In taking the title, Kendrick’s 2012 breakout album surpasses Eminem and his Eminem Show LP from 2002. good kid has spent a record-breaking total of 358 weeks on the charts compared to Slim Shady’s 357.
.@kendricklamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' is now the longest charting hip-hop studio album in Billboard 200 history, passing 'The Eminem Show'.
— chart data (@chartdata) September 16, 2019
As XXL points out, Em’s Curtain Call has been on Billboard the longest. However, the 2005 release is technically a greatest hits collection and not a proper studio effort of new material.
Kendrick was poised to overtake Eminem after making significant strides to catch up to the Detroit MC over the summer.
Kung Fu Kenny’s second full-length overall, good kid boasts classic singles “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”. It received four Grammy nominations upon release, including a nod for Album of the Year.
Of course, this achievement is just one of many for Kendrick. The Top Dawg also is a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winner, holder of a key to Compton, and one of Barack Obama’s favorite rappers. His last masterpiece, DAMN., dropped in 2017 and won the Grammy for Best Rap Album the following year. Recently, Kendrick and fiancée Whitney Alford welcomed their first child.
Pour up (drank) and revisit good kid below.