NBA YoungBoy's Latest Album Set For Historic Milestone

NBA YoungBoy's latest mixtape, Richest Opp, dropped on May 12. It's his third album release of the year, following studio albums I Rest My Case and Don't Try This At Home. According to industry sales data, Richest Opp is projected to sell somewhere in the region of 58,000 copies in its first week. While not as strong as Don't Try This At Home's 62,000 sales, it should be good enough for a top-five debut in the charts.

While myriad data about album success exists, it's a little harder to find when broken down by genre. In regards to the Billboard 200, the Rolling Stones hold the record for all-time top-10 albums with 37. In terms of rap music specifically, the best-performing artist in terms of albums is a tie between Jay-Z and Nas. The two rap legends have 16 apiece. While NBA YoungBoy isn't quite there yet, he's getting close. And he's joining some big-name stars in third.

NBA YoungBoy Projected For Third-Most Top-10 Rap Albums

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If Richest Opp peaks in the top 10, it will be NBA YoungBoy's 15th top-10 album. All five of his studio albums peaked in the top 10, with Top and Sincerely, Kentrell reaching number one. As for mixtapes, NBA YoungBoy saw 11 consecutive mixtapes fail to break the top 10. Six failed to chart entirely and two charted outside the top 150. NBA YoungBoy's performing mixtape prior to 2019 was Realer, which peaked at #15. However, all of his mixtapes since AI YoungBoy 2 have reached the top 10.

If Richest Opp can reach the same mark, it would make YoungBoy the third-most successful rap artist in terms of top-10 releases. He would share the honor with Drake and Future, who both have 15 to their name already. While many people downplayed this, pointing to how frequently YoungBoy releases new content, it's still an amazing feat. The volume of content doesn't really matter. You could release 100 albums and mixes and see none of them chart. It's a historic feat for the Utah-based rapper. What do you think about Richest Opp? Do you think it deserves to be top 10? Let us know in the comments.



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