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The Most RIAA Diamond Albums & Singles in Hip-hop: Eminem, Drake, Cardi B & More

Last Updated: October 3, 2023
As we celebrate 50 years of hip-hop music, find out which rap artists lead the way in earning those 10x Platinum certifications from the RIAA, better known as Diamond.

On Aug. 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc busted out two turntables and a microphone at a neighborhood party in the South Bronx on a day that came to be recognized with increasing fervor as the birth of hip-hop. Your own mileage may vary, but 50 years later, it continues to be a milestone moment not as much for the sonic genre itself, but for the formulation of its culture — one that now stretches worldwide.

That didn’t happen overnight, of course. It took decades for rap music to become a mainstream commercial product that could stack up to its pop, rock, and country peers with equal or greater formidability. These days, however, the hip-hop industry is a behemoth, and we have the RIAA Platinum (one million units shipped) certifications to prove it.

Including those who have reached the super-elite 10x Platinum Pantheon we know as Diamond status.

So, that got us thinking: Who has the most RIAA Diamond albums and singles across the entire history of rap music? From Slim Shady and Drizzy to Kanye and Cardi, let’s check out the all-time honor roll featuring data straight from the certifiers themselves.

Diamond Rap Albums & Singles: The All-time Leaderboard

Includes all artists with at least two combined 10x Platinum albums and singles as of October 2023. List includes singles on which the performer is featured.

ARTISTALBUMSSINGLESTOTAL
1. Post Malone088
2. Eminem336
3. Drake055
4. Cardi B033
t-5. 2Pac202
t-5. Kanye West022
t-5. Swae Lee022
t-5. XXXTentacion022
t-5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis022

Additional Diamond Hip-hop Facts

  • Only three hip-hop artists besides Eminem have a Diamond-certified album: Outkast (Speakerboxxx/The Love Below), Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), The Notorious BIG (Life After Death), and Beastie Boys (License to Ill).
  • Selected artists with one Diamond single as a main artist: Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana, Juice WRLD, Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby & Gunna, Future, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Travis Scott, Fetty Wap, Wiz Khalifa

Highest Platinum Certifications

Includes singles and albums with 11x Platinum certifications or higher from the RIAA as of October 2023.

ARTISTPROJECTTYPECERT.
1. Swae Lee & Post Malone“Sunflower”Single18x
2. Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus“Old Town Road”Single17x
3. Drake“God’s Plan”Single15x
4. Post Malone f/ Quavo“Congratulations”Single14x
t-5. OutkastSpeakerboxxx/The Love Below*Album13x
t-5. Eminem“Lose Yourself”Single13x
t-5. Eminem f/ Rihanna“Love the Way You Lie”Single13x
8. EminemThe Eminem ShowAlbum12x
t-9. Eminem“Not Afraid”Single11x
t-9. The Notorious BIGLife After DeathAlbum11x
t-9. EminemThe Marshall Mathers LPAlbum11x
t-9. Wiz Khalifa f/ Charlie Puth“See You Again”Single11x
t-9. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin“I Like It”Single11x
t-9. Future f/ Drake“Life is Good”Single11x
t-9. Cardi B“Bodak Yellow”Single11x
t-9. Lil Uzi Vert“XO Tour Llif3”Single11x
t-9. Juice WRLD“Lucid Dreams”Single11x
t-9. French Montana f/ Swae Lee“Unforgettable”Single11x
*Since Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is a double album, the RIAA counts a single purchase as two units sold.

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Sam Dunn
Sam Dunn
Sam Dunn is the Managing Editor of Boardroom. Before joining the team, he was an editor and multimedia talent for several sports and culture verticals at Minute Media and an editor, reporter, and site manager at SB Nation. A specialist in content strategy, copywriting, and SEO, he has additionally worked as a digital consultant in the corporate services, retail, and tech industries. He cannot be expected to be impartial on any matter regarding the Florida Gators or Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter @RealFakeSamDunn.