!” reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Outkast won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, with “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.” Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation” is the only other hip-hop album to have won that award.
“Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” is one of only seven hip-hop albums to be certified diamond, signifying sales of 10 million units or more. Other diamond-certified albums include 2Pac’s “All Eyez On Me” and “Greatest Hits,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Life After Death,” and Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP.” Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” Beastie Boys’ “License to Ill,” and Eminem’s “Curtain Call: The Hits” have each sold 10 million units. Now what’s cooler than being cool? Ice Cold and best-selling of all time, obviously!
“Outkast claim title of having best-selling rap album of all time“. www.11alive.com. October 3, 2023. October 4, 2023.