When Lil Wayne’s long-awaited Tha Carter V was finally given a release date, we knew it would have a seismic impact. The question was not “if,” but “how.” The answer: extremely. Clearly, the “F” is for “second-highest U.S. streaming debut ever.”
Per Chart Data, Lil Wayne’s incredible first-week streaming-only numbers (433 million streams) were dwarfed only by first-week streaming numbers from Drake and his double-disc album Scorpion, which garnered 746 million streams opening week. Of course, this is the point of releasing bloated projects in the streaming era. Drake’s More Life playlist-album is also the fourth-highest streaming debut in the U.S., with 385 million first week streams to its name.
Unsurprisingly, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys takes the number three spot with 431 million first-week streams, and Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., and J. Cole’s KOD take the fifth-through-seventh spots, respectively.
The numbers are massive, but perhaps most exciting is that each of these albums is a hip-hop record. This just goes to show that hip-hop culture is Culture, and at the very least, is the most consumed culture across streaming platforms.
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