By BA Staff
King Kendrick Lamar has been on the charts (universally) for over a decade now and his 2017 acclaimed classic DAMN. is one of his many bodies of work that has been dominating charts since it dropped.
According to Chart Data, the Compton MC’s album has now spent 200 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. The Pulitzer Prize-winning, triple-platinum DAMN. was released on 14 April, 2017 and hasn’t left the Top 200 since it debuted at No. 1 with approximately 603,000 total album-equivalent units.
.@kendricklamar's 'DAMN.' has now spent 200 weeks on the Billboard 200.— chart data (@chartdata) February 14, 2021
Perhaps more remarkably are the possible implications – if the LP stays there for five more weeks, the album will have been in the Billboard 200 for four years straight.
This is testimony to the longevity and timelessness vein of Kendrick’s creations. It’s just in his DNA to create music that will be consumed by generations to come. Music that will be here forever. Following the release of DAMN., Kendrick aka Compton’s Human Sacrifice spoke to Beats 1 about the longevity of his music and how God uses him as a vessel:
“I like to put a lot of different things and wordplays and messages in my music because I want it to live further than two weeks,” Kendrick told Zane Lowe at the time. “I always felt like God used me as a vessel, whether to share my flaws, my intellect, my pain… [I’ve] always been a vessel. I can say the nastiest thing on record but I still feel like that’s [being] a vessel. You need to hear it. I can’t sugarcoat the reality.”
True to his words, DAMN. has had an impact much longer than mere 14 days, but it’ll have to hold its position in the Top 200 a lot longer to dethrone another milestone set by King Kendrick.
In June 2020, his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city made history as the longest-charting Hip hop album of all time by spending 400 weeks on the Billboard 200. As of 18 February, the album is remarkably still on the chart after 433 weeks. Word up!