Author: Scarlett Pham
Future has officially surpassed Drake to become the most successful rapper to emerge in the 2010's in terms of having the most platinum albums.
The rapper earned 55 new certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Wednesday (July 27). The 2017 album "HNDRXX" and the 2018 "Wrld On Drugs" collaboration with Juice WRLD also contributed several platinum certifications to Future.
Future currently has at least eight albums going platinum, surpassing Drake with just seven. Furthermore, all nine of his studio albums are at least gold certified.
Albums like "HNDRXX," "Pluto," "EVOL," "Future" and his "What a Time To Be Alive" collaboration with Drake also went platinum, while "High Off Life" went 2x-platinum and "DS2" went 3x-platinum on Wednesday.
His latest album "I Never Liked You" is also getting very close to going platinum. The album has sold over 890,000 units, and remains one of the best-selling albums on the Billboard 200. This album and its track "Wait For U" make Future the second artist in history to debut at No.1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100. The first person to achieve this was Drake.
Other rappers of the 2010's in the platinum album race include J. Cole with 6 albums, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Juice WRLD all with 4 albums. Travis Scott has 3 albums.
However, for Future or Drake to take the place of rapper with the most platinum Hip-Hop albums of all time, it is still a long way off. The spot is currently belongs to Jay-Z with 17 platinum/multi-platinum projects since 1996. Next is Eminem, who recently became the most decorated artist in RIAA history, follows with 13 and three of them are diamond certified.