King's Disease II marks the hip-hop legend’s 10th No. 1 on the chart and first visit to the penthouse since 2012, when Life Is Good posted two weeks in charge that August. As Nas’ new LP joins its nine predecessors, here’s a look at the rapper’s chart-topping collection on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:
Album, Artist (if other than Nas) Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
It Was Written, seven, July 20, 1996
The Firm – The Album, with Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature, one, Nov. 8, 1997
I Am…, three, April 24, 1999
Stillmatic, six, Jan. 5, 2002
God’s Son, one, Jan. 4, 2003
Hip Hop Is Dead, one, Jan. 6, 2007
Untitled, two, Aug. 2, 2008
Distant Relatives, with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, one, June 5, 2010
Life Is Good, two, Aug. 4, 2012
King’s Disease II, one (to date), Aug. 21, 2021
King’s Disease II is the direct follow-up to 2020’s King’s Disease album, which peaked at No. 3 on the list. Among its achievements, the latter-mentioned album won Nas his first Grammy Award, for best rap album, ending a streak of 13 previous unsuccessful nominations.
Thanks to the new leader, Nas becomes only the 12th artist -- and sixth rapper -- to register a double-digit sum of chart champs on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums since the ranking began in 1965. He follows the overall leader, The Temptations (who have 17 such albums to their credit), Jay-Z (14), Future and R. Kelly (12 each) and Drake (11), and matches Aretha Franklin, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and The Isley Brothers, all of whom claim 10 No. 1s.
Elsewhere, King’s Disease II begins at No. 1 on Top Rap Albums and at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200. On the latter, the entrance gives Nas his 15th top 10 credit.
As Disease II arrives, three of its songs debut on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, led by “EPMD 2,” featuring Eminem and EPMD, at No. 27. The track registered 5.4 million U.S. streams in its opening week -- the second-highest sum of the album’s tracks, just a hair behind “Rare” (also 5.4 million) -- and is the top-seller of the set, with 5,000 downloads in the same period. “Rare,” meanwhile, opens at No. 39, while “Nobody,” featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, kicks off at No. 42.