Kendrick Lamar‘s 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d. City just broke a major record. Chart Data notes the album has now spent 400 weeks on the Billboard 200, which makes it the only hip-hop studio album to do so.
Released in October 2012, the album marked Lamar’s major-label debut and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It earned him four Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year. It spawned his hit singles “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Poetic Justice,” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”
While good kid, m.A.A.d. City is the first traditional album to reach this milestone, it should be noted that Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits is fast approaching 500 frames, although it is a greatest hits compilation album.
Kendrick's record is nevertheless a nice accolade for fans to hold on to while they wait for new music. Rumors have been swirling – spurred by the rapper's own manager – that new music is on the way.