Hip-hop is dominating the music industry. A new study has revealed the top fifty best-performing albums of 2021, and rap is showing it’s presence.
Hip-Hop Dominates Top 50
Country singer Morgan Whalen and pop newcomer Olivia Rodrigo occupy one and two, while the late Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon sits at three with 1,427,233,000 audio on-demand streams. While the top two albums aren’t within the genre, out of the top 50 projects 22 of the albums are hip-hop.
Some of the most notable names and album titles on the list are Lil Baby’s My Turn at tenth, Moneybagg Yo’s A Gangsta’s Pain at thirteen, J. Cole’s The Off-Season at sixteen, alongside many, many more fire projects.
Senate Passes “Hip Hop Celebration Day” Bill
Hip-hop fans have been turning up this month in addition to their usual listening. The United States Senate recently passed a bill declaring August 11 as “Hip Hop Celebration Day”.
America’s government is officially recognizing the genre, which is now the most popular type of music in the country, with it’s own day. They have also designated November as ‘‘Hip Hop History Month”, so the celebration will continue.
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S.Res.331 (A resolution designating August 11, 2021, as ‘‘Hip Hop Celebration Day’’, designating August 2021 as ‘‘Hip Hop Recognition Month’’, and designating November 2021 as ‘‘Hip Hop History Month’’)
Hip-Hop Museum To Host History
In related news, hip-hop history will soon have an official home. Construction has begun on the Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx, New York, with the grand opening scheduled for 2023.
A pop-up preview of the museum at the Bronx Terminal Market drew more than 10,000 visitors back in December 2020. In a syndicated column, museum executive director Rocky Bucano wrote, “The Universal Hip Hop Museum will be the first smart museum constructed amidst a worldwide pandemic and the first cultural institution of its kind on the globe honoring the totality of hip-hop.”
The Universal #HipHop Museum will be the first smart Museum constructed amidst a worldwide pandemic and the first cultural institution of its kind on the globe honoring the totality of Hip Hop.
LL Cool J Pays Homage To Hip-Hop History
From track suits and Kangols to FUBU, LL Cool J has always been at the forefront of hip-hop fashion. Earlier in December, the Queens rap legend launched a collection inspired by hip-hop’s history with gold chains.
There’s no denying the impact that gold chains have had on our culture. Designer Alexander John has taken this cultural staple and remixed it like only someone who loves the culture can. (LL’s Instagram)